Theme: "Exchanges and Encounters"
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Second Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship, to be held from April 5-8 2012, at the Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
As the country that gave the world the novel one thousand years ago, and subsequently haiku and manga, Japan's long and rich literary history make it an ideal place to bring together academics, writers, and librarians to celebrate, debate, and explore their common passion. The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.
Specialist papers are welcome for dedicated panels in the areas of Asian postcolonial studies, East-West literary influence and intertextuality, and the teaching of Western literature in Asia.
LibrAsia 2012 is not only an academic conference, but will again this year offer a number of talks, workshops, and readings of original works, in the context of an exciting long weekend of interdisciplinary and intercultural discussion. The Land of the Rising Sun offers an amazing juxtaposition of cultures, of east and west, of religious and secular, and of course of the "Exchanges and Encounters" of the conference theme.
The Second Asian Conference on Literature & Librarianship will be held alongside the third Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities. Registrants for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other.
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship.
2nd Vladimir Devide Haiku Award - Open Haiku Competition
Anyone may submit one haiku to this open competition, either traditional or modern. The judges will consider each poem on its individual merits and will make no distinction the two styles. We ask you to submit a haiku not already published or in circulation.
Please send your submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Haiku competition' in the subject heading until March 1, 2012. Please remember to include your name, address and contact details.
The jury will be headed by His Excellency Dr. Drago Stambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Brazil and winner of the 2nd Vladimir Devide Award and the runner up prize will be formally announced at the LibrAsia conference in April 2012, and thereafter published on the conference website.
The winner and runners up, as well as those receiving commendation from the jury, will be published as a limited edition monograph. The winner and one runner up will receive a book of poetry, and if present in Osaka at the time of the conference, will be invited to the conference to receive their prize.
Submissions will be organized into the following streams:
- African Literature
- Ancient & Classical Literature
- Anglo-American Literature
- Arabic/Middle Eastern Literature
- Asian Literature
- Children's and Young Adult Literature
- Comparative Literature
- European Literature
- Folktales, Myths and Legends
- Historical and Political Literature
- Indigenous People's/Ethnic Literatures & Minority Discourses
- Latin American Literature
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Literary Practice
- Literary Translation and Translatology
- Literature and Film
- Literature, Language and Identity
- Literature and Religion
- Manuscriptology, Textual and Genetic Criticism
- Memoir and Autobiography
- Teaching Literature
- Travel Writing
- Theatre and Drama
- Cataloging and Classification
- Censorship, Ownership and Intellectual Property
- Library Research and Development
- Protecting and Preserving Librarianship: 21st Century Problems and Solutions
Prof. Akito Arima, Emeritus Professorand Former President of the University of Tokyo. Former Minister of Education and Science, Current Director of the Science Museum and President of the Haiku International Association.
- Prof. Georges Depeyrot, CNRS/ENS (Paris, France)
- Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University (Indonesia)
- Emiko Miyashita, Haiku International Association and Secretary of the Haiku Poets’ Association’s International Department (Kyoto, Japan)