The 2014 Inaugural Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability

The KKR Hotel Hiroshima
December 1-3, 2014

Hiroshima, Japan

ACAHS 2014 will be held at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan
December 1-3, 2014

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The Inaugural Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability »

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 2188-6622). 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.

Committee Adviser

John Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA

John Stayton is the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.

After fifteen years in the field of high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA. The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California is a rigorous two-year program that transforms students’ abilities to advance environmental and social initiatives in any type of organization.  In 2013, John became the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.

Committee Adviser

WilliamKittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

Dr. Kittredge 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.

He received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage.

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).

Affiliates and initiatives that our conference supports:

uic green Sonoma State University 2
Hiroshima Peace Institute
PRESDA Dominican University of California Green MBA


the global compact
 Amazon_Watch_logo  foodtank  friends of the global fight 2


COSA 2014 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
Thomas L. Theis, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
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
Kanako Morita, Ph.D.
Project Asst. Professor
Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Tokyo, Japan
Scott Valentine, Ph.D.
Dept of Public Policy
& School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong,
China (SAR)
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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