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

10:00-10:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, & Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-10:55: Keynote Presentation
Measuring Value: 80 Goals for 7 Stakeholders
Philip Sugai, Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University, Japan

10:55-11:05 Break

11:05-12:05: Panel Presentation
Academia and Regional Sustainability in the Age of Pandemic
Goi Hoe Chin, NUCB Business School, Japan
Hakeem Muhammad Mohsin, NUCB Business School, Japan
Frendy, NUCB Business School, Japan

12:05-12:15 Break

12:15-13:00: Keynote Presentation
The Roma Festival of the Black Madonna and Vincent van Gogh's Symbolist Awakening
Jared Baxter, Independent Researcher, United States

13:00-13:30: Networking and Discussion
This Networking and Discussion session is hosted by the conference organising committee to bring together participants who are interested in creating new ties and discussing each other's research with fellow educators & researchers. All attendees are invited to attend this open session.

10:00-11:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Technology & Sociology

11:15-11:25: Break

11:25-12:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2: Teaching & Learning

12:15-12:25: Break

12:25-13:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3: Arts Practices

13:15-13:25: Break

13:25-14:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4: Economics and Management

14:15-14:25: Break

14:25-15:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 5: History

15:40-15:50: Break

15:50-17:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 6: International Literature & Language

10:00-11:15: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences

11:15-11:25: Break

11:25-13:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2: Psychology, Social Psychology, & Social Work

13:05-13:15: Break

13:15-14:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3: International Social Sciences

14:30-14:40: Break

14:40-15:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4: Teaching and Learning the Arts

15:30-15:40: Conference Closing Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

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
  • The Roma Festival of the Black Madonna: Vincent van Gogh’s Symbolist Awakening
    The Roma Festival of the Black Madonna: Vincent van Gogh’s Symbolist Awakening
    Keynote Presentation: Jared Baxter

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.

Important Information Emails

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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.

Read presenter biographies.

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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The Roma Festival of the Black Madonna: Vincent van Gogh’s Symbolist Awakening
Keynote Presentation: Jared Baxter

Late May -- 1888. Semi-homeless, Vincent van Gogh suddenly witnesses thousands of gypsies descend upon and bridge the Rhône on their annual pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a three-Mary mythic Mediterranean town forty kilometers southwest of Arles. As many beautiful Roma return one week later, Vincent's curiosity gets the better of him. He packs his bags, painting supplies, secures passage on a diligence and spends the next five days immersed in their spiritual aftermath.

Outlined by Dr. Naomi Margolis Maurer in her seminal book, The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom: The Thought and Art of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, Vincent's own pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries would prove to revolutionize his approach to painting. This presentation will complement Margolis Maurer's work, while also offering new interpretations of Vincent's paintings, spotlighting his correspondence with penpal Émile Bernard as their search for a Symbolist Renaissance was born.

Read presenter's biography.

Image | "View of Saintes-Maries" by Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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