The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is kindly inviting you to participate in the 5th Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship (LibrAsia) which will be held on April 2 – 5, 2015 in Osaka, Japan at the Rihga Royal Hotel alongside the 6th Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH) 2015. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in literature and librarianship. As with IAFOR’s other events, LibrAsia2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
Conference Theme: “Power: Text and Context”
Power remains one of the most contested, debated, omnipresent yet ungraspable of concepts. While the fact of power remains constant, changes in in political, social, economic and cultural conditions require us as scholars to periodically take stock of, analyze, and trace the workings and origins of power. And while it has long been accepted that literature and literary activity have never been immune to the functions and effects of power, new alignments in public and private spheres require us to interrogate how textual production, reception and study construct and resist power.
Literary power can be seen in books about power; moreover the act of reading itself can be seen as an act that grants power to the reader. Similarly, interpretation is an act of power over the text, while theories of interpretation hold power over the intellect and imagination of the reader. Those who teach, research and curate texts also exercise power, though how this power is wielded is colored by perceptions of those within and without academia. For students, the literature teacher is a figure of power who gets to select what is read and studied, as well as how it is read and studied.
Power can also seem too large and unwieldy a concept to gain any purchase on, thus any analysis of power can create a sense of powerlessness, not to mention dissatisfaction at the necessarily arbitrary nature of academic analyses. But choosing which aspect of power to analyze is an act of power in itself, one that invites further interrogations of the moral and ethical dimensions of power.
Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers
- Dr. A. Robert Lee – Murcia, Spain: “Writing Multicultural America: The Powers of Canon and Ethnicity“
- Dr. Myles Chilton – Nihon University, Japan
- Dr. Dickson Chiu – University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Dr. Patrick Lo – University of Tsukuba, Japan
The 2015 conference theme is “Power: Text and Context” in literature, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this unifying subject from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. 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
This expanded stream intentionally seeks educators, researchers, scientists, engineers, industry people, policy makers, decision makers, and others who have insight, vision, and understanding of the big challenges in Library and Information Science (LIS) of interest include but are not limited to the theoretical, technical, or empirical aspects of the following:
- Principles, theories, models, standards challenges, legal, and social issues of LIS
- Protecting and preserving librarianship: 21st Century problems and solutions
- Management, leadership, planning, operation, and monitoring
- Cataloging, classification, and collection management
- Library research and development
- Library, information literacy, education, and culture
- Library instruction and reader advisory
- Library, content and knowledge management
- Information architectures, resources, services and promotion
- Information retrieval, recommendation and personalization
- Archives, museums, record management and information preservation
- Publishing, electronic publishing and bibliometrics
- Digital media, social media and libraries
- E-learning, M-learning, learning objects, content, platforms and tools
- Taxonomies, ontologies and applications
- Digital humanities, literature and culture
- Virtual environments and game-based learning
- Emerging technologies for information organizations, such as but not limited to Web, mobile, Cloud, machine intelligence and big data
- Censorship, ownership and intellectual property
- Trust, reputation, ethics, security, and privacy issues
The IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship is an editorially independent journal associated with LibrAsia. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access IAFOR’s journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.
If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings publishing on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.
Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.