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The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2016

Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, April 7 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: March 1, 2016


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in the arts and humanities. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACAH2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities will again be held alongside the Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.




ACAH2016 Conference Theme: “Justice”


The arts are ideally suited to reflect on justice. The various symbolic definitions of justice, from the Fasces of ancient Rome to the status of the lady blindfolded and holding a set of scales, put an abstract ideal into a concrete and publicly recognisable form.

The arts can also be an effective device for dealing with some of the other more sinister ideas and practices that relate to justice, crime and punishment. In the past, even in what are now modern open societies, barbaric forms of punishment were meted out to those found guilty of violating the law. Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment was an exercise of engagement in a painful discussion of the possible moral justification for committing a serious crime for a higher purpose, including ridding the world of a worthless or evil individual whose resources might be put to better use. However, the implication that those who see the greater good may be permitted to act above the law does not sit comfortably with many critics. The plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, although it failed, taking lives of the conspirators including the young German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), has never been given a universal moral imprimatur by those who hold a more pacifist outlook. Similarly, literature and the arts can look into the depths in a way that philosophical discussion is restricted to the conceptual level and religious discourse is better suited to symbolic reflections.

Other fields in the humanities are similarly preoccupied with justice: the political act of writing, whether literature or history, involves shaping narratives and contentious issues of meaning, to see truth as justice.

To expand the theme to the media: some modern TV series look into justice issues from a legal point of view, but also probe the psychology of many types of people on both sides of the law. What do these contribute to the better understanding of the complexities of human nature and human emotion exposed in them?

Does justice have a dark side, or is this the outcome of it being manipulated? Questions like these have been with us throughout the ages. Do they exist as boundaries for reflection rather than questions to be answered?

More information on our conference theme and sub-themes




The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award Ceremony


ACAH LibrAsia 2014 Plenary Session and Haiku Award ceremony
The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award Ceremony will be held during the Plenary Session on Friday, April 8, 2016. Now in its sixth year, the award was founded and is judged by distinguished poet and Croatian Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency Dr. Drago Štambuk. It prides itself on its indiscriminate acceptance of all forms of haiku, regardless of whether in the traditional or modern style. This international, broad and unrestricted approach attracted a record number of over 400 submissions from 54 countries in 2015 and this year is set to be its most prolific yet.

Find haiku inspiration in our listings of previous winners and learn more about Dr. Drago Štambuk’s conception of the award here.

The award is currently open for entries. Only unpublished haiku and one entry per person will be considered.




Haiku Workshop


The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award
This annual workshop gives a background and history to haiku, the Japanese form of poetry that has become popular the world over. It will include readings of some of the most famous examples, and will invite participants to write their own poems, under the guidance of one of Japan’s most prominent haiku poets.

The workshop is run by Councillors of the Haiku International Association, Emiko Miyashita, a prominent and widely published haiku poet, award-winning translator and secretary of the Haiku Poets Association International Department in Tokyo, and Hana Fujimoto, a member of the Japan Traditional Haiku Association and writer for the haiku magazine Tamamo.


ACAH2016 Screenings


As part of our Asian Conference on Film & Documentary (FilmAsia), each year IAFOR hosts the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival (IDFA).

The quality of submissions to our competition and the power behind these documentaries has been extremely impressive. IDFA2015 featured some of our most interesting and compelling documentaries to date. The mission of the IDFA is to recognize and support these storytellers in their efforts to expose truths and bring attention to the world’s untold stories.

Registered Delegates are invited to attend these screenings at no additional charge.


Gazelle The Love Issue - IAFOR Documentary Film Award

Gazelle – The Love Issue
Best Professional Feature IDFA2016

Directed by Cesar Terranova
Paulo is a 45-year-old Brazilian flight attendant. He is internationally famous in the after-hours world for the fabulous persona he has worked tirelessly to create, his artistic alter-ego, Gazelle. Appearing in clubs around the world in boldly conceived but carefully created costumes, Gazelle is a human sculpture, a magical ever-changing creature of the night.

But being Gazelle isn’t easy.

With the sudden and tragic sad death of Eric, his partner of seven years, Paulo must pass through a life transformation. Paulo is HIV+ but never got sick before and now he sees his own life is in danger for the first time. Looking to survive, he embarks on a conscious transformation, beginning with filtering what matters in his life. After his first grief, we see that Gazelle becomes a even stronger presence in his life as he begins to use his alter ego to express his deepest feelings and dreams.



Marovo Carver The IAFOR Film Documentary Award

Marovo Carter
Grand Prize Winner IDFA2015

Directed by Elliot Spencer
Tasiro is a wood carver who expertly creates traditional sculptures, which represent Solomon Island culture and reflect the natural beauty of the environment that surrounds him. Dedicated to his craft Tasiro uses carving as a means of supporting his family.

This visually captivating documentary reveals a mesmerizing contemporary insight into the lives and challenges facing these Solomon Islanders, as they adapt to the existential and ever changing modernizing World.

Set in an Island Paradise and narrated exclusively in Marovo Language it is a gentle and uplifting story, told by Tasiro himself, that takes you deep into the World Heritage Listed Marovo Lagoon. It captures an almost surreal moment in time as the past, present and future, come together.



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ACAH2016 Conference Chairs


Stuart Picken IAFOR Staff Profile

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken

ACAH2015 Conference Chair

Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.
IAFOR International Advisory Board Chair

Stuart D. B. Picken is the founding Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalisation in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialised in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining & Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Airlines. Full biography.


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IAFOR Publishing Opportunities



Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.



The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities is an editorially independent journal associated with ACAH. A small number of papers from the Conference Proceedings are selected for inclusion by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organised thematically.



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. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers, to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, podcasts, film and photography.



IAFOR University & Institutional Partners


The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programmes which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.

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