In this IAFOR/Konrad Adenauer Foundation co-organised presentation, panellists Bruce Brown (Royal College of Art, UK), Saito Nagayuki (International Professional University of Technology, Japan), and Ryuji Yamazaki-Skov (Osaka University, Japan), talk about the intersection of design and democracy from their respective backgrounds.
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.”
“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.
“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.”
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.
In his Keynote Presentation at ECAH2017, Dr Paul Lowe from the University of the Arts London discusses how the photographic image has engaged with the historical moment, from its inception in the mid nineteenth century to the present day.
Donald E. Hall explains the essential need for interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences – especially as informed by the humanities, the social sciences, the visual and performing arts and cultural studies.
“By appropriating and re-contextualising traditional art forms gathered from other places, they were able to reinterpret their own cultural identity and thereby make a profound impact on their national consciousness.” Lord Charles Bruce reflects on the encounters of Europeans and Asians during the colonial period.
Professor Hsiao-Chuan Hsia of the Graduate Institute for Social Transformation Studies at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan discusses Gender, Citizenship and Empowerment of Marriage Migrants in East Asia at The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2014.
“It has been much discussed that the intricate process of globalisation brings about contradictory consequences.” Professor Koichi Iwabuchi discusses the Predicament of the Borderland Imagination in his Keynote Presentation at The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014.
Internationally recognised specialist in human rights, sexuality and culture, Professor Baden Offord, speaks with IAFOR Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, about Cultural Studies as a discipline, its strengths and effects.
Professor Donald E. Hall of LeHigh University, USA, discusses the origins of Queer Studies, growing up in the deep south, and The Routledge Queer Studies Reader with IAFOR Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane.
Bill Ashcroft discusses the function of literature in the twentieth century, and argues that literature, far more than the language of politics, has the capacity to speak to power by speaking beyond it.
A look into the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary world of an IAFOR conference and why you should attend. Featuring footage shot at our conferences and interviews with leading academics.