The Fifth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2015
Rihga Royal Hotel, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015 (All Day)
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1, 2015
Registration Deadline for Presenters: May 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 Cultural Studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACCS2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies will again be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
ACCS2015 Conference Theme: “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”
Human rights praxis and ideas of justice are now core fields of investigation for cultural studies, media studies and Asian studies scholars. One example of this is how cultural research into the convergence of new media with everyday life, has brought into relief the growing significance of how struggles for freedom and justice are enabled by flows of social media. Various communities and peoples are now enabled to make claims for social recognition within human rights frameworks and language like never before.
Cultural studies as a discipline is specifically attuned to studying questions of human rights and justice. As a field it is connected to human rights discourse and praxis through its ethical foundations and ‘activating knowledge’ as Stuart Hall once put it. One of the essential motivations of cultural studies scholars is to focus on the struggles evident in structures and institutions of power, representation, identity and subjectivity. This is undertaken with specific attention to power and its manifestation and negotiation in the cultural arena of everyday life.
As a consequence, cultural studies researchers investigate ideas of justice and agency in compelling and innovative ways. They see agency, for example, as being implicated in the formation of moral, legal, political and ethical frameworks that are experienced in everyday lives, and which can be seen explicitly in the media. As cultural studies/human rights scholar John Erni notes, ‘cultural studies has long been attentive to the complex interpenetrations of power, agency, and the social imaginary.’
A central aim of this conference is to examine ideas of ‘justice’ and ‘human rights¹ in relation to media and cultural production. The hope is to enable useful exchange, connection and dialogue around the praxis of human rights and to clarify the implications of how cultural transformation and the media are closely connected to social and political change in the everyday life of individuals, communities and nations.
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ACCS2015 Conference Chairs
Professor Baden Offord
ACCS2015 Conference Chair
Professor of Cultural Studies & Human Rights, Southern Cross University, Australia
Vice President-International, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
Baden Offord is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia. Globally recognized as a specialist in sexuality and human rights, in 2012 he was a sponsored speaker to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels and conducted a three-week lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister’s Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. Baden’s interdisciplinary research cuts across the fields of Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Geography, Socio-legal Studies, Asian Studies, Australian Studies and Critical Pedagogy.
In 2010-2011 he was Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific Studies and American Studies, Institute for Advanced Global Studies, The University of Tokyo and has held several visiting professorships/fellowships in Spain, the United States, India, New Zealand and Japan. He is the Vice-President (International) of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.
Recent publications include the book Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices, Contexts (Ashgate, London: 2012) and articles in Asian Studies Review; The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies; Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; and Critical Arts: A journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies.
ACCS2015 Featured Speakers
Professor Gerard Goggin
ACCS2015 Featured Speaker
University of Sydney, Australia
Gerard Goggin is Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of Media and Communications, the University of Sydney. He is widely published on digital technology, with books including Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories (2016; with Mark McLelland), Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (with Larissa Hjorth), Technologies and the Media (2013), Global Mobile Media (2011), Cell Phone Culture (2006), and the co-edited collections Locative Media (2014), Mobile Technology and Place (2012), Internationalizing Internet Studies (2009), and Mobile Technology.
Professor John Erni
ACCS2015 Featured Speaker
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
John Nguyet Erni (PhD – Illinois; MA – Oregon; LL.M. – HKU) is Chair Professor in Humanities and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, after having served as Head of that Department in 2010-13. Previously, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, as well as the University of New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. An elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, he has published widely on international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth popular consumption in Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health.
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies is an editorially independent journal associated with ACCS. 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 IAFOR’s 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 publishing 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.