This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in Asian Studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACAS2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Asian Conference on Asian Studies will again be held alongside the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) 2015. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
ACAS2015 Conference Themes
Theme 1: “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”
Human rights praxis and ideas of justice are now core fields of investigation for cultural studies, media studies and Asian studies scholars. One example of this is how cultural research into the convergence of new media with everyday life, has brought into relief the growing significance of how struggles for freedom and justice are enabled by flows of social media. Various communities and peoples are now enabled to make claims for social recognition within human rights frameworks and language like never before.
Cultural studies as a discipline is specifically attuned to studying questions of human rights and justice. As a field it is connected to human rights discourse and praxis through its ethical foundations and ‘activating knowledge’ as Stuart Hall once put it. One of the essential motivations of cultural studies scholars is to focus on the struggles evident in structures and institutions of power, representation, identity and subjectivity. This is undertaken with specific attention to power and its manifestation and negotiation in the cultural arena of everyday life.
As a consequence, cultural studies researchers investigate ideas of justice and agency in compelling and innovative ways. They see agency, for example, as being implicated in the formation of moral, legal, political and ethical frameworks that are experienced in everyday lives, and which can be seen explicitly in the media. As cultural studies/human rights scholar John Erni notes, ‘cultural studies has long been attentive to the complex interpenetrations of power, agency, and the social imaginary.’
A central aim of this conference is to examine ideas of ‘justice’ and ‘human rights¹ in relation to media and cultural production. The hope is to enable useful exchange, connection and dialogue around the praxis of human rights and to clarify the implications of how cultural transformation and the media are closely connected to social and political change in the everyday life of individuals, communities and nations.
Theme 2: “Power”
Power as a commodity has challenged the minds of social scientists and philosophers while its exercise has always fascinated historians. From classical thinkers’ works such as Aristotle’s Politka or Machiavelli’s Il Principe through modern figures who manipulate power in the media, like Silvio Berlusconi or Rupert Murdoch, to the vast networks that support major heads of state, power has been a necessity to some or like an aphrodisiac to others. The dynamics of power and its associations with wealth and status now shape the contemporary world more visibly than ever. It is a research challenge to all fields of the social sciences to offer some explanation of its magnetism and its mechanisms. We expect this theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes as we gather in Osaka in 2015.
- Professor Gerard Goggin – University of Sydney, Australia
- Professor John Erni – Hong Kong Baptist University, China
- Professor Angela Wong Wai Ching – The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
- Professor Baden Offord – Director and Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia
- Dr. Thomas French – Ritsumeikan University, Japan
- Indian and South Asian Studies
- South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)
- Central Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Korean Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies (including Assyria, Iran, Egypt, Turkey)
- Islamic Studies
- Hebrew and Judaic Studies
- Comparative Studies of Asian and East Asian Studies
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