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The 6th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability – Friday and Saturday, August 30-31, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan »

Welcome to ACSUS 2019

We welcome you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan for the 6th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability (ACSUS 2019) on Friday and Saturday, August 30-31, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima. This conference will be held jointly with the 6th Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability (ACAHS 2019).

Last year, this conference preceded the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony; however, we have decided to hold ACSUS at the end of August when temperatures are more reasonable and travel costs are lower. All attending participants will have an opportunity for travel around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

Please note that the number of oral and poster time slots is limited.  The organizers will close submissions and registration when the event has reached its capacity.

About ACSUS 2019

Sustainability is a term of recent origin with widespread contemporary saliency.  In its popular use, sustainability tends to focus mostly on issues of natural environment.  The lens of environmental sustainability raises questions such as:

  • Can the natural world recover from damage caused by human activity at a rate faster than the damage is done?
  • Is the use of natural resources at a rate that is compatible with their regeneration?
  • What changes in human practice can lead to long-term availability of necessary natural resources?

ACSUS 2019 will explore these and related questions, but in a way that considers sustainability beyond its ecological dimensions.  Trends toward broader consideration of sustainability are in place.  The World Bank and other governmental and non-governmental organizations have incorporated the concept of social sustainability into their approaches to development.  The notion of a “triple bottom line” that considers profit, people and planet has entered the private sector discourse on sustainability.  This conference considers the contributions that anthropology can make to expanding the horizons of sustainability.

Sustainability has been often viewed as primarily an environmental issue and approached from an intra-disciplinary quantitative perspective. The United Nations, however, has been working to change this perception and draw attention to a diverse range of issues beyond just problems related to the environment. As an example, the United Nations recently developed a method for understanding, assessing and managing projects directed towards socially sustainable outcomes: the Circles of Sustainability. This method identified four core areas of sustainability, which are rooted in the social sciences: economic, social, ecological and cultural. Additional concepts between sustainability and the social sciences include education, human rights, law, public policy, politics, linguistics and archaeology, to name a few.

With it’s theme of  Intersections of Holistic Sustainability, the 6th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences and Sustainability welcomes innovative technical approaches, but also encourages diverse views and analysis procedures, including qualitative and mixed methods. We seek to create a learning environment where participants can share their research and discuss trans-disciplinary ideas to propose solutions to today’s increasingly complex sustainability problems.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, July 12, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

ACSUS 2019 Submission Application Form

Topic Streams

  • Archaeology and Sustainability
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Linguistic Sustainability
  • Political Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)

Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

This event will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers,  students and professionals.

Plan Your Attendance

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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 2018 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
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. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Harry-Carley-73x85Co-Chairperson and Plenary Speaker
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech,
English Department, School of Humanities,
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, is currently a lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan. He has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Review and Editorial Committee

  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, English Department, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, Central Florida University, USA
  • Judith Britt McNeely, Ph.D., Writing/Literature, Collegiate Traveling Faculty, University of Maryland University College, Japan
  • Susan Oguro, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Hui Yueh Hsieh, Ph.D., Visual Communication Design, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Lucas Kohnke, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • James H. Morris, Center for Education of Global Communication, University of Tsukuba, Japan