Conference Theme: "Reclaiming the Future"
March 29–31, 2019 | Toshi Center Hotel, 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.
ACAH2019 Photo Report
Above: The 10th Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH2019) opened with a great plenary line up on the theme of “Reimagining the Future”. Renowned curator Dr Yutaka Mino (above left), Director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, was the first keynote and spoke of encouraging aesthetic sensitivity in the young by creating exciting and open museum spaces. He was followed by the world’s leading expert of the Great Wall of China, and its most prominent international protector, William Lindsay OBE (above centre) speaking on preserving the past to preserve the future by documenting this great cultural heritage site. Former Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Professor Brad Hamm (above right) spoke of the extraordinary role of big technology companies in global and local communities, media and journalism, the economy and the daily lives of adults and children.
Above: Filipino documentary photographer Ezra Acayan (above left), Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, takes questions from the audience during an interview moderated by Professor Hamm. Launched in 2015, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award is an international photography competition that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. Heather Croall (above right), Director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, spoke on how a Fringe festival can offer cultural transformation to a city as a way of “reclaiming the future”. The Adelaide Fringe is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest annual arts festival and the second-largest Fringe in the world after Edinburgh.
The Organising Committee of The 12th 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 Grant & Scholarship Recipients
Our warmest congratulations go to Jennifer Yoo, Joeddin Niño Olayvar, Sara Hasanat and Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay, who have been selected by the conference Organising Committee to receive grants and scholarships to present their research at The 10th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2019). Congratulations also to Ezra Acayan, Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, who receives a grant and scholarship to attend ACAH2019 as part of his prize package.
IAFOR's grants and scholarships programme provides financial support to PhD students and early career academics, with the aim of helping them pursue research excellence and achieve their academic goals through interdisciplinary study and interaction. Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant's field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR's mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and vary with each conference.
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.