About IICJ

Important: Thank you for your interest in The International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies (IICJ). This year Japan Studies proposals should be submitted to The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2018 (ACAS2018) or The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2018 (ACCS2018), which will run from Friday, June 01, 2018 ​to Sunday, June 03, 2018.


IAFOR’s programme in cultural and area studies is highly developed, with some of the world’s leading academic institutions coming together to celebrate the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary.

Working in partnership with universities such as Monash, Barcelona, Moscow State, Birkbeck, London, Lehigh, Northwestern, Indonesia, Waseda, and Tokyo, as well as such groups as the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, IAFOR’s conferences in cultural and area studies are both academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating. We also ensure that there is a rich cultural programme that takes advantage of the location, whether in Kobe, Brighton or Barcelona, and we encourage the exploration of local arts, gastronomy, history and architecture.

The organisation actively supports culture and the arts, namely by organising internationally recognised awards for both documentary photography and photojournalism (IAFOR Documentary Photography Award) and documentary filmmaking (IAFOR Documentary Film Award), which are supported by leading institutions and organisations, including World Press Photo, the British Journal of Photography, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill, as well as its prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, which is supported by the Haiku International Association.

As well as being a great opportunity for meeting and interacting with some of the biggest names in the fields of cultural and area studies, our conferences create an intellectually challenging but friendly environment for the presentation and nurturing of new ideas, which is encouraging of the research synergies that drive new developments, and create new knowledge. We look forward to your very active participation.

The International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies (IICJ) is held alongside The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) and The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS). These three events are scheduled simultaneously to maximise opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction. Registration for either conference allows participants to attend sessions in the other.

Previous Speakers

The speakers below, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on cultural and area studies.

Angela Wong Wai Ching, Professor of Gender Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Yvonne Jewkes, leading criminologist from the University of Leicester; Gerard Goggin, Chair of the Media and Communications department at the University of Sydney and mobile technologies expert; A. Robert Lee, author, critic and broadcaster; Baden Offord, Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University sits on a panel with Donald E. Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University; Koichi Iwabuchi, Professor of Media Studies and Cultural Studies at Monash, and Director of the Monash Asian Institute; Bill Ashcroft, renowned critic and theorist, founding exponent of post-colonial theory, and co-author of The Empire Writes Back; Svetlana Ter Minasova, Founding Dean and current President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State University; Hsiao-Chuan Hsia, Taiwanese gender rights activist and professor; Regenia Gagnier, eminent literary and cultural critic, and Professor at the University of Exeter; John Erni, Hong Kong activist, lawyer and academic.

Other IAFOR Cultural & Area Studies Conferences

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

IAFOR membership provides an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a leading global academic organisation, network and platform that is committed to nurturing the very best in interdisciplinary research in the global public interest. Membership is open to all scholars, professionals and policymakers, researchers, or those with a strong professional interest in education.


With thousands of abstracts submitted each year for presentation at our conferences, IAFOR relies on academics around the world to ensure a fair and timely peer review process in keeping with established international norms of double-blind peer review. Our peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board.

If you hold a PhD or another terminal degree in your field, are a current or former faculty member and have previous peer review experience, we encourage you to join the IICJ Review Committee. To apply, please send your CV to iicj@iafor.org.


IAFOR publishes six online, Open Access, editorially independent journals across a variety of disciplines, which are associated with IAFOR’s conferences. IAFOR journals are edited by academics who are experts in their fields, and journal submissions are evaluated by Editorial Board members and peer reviewers across the globe who have the relevant qualifications and expertise.



Publish your research in one of IAFOR’s Open Access, editorially independent journals. Articles may be submitted via open calls for papers. Authors publishing with IAFOR are not required to pay submission or publication fees of any kind, and IAFOR journals are available to a global readership online, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo.

Conference Proceedings

If your abstract has been accepted, and you presented the work at IICJ (including Virtual Presentations), you are encouraged to submit a full paper via the online submission system for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be made available online. For further details of how to submit your paper, please view the Final Paper Submission page. IAFOR Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Please note that works published in the Conference Proceedings cannot be considered for publication in IAFOR journals.


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from in-depth articles to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, film and photography.

THINK gives academics the opportunity to step outside of the traditional research publishing status quo – to get creative, explore different disciplines and to have their ideas heard, shared and discussed by a global academic audience.

To write for THINK, please view the Submit page on the THINK website and then send your article proposal to publications@iafor.org.


Are you a student? Would you like to meet delegates and academics who are experts in their fields, practice your communication skills and experience a truly international academic event? The IAFOR Volunteer Programme offers opportunities for students to assist at IAFOR conferences such as IICJ, involving responsibilities such as greeting participants, helping with registration and guiding participants to presentation rooms. To find out more about volunteering at an IAFOR event, please visit the IAFOR Volunteer Programme page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email iicj@iafor.org.