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The International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability – Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand»

Welcome

We cordially welcome you to join us Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 for the International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018) at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan. This event will be held in partnership with our symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH 2018) as well as our conference on Social Responsibility in Asia (COSRA 2018).

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About ICOHS 2018

Whilst ecology and environmental studies have traditionally been covered within the natural sciences and earth sciences, increasingly, sustainability has taken root in subsets of the humanities and social sciences, in such areas as cultural sustainability, spiritual ecology, energy economics, environmental sociology and sustainable development, to name a few. Indeed, there is an important and often overlooked relation between the interaction between sustainability and the humanities and social sciences. Understanding this relationship through research and discussion could provide solutions to many of the ecological and urban problems that exist in the world today.

Following the conclusion of the MDGs in 2015, the United Nations launched a more expanded initiative known the Sustainable Development Goals that covers not only a broader expanse of issues, but at its heart, it recognizes that sustainability is a concept that is often either misunderstood or misinterpreted. To be clear, sustainability is not an environmental problem, but rather a human problem. This particular conference, will look at sustainability from perspectives in the humanities and social sciences that include, but are not limited to art, design, culture, economics, education, language, philosophy, religion, and ethics.

With the theme Working Together for a Sustainable Future, the objective of ICOHS 2018 is not to redefine sustainability, but rather to draw upon the expertise of the humanities and social sciences as fields through which we can better understand the interrelation between nature and human cultures which impact sustainability both positively and negatively. The Final Deadline for Submissions is Friday, August 17, 2018.

  • Art, Design and Eco-Design
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Education, Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Social Sustainability
  • Other Areas (please specify)

 

ICOHS 2018 Abstract Submission

Who Should Attend

ICOHS 2018 is a special international, peer reviewed event created to provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals. This particular conference, will look at sustainability from perspectives in the humanities and social sciences that include, but are not limited to art, design, culture, economics, education, language, philosophy, religion, and ethics. 

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    Chairperson,
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,
    Japan

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA.  His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is actively involved with flood-fighting and disaster response and management in Japan.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
    Japan
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.