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ACERP2014 - The Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy

ACERP2014 - The Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
27th to 30th March 2014
Osaka, Japan

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Sponsored by: The International Academic Forum - IAFOR


The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, to be held from March 27-30 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan. This international, intercultural and interdisciplinary academic conference on ethics, religion and philosophy is organised by IAFOR in conjunction with our global partners, Waseda University (Japan), London University (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR), National Institute of Education (Singapore), Lincoln University (UK), Tainan National University (Taiwan).

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...

ACERP2014 will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss outside the traditional confines of narrow fields of specialism, and in new directions of research and discovery in ethics, religion and philosophy. As with IAFOR's other events, and by bringing together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas, ACERP 2014 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

2014 Conference Theme:
"Individual, Community and Society: Conflict, Resolution and Synergy"

Conflict is an integral part of the human condition. The universal struggle between our personal selves â �who we are as unique, separate and different from others, with our specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, aspirations, needs and wants â �and our social selves, intricately connected to, and interdependent on, others â �our loved ones, our friends and favoured groups, our communities and cultures â �leads inevitably to internal as well as interpersonal conflict.

Conflict among our communities and societies is also natural, given that these groups are founded on commonality â �of geography, values, attitudes, beliefs, aspirations â �and differentiated from others based on these. Diversity, however, though it may lead to conflict, plays an important role in the flourishing of communities and societies. One of the challenges of modern society is harnessing the synergy that emerges from the interaction of these differences.

We hope and expect that the conference theme will excite interesting new interpretations and explorations:

We hope you can join us in Osaka in 2014!

The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.
IAFOR International Advisory Board Chair and ACERP 2014 Conference Chair

For more information about submitting an abstract, please visit the conference website at

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 IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion and Philosophy. The Journal is edited by Professor Michael O'Sullivan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. For more information about iafor's internationally peer-reviewed journals, and other publications, please click here.

What is IAFOR?

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

To find out more about the organization, our research, and our Open-Access publications please go to

The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy 2014 will again be held alongside the Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences. Registration for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other.


ACP 2014 Conference Co-Chair and ACP/ACERP 2014 Featured Speaker
Professor Jiro Takai
Secretary General of the Asian Association for Social Psychology

Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Psychology and Human Developmental Sciences, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University

Jiro Takai is professor of social psychology at Nagoya University, and received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served in the executive committees of the Japan Society for Social Psychology, the Japan Group Dynamics Society, the Japan Intercultural Education Society, the Communication Association of Japan, and the Japan-US Communication Association (affiliate of National Communication Association).

Although he was born in Japan, he spent 15 years as a youth growing up in Canada, and has also spent two years living in the United States. Because of such a background, he has an interest in cross-cultural matters, particularly in the context of interpersonal communication as well as research interests in interpersonal competence, self-presentation and Multi-faceted self concept.

ACP 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Dr Monty P. Satiadarma
Clinical Psychologist and Former Rector, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

Monty Satiadarma is an academic and psychologist who has lectured around the world, and who continues to practice in his native Indonesia. He was the Dean of the department of psychology at Tarumanagara University from 1997-2005, and Rector of the University from 2008-2010.

Dr Satiadarma has a particular interest in educational psychology, and in music and art therapy, methods with which he treated survivors of the Indonesian tsunami on behalf of the International Red Cross and the United Nations. He is a board member and area chair of the International Council of Psychology, and a founder and board member of the Asian Psychology Association.

ACP 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Professor Dexter Da Silva
Professor of Educational Psychology, Keisen University, Japan

Dr Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology at Keisen University in Tokyo. He has taught EFL at junior high school, language schools, and universities in Sydney, and for the past two decades has been living and teaching at the tertiary level in Japan.

Professor Da Silva was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip. Ed., M.A.), and the University of Western Sydney (Ph.D.) He has presented and co-presented at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S., and written or co-written articles and book chapters on education-related topics, such as trust, student motivation, autonomy, and content-based language teaching. He is a past editor and current associate editor of On CUE Journal, regular reviewer for conferences and proceedings, and recent co-chair of the 2011 CUE Conference on Motivation.

ACERP 2014 Conference Co-Chair and ACP/ACERP 2014 Featured Speaker
Reverend Professor Stuart Picken
Chairman of the IAFOR IAB

Stuart D. B. Picken is the founding chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalization in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialized in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining and Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Air Lines. In November 2008, the Government of Japan awarded Professor Picken the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his pioneering research, and outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. The honour is normally reserved for Japanese citizens and is a mark of the utmost respect in which Professor Picken is held by the Japanese Government. Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken maintains his interests in Japan, as Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, and through his work with IAFOR. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, he lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.

ACERP 2014 Featured Speaker
Mr Lowell Sheppard
Asia Pacific Director, HOPE International Development Agency

Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organization focused on working with the world's extreme poor in their quest to climb out of poverty. Aside from his 25-year involvement with Hope, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the United Kingdom, and was the founding chairman of Novimost, a non-government organization responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans.

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