The Second Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability

The Clio Court Hotel
November 1-3, 2015

Fukuoka, Japan

Join us in Fukuoka, Japan — a city regarded as a model of urban renewal and a tourism dynamo!

Extended Final Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, October 2, 2015

Click Here to Submit a Proposal

 Send inquiries to: secretariat(@)esdfocus.org

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Fukuoka Welcome

Welcome to Fukuoka City, which, according to Newsweek Magazine, is regarded as one of the World’s 10 Most Dynamic Cities. Most recently,  the international renowned Monocole Magazine included Fukuoka in its list of the 10 most liveable cities in the world. In fact, in this year’s summer edition, the City was named as the 14th most livable city in the world, ranking higher than other great cosmopolitan and metropolitan locales like Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris. MONOCLE introduced Fukuoka as “a model of urban renewal” and “a tourism dynamo”, referring to its City Hall’s unique initiatives which includes a provision for making Internet access much wider via its Fukuoka Free Public WIFI Service. In addition, there has also been the recent renewal of Ohori Central Park and forming a economic cooperative relationship with its sister city of Busan, Korea.

ACAHS 2015 Welcome

Today’s sustainability challenges require a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between ecological sciences and humanities. This is evidence as human communities as well as their diverse biological and cultural heritage are increasingly threatened by mounting environmental and societal problems from climate change and exploitation of finite resources to the inequities and human costs of unsustainable practices and technologies.

Progress on these issues is often further complicated by the contemporary hegemonic mind-set of the status quo, resulting in complacency, inactivity and the general perception of individual futility. This is particularly pronounced in many developing countries in Asia in which the focus on economic growth at the expense of the environment and the failure to recognize the inextricable link between these sustainable domains are commonplace. That is why humanists play a pivotal role in understanding, challenging and altering such destructive and unsustainable courses. By examining and interpreting humans’ beliefs about their relationship to nature and intertwining this knowledge and policies across the disciplines, humanists can broaden our understanding of sustainability and forge new sustainable paths.

Our shared biosphere and rapid globalization ensure no country is immune from another country’s problems and risks, which means a collective and multidisciplinary approach is essential for integrating environmental and cultural sustainability. As the fields of arts, humanities and sustainability cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies.

The three-day, international, peer-reviewed conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals. With the theme of Progressive Voices the conference will promote a critical understanding of the innovative and organic approaches from the Arts and Humanities toward sustainability.

Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the Proceedings (ISSN 2188-6857). Oral, poster and virtual presenters shall be included in the Proceedings.

We invite proposals of 250 words submitted through our online system that consider the following themes:

Arts and Humanities Tracks:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Art / Performing and Visual Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Built Environment and Eco-Design
  • Critical Thinking
  • Culture and Sustainability
  • Environment, Energy and Water
  • Ethnic / Multicultural Studies
  • Game and Digital Humanities
  • Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Geography
  • Globalization
  • History and Historiography
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Humanities Education
  • International and National Law
  • Knowledge Management
  • Languages and Sustainability
  • Literature of the World
  • Media and Mass Communication
  • Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
  • Politics and Sustainability
  • Second Language Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Urban Studies
  • Other Humanities (Please Specify)

Host Organizing Committee Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada PRESDA Takayuki Yamada
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan

Takayuki Yamada is a co-founder of the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

PRESDA is an independent, private, non-profit, chartered organization founded in 2010 by members of Rotary International to raise awareness in the realm of sustainable development and human rights and thereby increase the quality of life for the global community.

Mr Yamada also serves as the Chairman of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr Yamada was appointed to serve as a special adviser for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chairperson and Program Director

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Academic Director, TIER A Education, Japan

Professor Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for the ESD Focus program, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for the PRESDA Foundation of Japan. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a sixteen-hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.

Program Editor and Plenary Speaker

Alan Brady Alan Brady, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a full-time professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kansai, Japan and has worked there in the Sociology Faculty since 1991. He has lived and worked In Japan for over 40 years. His main research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability. language education policy, planning, and practices at university in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship thru integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Program Adviser and Plenary Speaker

Professor William Kittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants, Thailand
Visiting Professor, The Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr. William P Kittredge is the President of Cervelet Consulting. He is a senior level professional specializing in strategic economic development planning and has significant private sector entrepreneurial and executive experience. He has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments.

Affiliates and Initiatives

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