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The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science 2016

Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Thursday, April 7 - Sunday, April 10, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: March 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 literature and librarianship. As with IAFOR’s other events, LibrAsia2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

Once again The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in both.




LibrAsia2016 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, puts 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?

More information on our conference theme and sub-themes.




The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award Ceremony

ACAH LibrAsia 2014 Plenary Session and Haiku Award ceremony
LibrAsia2016 is the proud host of the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award Ceremony, which will be held during the Plenary Session on Friday, April 8, 2016. Now in its sixth year, the Award was founded and is judged by distinguished poet and Croatian Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency Dr. Drago Štambuk. It prides itself on its indiscriminate acceptance of all forms of haiku, regardless of whether in the traditional or modern style. This international, broad and unrestricted approach attracted a record number of over 400 submissions from 54 countries in 2015 and this year is set to be its most prolific yet.

Find haiku inspiration in our listings of previous winners and learn more about Dr. Drago Štambuk’s conception of the award here.

The Award is currently open for entries. Only unpublished haiku and one entry per person will be considered.




Haiku Workshop

The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award
This annual workshop gives a background and history to haiku, the Japanese form of poetry that has become popular the world over. It will include readings of some of the most famous examples, and will invite participants to write their own poems, under the guidance of one of Japan’s most prominent haiku poets.

The workshop is run by Councillors of the Haiku International Association, Emiko Miyashita, a prominent and widely published haiku poet, award-winning translator and secretary of the Haiku Poets Association International Department in Tokyo, and Hana Fujimoto, a member of the Japan Traditional Haiku Association and writer for the haiku magazine Tamamo.


The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – 2015 Winners Screening


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) – Asia’s Think Tank – 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.

Our 2015 award was judged by a panel of leading professionals in the field of documentary photography and photojournalism, including Paul Lowe, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett.

Winners were announced at The European Conference on Arts & Humanities (July 13-16, 2015) in Brighton, England. The Award followed the theme of the conference, with 2015’s theme being “Power”

In supporting upcoming talent, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is free to enter.

All delegates receive free entry to the award screening.

Visit the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award website



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LibrAsia2016 Conference Chairs


Andrew J Stark

Mr. Andrew J. Stark

LibrAsia2016 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)

The Southport School, Australia

Andrew J. Stark is an Associate Dean and Head of Libraries and Information Services at The Southport School, an independent Anglican School for boys, on Queensland’s Gold Coast. For the last nine years, Mr. Stark has been directly involved with developing and promoting Library Services within Independent schools and has completed extensive research into the value of creating positive learning and teaching spaces for students and teaching staff. In 2014, he completed an Action Research Project for the International Boys’ Schools Coalition which considered the influence affinity space has on critical thinking and engagement. This has led him to explore the relevance of learning space in pedagogy.


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Dr. Dickson Chiu

LibrAsia2016 Conference Co-Chair (Librarianship)

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dickson K.W. Chiu received a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Computer Studies from the University of Hong Kong in 1987. He received a M.Sc. (1994) and Ph.D. (2000) in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and started his own computer company while studying part-time. He has taught at several universities in Hong Kong and is now teaching at the University of Hong Kong. Full biography.


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Dr. Patrick Lo

LibrAsia2016 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 at University of Tsukuba, 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.


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IAFOR Publishing Opportunities



Conference Proceedings

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.


IAFOR Journal of Education


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 for inclusion by the journal Editor, but articles may also be submitted directly. IAFOR journals are open access, conform to the highest academic standards and reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.




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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 to be backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.

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