Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ACSS2016 - The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2016

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) invites you to participate in the Seventh Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2016 and enjoy the beautiful seaside city of Kobe, Japan.

Held alongside the Sixth Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment and the Asian Conference on Aging and Gerontology, at the Art Center of Kobe from June 9-12, join us as we discuss this year's conference theme, "Justice and Sustainability" along with conference co-chairs Stuart D.B. Picken, James McNally, Hiroshi Ishida, Keynote Speakers Gregory Clark, Jun Arima, and more!

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 ACSS2016 to:

-Deliver your own research findings to a global audience
-Have your work published in the conference proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open access IAFOR Journals
-Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing the latest research in the Social Sciences, Sustainability, Energy, the Environment, Ageing & Gerontology and more!
-Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
-Participate in interactive audience sessions
-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.

***Conference Theme: "Justice and Sustainability"

The conference theme for ACSS2016 is "Justice and Sustainability", 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 in to the following thematic streams:

-Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
-Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
-Computational Social Science
-Cultural and Media Studies
-Economics and Management
-Education and Social Welfare
-Demography, Human Geography & Population Studies
-Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
-Globalization and Internationalization
-Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
-Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
-International Relations & Human Rights
-Journalism and Communications
-Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
-Politics, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
-Politics, Public Policy, Law & Criminology
-Psychology & Social Psychology
-Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative
-Social History
-Social Work
-Teaching and Learning
-Technology and Applied Sciences
-Urban Studies

Visit the conference website for further details:

***About IAFOR and its global events

IAFOR welcomes thousands of academics to our conferences each year, which range in size from around 100 to in excess of 500 attendees. They do so because of the supportive and nurturing research environment, because of the unique networking opportunities, and because of the strength of the organization's platform.

Our conferences are meticulously planned and programmed under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programs of the highest level, and are also quite unique in the way in which they are supported by some of the world's leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Monash University (Australia), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR).

IAFOR's credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and has grown to be the most respected and trusted organization encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary study. The organization is a formative influence in providing new research avenues and visionary development solutions necessary in our rapidly emerging globalized world.

We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events, as we look forward to breaking new ground, together.

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences has two sister events around the world. If you are interested in attending one of them, please visit the conference websites for more information.

February 27-29, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, UAE
The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline - January 1

July 7-10, The Waterfront Hotel, Brighton UK
ECSS2016 - The European Conference on the Social Sciences
Abstract Submission Deadline - March 15

To learn more about IAFOR -

***ACSS2016 Conference Chairs

-Professor Stuart Picken
Chairman of the IAFOR IAB
Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.

Stuart D. B. Picken is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board, and in this role is Chairman of the Organisation. As Chairman of IAFOR, Professor Picken helps guide the academic and political strategy of the organisation, and assists in the forging of global institutional partnerships. He is also responsible for the development of the IAFOR Research Institutes.

The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, Professor Picken is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalisation in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a Professor of Philosophy at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialised 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 & Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Airlines.

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. More recently, in 2012 he was invited to London to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy, hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as an expression of their gratitude towards Britons who had helped support Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Professor Picken helped organise fundraising efforts through both the Japan Society of Scotland, of which he is the Chair in the UK, and IAFOR in Japan.

Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken maintains his interests in Japan, as Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, through the IAFOR IAB, and through regular visits.

-Dr James McNally
Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, University of Michigan

James McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

-Prof. Hiroshi Ishida
Department of Comparative Contemporary Societies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan

Hiroshi Ishida is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo. He served as the Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and the Director of the Center of Social Research and Data Archives, at the University of Tokyo, from 2012 to 2015. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, conducted post-doctoral research at Nuffield College and St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and held positions of Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Fellow of Sociology at Yale University.

Dr. Ishida's research interests include comparative social stratification and mobility, school-to-work transition, and social inequality over the life course. He is the author of Social Mobility in Contemporary Japan (Stanford University Press) and the co-editor with David Slater of Social Class in Contemporary Japan (Routledge). His work has been published in a number of journals and edited volumes, including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, and Japanese Sociological Review.

Dr. Ishida was the president of the Japanese Association of Mathematical Sociology from 2011 to 2013, and currently serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Research Committee on Social Stratification of the International Sociological Association. From 2005 to 2010, he was the editor-in-chief of Social Science Japan Journal, an international journal on social science research on Japan published by Oxford University Press. He is the principal investigator of the Japanese Life Course Panel Surveys, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He presently serves on the international editorial board of several journals, including British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, and Social Forces. He is currently the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Official Representative for the University of Tokyo.

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