Welcome to ACAS 2014 - an IAFOR event
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners, is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Asian Studies to be held from May 29-June 1 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community... 

Conference Theme: "Borderlands of Becoming, Belonging and Sharing"

Local, national and global cultures have been transformed by an intensification of human migration, mobility and multi-culture with multiple and complex claims of home, identity and belonging. Gloria Anzaldua’s idea of the borderland has become a critical conceptual rubric used by cultural researchers as a way of understanding, explaining and articulating the in-determined, vague, ambiguous nature of everyday life and the cultural politics of border-knowledge, border crossings, transgression, living in-between and multiple belongings. Borderlands is also about a social space where people of diverse backgrounds and identities meet and share a space in which the politics of co-presence and co-existence are experienced and enacted in mundane ways. This conference, which focuses on the borderlands of becoming, belonging and sharing, is therefore about examining how the culture of everyday life is regulated and contested across diverse political, economic and social contexts, and whether and how it creates spaces of belonging with others.

The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, critical reflection and analysis about emerging social, political and cultural identities that are formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings and their expression and about the possibility of making them shared across differences.

We hope that the conference theme will again encourage academic and personal encounters and exchanges across national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides. We look forward to seeing you (again) in Osaka in 2014!

Professor Baden Offord
Professor of Cultural Studies & Human Rights, Southern Cross University, Australia
Vice President-International, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Chair

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Monash University, Australia
Director of the Monash University Asia Institute
ACCS/ACAS 2014 Conference Co-Chair

Professor Stuart D. B Picken
Order of the Sacred Treasure
Chairman, Japan Society of Scotland, UK
Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board

For information about submitting an abstract, please click the submissions tab at the top of the page.
The abstract submissions deadline has been extended to April 1 2014

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 peer-reviewed IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies, edited by Dr. Seiko Yasumoto, The University of Sydney, Australia and Associate Professor Jason Bainbridge, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. For more information about IAFOR journals, click here.

Journal themes: The IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies welcomes papers that focus on, but not limited to:

* Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
* Belonging and the intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
* Seeking refuge, unruly belonging(s) and border politics
* Trauma and joy of becoming and belonging
* Communication, new technologies and belonging
* Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
* Cultural politics of survival/transgression
* New imaginings/formations of home
* Citizenship beyond borders
* Multicultural exhaustion/renewal
* Belonging in the Anthropocene
* Multiple and complex belongings
* Re-locating culture across borders
* Convivial cultures and the imagined communities
* Creation of shared space(s) of multiple belongings

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The Fourth Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2014 will be held alongside the Fourth Asian Conference on Cultural Studies. Registration for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other. For more information about ACCS 2014, please click the image below.

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ACAS2013          ACAS2012          ACAS2011


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