The 11th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2020)

Join us in Tokyo for ACSS2020

May 24-27, 2020 | Toshi Center Hotel, 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 ACSS2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, and for the meeting of people and ideas.

The 11th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2020) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The 11th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2020). Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

We look forward to seeing you in Tokyo.

The ACSS2020 Organising Committee

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

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Sunday, May 24, 2020 ​to Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: January 07, 2020*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 10, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 16, 2020

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


IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.