The IAFOR North American Conference on Arts and Humanities (NACAH) 2014

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  • The Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum (IAFOR) in con­junc­tion with its global uni­ver­sity and insti­tu­tional part­ners is proud to announce the First North Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence on the Arts and Human­i­ties tak­ing place in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, United States on Sep­tem­ber 18 – 21, 2014 at the Prov­i­dence Mar­riott Down­town.

    Con­fer­ence Theme: “Indi­vid­ual, Com­mu­nity & Soci­ety: Con­flict, Res­o­lu­tion & Syn­ergy“

    Con­flict from ear­li­est times has been a char­ac­ter­is­tic of the human con­di­tion. The strug­gle between our indi­vid­ual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being chal­lenged by our being part of an inter­de­pen­dent struc­ture of rela­tion­ships on the other. The spe­cific blend of expe­ri­ences, abil­i­ties, atti­tudes, and aspi­ra­tions, that helps to define us, can sit some­times uncom­fort­ably along­side our com­mit­ments to those clos­est to us, our com­mu­ni­ties and our cultures.

    This can lead to con­flict at dif­fer­ent lev­els. Con­flict within com­mu­ni­ties and soci­eties is inevitable given that these groups are based on com­mon­al­ity of geog­ra­phy, val­ues, atti­tudes, and beliefs that help to dif­fer­en­ti­ate one from another. The dialec­tic engen­dered by diver­sity, how­ever, although it may lead to con­flict, can play an impor­tant role in the expan­sion of ideas in com­mu­ni­ties and soci­eties. One major chal­lenge of mod­ern soci­ety is to har­ness the syn­ergy that emerges from the inter­ac­tive dialec­tic gen­er­ated by these differences.

    The Arts and Human­i­ties have long rec­og­nized these dif­fer­ences and fric­tions when they try to explain con­flict through the sys­tem­atic explo­ration of ideas, words, and artis­tic expres­sion. By propos­ing such a wide-​ranging 2014 con­fer­ence theme, the orga­niz­ers hope to encour­age excit­ing new avenues of research, inspire the cre­ation of new explana­tory con­cepts, and pro­vide a con­text for aca­d­e­mic and per­sonal encoun­ters. The resul­tant exchanges it is hoped will stim­u­late syn­er­gies that cross national, reli­gious, cul­tural and dis­ci­pli­nary divides. This is cen­tral to the global vision of IAFOR.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The con­fer­ence offers the sug­ges­tion of optional themes to con­cen­trate the mind; “Indi­vid­ual, Com­mu­nity & Soci­ety: Con­flict, Res­o­lu­tion & Syn­ergy”, and the orga­niz­ers encour­age sub­mis­sions that approach this theme 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 inter/​disciplinary and the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tives. For more details about sub­mit­ting an abstract, please scroll down the page.

    How­ever, the sub­mis­sion of other top­ics for con­sid­er­a­tion is wel­come and we also encour­age ses­sions within and across a vari­ety of inter/​disciplinary and the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tives. For more details about sub­mit­ting an abstract, please scroll down the page.

    Sub­mis­sions are orga­nized into the fol­low­ing the­matic streams:

    Humanities

    • Media, Film Stud­ies, The­atre, Communication
    • Aes­thet­ics, Design
    • Lan­guage, Linguistics
    • Knowl­edge
    • Phi­los­o­phy, Ethics, Consciousness
    • His­tory, Historiography
    • Literature/​Literary Studies
    • Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, Politics
    • Teach­ing and Learning
    • Glob­al­i­sa­tion
    • Eth­nic­ity, Dif­fer­ence, Identity
    • Immi­gra­tion, Refugees, Race, Nation
    • First Nations and Indige­nous Peoples
    • Sex­u­al­ity, Gen­der, Families
    • Reli­gion, Spirituality
    • Cyber­space, Technology
    • Sci­ence, Envi­ron­ment and the Humanities
    • Other Human­i­ties

    Arts

    • Teach­ing and Learn­ing the Arts
    • Arts Pol­icy, Man­age­ment and Advocacy
    • Arts The­ory and Criticism
    • Social, Polit­i­cal and Com­mu­nity Agen­das in the Arts
    • Visual Arts Practices
    • Per­form­ing Arts Prac­tices: The­atre, Dance, Music
    • Lit­er­ary Arts Practices
    • Media Arts Prac­tices: Tele­vi­sion, Mul­ti­me­dia, Dig­i­tal, Online and Other New Media
    • Other Arts

    Pub­lish­ing Opportunities

    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 jour­nals asso­ci­ated with the conference.

    Inter­na­tional, Inter­cul­tural, Interdisciplinary

    The IAFOR North Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence on the Arts and Human­i­ties 2014 is orga­nized as part of a five week series of aca­d­e­mic events in the US orga­nized by IAFOR. Those attend­ing the NACAH2014 will have the oppor­tu­nity of attend­ing The IAFOR North Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence on Media, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cul­ture 2014 (NACMFCS2014) for no extra charge.

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