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"Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"
June 8–10, 2018 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
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 Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
- Dr Aleksandra Ptak, Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland
- Dr Biswanath Lahiri, J.J.T. University - Vidyanagari, India
- Professor Brent Shea, Sweet Briar College, United States
- Dr Catalino Mendoza, Systems Plus College Foundation, Philippines
- Dr Elif Avc, Faculty of Education, Anadolu University, Turkey
- Dr Georgia Daleure, Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
- Dr HeeSoon Lee, Bowling Green State University, United States
- Dr Ho Keat Leng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Dr Kunwadee Rojpaisarnkit, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
- Dr Margaret Sanapo, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
- Dr Masanori Kaneko, Independent Researcher, Japan
- Professor Padmaja Kamat, PES Shri Ravi Sitaram Naik College of Arts & Science, India
- Dr Selay Ilgaz Sumer, Baskent University, Turkey
- Dr Tinni Dutta, Asutosh College – Kolkata, India
- Dr Yi-Ming Yu, National Defense University, Taiwan
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
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