Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017 (ACCS2017)


Join us in Japan next spring for The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017 (ACCS2017), June 1-4, 2017.

***ACCS2017 at a glance

The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017 (ACCS2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS2017) and The IAFOR International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies (IICJ2017) in the beautiful and historic city of Kobe, Japan.

Submit your abstract now to participate in this international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event.

**Location: Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
**Dates: Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4, 2017
**Abstract Submission Deadline: January 12, 2017
**Enquiries: accs@iafor.org

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: iafor.org/accs2017-call-for-papers

Already had your abstract accepted? Register now: iafor.org/accs2017-registration

To find out more about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website: accs.iafor.org

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***ACCS2017 Conference Theme: "Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging"

The theme for the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka was "Borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing". In his presentation, Conference Co-Chair Professor Baden Offord wrote "Gloria Anzaldua's idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways."

Now we revisit that territory under the title "Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging". While retaining the ideas expressed by Professor Offord in 2014, this conference will turn its focus on to the precariousness of life across the world, life being understood in all its amplitude. Since 2014 we have witnessed the horror of the refugee crisis in Europe and how borders which should have been crossed have been blocked off by barbed wire fences. The whole context of borders, belonging and survival has shifted resulting in an increase in racism, radical nationalisms, terrorism, infringements of human rights, and rising poverty levels, to mention only a few of the globalised problems confronting our world. The result of such precarity, even of the planet itself, has led to a generalised sense of communal and individual vulnerability.

Raimond Gaita recently noted, "It is striking how often people now speak of 'a common humanity' in ethically inflected registers, or ethically resonant tones that express a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth, or sometimes the hope for such a fellowship." Hopefully, this conference will discuss the ways and means by which a "common humanity" may be aspired to by future generations.

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

– The ACCS2017 Organising Committee (iafor.org/accs2017-committee)

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***Programme

**ACCS2017 Keynote and Featured Speakers include:

Professor Gaurav Desai, University of Michigan, USA
Dr Brian Daizen Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK
Shiki Tomimasu, Kamogawa Law Office, Japan
Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn, Barcelona University, Spain
Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA
Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University, Australia

**Further programming for The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017 will be announced in the coming months.

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***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-reviewed journal: IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies

The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies (jocs.iafor.org) is an editorially independent journal associated with ACCS. The editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated conference proceedings for consideration. This open access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings. Our conference proceedings are open access research repositories, which act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Submit your paper: iafor.org/accs2017-final-paper-submission

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***Join IAFOR at ACCS2017 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Japan Studies, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is open until the end of February 13, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration page for details: www.iafor.org/accs2017-registration

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at accs@iafor.org for details.

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***About IAFOR

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit www.iafor.org. For enquiries please contact accs@iafor.org.


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