The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2017 (ACAH2017)

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  • The Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum (IAFOR), in con­junc­tion with its global uni­ver­sity and insti­tu­tional part­ners, is proud to announce The Asian Con­fer­ence on the Arts & Human­i­ties 2017 (ACAH2017).

    This inter­na­tional and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence will act as a cen­tre for aca­d­e­mics, prac­ti­tion­ers and pro­fes­sion­als to dis­cuss new research in the Arts & Human­i­ties. ACAH2017 will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for the inter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of higher edu­ca­tion and shar­ing of exper­tise. We invite pro­fes­sion­als from all cor­ners of the world to develop poli­cies, exchange ideas, and pro­mote new part­ner­ships with organ­i­sa­tions and peers.

    The Asian Con­fer­ence on the Arts & Human­i­ties 2017 (ACAH2017) will be held along­side The Asian Con­fer­ence on Lit­er­a­ture 2017 (LibrAsia2017). Reg­is­tra­tion for either con­fer­ence will allow atten­dees to attend ses­sions in the other.

    Con­fer­ence Theme: “His­tory, Story, Nar­ra­tive”

    His­to­ri­ans are far from the only inter­ested party in writ­ing his­tory. In a sense it is an inter­est we all share – whether we are talk­ing pol­i­tics, region, fam­ily birthright, or even per­sonal expe­ri­ence. We are both spec­ta­tors to the process of his­tory while being inti­mately sit­u­ated within its impact and formations.

    How, then, best to write it? Is it always the victor’s ver­sion? Have we not begun increas­ingly to write “his­tory from below,” that lived by those who are not at the top of the power hier­ar­chy? Are accounts of his­tory always gender-​inflected, hith­erto at least men rather than women? Who gets to tell his­tory if the issue is colo­nial­ism or class? How does geog­ra­phy, the power of place, inter­sect with his­tory? What is the sta­tus of the per­sonal story or nar­ra­tive within the larger frame of events?

    This con­fer­ence addresses issues of writ­ing his­tory from lit­er­ary and other dis­cur­sive per­spec­tives. That is to say: nov­els, plays, poems, auto­bi­og­ra­phy, mem­oir, diary, travel log, and a vari­ety of styles of essay. One thinks of Shakespeare’s his­tory plays, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Shi Nai’an’s The Water Mar­gin, Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine. It also addresses oral his­tory, the spo­ken account or wit­ness, Hiroshima sur­vivor to mod­ern Syr­ian migrant

    Which also con­nects to the nexus of media and his­tory. The great “his­tor­i­cal” films con­tinue to hold us, be it Eisenstein’s Octo­ber: Ten Days That Shook the World (1925) or Gone with the Wind (1940). We live in an age of doc­u­men­taries, whether film or TV. There is a view that we also inhabit “instant” his­tory, the down­load to lap­top, the app, the all-​purpose mobile. How has this tech­nol­ogy changed our per­cep­tion, our lived expe­ri­ence, of his­tory? What is the role of com­mem­o­ra­tion, parade, hol­i­day, fes­ti­val, or stat­u­ary, in the writ­ing of history?

    The dif­fer­ent modes by which we see and under­stand his­tory, flow and counter-​flow, nev­er­the­less come back to cer­tain basics.

    One asks whether we deceive our­selves in always ask­ing for some grand nar­ra­tive. Can there only be one nar­ra­tor or is his­tory of neces­sity a col­lo­quium, con­tested ground? Is national his­tory a myth? And history-​writing itself: is it actu­ally a form of fic­tion, an arti­fice which flat­ters to deceive? What, exactly, is a his­tor­i­cal fact?

    This con­fer­ence, we hope, will address these per­spec­tives and oth­ers which con­nect and arise.

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