Programme (Online)

The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of presentations and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Monday, March 29, 2021Tuesday, March 30, 2021Wednesday, March 31, 2021

10:00-10:10 Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-10:55 Keynote Presentation: Zen Terror: Killing Compassionately?
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

10:55-11:05 Break

11:05-12:45 Live-Stream Session 1: Comparative Philosophy

12:45-12:55 Break

12:55-14:10 Live-Stream Session 2: Philosophy

14:10-14:20 Break

14:20-15:35 Live-Stream Session 3: Ethics

15:35-15:45 Break

15:45-16:35 Live-Stream Session 4: Philosophy and Technology

16:35-16:45 Break

16:45-18:00 Live-Stream Session 5: Religion

09:00-09:10 Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

09:10-10:10 Workshop Presentation
Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
James W. McNally, University of Michigan and NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn M. Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

10:10-10:20 Break

10:20-11:20 Panel Presentation
Creating Our New Normal: Responding, Adapting and Thriving in a Post-COVID 19 World
James W. McNally, University of Michigan and NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn M. Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:45 Live-Stream Session 1: Aging and Gerontology

12:45-12:55 Break

12:55-14:10 Live-Stream Session 2: Aging and Gerontology: Resilience

14:10-14:20 Break

14:20-15:35 Live-Stream Session 3: Aging and Gerontology

15:35-15:45 Break

15:45-17:00 Live-Stream Session 4: Aging and Gerontology: Built Environment

17:00-17:30 Aging and Gerontology Discussion and Networking
This Discussion and Networking session is hosted by the Conference Organising Committee to bring together participants who are interested in creating new ties and discussing each other's research with fellow educators & researchers. All attendees are invited to attend this open session.

10:00-10:10 Plenary Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:10-10:55 Keynote Presentation
Adaptability: Its Role in Enhancing Academic and Personal Wellbeing in an Age of Change and Disruption
Andrew Martin, University of New South Wales, Australia

10:55-11:25 Discussion and Networking
This discussion and networking session is hosted by the Conference Organising Committee to bring together participants who are interested in creating new ties and discussing each other's research with fellow educators and researchers. All attendees are invited to attend this open session.

11:25-11:50 Live-Stream Presentation 1: Philosophy and Religion

11:50-12:00 Break

12:00-13:40 Live-Stream Presentation 2: Psychology

13:40-13:50 Break

13:50-15:30 Live-Stream Presentation 3: Psychology

15:30-15:40 Break

15:40-16:55 Live-Stream Presentation 4: Religion and Peace Studies

16:55-17:05 Closing Session

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • Zen Terror: Killing Compassionately?
    Zen Terror: Killing Compassionately?
    Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria
  • Adaptability: Its Role in Enhancing Academic and Personal Wellbeing in an Age of Change and Disruption
    Adaptability: Its Role in Enhancing Academic and Personal Wellbeing in an Age of Change and Disruption
    Keynote Presentation: Andrew Martin

Virtual Presentations


Final Programme

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The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule.

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Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ACERP conferences via the links below.

Zen Terror: Killing Compassionately?
Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria

Religious terrorism is today almost exclusively associated with Islam in the popular mind. Thus, Buddhist terrorism would seem to be an oxymoron. Yet, though little known in the West, there was a major terrorist incident in 1930s Japan tied to the Zen sect of Buddhism. It consisted of a series of three assassinations directly contributing to Japan’s emergence as a totalitarian society, thereby facilitating Japan’s subsequent attack on Pearl Harbor. Popularly known as the “Blood Oath Corps Incident,” Inoue Nisshō, a lay disciple of Rinzai Zen Master Yamamoto Gempō, headed a band of some twenty Zen-trained terrorists.

While exploring the historical significance of this incident, the presentation will focus on the Buddhist justification for these terrorist acts as expressed by band members, especially Onuma Shō, assassin of former Finance Minister Inoue Junnosuke. Onuma testified, “Our goal was not to harm others but to destroy ourselves. We had no thought of simply killing others while surviving ourselves. ... A mind of great compassion was the fundamental spirit of our revolution.” The presentation poses the question of whether a Buddhist can legitimately claim to kill compassionately.

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Adaptability: Its Role in Enhancing Academic and Personal Wellbeing in an Age of Change and Disruption
Keynote Presentation: Andrew Martin

In the face of massive disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are advised we need to adapt to a “new normal”. Indeed, how individuals adapt to change and disruption has been identified as a significant challenge dating back to Lao Tzu and the Buddha. This presentation explores “adaptability”. Adaptability refers to individuals’ capacity to regulate their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to successfully navigate change, uncertainty, novelty, and disruption. This presentation summarizes recent international research exploring the role of adaptability in students' academic outcomes, teachers’ workplace satisfaction, and individuals' personal wellbeing. It concludes by identifying practices that may enhance adaptability and assist individuals to successfully navigate the inevitable change and disruption that are a reality of the world ahead.

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