Saturday, April 26, 2014

ECAH 2014 - The Second European Conference on Arts and Humanities

ECAH 2014 - The Second European Conference on Arts and Humanities
17th to 20th July 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
Abstract Deadline Extended: June 1, 2014

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

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Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

***Keynote & Featured Speaker Info

ECAH Keynote Speaker
Lord Charles Bruce
Lord Lieutenant of Fife & Chairman of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland

Charles Bruce is a member of the International Advisory Council of IAFOR. He has studied at the University of St Andrews, where he received an MA in Economic History; and at the University of Dundee, where he received an MSc in Spatial Planning and Sustainable Urban Design. He manages a family estate in Scotland which includes an internationally significant collection of private papers relating to British diplomatic history in SE Asia. He is descended from James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, a British proconsul who served in China and Japan and negotiated the Treaties of Tientsin and Edo in 1858, and the Treaty of Peking in 1860; and ended his career as Viceroy of India.

Charles Bruce has maintained his family's connections with Japan and India. He is Hon. Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland, Patron of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, and Chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. In 2008 he represented the City of Edinburgh at the Kolkata International Book Festival and has since helped to strengthen cultural relations between Scotland , West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is currently participating in a joint research programme, Narratives of Migration and Exchange, led by the University of St Andrews and Presidency University, Kolkata.

In 2009 he represented the UK at the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan as the guest of the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, and subsequently has spoken regularly on the close ties which emerged between Meji Japan and Scotland in the nineteenth century. In 2010 he gave the keynote address at the IAFOR conference on the Arts and Humanities in Osaka. In 2012 he gave the keynote address at an international symposium organised by the University of Edinburgh and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Cultural Policy and Creative Industries in Japan and Scotland.

EuroMedia & EuroFilm Conference Chair and Featured Speaker
Professor Gary E. Swanson
Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism, The University of Northern Colorado, USA

Gary E. Swanson is currently the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level.

Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMYâАЩs for producing and editing: 'The Silent Shame,' a prime-time investigative documentary; 'Military Medicine,' a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and 'Hotel Crime,' an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for âАШbreaking newsâАЩ and features for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered 'breaking news' in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989, and in 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman.

Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY's, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLY's, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others.

He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

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