The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan from June 12-15 2014. This international, intercultural and interdisciplinary academic conference on the social sciences is organised by IAFOR in conjunction with our global partners, including Waseda University (Japan), London University (UK) & Virginia Tech (USA).
Web address: http://acss.iafor.org
Sponsored by: IAFOR - The International Academic Forum
CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN
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...
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.
As it enters its fifth year, The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 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.
We look forward to seeing you in Osaka!
Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Chairman, IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Chair
Dr Andrea Molle
Chapman University, USA
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser
Dr Alex Petrisor
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser
***Call for Papers: Abstract Submissions Deadline: February 15 2014***
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab
IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance - Working Together
IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world's foremost institutions of learning.
For more information about IAFOR, as well as a full list of university and institutional partners, please go to www.iafor.org