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The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2014

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The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship, to be held from April 3-6, 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

As the country that gave the world the novel one thousand years ago, and subsequently haiku and manga, Japan’s long and rich literary history make it an ideal place to bring together academics, writers, and librarians to celebrate, debate, and explore their common passion. The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing an exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.

LibrAsia 2014 is not only an academic conference, but will again this year offer a number of talks, workshops, and readings of original works, in the context of an exciting long weekend of interdisciplinary and intercultural discussion.

LibrAsia Conference Theme 2014: Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy
Conflict is an integral part of the human condition. The universal struggle between our personal selves – who we are as unique, separate and different from others, with our specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, aspirations, needs and wants – and our social selves, intricately connected to, and interdependent on, others and our loved ones, our friends and favored groups, our communities and cultures – leads inevitably to internal as well as interpersonal conflict.

Conflict among our communities and societies is also natural, given that these groups are founded on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, beliefs, aspirations and differentiated from others based on these. Diversity, however, though it may lead to conflict, plays an important role in the flourishing of communities and societies. One of the challenges of modern society is harnessing the synergy that emerges from the interaction of these differences.

Literature, and the Arts and Humanities have long fed off these differences and frictions to try and make sense of conflicts through exploration of ideas, words, and artistic expression. With the introduction of the wide-ranging 2014 conference theme, the organizers hope to encourage and inspire exciting new research avenues, as well as foster academic and personal encounters, exchanges and synergies across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides.

 

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The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B. Picken

Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.
IAFOR International Advisory Board Chair & LibrAsia/ACAH 2014 Conference Chair

The Fourth Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship will be held alongside the Fifth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. Registrants for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other.

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About the Event

Date/Time: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014 (All Day)
Venue: Rihga Royal Hotel, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2013
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2014
Streams: Librarianship: Cataloging and Classification, Librarianship: Censorship / Ownership / Intellectual Property, Librarianship: Protecting and Preserving Librarianship: 21st Century Problems and Solutions, Literature: African Literature, Literature: Ancient & Classical Literature, Literature: Arabic/Middle Eastern Literature, Literature: Comparative Literature, Literature: Folktales / Myths / Legends, Literature: Historical and Political Literature, Literature: Latin American Literature, Literature: Literary Criticism and Theory, Literature: Literary Practice, Literature: Literary Translation and Translatology, Literature: Literature / Language / Identity, Literature: Literature and Film, Literature: Literature and Religion, Literature: Manuscriptology / Textual / Genetic Criticism, Literature: Memoir and Autobiography, Literature: Travel Writing


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