The 3rd International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
December 22-23, 2018
Hiroshima, Japan

ICOHS 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, 2018

Final Submissions Deadline: Closed

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The 3rd International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability  (ICOHS 2018)»

Welcome to the 3rd International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018). This  international, peer-reviewed event will be held in partnership with the 2nd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace Through Education (ISPED 2018) and the 4th Pacific Symposium for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals (SNAHP 2018).

ICOHS 2018 along with ISPED 2018 and SNAHP 2018 will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan.

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

All early registrants will receive a free Hiroshima travel pass. The Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass for international visitors offers you unlimited rides on designated transportation areas, including expressway buses on seven routes, all Hiroshima Electric Railway (Hiroden) streetcar lines, ferries to Miyajima the Shrine Island and streetcar lines to Hiroshima Peace Park – both Miyajima and Peace Park are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

About ICOHS 2018

Whilst ecology and environmental studies have traditionally been covered within the natural sciences and earth sciences, increasingly, sustainability has taken root in subsets of the humanities and social sciences, in such areas as cultural sustainability, spiritual ecology, energy economics, environmental sociology and sustainable development, to name a few. Indeed, there is an important and often overlooked relation between the interaction between sustainability and the humanities and social sciences. Understanding this relationship through research and discussion could provide solutions to many of the ecological and urban problems that exist in the world today.

Following the conclusion of the MDGs in 2015, the United Nations launched a more expanded initiative known the Sustainable Development Goals that covers not only a broader expanse of issues, but at its heart, it recognizes that sustainability is a concept that is often either misunderstood or misinterpreted. To be clear, sustainability is not an environmental problem, but rather a human problem. This particular conference, will look at sustainability from perspectives in the humanities and social sciences that include, but are not limited to art, design, culture, economics, education, language, philosophy, religion, and ethics.

With the theme Back to the Future, the objective of ICOHS 2018 is not to redefine sustainability, but rather to draw upon the expertise of the humanities and social sciences as fields through which we can better understand the interrelation between nature and human cultures which impact sustainability both positively and negatively.

Who should attend?

ICOHS 2018 is a special international, peer reviewed event created to provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals. This particular conference, will look at sustainability from perspectives in the humanities and social sciences that include, but are not limited to art, design, culture, economics, education, language, philosophy, religion, and ethics.

Final Submissions Due: Closed

  • Art, Design and Eco-Design
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economics and Management
  • Education and Social Welfare
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Ecocriticism
  • Media, Communications and Film
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Politics, Public Policy and Law
  • Social Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business, Development & Tourism
  • Other Areas (specify please)

ICOHS 2018 Proposal Submission

Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of 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 Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

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.

Plenary Speaker and Co-Chair

Harry Carley Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan 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.

Luis Santiago Luis Santiago, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning
Central Florida University, USA

Dr. Luis E. Santiago is associate professor at University of Central Florida School of Public Administration. He served as professor at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Planning. Dr. Santiago holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral work at Rutgers University. His interest in the role of ecosystem services in planning has led him to participate as co-principal investigator in the NASA Puerto Rico Human Impacts of Coastal Ecosystems and the NSF San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area-Exploratory projects, among other research efforts. Dr. Santiago has authored and co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed publications, mentored 18 master’s students and established a planning exchange program between University of Puerto Rico and Feng-Chia University in Taiwan.

His work has researched patterns of uneven access to common green areas among city residents and visitors, and has also elicited beach and river recreationists’ participation in selecting and valuing environmental attributes they consider fundamental in their recreation experience.

Planning has always been a field of study that values integration of knowledge. Dr. Santiago’s research agenda has been one based on strengthening inter-disciplinary links to advance planning theory and methods by examining them from a broader social-ecological context. From a planning knowledge perspective, his efforts have included exploring ecosystem services as an alternative planning and management analytical framework, and examining the institutional context in which such a framework can facilitate resource management and broader stakeholder participation.

Peer Review

ICOHS 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. We deeply appreciate the time and willingness of our peer-review reading team members, all of whom were presenters or audience for our inaugural event.

ICOHS 2018 Readers

  • Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, Central Florida University, USA
  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Stacey Jocoy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Musicology, Department of Musicology/ Ethnomusicology, Texas Tech University, USA
  • Kittipong Phumpuang, Ph.D., Department of Educational Technology and Communications, Faculty of Education, Naresuan University, Thailand
  • Selami Özsoy, Ph.D., University of Abant Izzet Baysal, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism, Bolu, Turkey
  • Asril Amirul Zakariah, LLM, Faculty of Law and International Relations, Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Malaysia
  • Andreas Anestis, Ph.D., Department of Science and Technology, The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ruheela Hassan, Ph.D., Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Islamic University of Science and Technology, India
  • Rafida Nawaz, Ph.D., Department of International Relations, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan

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