The Second Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability - ACAHS 2015

Країна: Японія

Місто: Fukuoka

Тези до: 14.08.2015

Дати: 01.11.15 — 03.11.15

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: secretariat(@)

Організатори: The PRESDA Foundation of Japan


Welcome to Fukuoka City, which, according to Newsweek Magazine, is regarded as one of the World’s 10 Most Dynamic Cities. Most recently,  the international renowned Monocole Magazine included Fukuoka in its list of the 10 most liveable cities in the world. In fact, in this year’s summer edition, the City was named as the 14th most livable city in the world, ranking higher than other great cosmopolitan and metropolitan locales like Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris. MONOCLE introduced Fukuoka as “a model of urban renewal” and “a tourism dynamo”, referring to its City Hall’s unique initiatives which includes a provision for making Internet access much wider via its Fukuoka Free Public WIFI Service. In addition, there has also been the recent renewal of Ohori Central Park and forming a economic cooperative relationship with its sister city of Busan, Korea.

ACAHS 2015 Welcome

Today’s sustainability challenges require a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between ecological sciences and humanities. This is evidence as human communities as well as their diverse biological and cultural heritage are increasingly threatened by mounting environmental and societal problems from climate change and exploitation of finite resources to the inequities and human costs of unsustainable practices and technologies.

Progress on these issues is often further complicated by the contemporary hegemonic mind-set of the status quo, resulting in complacency, inactivity and the general perception of individual futility. This is particularly pronounced in many developing countries in Asia in which the focus on economic growth at the expense of the environment and the failure to recognize the inextricable link between these sustainable domains are commonplace. That is why humanists play a pivotal role in understanding, challenging and altering such destructive and unsustainable courses. By examining and interpreting humans’ beliefs about their relationship to nature and intertwining this knowledge and policies across the disciplines, humanists can broaden our understanding of sustainability and forge new sustainable paths.

Our shared biosphere and rapid globalization ensure no country is immune from another country’s problems and risks, which means a collective and multidisciplinary approach is essential for integrating environmental and cultural sustainability. As the fields of arts, humanities and sustainability cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies.

The three-day, international, peer-reviewed conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals. With the theme of Progressive Voices the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches from the Arts and Humanities toward sustainability.

Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the Proceedings (ISSN 2188-6857). Oral, poster and virtual presenters shall be included in the Proceedings.

Arts and Humanities Tracks:

    Asian Studies
    Cultural Studies
    Digital Humanities
    Discourse Analysis
    Film, Radio, Television
    Folklore and Ethnomusicology
    Gender and Sexuality
    Inequality and Justice
    Language Education / EFL / ESL
    Literature of the World
    Literary Theory and Criticism
    Literary Translation
    Performing and Visual Arts
    Popular Culture
    Second Language Studies
    Urban Studies

Special Topics in Sustainability:

    Archaeology and Sustainability
    Cultural Sustainability
    Economic Sustainability
    Linguistic Sustainability
    Political Sustainability
    Social Sustainability

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