Friday, October 10, 2014

ACCS 2015 - The Fifth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies

ACCS 2015 - The Fifth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies
28th to 31st May 2015
Osaka, Japan

IAFOR and its global partners invite you to participate in this exciting annual event. Join us in Osaka, Japan to network, build relationships, and discuss this year's conference theme, "Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture"

Please submit your abstract through the online submission system found on the "Call for Papers" page of the website.
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Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum

Conference Theme and Streams

Conference Theme: "Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture"
The conference theme for 2015 is "Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture", and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Submissions are organized into the following thematic streams:

Black Feminism
Critical Legal Studies
Critical Race Theory
Cultural Geography
Cultural History
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies Pedagogy
Gender studies / Feminist Theory
Justice Studies
Linguistics, Language and Cultural Studies
Media Studies
Political Philosophy
Political Theory
Queer Theory
Social Criticism
Visual Culture

ACCS2015 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers

Professor Gerard Goggin
ACCS2015 Featured Speaker
University of Sydney, Australia

Gerard Goggin is Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of Media and Communications, the University of Sydney. He is widely published on digital technology, with books including Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories (2016; with Mark McLelland), Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (with Larissa Hjorth), Technologies and the Media (2013), Global Mobile Media (2011), Cell Phone Culture (2006), and the co-edited collections Locative Media (2014), Mobile Technology and Place (2012), Internationalizing Internet Studies (2009), and Mobile Technology. In addition, he is well-known for his work on disability and media, including, with Katie Ellis, the books Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (2016) and Disability and the Media (2015), and with the late Christopher Newell, Disability in Australia (2005), and Digital Disability (2003). For details of his Future Fellowship project on disability, digital technology and human rights, see

Professor John Erni
ACCS2015 Featured Speaker
Hong Kong Baptist University

John Nguyet Erni (PhD - Illinois; MA - Oregon; LL.M. - HKU) is Chair Professor in Humanities and Head of the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, after having served as Head of that Department in 2010-13. Previously, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, as well as the University of New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. An elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, he has published widely on international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth popular consumption in Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health. His books include Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong (with Lisa Leung, HKUP, 2014), Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations (Routledge, 2011), Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology (with Ackbar Abbas, Blackwell, 2005), Asian Media Studies: The Politics of Subjectivities (with Siew Keng Chua, Blackwell, 2005), and Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of "Curing" AIDS (Minnesota, 1994). Currently, he is completing a book project on the legal modernity of rights.

Professor Angela Wong Wai Ching
ACCS2015 Featured Speaker
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Angela Wong Wai Ching received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She teaches at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, serves as the Deputy Chair of the Department and a Director of the MA Programme in Intercultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has engaged deeply in the development of the Gender Studies Programme, headed the Graduate Division of Gender Studies and is presently the Co-Director of Gender Research Centre of the University. Her research interests include: gender and sexuality, religious fundamentalism and Asian culture, women in Islam, Buddhism, Daoism and Christianity, and postcolonialism and religions in Hong Kong. Her works have been published in many professional journals both in Chinese and English. Some representative publications include: "The Poor Woman": A Critical Analysis of Asian Theology and Contemporary Chinese Fiction by Women (Peter Lang, 2002), co-ed. with CHOI Poking, Chinese Women and Hong Kong Christianity: An Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-ed. with Siumi Tam, Yip Hon Ming, and Lo Ka Wing, Gender Awareness: Gender Studies in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China (Commercial Press, 2012), and co-ed. with Siumi Maria Tam and Danning Wang, Gender and Family in East Asia (Routledge, 2014).

Professor Baden Offord
ACCS2015 Conference Chair
From 22 January 2015, Director and Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia
Vice President-International, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

Baden Offord is an internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality and culture. In 2012 he was a sponsored speaker, invited by the European External Action Service and the European Commission, together with the Human Rights and Democracy Network and Dag Hammarskjold Foundation to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels where he spoke on ASEAN and sexual justice issues. In the same year he conducted a three-week lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister's Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.

Among his publications are the books Homosexual Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia (2003), Activating Human Rights (co-edited with Elizabeth Porter, 2006), Activating Human Rights Education (co-edited with Christopher Newell, 2008), and Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices, Contexts (co-edited with Bee Chen Goh and Rob Garbutt, 2012). His most recent co-authored publication in the field of Australian Cultural Studies is titled Inside Australian Culture: Legacies of Enlightenment Values (with Kerruish, Garbutt, Wessell and Pavlovic, 2014), which is a collaborative work with the Indian cultural theorist Ashis Nandy.

He has held visiting positions at The University of Barcelona, La Trobe University, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Rajghat Education Centre, Varanasi. In 2010-2011 he held the Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific Studies and American Studies, The University of Tokyo.

Prior to his appointment at Curtin University, he was Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights at Southern Cross University, where he was a faculty member from 1999-2014. He is the Vice-President of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia.

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