The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2018

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2018

"Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"

Religious, cultural and societal fractures have seen rises in authoritarianism and nationalism across the world, and threats and perceived threats have been used to justify the stifling and marginalisation of voices of opposition and dissent. Hard-won progress and freedoms are being questioned and undermined, and questions of peace, security and human security abound. In this period of great global social, economic, political and environmental instability, the future is for many a place of great uncertainty and fear.

However, in any period of great change, and undoubted challenge, there is also a great opportunity to harness and nurture these forces. The future is not yet written, and the powerful heuristic of sustainability has become a reality in many areas, where human creativity, imagination and technological advances have helped to make the world a better place. From small individual initiatives within families, communities and places of work, to the larger and more long-term development initiatives of governments and supranational institutions, exemplified by the UN’s 2030 goals, human resourcefulness is being used in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2018 (ACSS2018) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE2018) and The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology (AGen2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including Osaka University and Waseda University, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The ACSS2018 Organising Committee

Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Professor Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Dr Sela V. Panapasa, University of Michigan, USA

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
  • Dates: Friday, June 08, 2018 ​to Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 19, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 20, 2018

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


Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.