IAFOR - The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2016 (ACCS2016)

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Call for Papers
June 2, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, World History / Studies, Urban History / Studies, Social History / Studies


Held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies and The International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies 2016 at the Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan from Thursday, June 2 - Sunday, June 5, 2016, join us as we discuss this year’s conference theme, “Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday” in an international, interdisciplinary and intercultural setting.

The Abstract Submission Deadline is April 1, 2016.

To submit an abstract: http://iafor.org/iafor/iafor-submission-system/login.php

Please remember to submit your abstract(s) before the deadline in order to complete the review process.

The Registration Deadline is May 1, 2016.

To register: http://iafor.org/accs2016-registration/

Join us in Kobe and contribute to the conference dialogue along with ACCS2016 Conference Co-Chair and Keynote Panel Chairs Professor Baden Offord & Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Keynote Speaker, Professor John Nguyet Erni, Keynote Panel Presenters, Noriko Manabe, David H. Slater, Megumi Yuki, Shigeaki Iwai, Gon Matsunaka, and Spotlight Speaker, Dr. Seiko Yasumoto. For more information on ACCS2016 Keynote and Spotlight Speakers, please visit our website.

Join IAFOR at ACCS2016 to:

  • Deliver your research findings to a global audience
  • Have your work published in the conference proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open access IAFOR Journals
  • Benefit from IAFOR’s interdisciplinary focus by hearing the latest research in the field of Cultural Studies
  • Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
  • Participate in interactive audience sessions
  • Access international networking opportunities

Conference Theme

The conference theme for ACCS2016 is “Cultural Struggle and Praxis: Negotiating Power and the Everyday”. In this conference participants are invited to explore and question the ways in which cultural struggle characterises our present times. Given that culture is the fabric of meaning making, understanding its relationship to politics and society is crucial. Cultural struggle, for instance, alerts us to the political dynamics of how meaning making is controlled, contested and communicated through the core institutions of society such as media, education, law, medicine, government, the family, religion, the market and so on – all of which impact upon and influence everyday life.

Nowhere is the cultural struggle more evident than in questions of belonging, identity and mobility; refuge, exile and community. In the convergence of culture and narrative, the contemporary and historical story of the human condition is particularly marked by how power and the everyday are negotiated through the experience of displacement and dispossession or privilege and status. Culture, expressed, articulated and represented through sites and locales, practices, actions and values, identities and forms, histories and memories, myths and traditions, is a pivotal lens through which we are able to understand and interpret the way society works, and to see how power and the everyday intersect.

We hope and expect the 2016 conference theme to inspire a number of research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and synergies, in this international academic forum.

About IAFOR and its events

IAFOR welcomes thousands of academics to our conferences each year, which range in size from around 100 to in excess of 500 attendees. They do so because of the supportive and nurturing research environment, because of the unique networking opportunities, and because of the strength of the organization’s platform.

Our conferences are meticulously planned and programmed under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programs of the highest level, and are also quite unique in the way in which they are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Monash University (Australia), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR).

IAFOR’s credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and has grown to be the most respected and trusted organization encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study. The organization is a formative influence in providing new research avenues and visionary development solutions necessary in our rapidly emerging globalized world.

We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, as we look forward to breaking new ground, together.
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