The Asian Conference on Cultural 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, ACCS2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian 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.
ACCS2016 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.
We hope and expect the 2016 conference theme 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 ACCS2016!
ACCS2016 Conference Chairs
Professor Baden Offord
ACCS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Keynote Panel 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.
Professor Donald E. Hall
ACCS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Lehigh University, USA
Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for thirteen years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. See full biography.
Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn
ACCS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Professor Emerita and Founder/Co-director
Australian Studies Centre, Barcelona University, Spain
Sue Ballyn is Prof. Emerita at Barcelona University from where she graduated with a BA in 1982. Her M.A. thesis on the writings of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes won the Faculty prize in 1983. In 1986 she won the Faculty prize again, this time for her PhD thesis on Australian Poetry, the first PhD on Australian Literature in Spain.
She joined the English and German Philology Department on graduation 1982 and has remained at the university ever since. In 1990 she founded the Australian Studies Program which was recognised as an official Barcelona University Observatory – Studies Centre in 2000, known as CEA, Observatorio Centre d’Estudis Australians. It is the only Australian Studies Centre in Spain and one of the most active in Europe. See full biography.
Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
ACCS2016 Conference Co-Chair
Monash Asia Institute in Monash University, Australia
Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Monash Asia Institute in Monash University, Australia. His main research interests are media and cultural globalisation, multicultural questions, mixed race and cultural citizenship in East Asian contexts.
His English publications include Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2002); East Asian Pop Culture: Approaching the Korean Wave (ed. with Chua Beng Huat, Hong Kong University Press, 2008); “Uses of media culture, usefulness of media culture studies: Beyond brand nationalism, into public dialogue (in Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies, M. Morris and M. Hjort (eds), Hong Kong University Press & Duke University Press, 2012); “De-westernisation, inter-Asian referencing and beyond” (European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2013). Together with Chris Berry, he is a co-editor of Hong Kong University Press book series, TransAsia: Screen Cultures. See full biography.
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
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.
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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IAFOR ACCS2016 Conference Videos
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies is an editorially independent journal associated with ACCS. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the editor. 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.