The Second Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability

The Clio Court Hotel
October 28-30, 2015

Fukuoka, Japan

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

Final Deadline for Submissions: Friday, August 14, 2015

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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:

  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Asian Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Digital Humanities
  • English
  • Family
  • Film, Radio, Television
  • Folklore and Ethnomusicology
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Geography
  • Globalization
  • History
  • Inequality and Justice
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature of the World
  • Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Music
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Poetry
  • Popular Culture
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Second Language Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech
  • Urban Studies

Special Topics in Sustainability:

  • Archaeology and Sustainability
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Linguistic Sustainability
  • Political Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability

Host Organizing Committee Chairperson

TakayukiYamada 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 the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Program Editor

John Latzo John Latzo
Professor, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

Professor John Latzo is an English language educator who taught in Eastern Europe in the mid-90s before working with the immigrant population in the USA for several years, and since 2001 has lived and worked in Asia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania and an advance degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His professional interests revolve around English education and sustainability, particularly its global academic applications and policies. He currently resides in South Korea, where he teaches in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at POSTECH.

Program Director

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

Professor Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for ESD Focus, 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.

Committee Adviser

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Dr Salvador Peniche-Camps is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. His area of teaching expertise is environmental economics with a special emphasis on water related issues.

Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.

His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.

Dr Peniche-Camps has published extensively and he is the director of the scientific journal “Expresion Economica”, which is maintained by the Economics Department of the University Center of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.

Committee Adviser

ChrisSeeley3 Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand

Christopher is the CEO of Climate Change Solutions Co., Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory, project development, and implementation services in the areas of energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects across the Asia Pacific region.

Previously, Chris spent 6 years with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), based in Bangkok, managing the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program across Asia. He advised governments as well as commercial property owners on energy efficiency projects and other areas relating to climate change mitigation, and has helped to establish dedicated financing mechanisms and investment opportunities across this sector. During this time, he developed and managed a portfolio of projects of over US$150 million across the Asian region.  He has also worked as a consultant for the IFC (World Bank), JICA (Japan), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Hiroshima Peace Institute
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ACAHS 2015 Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
John Stayton, MBA
Director of Venture Greenhouse
Co-founder and Director, Green MBA
Dominican University of California, USA
Takayuki Yamada
Chairperson, Board of Directors
The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Michael Sasaoka
Special Programs Director, ESD Focus, The PRESDA Foundation of Japan
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Hossein Esmaeli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law
Flinders University, Australia
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
John Latzo
Professor, Division of Humanities
POSTECH, Republic of Korea
Christopher C. Seeley, Ph.D.
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailan
Christopher Leeds, Ph.D.
Professor, Business & Leadership
Dominican University of California, USA
Salvador Peniche, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Aspalella A. Rahman, Ph.D.
College of Law, Government and
International Studies
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Irma Magaña Carrillo, Ph.D.
Faculty of Tourism, Campus Villa de Álvarez
Universidad de Colima, Mexico


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