The 4th Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
June 24-25, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

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

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The 4th Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA 2018)»

Welcome to the 4th Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA 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 5th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 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 COSGA 2018

There is no term these days with greater salience and complexity to describe the modern world than “globalization.” Although it is most prevalent in discussions on economics, its manifestation and influence span political, social, cultural and ideological realms as well. But what does “globalization” actually mean? The sociologist Roland Robertson first defined it in 1992 as “the compression of the world and the intensification of the consciousness of the world as a whole,” clearly transforming our ideas of space through complex social relations and other processes.

Recent advances in transportation and technology have shattered our notions of isolated societies, lifting geographic, cultural, and belief barriers. This integration of societies has created an increased global interdependence or at least an interconnectedness whereby a nation’s actions have global effects, whether they are political, economical, cultural, etc. Globalization has brought many blessings; however, as it is sustained by values that characterize it as desirable progress, inequality, conflict, poverty, and environmental/climate change, among other ill-effects, are often overshadowed and exacerbated.

As globalization intensifies in the 21st century, it is crucial we deepen our understanding of it by challenging our assumptions and analyzing the changing social dynamics it creates. This small conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and interested community members.  With the theme Sociological Perspectives on Globalization, the conference will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenon while expanding your professional network.

COSGA 2018 Abstract Submission

  • Anthropology
  • Communication and Media
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Globalization
  • Human Geography
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • 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

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.

Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley, Matsuyama University Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, JapanPresentation Title: An Analysis of Current English Language Education in Cambodia

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.

Review 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).

Review Committee

Alan Brady, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Professor Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University  — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.

His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Program Committee

COSGA 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:

COSGA 2018 Reviewers

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
Alan Brady, Ph.D. (Prof. Emeritus) Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Masanori Kaneko, Ph.D. National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
Andrew Domondon, M.A. International Center for Science Programs, Waseda University, Japan
Mikako Nobuhara, M.A. Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan
Cassie Sade Turnipseed, Ph.D. Social Sciences Dept., Mississippi Valley State University, USA
Muhammad Japar, Ph.D. Civic Education Dept., Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

Miyajima, JapanHiroshima, Japan