THE 2014 CONFERENCE ON ANTHROPOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY IN ASIA
The KKR Hotel Hiroshima
The 2014 Conference on Anthropology & Sustainability in Asia »
Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability
CASA 2014 will be held at the KKR Hotel Hiroshima
March 16-18, 2014
The Conference on Anthropology & Sustainability in Asia is an international biennial conference. The first conference was held in 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, and the 2014 conference will be held in Asia’s ‘City of Peace’: Hiroshima, Japan. CASA 2014 will begin with a welcome party on March 16th followed by a two-day interdisciplinary platform for scholars, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and practitioners on March 17th and 18th. Selection of Hiroshima as the venue site provides the ideal backdrop for a conference that will draw researchers and scholars from around Asia to discuss the importance of anthropology in regards to the CASA 2014 theme: Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability.
Under the theme of Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability, CASA 2014 welcomes submissions from the following sub-themes and special topics:
- Cultural Sustainability
- Social Sustainability
- Political Sustainability
- Economic Sustainability
- Archaeology and Sustainability
- Linguistic Sustainability
- Biological Sustainability
- Other areas (Please specify)
- Comparative cultural systems of sustainability
- Professional paradigms in researching the concept of sustainability
- The religious impact on the growth of sustainability
- Crisis of social solidarity and its implications on sustainability
- The erosion of community and its consequences on stable sustainability
- Education and civility in the receptivity of sustainability
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?
Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability 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.
CASA 2014 Adviser
|Gabriel Barhaim, PhD (University of Minnesota)
Professor of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology
Netanya Academic College, Israel
Senior Research Fellow, The Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities
Gabriel A. Barhaim is senior research fellow at the Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities at Bar-Ilan University, and a professor of sociology and cultural anthropology at Netanya Academic College. His writings have appeared in The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Higher Education, British Journal of Sociology, and as book chapters.
CASA 2014 Adviser
|Masanori Kaneko, PhD (Kanazawa University, Japan)
The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku), Japan
Dr Masanori Kaneko is a Japanese cultural anthropologist whose expertise and research focuses on the Indonesian culture and people. Most recently, he has published a book on local language and culture education in Lampung province, Indonesia.
In addition, his research has been published in numerous articles and book chapters on customary change, inter-ethnic dynamics, changes of local food consumption, and other areas of anthropological significance.
He is currently serving as a guest researcher in the National Museum of Ethnology, located in Osaka, Japan. Also, known as ‘Minpaku,’ it is a prestigious research institute and museum, which provides graduate-level training in anthropology and ethnology.
Apart from his research duties in the National Museum of Ethnology, he lectures on cultural anthropology at other universities.
CASA 2014 Senior Adviser and CASA Founding Chair
|Matthew Krystal, PhD (Tulane University, USA)
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
North Central College (USA)
Matthew Krystal describes himself as a cultural anthropologist, working with living people to study the concept of culture and people’s behavior in their cultures and believes that in an increasingly globalized world, understanding human diversity is crucial and anthropology addresses cultural, economic and political dimensions of diversity. Most recently, Dr Krystal published a book on the enactment of identity in dance: Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian.
Apart from teaching anthropology and conducting research, Dr Krystal also serves as an adviser to the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) program at North Central College in which his students spend two weeks in Guatemala working with local coffee growers to have a rare look at the end result of their labor.
CASA 2014 affiliates include,
CASA 2014 Advisory Committee
|Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, PhD
Chair Professor, Department of Humanities
Örebro University, Sweden
|Abdul Rashid Abdullah, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of East Asian Studies
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
|Awae Masae, PhD
Director, Sustainable Development PhD Program
National Institute of Development Administration
|Masanori Kaneko, PhD
The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
|Oliver Rabara, PhD
College of Fine Arts, Knowledge Management
University of Northern Philippines, The Philippines.
|Keri Chiveralls, PhD
School of Natural and Built Environments
University of South Australia
Chief Research Administrator, Archaeology
Otemae University, Hyogo, Japan
|Gabriel Barhaim, PhD
Professor and Senior Research Fellow
Sociological Institute for the Study of Communities
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
|Ridhi D’Cruz, ABD
Department of Anthropology
Portland State University, USA