"Working Together Towards a Sustainable World"
The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2010 and 2011 hosted a combined total of more than 600 academics and thought leaders from around the globe in a celebration of interdisciplinary study in the social sciences. In 2012 we hope to build on the conversations and partnerships started in the previous two years, and to forge new relationships as we again encourage academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue.
This year's conference will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations.
In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century. I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a better world.
The conference theme is "Sustaining the Future" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question 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 disciplines and fields related to the Social Sciences, including the following streams:
- Cultural Studies and Humanities
- Economics and Management
- Education and Social Welfare
- Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
- Globalisation and Internationalization
- Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
- International Relations
- Media and Communications
- Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
- Politics, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness
- Politics, Public Policy and Law Psychology
- Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
- Research Methodologies Quantitative and Qualitative
- Social History
- Teaching and Learning
- Technology and Applied Sciences
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 IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.
Yozo Yokota is President of The Center for Human Rights Affairs, Special Adviser to the Japanese Ministry of Justice, Chairman of the International Labor Organization Committee of Experts, Special Adviser to the Rector of the United National University,and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. He started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington before holding professorships in Law at ICU, the University of Tokyo and Cho University, Tokyo. An internationally respected jurist and proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 1996. To read more about Professor Yokota and the ACSS/ACSEE programme, click here.