Thursday, April 2, 2015 – Sunday, April 5, 2015
Conference Themes: “Power”
The Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH2015), was held alongside The Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship (LibrAsia2015), in the culturally rich Kansai region of Japan, home to the modern metropolis of Osaka/Kobe, and the historical capitals of Nara and Kyoto. It was in these wonderful surroundings that we welcomed more than 350 attendees from more than 40 countries to an event promising to stimulate personal and professional research collaborations around the conference theme for this year, “Power”. That promise was certainly fulfilled in what was one of the most diverse and truly interdisciplinary IAFOR gatherings in recent years. Power remains one of the most contested, debated, omnipresent yet ungraspable of concepts. While the fact of power remains constant, changes in in political, social, economic and cultural conditions require us as scholars to periodically take stock of, analyse, and trace the workings and origins of power. Our 350 delegates grasped the opportunity to explore and discuss this theme with great passion within the disciplinary orbits of Arts, Humanities, Literature and Librarianship and the forthcoming conference proceedings will certainly bear this passion and energy for outstanding research and deliberation out.
LibrAsia annually hosts the award ceremony for the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award. This year the winner was named as Boris Nazansky of Croatia by Keynote Speaker Dr. A Robert Lee. To learn more about the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, read the winning haiku submissions and to submit your own haiku to the 2016 award, visit the website. IAFOR was also thrilled to welcome Emiko Miyashita and Hana Fujimoto of the Haiku International Association back to LibrAsia to run their popular Haiku Workshop, during which participants were invited to write their own poems and listen to some of the most famous examples of the poetry form.
It was an honour to play host to award-winning Osaka-based Akutagawa Senior High School Drum Club whose performance was an exemplary illustration of the “Power” theme, and was a highlight of the conference. IAFOR values the local cultural community and our delegates’ experience of it, so we go to every length to reflect this in our rich and varied programme of events.
The Kansai region Conference Committee said goodbye to our old Osaka venue in style with a great line-up of speakers, events and special plenary sessions. We would like to thank the following people who made ACAH-LibrAsia2015 such a strong and positive conference weekend. Dr. A. Robert Lee, Mr. Jared Baxter, Dr. Angela Astri Soemantri, Professor Myles Chilton, Dr. Sam Chu, Dr. Dickson Chiu, Dr. Patrick Lo, Professor Noriyuki Harada, Dr. Craig Mark, Mr. Gary McLeod, Dr. Monty P. Satiadarma, Dr. Richard Donovan, Ms. Emiko Miyashita and Ms. Hana Fujimoto, who in their various roles as plenary speakers, journal editors, conference co-chairs, workshop leaders and advisory board members, made ACAH-LibrAsia2015 such a great success. IAFOR and the Kansai Conference Committee team now looks forward to our exciting new venue in Arts Centre Kobe for ACAH-LibrAsia2016, knowing we have left Osaka on a high note and with the expectation of 2016 being even better. Do join us again in Kobe next year we look forward to seeing you!
Additional photos from ACP-ACERP2015 can be found on our Facebook page.