Since 2009, IAFOR has welcomed university presidents, faculty deans, journalists, national politicians, government ministers, diplomats, charity leaders, think tank directors, company presidents, documentary photographers, movie directors, architects, members of the armed forces, actors, lawyers, doctors, jurists, artists, poets, writers, clergy, scientists, philosophers...
The following selection of photographs by documentary photographer and IAFOR Director of Visual Communications, Thaddeus Pope, encapsulate the unique nature of the IAFOR conference experience. All images copyright © 2013-present. All rights reserved.
Internationally recognised specialist in human rights, sexuality and culture Professor Baden Offord gives a Keynote Presentation on human rights research and interdisciplinarity at The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) in Kobe, Japan.
Takeshi Komoto, Executive Director of the Japan External Trade Organization’s (JETRO) New York Office, gives a Keynote Presentation titled “Abenomics and the Three Arrows” at The North American Conference on the Social Sciences (NACSS) in Rhode Island, USA
Held at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan, the Kansai Resilience Forum culminated in a Special Keynote Presentation by world renowned architect, Tadao Ando.
Professor Richard Roth of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism delivers a very personal Keynote Address on the year of his retirement, looking at how he has tried throughout his career as a journalist and educator to mentor and nurture young talent in an industry where it is said that there is no apprenticeship.
Professor Marjo Mitsutomi and Professor Minna Kirjavainen from Osaka Gakuin University in Japan give a Featured Presentation at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) titled “First and Second Language Acquisition: The Things That Unite and Separate Us”.
Professor Barbara Lockee takes questions from the audience during her Keynote Presentation at The Asian Conference on Education (ACE) in which she discussed “Empowering Learners as Designers – The Rise of the Maker Movement”. Dr Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, USA.
Conference attendees gain knowledge and practical experience in the Japanese art of calligraphy, with a fun and informative demonstration given by calligraphy students from Ritsumeikan University.
Delegates network at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) in Kobe, Japan.
Conference delegates get to know each other during the welcome reception at The European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioural Sciences (ECP) in Brighton, UK.
Professor Arthur J.A.A. Stockwin from the University of Oxford, UK (left) and Jun Arima, Director General of JETRO London (right) discuss the emerging defence and international relations posture of Japan and the effects that the change in Tokyo’s outlook will have on the Asia-Pacific region at The European Conference on the Social Sciences (ECSS) in Brighton, UK.
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza from Goldsmiths College, University of London, gives a Keynote Presentation at The European Conference on Education (ECE) in Brighton, UK. Professor Mirza spoke on “Decolonizing Pedagogies: Black Femanist Reflections on Teaching Race, Faith and Culture in Higher Education”, and challenged delegates to explore the radical possibility of transcending the ‘stuck’ institutional discourses of ‘race equality’ and ‘social inclusion’ that dominate higher education.
Nobuo Sato, Executive Director of the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center in Tokyo, explains the changing focuses of MBA programmes in America during his Featured Presentation at The Asian Conference on Business & Public Policy (ACBPP) in Kobe, Japan.
Speaking at The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL) at UCL, Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova of Moscow State University, Russia, was interviewed by longtime friend and colleague Bruce Monk on her career as Russia’s leading public intellectual and proponent of ELT in Russia, which included reflections on the development of scholarship in the field, the differences in teaching in the Soviet Union and after its collapse, and the changes she has seen in students over her years in education.
Following a presentation of his academic research at The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS) in Osaka, Japan, a conference delegate answers questions from his audience.
Dr Failautusi ‘Tusi’ Avegalio is the director of the Pacific Business Center Program and the executive director of the Honolulu Minority Business Enterprise Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business. Speaking at IICEHawaii, Dr Tusi delivers a Keynote Address that looks at the importance of respecting indigenous knowledge and wisdom in the context of modern educational systems.
In his Keynote Presentation at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL), Richmond Stroupe of Soka University in Tokyo, Japan, discusses enhancing learner autonomy in Japan through teachers’ professional development.
Celebrated pianist, composer and former Fulbright scholar Marusya Nainggolan of the University of Indonesia, gives a stirring performance at The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH). Marusya Nainggolan performs music nationally and internationally, as well as teaching European Studies at the University of Indonesia and serving as a music counsellor for studies on music and health in the Indonesian National Health Department.
Delegates share their thoughts on teaching and learning during a Featured Workshop at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) in Kobe, Japan.
Professor Kristen Sullivan of Shimonoseki University in Japan delivers a Featured Workshop on “Helping Learners to Succeed” at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) in Kobe, Japan.
Ambassador Yukio Satoh gives his Keynote Presentation titled “Shifting Strategic Balance and Asian Security” at The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security and International Relations (APSec) in Osaka, Japan. Former Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations and former ambassador of Japan to Australia and the Netherlands, Yukio Satoh is now based at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Japan.
In her Keynote Presentation, Professor Insung Jung of the International Christian University, Japan, examines the ways MOOCs are being used by individual learners and university systems, and their impact on access, quality and cost in higher education, at The Asian Conference on Society, Education and Technology (ACSET) in Kobe, Japan.
Dr Hiagi M. Wesley, responds to questions following his Keynote Presentation titled “Pacific Indigenous Perspectives vs Global Ways of Learning”, which dovetailed perfectly with Dr Avegalio’s address, and looked at the value of indigenous ways of learning. A Rotuman by birth, Dr Wesley is Director of the Center for Hawaiian and Pacific Island Studies and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Humanities at Brigham Young University, Hawaii.
Speaking at The International Conference on Education in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr Sela V. Panapasa of the University of Michigan, USA, addresses the “Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change” theme of the conference in her Keynote Address titled, “Anticipating Educational Needs That Ensure a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Workforce for a Changing U.S. Population”.
Networking at The Asian Conference on Politics, Economics & Law (ACPEL) in Osaka, Japan.
Speaking at The European Conference on Education (ECE) in Brighton, UK, Professor Kwame Akyeampong of the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Sussex, gives a Keynote Presentation on transforming the educational experience of African children through emancipatory research. Professor Akyeampong has been a senior policy analyst at UNESCO, and also consulted for the Ghanaian Ministry of Education.
Conference Chair for The Asian Conference on Education (ACE), Professor Sue Jackson answers questions from delegates after her Welcome Address. Professor Jackson is Pro-Vice-Master (Vice-President) for Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Speaking at The IAFOR International Conference on the City (CITY), Gloria Montero, celebrated Spanish novelist, playwright and poet, offers her own insights into the city of Barcelona, where she has made her home and where the CITY conference was held.
In her Keynote Presentation at The North American Conference on Media, Film & Cultural Studies, actress Jenna Stern discusses the value of “Creative Pluralism” – having the ability to pursue multiple passions while staying focused on your main goals.
Professor Michael A. Cusumano, the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), addresses The North American Conference on the Social Sciences (NACSS) on the topic of “Japanese Firms and Staying Power”.
Sensei Hiroshi Nishioka (5th Degree Black Belt, Master Instructor, Chito-Ryu Karate Do) is the Head Instructor of Nishioka Dojo located in Izumisano City, Osaka, Japan. The conference theme of “Power and Empowerment” was explored in this ice breaking demonstration at The Asian Conference on Education (ACE) in Kobe, Japan.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, UK, delivers a Keynote Address entitled “Think Like a System, Act Like an Entrepreneur” at The European Conference on Education (ECE). Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the RSA, Matthew Taylor was Chief Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair, as head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, and is the author of the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, commissioned by the incumbent UK government.
Professor Umberto Ansaldo, Chair of the School of Humanities at The University of Hong Kong, delivers a wide-ranging Keynote Presentation that looked at controversial questions of language preservation and conservation in “Heritage in Language?”, as part of a Plenary Session panel on Language and Heritage. The panel explored issues surrounding the role of heritage languages in contemporary society and education, both from theoretical perspectives as well as practical solutions.
Speaking at The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) in Kobe, Japan, Professor Gaurav Desai of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, examines the figure of the migrant in recent Anglophone fiction from Africa and South Asia in his Keynote Presentation entitled “Precarious Futures, Precarious Pasts: Migritude and Planetarity”.
Networking at The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ACTC) in Osaka, Japan.
Conference attendees gain knowledge and practical experience in the Japanese art of calligraphy, with an informative demonstration given by calligraphy students from Ritsumeikan University.
Delegates watch a plenary presentation at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) in Kobe, Japan.
Panellists at the Kansai Resilience Forum discuss the perception of resilience as a concept in and outside Japan and what is unique to Japan and could be exported to the outside world; whether there is a platform for Japanese communities, businesses and individuals to share the experience gained in natural disasters; whether Japanese resilience is effective for international guests, workers and students inside the country, who should be the agent to enhance resilience and decide how it should be communicated to the local and international community.
Networking at The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ACTC) in Osaka, Japan.
Speaking at the Kansai Resilience Forum, Takenosuke Yasufuku of Kobe Shushinkan Breweries, Japan, situated in the largest sake production region in Japan, talked about how damage caused to his brewery was devastated by the earthquake of 1995, and reopened in 1997 after strenuous effort. He underlined the role of business in coping with the aftermath of natural disasters showcasing how the brewery supplied local communities with basic necessities such as water from their processing facility.
Networking over drinks at The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ACTC) in Kobe, Japan.
Delegates enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine at the ACAH conference dinner in Osaka, Japan.
Conference delegates get to know each other at the conference dinner, which offers attendees the chance to sample local cuisine.
Delegates get to know each other at the conference dinner, which offers attendees the chance to sample local cuisine. Here they are served traditional Japanese food and sake as they look over the impressive Osaka skyline.