ACAH2019


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.

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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.

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Speakers

  • Ezra Acayan
    Ezra Acayan
    Documentary Photographer
  • Heather Croall
    Heather Croall
    Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia
  • Bradley J. Hamm
    Bradley J. Hamm
    Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA
  • William Lindesay OBE
    William Lindesay OBE
    Founder, International Friends of the Great Wall
  • Yutaka Mino
    Yutaka Mino
    Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

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Programme

  • Reclaiming the Future in Tech, Media and Communities
    Reclaiming the Future in Tech, Media and Communities
    Keynote Presentation: Bradley J. Hamm
  • The Great Wall Story: How I Have Discovered it
    The Great Wall Story: How I Have Discovered it
    Keynote Presentation: William Lindesay
  • Museum Cultivates Aesthetic Sensibility
    Museum Cultivates Aesthetic Sensibility
    Keynote Presentation: Yutaka Mino
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
    IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
    Featured Panel Presentation: Ezra Acayan, Bradley J. Hamm & Joseph Haldane
  • Running a Fringe Festival: The Adelaide Experience
    Running a Fringe Festival: The Adelaide Experience
    Featured Presentation: Heather Croall

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The 11th 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.

  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Donald E. Hall
    Donald E. Hall
    University of Rochester, USA
  • Bradley J. Hamm
    Bradley J. Hamm
    Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA
  • Yutaka Mino
    Yutaka Mino
    Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan

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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 ACAH2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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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.

Ezra Acayan

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award – Grant & Scholarship Recipient

Duterte’s War On Drugs Is Not Over
Ezra Acayan, Documentary Photographer, Philippines

Ezra Acayan is a documentary photographer based in Manila whose work primarily focuses on social issues and human rights. Currently, he is working on a documentary reportage on the suffering and abuse experienced by communities under the Philippine government’s war on drugs.

In 2017, together with a team of Reuters journalists, Ezra was awarded a special merit at the Human Rights Press Awards for multimedia reporting on the drug war. In 2018, he received both the Ian Parry Scholarship Award for Achievement and the Lucie Foundation Photo Taken Emerging Scholarship, as well as being named Grand Prize winner at the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award and Young Photographer of the Year at the Istanbul Photo Awards.

This work—along with work by other journalists who cover the drug war—has been exhibited in Geneva for two straight years as part of the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council. It has also been exhibited at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Thailand (FCCT), in France during the Prix-Bayeux Calvados Award for War Correspondents, in Sarajevo during the WARM Festival, and in Germany during the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism.

He has done multimedia work for various outfits such as Reuters, European Pressphoto Agency, Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, and the French Society magazine. He has also done work for NGOs such as Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Care International, and the French Red Cross. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Vice, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Stern, Paris Match, and more.

Jennifer Yoo

Stuart D. B. Picken Grant and Scholarship Recipient

Monstrous Wives and Dead Wet Girls: Examining the Vengeful Ghost in Japanese Theatre and Horror Cinema
Jennifer Yoo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Jennifer Yoo is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Asian Theatre program with a focus onJapanese Theatre. She received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) and a masters degree in Asian Theatre from the University of Hawai’i. Her primary academic interest is women’s representation in media and culture, which she will explore in her dissertation. In 2018, Jennifer was awarded the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship allowing her to conduct her field research for her dissertation through Ritsumeikan University’s Art Research Center in Kyoto, Japan.

Joeddin Niño Olayvar

IAFOR Scholarship Recipient

Duterte and Feudalism in the Neo-Liberal Philippines
Joeddin Niño Olayvar, University of San Carlos, The Philippines

Joeddin Niño Olayvar is a Masters student in Political Science, Department of Law and Governance, University of San Carlos in the Philippines. During his undergraduate study at the University of the Philippines Cebu, and graduate studies at the University of San Carlos, he has been involved with studies focused on local peasant conditions in the context of national development. At present he’s faculty at the Southwestern University College of Arts and Sciences, the Philippines.

Sara Hasanat

IAFOR Scholarship Recipient

Imagining the Future: Technology and Utopia in Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said and Brave New World
Sara Hasanat, Doshisha University, Japan

Currently a research student in English and American Literature at Kyoto University, Japan. She has applied to study American Studies at the Global Studies Department at Doshisha University, Japan, expecting to attend from April 2019 for her MA. Sara was educated at Bethlehem University, Palestine and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in English Language and Literature. Prior to coming to Japan for research, she worked as an English language primary school teacher at Bethlehem Evangelical Academy, Palestine. Her research field was children’s literature, for example, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay

IAFOR Scholarship Recipient

Illustrating Political Discourse in Southeast Asia: Comics and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay, Waseda University, Japan

Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay is a graduate student working towards his master’s degree in international relations at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, Japan. He presently serves as the co-founder and director of the ASEAN Peace Project, a non-profit, youth-led organization focused on supporting peace-building and environmental protection efforts in conflict-affected areas of Southeast Asia through social entrepreneurship and leadership programs. He served as one of the four academic fellows from the Philippines to participate in President Barack Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in the United States focused on global environmental issues at the East-West Center. He also participated in or mentored for various local and international programs, including the Generation Democracy, ASEAN-Korea Frontier Forum, ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme and Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths, among others. Ferth completed his bachelor’s cum laude degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

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.

Click here to learn out more about IAFOR grants and scholarships.

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Virtual Presentations

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a research organisation, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational exchange and academic research.

Virtual presentations afford authors the opportunity to present their research to IAFOR’s far-reaching and international online audience, without time restrictions, distractions or the need to travel. Presenters are invited to create a video of their presentation, which is then uploaded to the official IAFOR Vimeo channel and remains online indefinitely. This is a valuable and impactful way of presenting in its own right, but also an alternative means for those delegates who may be unable to travel to the conference due to financial or political restrictions. The same publishing opportunities apply to virtual presenters, with final papers being included in the Conference Proceedings.

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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.

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Ezra Acayan
Documentary Photographer

Biography

Ezra Acayan is a documentary photographer based in Manila whose work primarily focuses on social issues and human rights. Currently, he is working on a documentary reportage on the suffering and abuse experienced by communities under the Philippine government's war on drugs.

In 2017, together with a team of Reuters journalists, Ezra was awarded a special merit at the Human Rights Press Awards for multimedia reporting on the drug war. In 2018, he received both the Ian Parry Scholarship Award for Achievement and the Lucie Foundation Photo Taken Emerging Scholarship, as well as being named Grand Prize winner at the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award and Young Photographer of the Year at the Istanbul Photo Awards.

This work – along with work by other journalists who cover the drug war – has been exhibited in Geneva for two straight years as part of the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council. It has also been exhibited at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Thailand (FCCT), in France during the Prix-Bayeux Calvados Award for War Correspondents, in Sarajevo during the WARM Festival, and in Germany during the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism.

He has done multimedia work for various outfits such as Reuters, European Pressphoto Agency, Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, and the French Society magazine. He has also done work for NGOs such as Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Care International, and the French Red Cross. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Vice, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Stern, Paris Match, and more.

Featured Presentation (2019) | IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
Heather Croall
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia

Biography

Heather Croall is an experienced CEO and director known as a visionary in the creative sector who delivers innovative festival programs, new audiences and organisational growth.

She has specific expertise in partner engagement and capital acquisition. With an international career in film, TV and the arts, Heather has a strong track record in implementing organisational change and capacity building. She has transitioned a number of creative sector organisations into the digital age.

Heather has a reputation for generating new income streams and delivering excellent management of stakeholder relations. Under her leadership, every festival she has run has seen an increase in turnover, been met with high critical acclaim, delivered growth in ticket sales and expanded audience demographic.

She became Director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest annual arts festival and the second-largest Fringe in the world after Edinburgh – ahead of the 2016 festival, and since then has overseen a digital transformation including new ticketing and artist registration systems.

Over the past three festivals under Heather’s leadership, Adelaide Fringe’s ticket sales have grown by 16 percent (from 604,000 in 2016 to 705,761 in 2018) and box office revenue has increased by 11 per cent (from $14.8 million to $16.6 million). After the 2016 festival, Heather set a target of tripling visitor numbers to the Adelaide Fringe by 2022 and she is on her way to achieving this with last year’s Fringe attracting 20,244 visitors – up from 18,655 in 2017.

Heather was awarded a Fellowship in Interactive Media by Screen Australia in 2005. In 2013, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists named Heather Ambassador of Women’s Film for her work in creating opportunities for women documentary makers.

Heather was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Sheffield Hallam University, UK, in 2014, and just last year she received the Ambassador Award from the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program in recognition of her contribution setting up and serving as the inaugural Chair of the Arts and Culture Cluster.

Featured Presentation (2019) | Running a Fringe Festival: The Adelaide Experience
Bradley J. Hamm
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Biography

Bradley J. Hamm is a full professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, USA, serving as the dean from 2012 to 2018, where he oversaw Medill's programs in Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco in addition to its home campus in Evanston. Previously, he was Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington and Indianapolis, USA.

Hamm's PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, USA. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, USA, and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College in North Carolina, USA.

He also served as the interim dean and associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina, USA. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and the United Kingdom and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory.

He served as a trustee for the Poynter Institute and is a judge for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards. He serves as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors for Next Digital media company of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Reclaiming the Future in Tech, Media and Communities
Featured Presentation (2019) | IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
William Lindesay OBE
Founder, International Friends of the Great Wall

Biography

William Lindesay OBE is an honorary senior research fellow at University of Liverpool, where he studied geography and geology in the 1970s. Recently he received the Royal Society for Asian Affairs’ Special Award 2016. He first went to China to recce the Great Wall in 1986, making the first documented traverse of the ruins on foot the following year, in 1987, in which he covered 2,470 km.

Since 1990 he has resided permanently in China, spending more than 2,700 days on its Great Walls. He has written five books on the subject, published by Harvard University Press and Penguin among others, and fronted documentaries that have been screened on National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Channel.

William Lindesay is credited with arousing China’s national consciousness to protect the Great Wall and its environment, and he has created/curated two national exhibitions in Beijing, at the Capital Museum and the Imperial Academy, and seven provincial exhibitions. For his work presenting and preserving the Great Wall and assuming the role of its international ambassador he was granted permanent residency in China. He lives with his wife and two sons in Beijing, in a village below the Great Wall in the city’s northern suburbs.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | The Great Wall Story: How I Have Discovered it
Yutaka Mino
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Biography

Dr Yutaka Mino was born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1941, and received his PhD in Art History from Harvard University, in 1977. He was appointed associate curator in charge of the Asiatic Department at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in 1976, the curator of the Oriental Art Department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1977, and the curator of the Asian Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1985. After Returning to Japan, he was named as the director of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, in 1996, and as the founding director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2004. In 2007, he became the Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the Honorary Director, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. In April 2010, he was appointed as the director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, and in 2012, the director of Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, he was named Honorary Director, Abeno Harukas Museum of Art. Yutaka Mino has organized many exhibitions, and also published individual books and catalogs such as Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D. in 1980, and Hakuji (White Ware), vol.5 in the Chugoku Togi (Chinese Ceramics) series in 1998.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Museum Cultivates Aesthetic Sensibility

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2018) | The Ceramic Road
Featured Presentation (2017) | Art and Narrative in the Public Sphere
Reclaiming the Future in Tech, Media and Communities
Keynote Presentation: Bradley J. Hamm

A central issue in the 21st century is 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.

Yet we are still at the early stages of understanding the full impact of changes over the past decade related to core concerns about privacy, health, security, ethics, regulation, accountability, monopolies, taxes and much more.

This talk will examine how similar challenges may have been addressed in past technology waves and what may be needed – in fairly short time – to address today’s major concerns. Leaders and experts in the arts and humanities can play an important role in these efforts to both protect and improve communities for the future.

Read presenter biographies.

The Great Wall Story: How I Have Discovered it
Keynote Presentation: William Lindesay

Between the late fourth century BC to 1644 AD, at least 16 border-defence systems were intermittently built (or inherited and operated) by rulers of Chinese dynasties – all of them functioning as fortifications against nomadic cavalry from the north. These are known as “Great Walls of China”. Chinese chroniclers wrote a great library about their empires, including a history of each dynasty, but shy of rough work on imperial frontiers they seldom reference “Great Walls”. Today, their remnants comprise the largest system of related ancient ruins in the world, yet in spite of the urgent need to conserve these monuments, their academic study and field research is ignored by university faculties – because “Great Wall Studies” transcends many fields.

By reviewing a series of personal Great Wall explorations, field-research foci, discoveries, advocacy and archive projects carried out and achieved in China between 1987 and 2017, as a geographer, author and film-maker, 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.

“The Great Wall”, the most famous building in the world, a bucket-list must-see, remains the least-known and most superficially protected of UNESCO world heritages, as continuing damage to it by nature and man shows. I hold that a better future for its protection, and rational, economic, educational and inspirational uses, rests with the development of “Great Wall Studies” as an integrated course at university level.

Read presenter biographies.

Museum Cultivates Aesthetic Sensibility
Keynote Presentation: Yutaka Mino

I have long been an advocate of museums placing emphasis on cultivating aesthetic sensibility in people of all ages, especially children. Museums have an important mission: “provide opportunities for children to interact with genuine articles.” I always hope to bring as many children as possible to those museums, to let them experience real objects. Aesthetic sensibility will be the most positive driving force for the society which is facing difficulties. I believe that aesthetic sensibility stimulates imagination, furthermore it enriches our lives and makes our society more prosperous, in the future.

When a region enjoys economic prosperity and social stability, consequently, cultural activities and artistic practice prevail. Now, our time is marked by political and economic instability, and I think it is about time we changed our way of thinking, to have a reverse view, and start to look at art itself as a source of energy to vitalise our economy and living environment. In other words, when a region flourishes in art and culture, it could achieve economic success.

Professor Galbraith, a world famous economist, suggested that what we should expand on in the future is not GNP (Gross National Product), but GNE (Gross National Enjoyment).

Image | The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan

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IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
Featured Panel Presentation: Ezra Acayan, Bradley J. Hamm & Joseph Haldane

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in 2015 as an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In keeping with this mission, in appreciation of the great value of photography as a medium that can be shared across borders of language, culture and nation, and to influence and inform our academic work and programmes, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched as a competition that would help underline the importance of the organisation’s aims, and would promote and recognise best practice and excellence.

Now in its fifth year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, British Journal of Photography, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

This session will include a screening of the most recent (2018) award winners selection, and will be followed by a discussion on the importance and relevance of documentary photography and photojournalism with the 2018 Grand Prize Winner, Ezra Acayan, an internationally published, award-winning photojournalist from the Philippines, and Bradley J. Hamm, former dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, USA.

Featured Image | From the series "Duterte's War on Drugs is Not Over" by Ezra Acayan

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Running a Fringe Festival: The Adelaide Experience
Featured Presentation: Heather Croall

Adelaide Fringe is Australia's largest arts festival. In 2019, we will be 60 years old and it has grown incrementally over the decades to become the biggest ticket-selling arts festival in Australia.

The Adelaide Fringe is a not-for-profit, open-access festival; there are no curator handpicking shows. Anyone who wants to be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, can! The Fringe provides a way for artists across all disciplines to share their work with the world. The Fringe runs for 31 days and nights each year and literally transforms the whole of the city of Adelaide into a festival playground for the month.

Adelaide Fringe is a wonderful blueprint for how a Fringe festival can offer cultural transformation to a city. In this presentation, Heather Croall will talk about the mechanics behind the running of such an enormous, city-wide festival.

Read presenter biographies.

Image courtesy of Michael Coghlan (Flickr) - cropped.

Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Donald E. Hall
University of Rochester, USA

Biography

Donald E. Hall is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester, USA. Prior to moving to Rochester, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA. Dean Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Over the course of his career, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University. Before that, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion, and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. From 2013-2017, he served on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and activist intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. Among his many books and editions are the influential faculty development guides, The Academic Self and The Academic Community, both published by Ohio State University Press. Subjectivities and Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies were both published by Routledge Press. Most recently he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, co-edited a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. Though he is a full-time administrator, he continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Professor Donald E. Hall is a Vice-President of IAFOR. He is Chair of the Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture division of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Bradley J. Hamm
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Biography

Bradley J. Hamm is a full professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, USA, serving as the dean from 2012 to 2018, where he oversaw Medill's programs in Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco in addition to its home campus in Evanston. Previously, he was Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington and Indianapolis, USA.

Hamm's PhD is in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina, USA. He received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, USA, and an undergraduate degree from Catawba College in North Carolina, USA.

He also served as the interim dean and associate dean of the School of Communications at Elon University in North Carolina, USA. Hamm has taught in study abroad programs in Japan, China and the United Kingdom and started his career as a newspaper reporter. His teaching and research interests are in journalism history and media theory, particularly agenda setting theory.

He served as a trustee for the Poynter Institute and is a judge for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards. He serves as an independent, non-executive member of the Board of Directors for Next Digital media company of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Reclaiming the Future in Tech, Media and Communities
Featured Presentation (2019) | IAFOR Documentary Photography Award & Panel
Yutaka Mino
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Biography

Dr Yutaka Mino was born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1941, and received his PhD in Art History from Harvard University, in 1977. He was appointed associate curator in charge of the Asiatic Department at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in 1976, the curator of the Oriental Art Department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1977, and the curator of the Asian Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1985. After Returning to Japan, he was named as the director of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, in 1996, and as the founding director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2004. In 2007, he became the Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and the Honorary Director, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. In April 2010, he was appointed as the director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, and in 2012, the director of Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, he was named Honorary Director, Abeno Harukas Museum of Art. Yutaka Mino has organized many exhibitions, and also published individual books and catalogs such as Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D. in 1980, and Hakuji (White Ware), vol.5 in the Chugoku Togi (Chinese Ceramics) series in 1998.

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Museum Cultivates Aesthetic Sensibility

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2018) | The Ceramic Road
Featured Presentation (2017) | Art and Narrative in the Public Sphere
Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she ran the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. She is also the President of the The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA).

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181–198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (Eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Haruko Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.