The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences – Dubai 2016
The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, U.A.E.
Saturday, February 27 - Monday, February 29, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: February 1, 2016
Hear the latest research. Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network. Experience Dubai. Join a global academic community.
The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners, is proud to announce the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences in Dubai.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will act as a centre for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in education. IICSSDubai2016 will create opportunities for the internationalisation of higher education and sharing of expertise. We invite professionals from all corners of the world to develop policies, exchange ideas, and promote new partnerships with organisations and peers.
The inaugural IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences 2016 – Dubai will be held alongside the inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities 2016 – Dubai. Registration for either conference will grant attendees access to sessions in the other.
IICSSDubai2016 Theme: “Justice and Sustainability”
Justice can be used as a working tool within a framework for social science research. It can be the basis of an investigation into and the complex interplay of systems of law, education, business and public policy that comprise the context of social life.
This theme invites us to look at concepts and forms Justice can take, and the contested spaces around these terms, particularly the issues of sustainability, the environment, domestic and international law, equity, along with access to water, food, healthcare and education.
This international and interdisciplinary conference calls for social scientists around the globe to come together to share their respective outlooks and collective wisdoms in the pursuit of a sustainable world. The speakers will be expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and looking for the synergies that can inspire multidisciplinary research collaborations, as we work together to address complex problems, establish common visions, and motivate communities and societies to embody the ideal of justice in their activities.
The conferences are an ambitious expression of the steadily emerging global network of IAFOR activities. Justice is this year’s conference theme for the 2016 IAFOR Social Sciences conferences, in an ambitious conference programme that will be held in four venues (Japan, Dubai, UK, USA) and across three continents, with a combined attendance of more than 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries, and dozens more cultures.
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IICSSDubai2016 Conference Chairs and Keynote Speakers
Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
IICSSDubai2016 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 Co., Kobe Steel, and Japan Airlines.
Dr. A. Robert Lee
IICSSDubai2016 Programme Adviser
Formerly of the University of Kent, UK and Nihon University, Japan
A. Robert Lee, a Britisher who helped establish American Studies in the UK, was Professor in the English department at Nihon University, Tokyo from 1997 to 2011, having previously long taught at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He now lives in Murcia, Spain.
His academic books include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998); Postindian Conversations (1999), with Gerald Vizenor; Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award in 2004; Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2009); Modern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics (2010), and collections like Other Britain, Other British: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction (1995); Beat Generation Writers (1996); China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story (2008); The Salt Companion to Jim Barnes (2010); Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (2010); and Herman Melville, four Vols (2001): Native American Writing, four Vols (2011), African American Writing, five Vols (2013), and U.S.Latino/a Writing, four Vols (2013). He edited the Special Japan edition of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies in 2006.
His creative work is reflected in Japan Textures: Sight and Word (2007), with Mark Gresham; Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line (2011); and the poetry collections Ars Geographica: Maps and Compasses (2012), Portrait and Landscape: Further Geographies (2013), and Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines (2013).
Professor Said M. Faiq
IICSSDubai2016 Local Conference Chair
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Said Faiq, FRSA, is Professor of intercultural studies and translation at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), where he was Chair/Head of department (2003-07, 2009-10), and Director of the graduate program in translation and interpreting (2002-11). He is a visiting professor at Exeter University (UK). Prior to his current position, he worked in Africa, the Middle East and the United Kingdom (Salford University, (1990-2003), where he was Director of Studies for undergraduate and graduate programs in Arabic/English translation and interpreting; and Leeds University, (1996-1998), where he was visiting lecturer in applied linguistics). He has served as consultant to private and public organisations for educational and related sectors and serves on a number of academic editorial and consultancy boards/agencies. He is an established figure in intercultural and translation studies and allied areas and has directed and examined graduate research (Cambridge, McGill). Full biography.
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
A small number of papers from the conference proceedings will be selected by the editor for inclusion in the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. IAFOR’s 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.
Eye Magazine is The International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye Magazine, we hope to enlighten you to the various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.
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.