Saturday, February 17, 2018

Islands, Resources, and Society: Sustainable Development under Globalization and Urbanization (ICUA 2018)

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2018
Theme: Islands, Resources, Tourism, and Society: Sustainable Development under Globalization and Urbanization

26-29 September 2018, Zhoushan, China

This international, interdisciplinary conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore the role of islands and archipelagos in our increasingly urbanized and globalized world.

Neil Brenner speaks of a 'planetary urbanization' that draws the entire world into urban processes. Islands are experiencing increasing flows of inward and outward migration, as residents come and go in search of skilled or unskilled work, education, higher quality of life, or simply new experiences. Mainland cities depend on the resource-rich waters, soils, wetlands, and associated ecosystem services of many island environments.

Island destinations for mass tourism, adventure tourism, nature tourism, and cultural tourism are producing specialized tourism landscapes and built environments. As the forces of 'development' make themselves felt in even the most remote island communities, modern cities are constructed on the basis of mainland capital and expertise. Some resource-rich or politically innovative islands serve as financial powerhouses in the globalized economy, projecting capital investment out from islands and into the wider world; conversely, other islands serve as tax havens, attracting and storing mainland wealth, sometimes with problematic results for local and overseas publics. Some formerly peripheral islands are even transforming into major urban centres, with diverse yet explosive development transforming today's Pearl River Delta and Ganges Delta regions at a speed and to an extent that dwarf even the fantastic growth of urban archipelagos within the Hudson River Estuary and the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta in centuries past. Even in predominantly rural archipelagos, major population centres are increasingly important, as rising interconnectedness with the outside world enhances the roles of island towns and cities as transport hubs, administrative centres, and providers of urban services and functions. Yet at the same time as islands and islanders are gaining renewed significance, it is commonly held that islands are under increasing threat from global environmental and economic challenges. Some islands remain impoverished relative to more powerful mainland neighbours, and the alleviation of island inequalities is an important aspect of, for instance, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

This conference considers the roles and realities of islands in this age of globalization and urbanization as well as how we might envision sustainable island futures. What natural, social, political, financial, and human resources do islands contribute to global flows? Can an ecosystem services approach help us better value islands in the 21st Century, or should we seek to protect island peoples and environments from global markets? Can islands take on central roles in world systems without losing the insular characteristics that make them special? Can island cities simultaneously be global economic, political, and cultural leaders and contribute to local and global sustainability? Can small islands maintain local traditions in an age of global entertainment and cultural diffusion? Do resource-rich islands have a special responsibility to support wider sustainable development, or does the often-vulnerable nature of island communities justify islanders taking a locally oriented approach to sustainability?

Keynote speakers: Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta), Manulani Aluli Meyer (University of Hawaii, West Oahu), Luisa Del Giudice (Public Folklorist), Yue Wu (Zhejiang University), Stephen J. Walsh (University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill)

About Zhoushan: Zhoushan is China's largest coastal archipelago. The archipelago is regarded as peripheral and remote yet is just offshore from the major cities of Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. On account of its spectacular scenery and sacred island of Putuoshan, Zhoushan has been a popular tourism destination for nature and religious tourism for centuries. Zhoushan is home to China's largest fishery, yet the islands have also become a major innovation and shipping hub, with the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan representing the busiest harbour in the world by tonnage. A place of beauty and dynamism, secluded isles and bustling cities, holy mountains and industrial parks, Zhoushan exemplifies the an archipelago in the globalized age.

About the conference: Conference presentations will be held at Zhejiang University's Ocean College on Zhoushan Island. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the islands, including visits to the sacred Buddhist island of Putuoshan and Ocean College's own technological innovation island. Transport will be provided for foreign delegates to and from Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. The organisers will assist delegates with accommodation and visas.

How to make a presentation: Presentations are welcome on any aspect of urban island studies, but we especially invite presentation on the conference theme of 'Islands, Resources, and Society'. The deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2018. You can propose a presentation here:

To learn more about the conference, please visit the website ( or contact convenor Adam Grydehøj (

This conference is a collaboration of: Island Dynamics; Zhejiang University's Ocean College & Department of Architecture and Planning

10th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures

10th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MICOLLAC 2018)

14-16 August 2018, Hatten Hotel, Melaka City, Melaka, Malaysia

MICOLLAC is a biennial event organized by the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia since 1999. MICOLLAC is celebrating its 10th year of organization with the theme of 'Engaging Diversity, Charting Trajectories'.

We have opened our Call for Papers until the 15th of February 2018. We are accepting papers focusing on the fields of language, literature, and culture. Our sub-themes include the following:

Applied Theatre and Practice
Blended Learning
Classroom Discourse
Corpus Linguistics
Gender Studies
Language Assessment
Language Shift, Maintenance and Attrition
Language Development
Language, Identity and Power
Language Learning and Acquisition
Literacy Development and Social Practice
Literary Criticism
Literature and Environmental Studies
Literature for Children and Young Adults
Literature and Society
Literature and Technology
Media and Semiotics
Medical, Professional and Public Discourses
Speech Perception and Production

For any inquiries, please contact:
For more information, please visit us at:

Friday, February 16, 2018

National Seminar @ Department of Political Science, JawaharLal Nehru College

February 15, 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are glad to inform you that we are organizing a National Seminar on Indian Democracy at 70: Challenges Ahead, during April 6-7, 2018 sponsored by ICSSR and ICWA, New Delhi under the auspices of Department of Political Science, JawaharLal Nehru College, Chakradharpur, Jharkhand and in collaboration with Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi and University Department of Political Science, Kolhan University, Chaibasa. A lot of leading scholars, diplomats, media persons and members of think tanks have agreed to participate in the Seminar.

Kindly participate and circulate the Brochure among your colleagues, research scholars, students for a wider circulation and enable us to get excellent papers for the Seminar. I am enclosing the Seminar Brochure.

With regards,

(Dr. ParshuramSial, Convener) &

Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Biswas, Co-Convener

Assistant Professor,Central University, Jharkhand     

Dr. Parshuram Sial
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Chakradharpur
(A Constituent Unit of Kolhan University,Chaibasa)
Mob- +91 9955346316 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

9th ASEAN Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ACHSS 2018)

9th ASEAN Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences
25-28 April 2018, Muhammadiyah University of Makassar South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Conference Objectives
The ASEAN Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ACHSS) is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share/discuss their experiences and research results about all aspects of humanities and social sciences. ACHSS 2018 scheduled on 25-28 April 2018 at Muhammadiyah University of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Important Dates
Paper Submission Before 21 March 2018
Notification of Acceptance On 4 April 2018
Authors' Registration Before 11 April 2018
ACHSS 2018 Conference Date 25-28 April 2018

Paper Submission
- Submission of an abstract or article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, the abstract or article will not be published elsewhere in the same form without the written consent of the publisher. The editors reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter all contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication.
- Copyrights for articles are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the publisher. The publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author's responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.
- The publisher has a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy. All submissions will be checked by editors before being sent to reviewers.
- Authors permit the publisher to archive them in databases and indexes such as Index Copernicus, getCITED, and Google Scholar.
- Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted via the conference's email address ( If you have any questions, please contact the editor.

- Political Science Association of Kasetsart University (Thailand)
- School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Louisiana at Monroe (USA.)
- Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services, Midwestern State University (USA.)
- Faculty of Arts, Arab American University (Palestine)
- Asian Forum on Business Education (Australia)
- International Economics Development and Research Center (Hong Kong, China)
- School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
- Department of Governmental Studies, Muhammadiyah University of Makassar (Indonesia)
- Office of Research and Academic Services, National University of Laos (Lao PDR.)
- Command and General Staff College, Royal Thai Army (Thailand)
- BBA International Program in Marketing, Kasetsart University (Thailand)

Contact Us
Political Science Association of Kasetsart University
Telephone/Fax: +66924095030

Monday, February 12, 2018


Workshop @ NIT Rourkella

National Seminar @ MPISSR

Workshop @ Tezpur University

Jobs @ IIMB

Jobs @ IIMA

Jobs @ NIPFP


13th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum

Admissions @ IIPS


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