The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2017

The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy

Ethics, religion and philosophy are academic disciplines that are at the heart of human existence, and are about how we interact with ourselves and each other. These areas of study deal with the most important questions affecting the human condition and the state of the world around us: how we think, reason, believe, worship and come to terms with what surrounds us. It is for this reason that our conferences are often held alongside events in psychology and the behavioral sciences where subject panels encourage research collaborations across the disciplines, looking at how and why we think, reason, believe, and behave as we do.

The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy is one of the longest established and best attended events organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). ACERP brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches. IAFOR conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming young faculty members.

IAFOR conferences are shaped by leading philosophers and clerics, and are organised in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London (UK), University of Sussex (UK), Waseda University (Japan), Moscow State University (Russia), Barcelona University (Spain) and Virginia Tech (USA), and feature programmes developed by leading academics to ensure both timeliness and academic rigour.

The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP) is held alongside The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP). These two events are scheduled simultaneously to maximise opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction. Registration for either conference allows participants to attend sessions in the other.

Previous Speakers

The speakers below, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on ethics, religion and philosophy.

Yozo Yokota, renowned human rights lawyer, Director of the Japanese Center for Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar; Linda Toyo Obayashi, Senior Mediation Officer at the World Bank; Sir Kenneth Calman, physician, academic, ethicist, and formerly both chairman of the World Health Organization and UK Chief Medical Officer, talks with Stuart D. B. Picken, philosopher, cleric and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Shinto; George Chryssides, religious studies scholar and leading authority on religious cults; Satoru Nishizawa, Clinical Psychologist and Board member of the Japanese Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and Japanese governmental adviser; Thomas Brian Mooney, moral, political and ancient philosopher; Yuriko Saito, philosopher and author of “Everyday Aesthetics”; Frank Ravitch, Chair Professor of Law and Religion at Michigan State; Lowell Sheppard, cleric, author and Asia-Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency.

Other IAFOR Conferences in Ethics, Religion & Philosophy

The European Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy is held alongside The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences in Brighton, UK.

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

IAFOR membership provides an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a leading global academic organisation, network and platform that is committed to nurturing the very best in interdisciplinary research in the global public interest. Membership is open to all scholars, professionals and policymakers, researchers, or those with a strong professional interest in education.


With thousands of abstracts submitted each year for presentation at our conferences, IAFOR relies on academics around the world to ensure a fair and timely peer review process in keeping with established international norms of double-blind peer review. Our peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by the Conference Programme Committee under the guidance of the International Academic Board.

If you hold a PhD or another terminal degree in your field, are a current or former faculty member and have previous peer review experience, we encourage you to join the ACERP Review Committee.


IAFOR publishes six online, Open Access, editorially independent journals across a variety of disciplines, which are associated with IAFOR’s conferences. IAFOR journals are edited by academics who are experts in their fields, and journal submissions are evaluated by Editorial Board members and peer reviewers across the globe who have the relevant qualifications and expertise.



Publish your research in one of IAFOR’s Open Access, editorially independent journals. Articles may be submitted via open calls for papers. Authors publishing with IAFOR are not required to pay submission or publication fees of any kind, and IAFOR journals are available to a global readership online, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo.

Conference Proceedings

If your abstract has been accepted, and you presented the work at ACERP (including Virtual Presentations), you are encouraged to submit a full paper via the online submission system for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be made available online. For further details of how to submit your paper, please view the Final Paper Submission page. IAFOR Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Please note that works published in the Conference Proceedings cannot be considered for publication in IAFOR journals.


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from in-depth articles to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, film and photography.

THINK gives academics the opportunity to step outside of the traditional research publishing status quo – to get creative, explore different disciplines and to have their ideas heard, shared and discussed by a global academic audience.

To write for THINK, please view the Submit page on the THINK website and then send your article proposal to publications@iafor.org.

Student Internships

Are you a student? Would you like to meet delegates and academics who are experts in their fields, practice your communication skills and experience a truly international academic event? The IAFOR Internship Programme offers opportunities for students to assist at IAFOR conferences such as ACERP, involving responsibilities such as greeting participants, helping with registration and guiding participants to presentation rooms. To find out more about internships at an IAFOR event, please visit the IAFOR Internship Programme page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email acerp@iafor.org.