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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

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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

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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

The 9th Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL2019) Photo Report

The 9th Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL2019) was held in Tokyo, Japan on the theme of independence and interdependence and saw more than 150 academics from over 35 countries. Above from left to right: Professor Sarah Mercer of the University of Graz, Austria, delivers a Keynote on the “Interdependence of Language Teacher and Learner

Now Published: IAFOR Journal of Education – Volume 7 – Issue 1

IAFOR Journal of Education: Volume 7 – Issue 1 Editors: Dr Yvonne Masters Published: June 1, 2019 ISSN: 2187-0594 Editor’s Introduction This is the first of two issues for 2019 and it marks a new advance for the IAFOR Journal of Education: we are now indexed in Scopus. This means that the journal now has far reaching

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The Great Wall Story – The Way I Have Discovered It

“By reviewing a series of personal Great Wall explorations… I will show how diverse, personal, unconventional – and “foreign” – approaches have made significant contributions to the surprisingly narrow, Sino-centric and limited corpus of Great Wall knowledge, as well as popular understanding.”

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Shifting Strategic Balance and Asian Security

“The concept of strategic stability has become increasingly obscure since the end of the Cold War. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of China have changed the structure of strategic balance, which would have defining impacts on world security.”

“Learning Beyond Boundaries” ERI2019 Photo Report

Above left: Professor Barbara Lockee, of Virginia Tech, opened an energetic conference at Virginia Tech with The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation (ERI2019). As a key member of the Organising Committee, Professor Lockee led the effort to make this first collaboration with Virginia Tech a success. Above centre: Professor Mark Pegrum delivered a

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Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA

Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur

“Most attempts at social change attempting shifts in people’s behaviours or attitudes fail. There are systematic reasons for this. A more effective strategy may combine two very different ways of thinking, the systemic and the opportunistic.”


Now Published: IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences – Volume 5 – Issue 1

IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences: Volume 5 – Issue 1 Editors: Dr Shahrokh (Sharo) Shafaie, Southeast Missouri State University, USA and Dr Deborah G. Wooldridge, Bowling Green State University, USA Guest Assistant Editor: Dr Jean M. Gerard, Bowling Green State University, USA Published: May 27, 2019 ISSN: 2187-0675 Editor’s Introduction We

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Dr Simon Sleight King's College London

Memory and the Modern City

Densely populated, cities are also thickly inhabited by memories. This lecture explores the processes by which some aspects of the past are physically or emotionally inscribed into the built landscape, while others are overlooked or forgotten.

“Digital Nationalism and Sino-Japanese Relations: Selling Sovereignty in Digital China” Special Talk No. 11

Dr Florian Schneider, Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China, Leiden University, delivered the 11th OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre Special Talk at Osaka School of International Public Policy. Report of the event from Anoma van der Veere, Researcher (Society & Culture) When thinking about nationalism, we tend to think about flag waving and reciting the

Mark Pegrum on “Crossing Borders & Boundaries” at The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation (ERI)

It was an honour to be asked to present a keynote paper at the inaugural IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation, held in Virginia, USA. Focused on the theme of ‘Learning Beyond Boundaries’, and with attendees from across state and national borders, the conference delivered a strong message about the importance of working across