Programme (Live-Stream)

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 24, 2021Tuesday, May 25, 2021Wednesday, May 26, 2021

10:00–12:00: Plenary Session

12:00–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Plenary Session

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Plenary Session

16:30–17:30: Networking Session

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Parallel Sessions

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Parallel Sessions

16:30–17:00: Break

17:00–18:00: Parallel Sessions

09:00–10:30: Parallel Sessions

10:30–10:45: Break

10:45–12:15: Parallel Sessions

12:15–13:15: Lunch Break

13:15–14:45: Parallel Sessions

14:45–15:00: Break

15:00–16:30: Parallel Sessions

16:30–17:00: Break

17:00–18:00: Closing Session

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on April 26, 2021. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
    Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
    Panel Presentation: Goi Hoe Chin, Frendy & Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin
  • Measuring Value: 80 Goals for 7 Stakeholders
    Measuring Value: 80 Goals for 7 Stakeholders
    Keynote Presentation: Philip Sugai

Final Programme

The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend The 12th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival. Only one copy of the Conference Programme is available per delegate, so please take good care of your copy.

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available on April 26, 2021. The final Conference Programme will be available on May 12, 2021.


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.

Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
Panel Presentation: Goi Hoe Chin, Frendy & Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin

The study is based on a sustainability-oriented workshop with a public-private partnership context held in central Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research focuses on workshop planning, execution, and follow-up processes in response to the turbulence. A thematic analysis approach is employed to interpret data from different sources including, documents, meeting drafts, workshop interactions among stakeholders, debriefing sessions, questionnaires, and fieldwork findings of participants. The results reveal that interactions among stakeholders enhanced awareness of knowledge gaps, fostered effective communication, enabled knowledge extension, and created shared values. The findings improve our understanding of academics’ roles in collaborative settings. The study uses a multi-node knowledge link model to explore the interactions among stakeholders. Finally, the study draws implications for academic institutions, industry partners, and policymakers to attain the regional sustainability goals during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Measuring Value: 80 Goals for 7 Stakeholders
Keynote Presentation: Philip Sugai

When a company says that it is “creating value” what specifically does this mean? After collecting impact measurement and sustainability reporting and disclosure data from 15 of the world's top ESG and sustainability frameworks, our research team synthesized these into seven unique stakeholder groups, with 80 clear, transparent and objective goals that any organization regardless of size, industry or market can begin focusing on in order to create real and measurable value. This presentation will introduce the results of our assessment of these various value assessors and offer a first draft of stakeholder-focused goals that we have derived from our analyses. We call this goal-based approach to measuring and managing value across these seven stakeholder groups “Ethical Capitalism” which goes one step beyond stakeholder capitalism to provide a clear set of goals towards which firms of any size, or within any industry can aim to collectively achieve. This presentation aims to help business leaders take tangible steps to achieve a common set of sustainability goals and in doing so, create much needed alignment across all stakeholders that they serve.

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