“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 explore ideas of the self and the other and how people find belonging in the world.

Above clockwise from top left: Winner of the 2018 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, Ezra Acayan, talks of his work as a documentary photographer in the Philippines, in an interview with Professor Donald Hall, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering at the University of Rochester, USA. Filmmaker Keiko Bang of Bang Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, discusses the spread of fandom and what applications the findings could have in spreading information beyond pop culture. Professor Sue Ballyn of Barcelona University, Spain, in her keynote presentation, “Can we agree to disagree? Unreclaimable Futures”, responds to questions relating to how the elderly are being failed. In his own Keynote Presentation, titled “Resisting the Cynical Turn: Projections of a Desirably Queer Future”, Professor Donald Hall spoke to the conference theme of “Reclaiming the Future” by embracing positive narratives, concentrating on the possible, and encouraging artists, writers, philosophers, and theorists to “challenge and change the world”.

ACCS/ACAS2019 Conference Programme

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