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The 6th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
June 24-25, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

CASA 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Sunday and Monday, June 24-25, 2018

Submissions Due Friday, April 13, 2018

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The 6th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 2018)»

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 2018), which is being held Sunday and Monday, June 24-25, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This is an international, peer-reviewed event that is being held in partnership with two other small events focusing on perspectives on holistic sustainability: The 5th Symposium on Education and Language for Sustainability in Asia (SELSA 2018) and The 4th Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA 2018).

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.

In addition to this conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About CASA 2018

Sustainability is a term of recent origin with widespread contemporary saliency. In its popular use, it 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, April 13, 2018 on any of the following streams:

CASA 2018 Submit Abstract

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

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
Japan

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.

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).

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
Han-Hsiu Chen, Ph.D. Taiwan and Regional Studies Dept. National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Malgorzata Fryzlewicz, Ph.D. Research Department, Plymouth College of Art, United Kingdom
Oliver Rabara, Ph.D. College of Fine Arts & Designs, Univ. of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Layna Droz, M.A. School of Global Environment, Kyoto University, Japan
Yupaporn Tarungsri, M.A. Social Sciences Dept., Kasetsart University, Thailand
Ya-Fung Chang, Ph.D. Center for Teacher Education, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Cassie Sade Turnipseed, Ph.D. Social Sciences Dept., Mississippi Valley State University, USA
Muhammad Japar, Ph.D. Civic Education Dept., Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

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