Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Welcome to ACAH2014 - an IAFOR event

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Fifth Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities, to be held from April 3-6 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel, & The Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community...

Join us as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, and explore new avenues of interdisciplinary study in the wonderfully rich physical and cultural environment of Japan. This international conference will again bring together university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas and forge working relationships with each other over a stimulating, challenging, and fun long weekend.

Conference Theme 2014: Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy

Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.

The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.

Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.

The Arts and Humanities have long recognized these differences and frictions when they try to explain conflict through the systematic exploration of ideas, words, and artistic expression. By proposing such a wide-ranging 2014 conference theme, the organizers hope to encourage exciting new avenues of research, inspire the creation of new explanatory concepts, and provide a context for academic and personal encounters. The resultant exchanges it is hoped will stimulate synergies that cross national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. This is central to the global vision of iafor.

We look forward to seeing you (again) in Osaka in 2014!

Professor Stuart D.B. Picken
Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S.
Chairman, Japan Society of Scotland & Chairman IAFOR IAB
Conference Chair, The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2014

Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended: February 1 2014
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab above.

Publishing Opportunities:

Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally peer-reviewed IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities.

For more information about the journal and to see our latest issue, click here.

IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world's foremost institutions of learning.

For a full list of our Global Partners, please click here

For an idea of what IAFOR events are like, see our brochure:

For photos, videos and publications associated with previous ACAH conferences, click on the link below:

ACAH2010             ACAH2011             ACAH2012             ACAH2013

ACAH 2014 will be held alongside the fourth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship - LibrAsia 2014, and registrants for either conference will be given the opportunity to attend sessions in the parallel event at no extra charge. Please click on the banner below to go to the LibrAsia 2014 sister site.

The Fifth Conference on the Arts and Humanities is happy to host the 2014 DAMIN Round Table (When Orient and Occident Meet) as part of the conference.
DAMIN is an international research partnership studying Silver Monentary Depreciation and International Relations. The International Academic Forum is a partner organization, and others include the National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS (France), The Ecole Normale Superieure (France), The National Museum of Denmark, The Financial University (Russia), The Far Eastern Federal University (Russia), Tokyo University (Japan), and Keio University (Japan).

Attendees for ACAH2014 will be able to attend Round Table sessions as part of the event.For more information about DAMIN and the Round Table, please visit their website by clicking here.

The latest IAFOR news and media, including photos and videos of past conferences, as well as other IAFOR events can be found on our facebook and flickr pages. Videos can also be seen on our YouTube page.


ACAH 2014 is supported by its Global Partners:

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