The Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015
The Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan
Thursday, April 2 - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2015
Registration Deadline for Presenters: March 1, 2015
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 literature and librarianship. As with IAFOR’s other events, LibrAsia2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship will again be held alongside The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
LibrAsia2015 Conference Theme: “Power: Text and Context”
Power remains one of the most contested, debated, omnipresent yet ungraspable of concepts. While the fact of power remains constant, changes in in political, social, economic and cultural conditions require us as scholars to periodically take stock of, analyze, and trace the workings and origins of power. And while it has long been accepted that literature and literary activity have never been immune to the functions and effects of power, new alignments in public and private spheres require us to interrogate how textual production, reception and study construct and resist power.
Literary power can be seen in books about power; moreover the act of reading itself can be seen as an act that grants power to the reader. Similarly, interpretation is an act of power over the text, while theories of interpretation hold power over the intellect and imagination of the reader. Those who teach, research and curate texts also exercise power, though how this power is wielded is colored by perceptions of those within and without academia. For students, the literature teacher is a figure of power who gets to select what is read and studied, as well as how it is read and studied.
Power can also seem too large and unwieldy a concept to gain any purchase on, thus any analysis of power can create a sense of powerlessness, not to mention dissatisfaction at the necessarily arbitrary nature of academic analyses. But choosing which aspect of power to analyze is an act of power in itself, one that invites further interrogations of the moral and ethical dimensions of power.
IAFOR Literature and Librarianship Conference Videos
LibrAsia2015 Conference Chairs
Dr. Myles Chilton
LibrAsia2015 Conference Chair (Literature)
Nihon University, Japan
Myles Chilton (B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Nihon University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Chilton has been in Japan for over twenty years, where in addition to continuing his work in exploring relationships between contemporary world literature and global cities, he has become increasingly interested in the pedagogy of literature in EFL classrooms. Full biography.
Dr. Dickson Chiu
LibrAsia2015 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dickson K.W. Chiu received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Computer Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 1987. He received the M.Sc. (1994) and the Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He started his own computer company while studying part-time. He is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong and has also taught at several universities in Hong Kong. Full biography.
Dr. Patrick Lo
LibrAsia 2015 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Dr. Patrick Lo is currently serving as Associate Professor (准教授) at Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, University of Tsukuba in Japan (since 2012). From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Lo served as Assistant Librarian I (Head of the Cataloguing Section) and Subject Specialist for School of Arts & Social Sciences at The Open University of Hong Kong Library. Full biography.
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship is an editorially independent journal associated with LibrAsia. 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 organized 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 various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various 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 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.