The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2016
Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Thursday, June 2 - Sunday, June 5, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 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 education. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACAS2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Asian Conference on Asian Studies will be held alongside the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies and The International Conference on Japan and Japan Studies. Registration for one of these conferences will allow attendees to attend sessions in the others.
2016 Conference Theme: “Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday”
In this conference participants are invited to explore and question the ways in which cultural struggle characterises our present times. Given that culture is the fabric of meaning making, understanding its relationship to politics and society is crucial. Cultural struggle, for instance, alerts us to the political dynamics of how meaning making is controlled, contested and communicated through the core institutions of society such as media, education, law, medicine, government, the family, religion, the market and so on – all of which impact upon and influence everyday life.
Nowhere is the cultural struggle more evident than in questions of belonging, identity and mobility; refuge, exile and community. In the convergence of culture and narrative, the contemporary and historical story of the human condition is particularly marked by how power and the everyday are negotiated through the experience of displacement and dispossession or privilege and status. Culture, expressed, articulated and represented through sites and locales, practices, actions and values, identities and forms, histories and memories, myths and traditions, is a pivotal lens through which we are able to understand and interpret the way society works, and to see how power and the everyday intersect.
- Educating through borders of power
- Transcending boundaries of ‘self’ and ‘other’
- Challenging and transcending learning spaces
- Education and the boundaries of communication
- Borderlands of being and becoming
We hope and expect the 2016 conference themes to inspire a number of research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and synergies, in this International Academic Forum.
We hope to see you at ACAS2016!
The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – 2015 Winners Screening
The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is an international photography award which seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.
The Award is supported by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – Asia’s Think Tank – and builds off of the strength of the IAFOR Documentary Film Award, now in its fourth year. Documentary has a rich history of exposing truths, telling stories, raising awareness and creating discussion — all practices valued at IAFOR.
Our 2015 award was judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Paul Lowe, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett.
Winners were announced at The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (July 13-16, 2015) in Brighton, England. The Award followed the theme of the conference, with 2015’s theme being “Power”
In supporting upcoming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.
All delegates receive free entry to the award screening.
ACAS2016 Conference Chairs
Professor Baden Offord
ACAS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Director and Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education, Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia. Vice President-International, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Baden Offord is an internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality and culture. In 2012 he was a sponsored speaker, invited by the European External Action Service and the European Commission, together with the Human Rights and Democracy Network and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels where he spoke on ASEAN and sexual justice issues. In the same year he conducted a three-week lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister’s Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. See full biography.
Dr. Thomas French
ACAS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Thomas French is a graduate of London, Durham and Southampton Universities. His research specialisms include modern Japanese History, East Asian International Relations and Japanese Politics. He is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and as a Research Coordinator for the United Kingdom Defence Forum.
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.
The Land of Many Places
Best Newcomer Feature IDFA2015
Directed by Adam James Smith & Song Ting
In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. “The Land of Many Palaces” follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.
The Greatest Gift
IAFOR Media Original Production
Directed by Shawn Mahler
In conjunction with HOPE International Development Agency, the IAFOR Media team travelled to Davao, Philippines to shoot an informational short documentary about the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education. We are very supportive of the work being done at Pamulaan and will be including screenings of The Greatest Gift at select conferences throughout the year.
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IAFOR ACAS2015 Conference Videos
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies is an editorially independent journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences of Asian Studies and Cultural Studies. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor for reworking and revising, subject to normal processes of review. It is expected that between five and ten percent of papers included in any given conference proceedings will be developed for inclusion in the journal. The editor may also commission pieces or accept articles from the open call, all of which must be subject to the same processes of peer review. IAFOR’s open access journals conform to the highest academic standards and reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.
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.
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 programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.