IAFOR Arts & Humanities Conferences

Posted: December 24, 2015
Category: Specialist Area: Arts & Humanities


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IAFOR’s arts and humanities programme is rich and diverse, with interdisciplinary conferences which engage with a broad range of research fields and seek to be venues for both academic and cultural exchange.

The academic programme for these conferences is developed by leading scholars in various fields, and our events are held in partnership with some of the world’s leading institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London, Lehigh University, University of Indonesia, Virginia Tech, Waseda University and Monash University. As well as working with top universities, we also encourage and nurture intercultural and interdisciplinary research groups such as the DAMIN project, which brought together historians, geographers and economists to look at the development of commerce along the silk road.

Literature has always been given a high profile in our programme, and as well as welcoming presentations by prominent authors and poets, IAFOR also runs its prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award.

The organisation actively supports the arts and practicing of the arts by organising internationally recognised awards for both documentary photography and photojournalism (IAFOR Documentary Photography Award) and documentary filmmaking (IAFOR Documentary Film Award), which are supported by leading institutions and organisations, including World Press Photo, the British Journal of Photography, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill.

Our arts conferences also showcase local talent during featured performances by musicians, dancers and artists. The events offer the opportunity for delegates to not only exchange the latest in research ideas, but also the chance to see performances, and take part in workshops and demonstrations.



Upcoming Arts & Humanities Conferences


3 Conferences Available

The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2017

Dates: March 30 - April 2, 2017
Location: Kobe, Japan

- Visit conference site
- Register
- Submit a paper

The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2017

Dates: July 11 - July 12, 2017
Location: Brighton, UK

- Visit conference site
- Register
- Submit a paper

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IAFOR Research and Publications Associated with Arts & Humanities Conferences


The following internationally peer-reviewed open-access journals are published by IAFOR:

Conference Proceedings

IAFOR Conference Proceedings are open access research repositories which include the final papers of research presented at our conferences (submitted before the final paper deadline).


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences.



Previous Speakers at IAFOR Arts & Humanities Conferences


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[Left to right] Gloria Montero, one of Spain’s leading writers and playwrights and author of the award-winning play, “Frida K”; Astri Angela Soemantri, musician and psychologist; Georges Depeyrot, archaeologist, historian and CNRS Trustee; Gary Swanson, multiple Emmy award-winning filmmaker and producer; Emiko Miyashita, prominent Haiku poet and Director of the JAL Foundation.

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[Left to right] Kazuko Shiraishi, the Grande Dame of Japanese letters; Lord Charles Bruce, historian and former Chairman of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland; Yuriko Saito, philosopher, Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and author of “Everyday Aesthetics”; Thomas Brian Mooney, ancient and moral philosopher; Michael Sakamoto, US-Japanese Butoh dancer and interdisciplinary artist.



IAFOR Arts & Humanities Video Highlights


IAFOR is committed to disseminating as much as possible of its presentations, interviews and original output, produced by and for the organisation, online, and available for all for free.



Events associated with Arts & Humanities


The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is an open competition for previously unpublished haiku written in the English language. The award is for haiku regardless of whether in the traditional or modern style; it transcends haiku divisions and is based only on literary merit.

The award was founded and is judged by H.E. Dr. Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan (2005-2010), currently in Brazil, and Dr. Joseph Haldane, President of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). The award is organised by IAFOR and The Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship (LibrAsia), with the kind support of the Haiku International Association (HIA) and the World Haiku Association (WHA). Annual Winners are announced at The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship and Archival Science.

As part of IAFOR’s educational mission we are prioritising documentary photography and filmmaking as uniquely powerful mediums to help inform and educate in ways that are very different and yet complementary to academic studies as forms of advocacy and activism.

The organisation runs both a documentary photography and a documentary film award, as well as an associated film festival in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism and the University of the Arts London.

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