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Call for Papers: 9th Asia Pacific Regional Conference

Monday, December 15, 2014  
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Ninth Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)

Exploring Frontiers of Civil Society, Social Capital and Social Enterprises

27-28 August 2015, Nihon University (tentative), Tokyo, Japan

Proposal Submission Deadline: 28 February 2015

Public and private awareness on global and local issues such as global sustainability, eradication of poverty, the robust practice of social and human security, social inclusion, and redistribution policies are generally high.  At the same time, multiple actors in international and regional communities have reinforced their capacities for addressing these issues, as well as made high-profile commitment to the issues. While confronting recent global political insecurity, economic crisis and unexpected disaster, civil society is rechallenged and at multiple crossroads in coping with this complex turmoil.

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. It is a good time to explore frontiers of these powerful but still uncertain values and impacts, in constructive and collaborative ways, for the future development of civil society in this region.

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