The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2016
The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, United Kingdom
Monday, July 11 - Thursday, July 14, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 15, 2016
Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience the UK. 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 & Humanities. As with IAFOR’s other events, ECAH2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
For the third consecutive year, the European Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held alongside The European Conference Literature and Librarianship, The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film and The European Conference on Cultural Studies. Registration for any one of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the others.
ECAH2016 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?
The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2016
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), World Press Photo, British Journal of Photography and MediaStorm, 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.
This year’s Award will judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including our Founding Judge, Dr. Paul Lowe (Panos Pictures/University of the Arts London), Ed Kashi (VII Photo Agency) and Simon Roberts.
Winners will be announced at The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film 2016 in Brighton, England. The Award follows the theme of the conference, with 2016’s theme being “Justice”.
In supporting upcoming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.
All delegates attending EuroMedia2016 will receive free entry to the award ceremony.
Why join an IAFOR conference?
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities is an editorially independent journal associated with ECAH. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate 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.
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.
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 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.
IAFOR Arts & Humanities Conference Videos
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 allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.