The 2nd Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia

Hotel Clio Court Hakata
August 2-3, 2016

Fukuoka, Japan

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

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The 2nd Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA) — August 2-3, 2016»

Welcome to the 2nd Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia. The first COSGA was held in Hiroshima, Japan and coincided with the 70th Hiroshima Peace and Remembrance Memorial. Last year, we welcomed more than 55 participants from 22 countries.

In order to facilitate meaningful discussions, collaboration and networking, this two-day, international, peer-reviewed symposium will be limited to just 60 participants. In addition, COSGA will be held in partnership with the 3rd Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2016).

We are excited to hold these two events together because as globalization intensifies in the 21st century, it is crucial we deepen our understanding of it by challenging our assumptions and analyzing the changing social dynamics it creates.   Globalization has brought many blessings; however, as it is sustained by values that characterize it as desirable progress, inequality, conflict, poverty, equity, social justice and environmental/climate change, among other ill-effects, are often overshadowed and exacerbated.

This 2-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and interested community members.  With the theme Change, Continuity and Diversity, the conference will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenom while expanding your professional networks.

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 2188-6849). 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:

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Area Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminology, Jurisprudence and Law
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • Human and Physical Geography
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology and Behavioral Studies
  • Special Topic: Gender, Sexuality and Modern Family
  • Special Topic: Linguistics and Language Imperialism
  • Special Topic: Maternal Health and Public Health
  • Special Topic: Transnational Migration
  • Special Topic: Urban Planning and the Environment
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)


Host Committee Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada PRESDA Takayuki Yamada

Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan
Honorary Chairperson, The International Advisory Council for INTESDA, Japan

Mr Yamada also serves as a special adviser 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 on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chairperson and Program Director

Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael K. Sasaoka Alvord
Program Director

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. 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. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Program Editor and Plenary Speaker

Dr-Alan-Brady Alan Brady, Ph.D.
(Ret.) Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University  — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.

His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Program Co-Editor

Suman Chakrabarty Suman Chakrabarty, M.Sc.; Ph.D. (Calcutta University)
Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology
Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith ( West Bengal State University), West Bengal, India

Dr. Suman Chakrabarty  is a bio-cultural Anthropologist working in the Central and Eastern Parts of India. His research generally explores the bio-social & bio-cultural aspect of health and nutritional status among the scheduled tribes in India.

His specific research interest investigates the inter-relationship between forest conservation, rehabilitation/displacement issues and its impact on food security among the Indian tribes living in different protected areas in India. Currently, his research projects include household food security and nutritional status among the Rabha Tribe living in Northern Part (Jaldapara and Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars) of West Bengal, India.

He has published several articles on the themes of chronic energy deficiency and its correlates among the scheduled tribes in Central and Eastern India. Specifically, he has published few articles on the current livelihood condition (Socio-economic aspect of health and nutritional status) of Indian tribes living inside protected areas and their rehabilitated counterparts.