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The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017

Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, June 1 - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 12, 2017

Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 14, 2017


Conference Theme: “Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging”


The theme for the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka was “Borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing”. In his presentation, Conference Co-Chair Professor Baden Offord wrote “Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways.”

Now we revisit that territory under the title “Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging”. While retaining the ideas expressed by Prof. Offord in 2014, this conference will turn its focus on to the precariousness of life across the world, life being understood in all its amplitude. Since 2014 we have witnessed the horror of the refugee crisis in Europe and how borders which should have been crossed have been blocked off by barbed wire fences. The whole context of borders, belonging and survival has shifted resulting in an increase in racism, radical nationalisms, terrorism, infringements of human rights, and rising poverty levels, to mention only a few of the globalised problems confronting our world. The result of such precarity, even of the planet itself, has led to a generalised sense of communal and individual vulnerability.

Raimond Gaita recently noted, “It is striking how often people now speak of ‘a common humanity’ in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship.” Hopefully, this conference will discuss the ways and means by which a “common humanity” may be aspired to by future generations.

The organisers encourage submissions that approach the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Abstracts should address one or more of the streams below, identifying a relevant sub-theme.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:


  • Area Studies
  • Architecture and Urban Studies/Design
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education / Pedagogy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Feminism/Black Feminism
  • Gender Studies / Feminist Theory
  • Geography/ all áreas of
  • Gerontology/ Ageing Studies
  • Geology /Earth Sciences/ Social Geography
  • History – all areas
  • Indigeneous Studies – world wide
  • Journalism
  • Legal Studies / including Wild Law – all areas
  • Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
  • Literary Studies / All genres/ Theory
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Studies / Nursing / Health and Well-being/ all areas of
  • Musicology
  • NGO policies and practice
  • Politics/ political Studies/ Political Sciences
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Orientalism
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Race Theory
  • The World Refugee Crisis
  • Queer Theory
  • Sciences – all areas of
  • Social Criticism
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • United Nations
  • Vetenary Studies
  • Visual Culture – all áreas of
  • Women’s Studies


  • activism
  • agriculture
  • animal welfare
  • auto/biography
  • belonging
  • borders/boundaries/no-man´s land/walls/fences
  • bullying
  • creative arts
  • climatology
  • curation/museumology/the archive
  • disability
  • discrimmination
  • displacement
  • drug abuse
  • education and/or pedagogy
  • gender, queer, LGBT /sexuality
  • human rights
  • identity
  • judiciary
  • law
  • media
  • minority cultures
  • mobility
  • music, musicology,practice of, music therapy
  • phobias – all areas of
  • place
  • popular culture
  • poverty
  • racism
  • refugees/refuge
  • religion
  • social justice
  • social praxis
  • sport
  • space
  • suicide
  • The Anthropocene
  • the city and the suburb
  • the ecological
  • the economy
  • the family
  • the local
  • the nation / nationalisms
  • The self/selfhood
  • the transnational/global
  • technology – all áreas of
  • terrorism
  • war

The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS2017) and The IAFOR International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies (IICJ2017). Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe, Japan.

The Organising Committee
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017



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The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, editorially independent, open access journal associated with IAFOR’s Conferences on Cultural Studies. A small number of papers from the Conference Proceedings will be selected by the journal editor(s) for reworking and revising, in line with 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, subject to the same processes of peer review.



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