The 12th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2021)


  • Jared Baxter
    Jared Baxter
    Independent Researcher, United States
  • Goi Hoe Chin
    Goi Hoe Chin
    NUCB Business School, Japan
  • Frendy
    NUCB Business School, Japan
  • Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin
    Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin
    NUCB Business School, Japan
  • Philip Sugai
    Philip Sugai
    Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University, Japan

ACSS is organised by IAFOR in association with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in Osaka University, Japan.

Special Announcement: ACSS2021 will be held Online

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, IAFOR has made the decision to hold ACSS2021 entirely online via Zoom.

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Join us online for ACSS2021!

May 24-26, 2021 | Held online from Tokyo, Japan

Held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade and Moscow State University), a think tank (the East-West Center), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and here, with the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office.

With the IAFOR Research Centre, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that ACSS2021 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, and for the meeting of people and ideas.

The 12th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2021) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The 12th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2021). Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

We look forward to seeing you online!

The ACSS2021 Organising Committee

Grant Black Black Inc. Consulting, Japan
Clementina Cardoso CIHRC Research and Development
Joseph Haldane The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Donald E. Hall University of Rochester, USA
Hiroshi Ishida University of Tokyo, Japan
Fan Li LePing Social Entrepreneur Foundation & Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), China
James W. McNally University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
Sela V. Panapasa University of Michigan, USA
Haruko Satoh Osaka University, Japan

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Held online from Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Monday, May 24, 2021 ​to Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: January 06, 2021*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 15, 2021

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

Our Response to the Ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Pandemic

Present, Publish, Participate On-site or Online

Continued excellence in service, wherever you are

Our commitment to you; academics, scholars and educators around the world, is to continue to run conferences where and how possible, but in the full knowledge that in these unprecedented and changing times, we must engage as much as is possible online, allowing those who choose not to travel, or who cannot travel, opportunities to present, publish and participate online.


Given the uncertainties surrounding travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, and related and evolving government responses, we understand that potential delegates’ plans may be subject to change beyond their control, and indeed many people may not be able to travel to our conferences. We will be as flexible as we can our side to allow delegates to switch registration types between “on-site” and “online” depending on their circumstances, up until one month before the conference, so that you can be assured that whatever your situation, you can still present, publish and participate.

Special Themes and Areas of Focus

Authors have the optional opportunity of identifying whether their paper addresses either the 2021–2022 IAFOR Special Theme and/or one of the ongoing IAFOR Special Areas of Focus.

IAFOR 2021–2022 Special Theme: “Resilience”

Resilience is the ability to resist being affected, or to recover readily from setback and adversity, and the past year has been one of enormous turbulence and upheaval. Nobody has been left untouched by the impact of the global pandemic, and great change has been forced upon us all.

COVID-19 has underlined the extent to which we suffer together as one, but also how the experience of a global pandemic has been very different and unequal. This has had a woeful impact on the already marginalised and dispossessed, further evidencing that countries are not equal in their ability to provide for and protect their people. The pandemic has also created questionable narratives and false dichotomies in approaches to finding solutions to the myriad problems that COVID-19 has either caused or exacerbated.

Humans can be by turn extraordinarily delicate, and remarkably resilient and we are now living through and witnessing an extraordinary period of history. However, as with any period of great change, there is a window of opportunity that follows where one has the chance to enact and bring about change for the better. The pandemic has also allowed many of us the space to rethink our relationship with both ourselves and those immediately around us, but also with the wider world. This is a crisis both global and local, both shared and individual.

That time to rethink and reimagine is now as we attempt to regroup and rebuild. We need to build back, but do so in a way that is better, stronger and fairer. Forged by adversity, we have the opportunity to follow divergent paths towards a future that we help create, and where, to borrow Heaney, hope and history may rhyme.

IAFOR Special Areas of Focus

In line with its organisational mission, IAFOR encourages, facilitates and nurtures interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on international and intercultural perspectives. Current areas of focus of the organisation include the following ongoing collaborative programmes and initiatives.

Innovation and Value

The Innovation and Value Initiative is housed at the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan. It was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in a special collaborative UN/IAFOR session at the Third Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018) on June 6, 2018, and has included various conferences and seminars, including the October 2018 IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS), organised in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. This theme invites reflections at the intersection of innovation and value as they relate to the conference areas of study. For more information about the Innovation and Value Initiative, click here.

The Silk Road

The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative is an ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative that uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges. The initiative is a collaborative endeavour which includes the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University (Japan), Belgrade University (Serbia) and The École Normale Supérieure (France). This theme encourages submissions on Silk Road Studies and international cooperation in general as they relate to the conference areas of study. For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.


“Inspiring Global Research Collaborations”

Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research centre is in the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan. Read more about IAFOR.

International | Intercultural | Interdisciplinary

Jared Baxter
Independent Researcher, United States


Jared Baxter is an independent researcher living in Washougal, Washington, USA. Over the last six years, his research has focused on Vincent van Gogh, in particular, how Vincent's enduring embrace of Christianity manifested itself in his later life and artwork. His research has been published in the January, 2014 Art History Supplement, and the July, 2014 Anistoriton Journal of History, Archaeology and Art History. Numerous mainstream outlets have also commented on his work including The Huffington Post, ArtNet News, The Siouxland Observer, and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown.

Mr Baxter has participated in several previous IAFOR conferences, including as a Featured Speaker at the 2015 Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH) and as the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH). He has accepted invitations to other academic conferences, including the 2015 Dutch Association of Aesthetics and the 2016 International Conference on The Arts in Society.

Keynote Presentation (2021) | The Roma Festival of the Black Madonna: Vincent van Gogh's Symbolist Awakening
Goi Hoe Chin
NUCB Business School, Japan


Dr Goi is a professor in the Faculty of Management at NUCB Business School. He received his PhD in Media and Governance from Keio University and MBA at Waseda University in Japan. His research and teaching fields include Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Development. Goi Hoe Chin has rich experience in management research about student-based venture creation in Japan and the ASEAN region. His publication titled “Dynamic Capability for the Success of Student-Based Gestation Ventures” was awarded the Best Journal Paper Award at the 12th Association for Policy Informatics Conference held in Japan in 2016. In recent years, Goi Hoe Chin employed collaborative and remote based design thinking methods to create solutions for regional towns in Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi and Gifu prefectures in Japan. His corporate partners include Toyota Corporation, Ricoh Corporation and Tokyu Land Corporation, and so on. The design thinking project with Toyota Corporation was chosen as a “Best Partnership Award” (Finalist) at AMBA & BGA’s Excellence Awards in 2021. Prior to his academic and research career, Goi Hoe Chin was the assistant director at the Singapore National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and served for more than 10 years in the government sector in Singapore.

Panel Presentation (2021) | Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
NUCB Business School, Japan


Dr Frendy completed his doctorate and master degrees from the Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University, where he was the recipient of the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship. He obtained a BS in Economics (Honours) with a major in Accounting from the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada – an AACSB-accredited business school in Indonesia. He also holds a US Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license from the State of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and the Japan Accounting Association (JAA). He has presented papers at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, the European Accounting Association (EAA) Annual Congress, the Japan Accounting Association Annual Conference, and other international conferences. He has published articles in international accounting journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, the Asian Review of Accounting, and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics. He previously worked as an audit associate at KPMG Indonesia, one of the global Big Four audit firms.

Panel Presentation (2021) | Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin
NUCB Business School, Japan


Dr Hakeem is an associate professor at NUCB Business School, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. He earned his doctorate and master degrees from the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, Japan, and attended Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard University for executive education. He worked as an adjunct professor in renowned institutions including, Burgundy School of Business, France, Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS), Hosei University, Japan, and the Graduate School, Tohoku University of Community Service and Science, Japan. He received various awards and scholarships during his academic career, including the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) and JSPS Fellowship at Tohoku University. His professional experience includes work in Investment Management, Financial Consultancy, Education, Training, and Career Counselling in different organisations. He has published a number of articles and participated in a series of conferences. His research interests include but are not limited to International Business, Regional Sustainability, Strategic Management, and Network Science.

Panel Presentation (2021) | Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
Philip Sugai
Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University, Japan


Philip Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business where he currently teaches Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research, and Sustainable & Responsible Marketing. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015-2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata – where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.

Philip Sugai is the author of two books, Building Value Through Marketing: A Step-By-Step Guide (Routledge) and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on Suntory, KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku, and Walt Disney Internet Group.

He received his PhD from Waseda University and his MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.

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