The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013 (ACERP 2013)

Venue: The Ramada Osaka

Location: Osaka, Japan

Event Date/Time: Mar 28, 2013 End Date/Time: Mar 31, 2013
Registration Date: Mar 01, 2013
Early Registration Date: Jan 01, 2013
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 01, 2012
Paper Submission Date: May 01, 2012
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CONFERENCE THEME: "Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma"
Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today's digitalized world. People can spend hours a day talking on mobile phones, on Skype, or on the Internet, which gives the impression that we are a more connected world than ever before. And communication is lauded. Because of the massive information flow we can call ourselves perhaps the most connected age in history. But is this connectedness, however, real or illusory?

Quantity of communication does not guarantee quality. For example, to many sensitive people, when they call a number and hear the words "Please listen to the following options" the sense of connectedness suddenly becomes alienating. The crude mechanics entailed can make people feel suspicious, isolated, and even threatened by an invisible structure they cannot penetrate.

A raft of serious existential issues arises out of this. What impact does this have on the self whose identity in the time/space continuum, in the rapidly changing environment, and in these manufactured structures, depends for its development on interaction with perceived reality? What becomes the definition of the human? And what of the awareness of the transcendent in the human spirit from which ethics and aesthetics depend for their existence ? Far from being questions of the present moment, these are parameters that will dominate the central problem of human self-understanding as we progress further into the uncharted waters of a highly uncertain future.

We hope that the Conference will open up avenues of thought and generate creative visions that can be of service to the wider community we wish to address.

We hope you can join us (again) in Osaka in 2013!

The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B Picken
Order of the Sacred Treasure, B.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S.
Chairman, Japan Society of Scotland,
Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACERP 2013 Conference Chair


3-16-19 Toyosaki Kita-Ku, Osaka, 531-0072 JP

Additional Information

Special Theme: "Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma" The conference theme is "Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, including the following streams: Philosophy: Philosophy and Religion Philosophy and the Arts Philosophy and Public Policy Philosophy and Technology Philosophy and Culture Philosophy and Education Philosophy and Peace Studies Comparative Philosophy Linguistics, Language and Philosophy Ethics: Medical Ethics Business and Management Ethics Ethics in Education Ethics, law, and Justice Ethics and Globalization Ethics and Science Comparative Ethics Linguistics, Language and Ethics Religion: Theism and Atheism Feminism and Religious Traditions Religion and Education Religion and Peace Studies Mysticism, Faith, and Scientific Culture Interfaith Dialogue Comparative Religion Linguistics, Language and Religion Interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies KEY INFORMATION, DATES & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 1 2012 Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks of submission Deadline for submission of full papers: May 1 2013 Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: March 1 2013 Conference Programme Published Online: March 15 2013 ACP Conference: March 28-31 2013