Programme (Live-Stream)

Due to continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, ACSS2020 will be held Online via Zoom.

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight 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.

This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.

Conference Outline

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9) (time difference)

Monday, May 25, 2020Tuesday, May 26, 2020Wednesday, May 27, 2020

16:00-16:15: Welcome Address & Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

16:15-17:00: Keynote Presentation
Embracing the Power of Difference as an Elementary Idea
Chris Dalton, University of Reading, United Kingdom

17:05-17:50: Keynote Presentation
Embracing Difference by Design: Virtues and Vices
Bruce Brown, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

17:50-18:30: Embracing Difference: Discussion Session (with both Speakers)
Chris Dalton, University of Reading, United Kingdom
Bruce Brown, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
Co-Moderators: Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan & Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

18:30-18:45: IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

12:50-13:00: Welcome from the Organising Committee
Moderator: Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan

13:00-14:15: Live-Stream Session I

14:15-14:30: Virtual Coffee

14:30-16:10: Live-Stream Session II

16:10-16:20: Virtual Coffee

16:20-17:00: Keynote Presentation
Numeratives in Japanese: How speakers perceive things when they count
Asako Iida, Chuo University, Tokyo

17:00-17:10: Discussion
Moderator: Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan

17:10-18:00: Live-Stream Session III

18:00-18:15: Virtual Coffee

18:15-19:30: Live-Stream Session IV

19:30-19:45: Virtual Coffee

19:45-21:00: Live-Stream Session V

21:00-21:15: Networking Session

09:40-09:45: Welcome from the Organising Committee
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, United States

09:45-11:00: Live-Stream Session I

11:00-11:15: Virtual Coffee

11:15-12:55: Live-Stream Session II

12:55-13:40: Lunch Discussion Groups

13:40-14:30: Live-Stream Session III

14:30-14:45: Virtual Coffee

14:45-16:00: Live-Stream Session IV

16:00-16:15: Virtual Coffee

16:15-17:55: Live-Stream Session V

17:55-18:10: Closing Session

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on May 07, 2020. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

The above schedule may be subject to change.

Featured Presentations

  • Bruce Brown
    Bruce Brown
    Royal College of Art, UK
  • Chris Dalton
    Chris Dalton
    University of Reading, UK
  • Asako Iida
    Asako Iida
    Chuo University, Japan

Final Programme

The online version of the Conference Programme is now available to view below via the Issuu viewing platform. Alternatively, download a PDF version. The Conference Programme can also be viewed on the Issuu website (requires a web browser). An Issuu app is available for Android users.

The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. Accepted abstracts of confirmed presenters are available here.

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations

A number of presenters have submitted pre-recorded virtual video presentations.
We encourage you to watch these presentations and provide feedback through the video comments. A full list of these is on the conference website.

Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ACSS conferences via the links below.

Bruce Brown
Royal College of Art, UK


Bruce Brown was educated at the Royal College of Art in London where he is currently Visiting Professor. Until 2016, Bruce was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Design at the University of Brighton. For twenty years previously he was Dean of the university’s Faculty of Arts & Architecture. In 2018 Bruce was appointed by the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Specialist Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China to Chair the assessment panels for Visual Arts, Design, Creative Media in the Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise 2020. Prior to this he was appointed by the UK Funding Councils to Chair Main Panel D in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework. Prior to this he chaired Main Panel O in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Bruce served as a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and has advised international organisations including the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and the Qatar National Research Fund. Bruce chaired the Portuguese Government’s Fundação para a Ciência ea Tecnologia Research Grants Panel [Arts] and was one of four people invited by the Portuguese Government to conduct an international review entitled Reforming Arts and Culture Higher Education in Portugal. He has served as Trustee and Governor of organisations such as the Art’s Council for England’s South East Arts Board, the Ditchling Museum and Shenkar College of Design and Engineering, Tel Aviv. Bruce is an Editor of Design Issues Research Journal (MIT), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference by Design: Virtues and Vices
Chris Dalton
University of Reading, UK


Chris is Associate Professor of Management Learning and Leadership at Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the UK.

A dynamic and creative tutor and facilitator, Chris joined Henley in November 2005 and until 2010 was the Programme Director for Henley Distance Learning MBA (Flexible Learning), a course with over 2,500 executives enrolled worldwide.

Chris has over 26 years of experience in management education and training. Before coming to Henley, he worked at the Central European University Business School (and its predecessor, the International Management Center) in Budapest, Hungary, where his posts included Director of their full-time and modular MBA program (part of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA). Chris teaches on the Executive MBA and runs corporate workshops and seminars related to management development in many parts of the world, including South Africa, central Europe and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Chris holds a PhD in Management Learning and Leadership from Lancaster University, and an MBA from Henley. His research is focused on the use of Reflection in Personal Development in post-experience Management Education.

His first book, The Every Day MBA, was published at the beginning of 2015 and his second, Brilliant Business Strategy for Business, released in February 2016. A second edition of the MBA book, re-titled MBA Day by Day, was published in September 2019. Chris was visiting professor at Soka University in Japan 2018-19, where he was on a year-long sabbatical devoted to writing and research, and is also visiting Professor of Foundations of Management at Cotrugli Business School, Croatia. He is currently writing a book on leadership and personal development in management, to be published at the end of 2020.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Embracing the Power of Difference as an Elementary Idea
Asako Iida
Chuo University, Japan


Dr Iida holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo and is a professor in the Faculty of Global Management at Chuo University, in Tokyo, Japan. She was a visiting scholar at UCLA from 2015 to 2017, and has been a director of Japan Naming Association since 2019.

Her area of specialisation is in the field of linguistics, focusing particularly on analysing how to count things in modern Japanese, known as “numeratives”. She is one of the pioneers in this field, well known as the author of Kazoekata-no-Jiten (The Dictionary of Counting Things) (Shogakukan, 2004), which has sold more than 110,000 copies worldwide.

Currently she is instructing students who specialise in advertising, and holds a seminar titled “How to Attract Consumers from a Linguistic Approach”. She is an active copywriter winning prestigious advertisement contests, such as The Senden-kaigi Award (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019). She also was an active member of the “Tokyo Sky Tree” Name Review Committee. Her research regarding the techniques of writing copy is crystallised in the book ‘A, sore hoshī!’ To Omowa Seru Kōkoku Kopī no Kotoba Jiten (I want it! The Word Dictionary of Ad Copy) (Nikkei Business Publications, 2017).

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Numeratives in Japanese: How speakers perceive things when they count