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Conference Theme: "Reclaiming the Future"
March 29–31, 2019 | Toshi Center, Tokyo, Japan
We live in a period characterised by rises in regionalism, nationalism and authoritarianism; a time of great global uncertainty and anxiety, as well as inequality and iniquity which both reflects and drives political divide, and undermines international systems of cooperation. Clashes of identities, beliefs and ideologies are evident in academia, media and the arts, contributing to a feeling that humanity is spiraling out of control; that our relationships with each other, as well as with the earth and environment, have never been worse.
Yet, as humans, we are not conditioned by fear alone, but instead by a remarkable ingenuity, and a capacity for hope, self-reflection, activism and action. This agency to improve our own lives, and those of others, is the theme of this international conference, inviting us to consider the ways in which we contextualise and process the past, reimagining ourselves, our relationships, and our environments; driving positive change and reclaiming the future as a time we look towards with hope, and even optimism.
This conference is organised by IAFOR in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.
The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
ACAH2019 Review Committee
- Dr Firas Al-Jubouri, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- Dr Lorna Dimatatac, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Philippines
- Professor Jie Gao, Murray State University, United States
- Dr Fernando Darío González Grueso, University of Tamkang, Taiwan
- Dr Chi Sum Garfield Lau, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Dr Vicky Lee, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
- Dr Amy Lee, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
- Dr Keren Mazuz, Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem, Israel
- Dr Reena Mittal, DAK Degree College, India
- Dr Rosalina Rara Sarabosing, Holy Name University, Philippines
- Dr Yi-Chin Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
- Professor Joseph Sorensen, University of California, Davis, United States
- Dr Suranti Trisnawati, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
- Dr Anne-Kathrin Wielgosz, Walsh University, United States
- Dr Min-Chia Young, Shu-Te University, Taiwan
- Dr Ting-Fai Yu, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the ACAH Review Committee, please visit our application page.
IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”
The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.