“Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change”
March 22–24, 2018 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
The way we think, reason and behave as individuals, as communities and societies is in a process of constant change and renegotiation. The only constant of change is change itself, as Heraclitus most famously put it some 2,500 years ago. Change may not be new, but its pace, assisted and facilitated by advanced technologies, means these processes have never been faster. While in some ways we have grown together through the processes of globalisation, in others we have become more isolated, marginalised and alienated. Religious traditions, and the relationship between religion and civil society, have also faced dramatic change.
This conference’s theme of “surviving and thriving” in these times of change invites us to continue to consider this large question through the traditions and lenses of studies associated with religion, philosophy and ethical studies.
The role of religion is seen by many as having no place in the modern world. Where and when it does wield influence it is often viewed as inappropriate or malevolent, and as a barrier to “progress” and “modern” thinking. In today’s fast-paced and technology driven world are the study of philosophy and ethics useful, or are they similarly becoming irrelevant and ossified? What is the continued role and relevance of ethics, religion and philosophy, as subjects to be studied, discussed and lived as core parts of our individual and collective lives? How can they help us stay resilient in the face of challenges and failures? How can they help us overcome the various difficulties that life brings?
The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2018 (ACERP2018) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2018 (ACP2018). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.
In conjunction with our Global Partners, including Osaka University and Waseda University, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.
Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Dr Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
Professor Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
Dr Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Programming will be announced here shortly.
The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2018 (ACERP2018) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2018 (ACP2018). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
Additional speakers will be announced here shortly.
The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, etc.; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.
- Dr Joshua Kaye, University of Jos, Nigeria
- Dr Rolando Libutaque, Philippine Science High School - Western Visayas, The Philippines
- Dr Yi-Ming Yu, National Defense University, Taiwan
- Professor Nai-Ying Whang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
- Professor Barney Erasmus, University of South Africa, South Africa
- Dr Elsayed Elkhamisi, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
- Dr Hamer Bastidas-Bilbao, Universidad De Los Andes, Colombia
- Dr Man-Tak Leung, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong
- Dr Prapaporn Manorath, Boromarajonani College of Nursing in Uttaradit, Thailand
- Dr Ryan Dale Elnar, University of Mindanao, The Philippines
- Dr Ume Kalsoom, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Pakistan
- Dr Marco Vassallo, Council For Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy
- Dr Yoshihiko Yamamoto, Shizuoka University, Japan
- Ms Mischelle Flormata, University of Santo Tomas, The Philippines
- Dr Ai Ni Teoh, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Malaysia
IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.
If you would like to apply to serve on the ACERP Review Committee, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.