The 5th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia

The Hiroshima KKR Hotel
Friday & Saturday
January 5-6, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

CASA 2017 will be held at the Hiroshima KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, 2018

Submissions Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

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The 5th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 2018)»

Welcome to the 5th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 2018), which is being held Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, 2018 at the KKR Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. All registered participants will be provided with daily coffee breaks, access to the proceedings and a free, English guided tour of Hiroshima Peace Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is an international, peer-reviewed event that is being held in partnership with two other small events focusing on perspectives holistic sustainability, being held from January 4-5, 2018: The 4th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2018) and The 4th Conference on Management and Sustainability in Asia (COMSA 2018).

About CASA 2018

Sustainability is a term of recent origin with widespread contemporary saliency. In its popular use, sustainability tends to focus mostly on issues of natural environment. The lens of environmental sustainability raises questions such as:

Can the natural world recover from damage caused by human activity at a rate faster than the damage is done? Is the use of natural resources at a rate that is compatible with their regeneration?
What changes in human practice can lead to long-term availability of necessary natural resources?

With the theme Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability, CASA 2018 will explore these and related questions, but in a way that considers sustainability beyond its ecological dimensions. Trends toward broader consideration of sustainability are in place. The World Bank and other governmental and non-governmental organizations have incorporated the concept of social sustainability into their approaches to development. The notion of a “triple bottom line” that considers profit, people and planet has entered the private sector discourse on sustainability. This conference considers the contributions that anthropology can make to expanding the horizons of sustainability.

As is the case with any field of study, application of anthropology brings certain approaches and worldviews to bear on the issue of sustainability. As sustainability finds its way into business practices, development plans, and government policy, the holistic approach is the most important contribution that anthropology has to offer. Holism applied to sustainability demands that we ask not only about environmental impacts but also social, cultural, economic, and political ones. Additionally, holism demands that we examine how components of socio-cultural eco-systems relate to one another systematically.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, December 15, 2017 on any of the following streams:

  • Archaeology and Sustainability
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Linguistic Sustainability
  • Political Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability
  • Other Areas (please specify)

This conference aims to explore holistic sustainability in the following areas:

Cultural Sustainability

  • How do varied cultural perspectives have in how we conceptualize the relationship between human beings and the physical world undermine or promote sustainability?
  • How can the on-going revitalization of indigenous culture lead to holistic sustainability? What are the challenges of employing traditional knowledge to achieve sustainability?
  • How can diverse religious perspectives invest sustainability with enduring significance that motivates long-term commitment?
  • Are changes proposed to make sustainable use of natural resources compatible with the worldview of the people expected to change their behavior? Are there ways that such changes can be accommodated by the cultural logic of the people?

Social Sustainability

  • In a globe marked by increasing transnational flows of people, how can kin and community structures that support human well-being be maintained?
  • Are changes proposed to make sustainable use of natural resources compatible with the family and community life of people expected to change their behavior? Are there ways that such changes can be accommodated within the flexibility of kin and community structures?

Political Sustainability

  • What do alternative approaches such as food sovereignty have to offer in terms of sustainability? Do people who have control over their own food production use natural resources in a sustainable way?
  • What challenges does entrenched and growing wealth inequality present to sustainability?
  • What challenges does persistent gender inequality present to sustainability?
  • What sorts of inertia and resistance to movement toward sustainability are found in existing political structures and interests?
  • What role does robustly inclusive democracy have in sustainability?
  • What challenges to sustainability are presented by weak and failed states?
  • What is the role of civil society or the third sector in sustainability?

Economic Sustainability

  • What role does addressing negative market externalities have in sustainability? If the prices of goods and services include (or internalize) all of their social and environmental costs, will the market solve sustainability challenges?
  • What sort of economic incentives promote the continuance of unsustainable practices? How can government and other actors promote material incentives that foster sustainable practices?
  • What is the potential for organic food production to generate sustainable livelihoods?
  • How well do we understand (and communicate) the costs of continuing unsustainable practices? What trade-offs are presented in shifts toward sustainability?
  • What roles do risk avoidance and uncertainty have in unsustainable practices? What are the consequences of asking economically vulnerable people to take on greater risk in the name of sustainability?

Archaeology and Sustainability

  • What can archaeological examinations of the human past reveal about sustainability?
  • What combinations of political, cultural, social, economic, environmental circumstances generate long-term human presence on the landscape?
  • What combinations lead to societal collapse?

Linguistic Sustainability

  • What is the role of language in maintaining affective ties with local landscapes?
  • How do language revitalization movements relate to holistic sustainability?
  • What relationships exist between endangered languages and unsustainable use of natural resources? unsustainable social structures?
  • Language that encodes unique relationships with the land is an important part of many ethnographically-described food production systems.  How does language change reflect changes in subsistence strategies? 
  • How is language stability related to sustainable uses of natural resources? sustainable social structure?

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 2016 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.

Co-Chair and Program Director

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael Sasaoka 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.

Review and Editorial Committee

Masanori Kaneko Masanori Kaneko, Ph.D.
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU)
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Masanori Kaneko is a Japanese cultural anthropologist whose expertise and research focuses on the culture and people of Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries.  He focus to the dynamism of socio-cultural changes, the new development of identities, also the changes of daily material culture in South East Asia. Sustainability is one of the most indispensable concept to analyze these countries in rapid change.

He is now working as assistant professor of the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), one of four inter-university research institute corporations in Japan dedicated to the advancement of research in humane studies.

Most Recent Publications:
– “Beyond the Ethnic Barriers: The Regional Title System in Lampung Province, Indonesia, and the Challenges of the Regional Society (「民族のしがらみを超えて—ランプン州における地域称号制度と地域社会の課題」)”, in Yamaguchi, Hiroko, Masanori Kaneko, and Koji Tsuda (eds.), Nation and Heroes: The Dynamism of Modern Indonesian Society(『「国家英雄」が映すインドネシア』), 2017, Nagano: M okuseisha (in Japanese).
– “Stories about Household Goods of Indonesian People: A Case Study of Bandar Lampung City, Lampung Province, Indonesia(「生活用品をめぐる「モノ」語り—インドネシア共和国ランプン州バンダルランプン市の事例から」)“, 2017, Hakusan Jinruigaku vol. 20 (in Japanese, coming soon)

Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, 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.

Program Committee

CASA 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. 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 symposium.

Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

CASA 2018 Reviewers

Masanori Kaneko, Ph.D. National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
Kozue Kay Nagata, Ph.D.  Faculty of International Cooperation, Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan
Munehiko Asamizu, Ph.D. Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Yamaguchi University, Japan
Alan Brady, Ph.D. (Prof. Emeritus) Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan

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