Welcome to ACSS 2014 - an IAFOR event!
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan from June 12-15 2014.



Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community...


Theme: "Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy"

Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.

The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.

Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.

As it enters its fifth year, The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.

I sincerely hope that we will use this time together, not just for intellectual discovery and discourse, but to establish a common vision and to motivate each other to do our part in the creation of a better world.

We look forward to seeing you in Osaka!

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Chairman, IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Chair

Dr Andrea Molle
Chapman University, USA
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser

Dr Alex Petrisor
Urban-INERC (Romania),
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser



***Call for Papers: Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended: April 15 2014***
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab above







IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance - Working Together

IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world's foremost institutions of learning.

For a full list of university and institutional partners, click here.




Publishing Opportunities: Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference.

For more information about the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences, and the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment, click here.







ACSS 2014 will be held alongside the Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE 2014), and registrants for either conference will be given the opportunity to attend sessions in the parallel event at no extra charge. Please click on the banner below to go to the ACSEE 2014 sister site.





CONFERENCE ARCHIVE: For photos, videos and publications associated with previous ACSS conferences, click on the links below:

ACSS2013          ACSS2012          ACSS2011          ACSS2010



    




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