ISTR Ninth Asia Pacific Regional Conference: Tokyo, Japan, 27-28 August 2015
Civil society in the Asia Pacific region is thriving and vibrant in its structure and organization with its geographic and historical linkages, as well as each country’s unique institutional, economic, social, and cultural characteristics. At the same time, its large and dynamic nature leads us to reconsider the value and significance of civic engagement, emergence of new forms of social business or entrepreneurship, and the potential power of social capital in the national, regional and international contexts.
ISTR’s Ninth Asia-Pacific Regional Conference will be an opportunity to witness a dynamic panorama of research. Quite a large number of papers and panels will be presented in this conference, as well as a wide variety of topics around the third sector such as governance and laws, tax regime, policy impact and evaluation, wellbeing, welfare systems, social capital, CSR, fundraising, government and politics, public private partnership, environment, sustainability, social enterprise, and so on. The conference will thus offer an excellent opportunity for encouraging in-depth discussion on these key issues and advancing authentic and creative research works from multidimensional approaches.
The conference also presents two plenary sessions with keynote speeches by distinguished high-profile speakers. These sessions will give conference attendees time to examine and discuss how to challenge and cope with regional and global political insecurity, economic crisis and unexpected external shocks that our civil society is confronting.
The keynote speech for the opening plenary will be delivered by a prominent political scientist, Professor Yutaka Tsujinaka of Tsukuba University. Professor Tsujinaka specializes in political administrative perspectives of interest groups and also has worked on a large volume of research in civil society and social capital from a public policy perspectives. He is currently president of the Japanese Political Science Association and his publications include "Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan" (co-author), 2014, Routledge, "Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment" (co-editor), 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press, "The State of Civil Society in Japan" (co-author), 2003, Cambridge University Press. In his speech for the opening plenary, Professor Tsujinaka will address the role of civil society in local governance from unique and critical perspectives as well as respond to relevant “hot” issues.
The closing plenary will be another highlight of the conference. Mr. Katsuji Imata, board chair of CSO Network Japan and the former deputy secretary general of CIVICUS, will give a speech on the challenges and opportunities that the civil society of this region has encountered. With his outstanding career and achievements in international work and activities in this field, Mr. Imata will explore frontiers of these powerful but still uncertain values and impacts of civil society activities. We expect that he will even challenge us to foresee future new scenarios in civil society and possible emergence of new trends and new actors. It will be a good time to think together about constructive and collaborative ways for the future development of civil society in this region. We hope that all of the participants will be intellectually inspired during the conference.
The conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, a city gearing up for and coordinating political, economic and sociocultural engagement both at the national and local level. It is also a city of exuberance and soaring ambition in convening roundtables and dialogues on arrangement of both policy and business domains in the civil society sector. The city’s energetic and borderless atmosphere with a fusion of modern culture and tradition of civil society will provide conference participants and presenters to research settings and conversation both in the international and regional context.
Please note that paper submissions is closed and reviews have been completed; additional submissions cannot be accepted at this time.
ISTR’s ninth Asia-Pacific regional conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, the nation’s capital. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for encouraging in-depth discussion on these key issues and advancing authentic and creative research works from multidimensional approaches. Tokyo is a city of gearing up for and coordinating political, economic and sociocultural engagement both at the national and local level. It is also a city of exuberance and soaring ambition in convening roundtables and dialogues on arrangements of policy and business domains in the civil society sector. Organization of civic engagement has become more diversified, strategic, and even goal-driven. At the same time, we are challenged how to develop normative instruments for understanding and assessing activities in such a vigorous environment. The city’s energetic and borderless atmosphere with a fusion of modern culture and tradition of civil society will attract conference participants and presenters to research settings and conversation both in the international and regional context.
In the conference, plenary sessions will be delivered to share questions and motivations that drives our third sector research, as well as to encourage us to deal with policy-and-business implication towards the sector’s evolvement. Also, paper, panel and poster proposals both from theoretical and practical perspectives are invited with a wide range of themes for providing the conference participants fresh stimulus and driving our regional community towards enhancement of research and business performance.
31 January 2015 Deadline for proposal submission
Early April 2015 Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors
End of June 2015 Deadline for conference registration
End of July 2015 Deadline for final papers' submission
26 August 2015 Conference starts
International Program Committee
Sami Hasan (United Arab Emirates University, UAE) (Co-chair)
Naoto Yamauchi (Osaka University, Japan) (Co-chair)
Yashavantha Dongre (University of Mysore, India)
Shih-Jung Hsu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Chul-Hee Kang (Yonsei University, Korea)
Janice Nga (University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia)
Naoko Okuyama (Kobe University, Japan)
Ruth Phillips (University of Sydney, Australia)
Maria R. Nindita Radyati (Trisakti University, Indonesia)
Lili Wang (Arizona State University, United States)
Jiangang Zhu (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Local Host Committee
Yoji Inaba (Nihon University, Japan)(Chair)
Hiroo Harada (Senshu University, Japan)
Kaori Kuroda (CSO Network Japan, Japan)
Motoko Mekata (Chuo University, Japan)
Tomohito Nakajima (Sanno University, Japan)
Daigo Sato (JapanGiving Foundation, Japan)
Mikiko Shimaoka (Waseda University, Japan)
Yuko Suda (Toyo University, Japan)
Takafumi Tanaka (Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan)
Naoto Yamauchi (Osaka University, Japan)
The conference provides a variety of themes relevant to the third sector
• Government, laws, and the third sector
• Tax regime and the third sector activities
• Third sector and policy making: Impact and evaluation
• Wellbeing/welfare systems and the role of the third sector
• Social capital and civil society
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Collaborative governance and its implications to the third sector
• Profit and non-profit sector partnerships and policy implications
• Innovations in the third sector governance
• Environment, sustainability, and the third sector
• Social enterprise
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