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A message from Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR Chairman

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters of IAFOR, Since 2009, more than 30,000 academics from around the world have chosen to present and/or publish with IAFOR, as we have become the trusted global platform for the dissemination of interdisciplinary research, and an exceptional platform for the nurturing of the networks and relationships that make this International

Special Message: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE: March 19, 2020 IAFOR is aware of the current developments regarding the novel coronavirus including travel restrictions currently in place as countries try to control the spread of the virus. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation, and will update conference attendees should this affect the events in any way. Please be advised

Special Message: March 2020 Conferences Moved Online

Dear Colleagues, After careful consideration by the Board of Directors, and due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has decided to move its March 2020 conferences online. While the situation in Japan is cautiously optimistic, most universities have already taken the decision to move their classes online for at least the

IAFOR Partners with the Association for Asian Studies for “AAS-in-Asia 2020”

“Asia at the Crossroads: Solidarity through Scholarship” June 29–July 1, 2020 | The Kobe International Convention Center, Kobe, Japan Late last year, in the context of political unrest and mass protests in Hong Kong, the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) decided, in consultation with partners at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), to move

IAFOR Chairman’s New Year Report January 2020

Chairman’s New Year Report

Dear Friends and Colleagues, The end of one year and the beginning of another is the perfect opportunity to look back over the past twelve months and reflect, as well as look towards the year to come. 2019 was a busy year for IAFOR, full of great opportunity and growth, and 2020 promises to be

The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2019) Photo Report

Organised in partnership with The Bartlett Real Estate Institute at University College London (UCL), The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) and the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University, The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen) featured a star-studded lineup of globally renowned speakers, including Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University and

“Uncertain Futures” CHER/ACLA2019 Photo Report

Following the overwhelming success of last year’s edition, Lingnan University, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), and the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) co-hosted The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER2019). The theme was “Uncertain Futures: Repurposing Higher Education”, a title chosen to reflect the precarious nature of global socio-economic development today. The

The 10th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) Photo Report

Above left: Dr Nasya Bahfen of La Trobe University (Australia) delivers her Keynote Presentation, “Australia and Asia: Media and Identity in a Time of Change”, in which she discusses issues such as gender and race in media, drawing on her years of experience as a journalist and scholar. Dr Bahfen also served on the Organising

The 11th Asian Conference on Education (ACE2019) Photo Report

Above left: Dr Yvonne Masters, Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, provides a pre-conference workshop on getting published for a packed room of interested scholars. Above right: Professor Michael Menchaca from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA) draws on his experience of coordinating the online education system for the University of Hawai’i as

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

The Grand Prize Winner of this year’s IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is Emilienne Malfatto, who wins the Award for her project “Al-Banaat” (“the girls” in Arabic), an “intimate journey through the world of two little sisters in Iraq”. Emilienne is a freelance photojournalist whose work focuses on post-conflict and social issues, mostly in Iraq. The

IAFOR, Lingnan University and APHERP Co-Host CHER/ACLA 2019 in Hong Kong

IAFOR, Lingnan University and APHERP co-hosted The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research (CHER), and The Asian Conference on the Liberal Arts (ACLA) in Hong Kong

Announcing the 2019 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award Judging Panel

Multiple award-winning photographers, Poulomi Basu and Jenny Matthews join our Founding Judge, Dr Paul Lowe on this year’s esteemed IAFOR Documentary Photography Award Judging Panel. The award is now inviting submissions on the theme, “Reclaiming the Future”. We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage photographers to submit work from a variety

IAFOR in Washington, D.C. for Virginia Tech’s Adaptive Lifelong Learning Workshop 2019

Last month, Virginia Tech hosted the Adaptive Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive Knowledge Economy workshop in Washington, D.C. The main goal of the workshop was to bring theory and current practice together in developing a framework to inform and guide adaptive lifelong learning for an inclusive knowledge economy and build connections among participants. The workshop

Subhrajit Sen Photography

2019 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award Launched

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is now inviting submissions on the theme, “Reclaiming the Future”. We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage photographers to submit work from a variety of perspectives. This year’s Guest Judges are Indian transmedia artist, photographer and activist, Poulomi Basu, whose work is widely known for advocating

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Professor Gaurav Desai

Precarious Futures, Precarious Pasts: Migritude and Planetarity

In this talk, Professor Gaurav Desai aims to think through “the figure of the migrant not just as someone who moves from one sociopolitical context – village, town, city, nation – to another, but to think through migrant experiences as they relate to larger planetary concerns.”

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Richard Roth Attica Prison Riots

History, Story, Narrative: Covering the Attica Prison Riots

Professor Richard Roth speaks about his own experience as a rookie reporter covering the Attica Prison Riots – coverage which earned him a 1972 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Professor Mark Pegrum, The University of Western Australia

Beyond web 2.0: Designing authentic mobile learning for everyday contexts in Asia

In this Keynote, Professor Mark Pegrum illustrates the potential of mobile augmented reality (AR) language and literacy learning projects, with particular focus on recent gamified learning trails in Asia.

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Dr Charles Allen Brown, Hokkaido University, Japan

Is the untrained NS teacher worth even less than we thought?: NS teacher endorsement of folk beliefs in EFL education

In this presentation, Dr Charles Allen Brown discusses how his own multi-year ethnographic fieldwork examining ground-level practices of English education in Japan and Taiwan indicates that the untrained NS teacher may be even less valuable than is commonly assumed.

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The Psychology of Kawaii Professor Hiroshi Nittono Osaka University

Beyond Cuteness: An Emerging Field of the Psychology of “Kawaii”

“Kawaii” is often translated as “cute” in English, but the nuances and connotations of the two words seem to be different. In this presentation, Professor Hiroshi Nittono of Osaka University discusses which aspects of kawaii are unique to Japanese culture and which aspects seem to be universal to all humans.

“Independence and Interdependence” ECE/ECLL2019 Photo Report

IAFOR was excited to take the seventh European conferences on Education (ECE2019) and Language Learning (ECLL2019) to the great city of London, where it was held on both Birkbeck and UCL’s IoE campuses in Bloomsbury. More than 300 academics joined IAFOR’s biggest European event, and the plenary session kicked off with Professor Thanassis Rikakis (above

“Reclaiming the Future” ECAH/EuroMedia Photo Report

The last in the series of conferences in Brighton, UK, was The 6th European Conference on the Arts & Humanities (ECAH2019) and The 5th European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia2019), and saw a great line-up of Keynote and Featured presentations. The conference theme invited reflections on “Reclaiming the Future”, and included a Plenary

“Independence & Interdependence” ECSS/ECSEE2019 Photo Report

The Sixth European Conferences on the Social Sciences (ECSS2019) and Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE2019) had as their theme, “Independence & Interdependence”. Above left: Dr Tom Houghton of Curtin University (Australia), gave an engaging presentation on the realities of climate change, renewable energy, and the disadvantaged position of the world’s poor in his Keynote

“Value and Values” ECP/ECERP2019 Photo Report

The first conference in IAFOR’s Brighton conference series was The 6th European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ECP2019) concurrently held with The 6th European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ECERP2019) focusing on the theme of “Value and Values”. Keynote Presentations included those by Dr Amy Szarkowski (above left), a leading psychologist from

IAFOR Year in Review | Summer 2019

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the IAFOR Year in Review (Summer 2019). In it you will find information about The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), and an overview of some of our current research and publications, as well as photo reports of recent events. Our hope is to give you some insight as to the range and

Hiroshi Ishiguro-EGEN2019-IAFOR

Hiroshi Ishiguro joins The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2019) as Keynote Speaker

We are delighted that Hiroshi Ishiguro director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Japan’s Osaka University, and visiting Director of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR), Japan, will be Keynote Speaker (joining via Skype) at The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology (EGen2019), taking place December 07-08, 2019, at University College


Now Published: Volume 6 Issue 1 of the IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities

IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities: Volume 6 – Issue 1 Editor: Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna, Hofstra University, United States of America Published: June 26, 2019 ISSN: 2187-0616 Editor’s Introduction The heterogeneous academic background of the contributors to this volume not only celebrates the spirit of inclusion and diversity that guides The International

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Intersectional Realities, Law and Belonging. Not?

In this presentation, Professor Adrien Katherine Wing of the University of Iowa focuses on the legal status of women of colour around the world under national and international law.

Professor Yozo Yokota (1940-2019)

IAFOR members were saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Yozo Yokota on June 12, 2019. Professor Yokota was an international champion of human rights, a legal giant in Japan, and a friend to many throughout the IAFOR network. Yokota served as the UN’s Special Rapporteur to Myanmar investigating the human rights’ situation there

“Independence & Interdependence” ACSS/ACSEE/AGen2019 Photo Report

Above left: Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones, of Birkbeck, University of London, UK, gave an interesting Keynote on the history of forced migration, focusing on those brought from South Asia to the Caribbean. Above right: Mr Kotaro Katsuki of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who oversees the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the Japanese

“Reclaiming the Future” ACCS/ACAS2019 Photo Report

Above left: Novelist, playwright and poet Gloria Montero delivers a powerful dramatic reading from her internationally-renowned play, Frida K. at the concurrently held Asian Conferences on Cultural Studies and Asian Studies (ACCS/ACAS2019) in Tokyo. Above right: Professor John Nguyet Erni, of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, used his Keynote Presentation “Inhabiting the Open” to