Saturday, November 22, 2014

LibrAsia 2015 - The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) invites you to participate in the Fifth Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship (LibrAsia2015) and enjoy the great city of Osaka, Japan.

Held alongside the Sixth Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities, at the Rihga Royal Hotel from April 2-5, 2015, join us as we discuss this year's conference theme, "Power: Text and Context" along with keynote speakers A. Robert Lee and Sam Chu, featured speakers Jared Baxter and Stuart D.B. Picken and more!

ACAH/LibrAsia2014 welcomed over 350 delegates, from more than 45 countries, and looks to continue the conversation with next year's event. We hope to see you in Osaka for this amazing annual conference. To submit an abstract for presentation or participate as an audience member, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

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***Join IAFOR at LibrAsia2015 to:

-Deliver your own research findings to a global audience
-Have your work published in the conference proceedings and considered for the peer-reviewed, open access IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship
-Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing the latest research in Arts, Humanities, Literature & Librarianship
-Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
-Participate in interactive audience sessions
-Experience Japan during the famed cherry blossom season
-Access international networking opportunities

Discounts on registration fees are available for those able to pay registration fees early. Please see the registration page for details:

If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer a 10 percent discount in appreciation of your support.

Questions can be directed to See the full schedule of our conferences in Japan, Dubai, the UK, and the US.

The 2015 conference theme is "Power: Text and Context"

Power remains one of the most contested, debated, omnipresent yet ungraspable of concepts. While the fact of power remains constant, changes in in political, social, economic and cultural conditions require us as scholars to periodically take stock of, analyze, and trace the workings and origins of power. And while it has long been accepted that literature and literary activity have never been immune to the functions and effects of power, new alignments in public and private spheres require us to interrogate how textual production, reception and study construct and resist power.

Literary power can be seen in books about power; moreover the act of reading itself can be seen as an act that grants power to the reader. Similarly, interpretation is an act of power over the text, while theories of interpretation hold power over the intellect and imagination of the reader. Those who teach, research and curate texts also exercise power, though how this power is wielded is colored by perceptions of those within and without academia. For students, the literature teacher is a figure of power who gets to select what is read and studied, as well as how it is read and studied.

Power can also seem too large and unwieldy a concept to gain any purchase on, thus any analysis of power can create a sense of powerlessness, not to mention dissatisfaction at the necessarily arbitrary nature of academic analyses. But choosing which aspect of power to analyze is an act of power in itself, one that invites further interrogations of the moral and ethical dimensions of power.

Submissions will be organized into the following streams:

-African Literature
-Ancient & Classical Literature
-Anglo-American Literature
-Arabic/Middle Eastern Literature
-Asian Literature
-Children's and Young Adult Literature
-Comparative Literature
-European Literature
-Folktales, Myths and Legends
-Historical and Political Literature
-Indigenous People's/Ethnic Literatures & Minority Discourses
-Latin American Literature
-Literary Criticism and Theory
-Literary Practice
-Literary Translation and Translatology
-Literature and Film
-Literature, Language and Identity
-Literature and Religion
-Manuscriptology, Textual and Genetic Criticism
-Memoir and Autobiography
-Teaching Literature
-Travel Writing
-Theatre and Drama

-Principles, theories, models, standards challenges, legal, and social issues of LIS
-Protecting and preserving librarianship: 21st Century problems and solutions
-Management, leadership, planning, operation, and monitoring
-Cataloging, classification, and collection management
-Library research and development
-Library, information literacy, education, and culture
-Library instruction and reader advisory
-Library, content and knowledge management
-Information architectures, resources, services and promotion
-Information retrieval, recommendation and personalization
-Archives, museums, record management and information preservation
-Publishing, electronic publishing and bibliometrics
-Digital media, social media and libraries
-E-learning, M-learning, learning objects, content, platforms and tools
-Taxonomies, ontologies and applications
-Digital humanities, literature and culture
-Virtual environments and game-based learning
-Emerging technologies for information organizations, such as but not limited to Web, mobile, Cloud, machine intelligence and big data
-Censorship, ownership and intellectual property
-Trust, reputation, ethics, security, and privacy issues

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