Programme (Online)

The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Tuesday, June 7Wednesday, June 8Thursday, June 9Virtual Presentations

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
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10:45-11:00: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, & Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

11:00-12:00: Panel Discussion
Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Precarity and Resilience
Pilar Kasat, Curtin University, Australia
Seini F Taumoepeau, Artist, Performer, Activist & Radio Presenter, Australia
Marcelle Townsend-Cross, University of Sydney, Australia
Umberto Ansaldo, Curtin University, Australia (Moderator)

12:00-12:10: Break

12:10-12:55: Keynote Presentation
Narratives of Fear, Scarcity, and Resistance: Eco-Anxieties and the End of the World in Contemporary Horror Film and Media
Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

12:55-13:05: Break

13:05-14:05: Panel Discussion
Digital Journeys: Refugees, Migration, Media
Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Deakin University, Australia
Laavanya Kathiravelu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Koen Leurs, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Muhammad Noor, The Rohingya Project

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10:00-11:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: Symposium – Transcending the Cold War Paradigm: Revisiting the Economic Diplomacy in Late 20th Century Asia
63640 | Entrepreneurs, Cadets, and Compradors: The Making of Beijing’s Regional Trading Network in Southeast Asia, 1950-1959
63662 | Japan’s Development Assistance to Southeast Asia: Focusing on the Agricultural Development Fund 1965-1968
63671 | The Gulf Crisis and War: Japanese’s Threat Perception of Being Involved in a War
63653 | Trading with the Enemy: The COCOM and the U.S. Computer Export to China, 1977-1980

Room B: South-East Asian Studies
63873 | Tabuan: Its Resilience in the Context of Marginalized Sectors
63829 | COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Decision-making Factors in Vietnam: A Qualitative Research
63859 | An Indonesian Model? Civil Society and Refugee Protection in Indonesia
62628 | Inclusivity and Equity for Whom? Sustainable Development Goal 4’s Enactment for Ethnic Minorities in Laos

11:40-11:50: Break

11:50-13:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Education
63795 | Management Strategies of Universities on the Utilization of Sports Facilities: A Multiple Case Study
62197 | Mapping the Musical Resources in Ilocano Language into the Grade 1 Curriculum for Ilokano Schools
63774 | Student Mobility in Internationalization Initiatives of Selected HEIs: Experiences
63664 | Thoughts on Social Responsibility Teaching and Learning in the Context of Middle Eastern University

Room B: Politics & International Relations
63608 | Japan’s and South Korea’s Democracy Promotion: Asian Responses to the February Coup in Myanmar
62528 | Founding Father or Traitor to the Nation? Contested Memories of Syngman Rhee in Mid-1990s South Korea
63875 | Beyond Reclaiming Space: Resilience to Ethnic Recentering in South Korea
63879 | Thailand as Another Stage of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations

13:30-13:40: Break

13:40-14:25: Keynote Presentation
The Agony of Limbo and the Imprisonment of the Innocent: Tales from the Frontline, The Ongoing Saga of Australia’s 'Pacific Solution'
Arnold Zable, Writer, Australia

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16:00-17:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: Interdisciplinary Asian Studies
63256 | From Strangers to Participants: Hui Intellectuals’ Involvement With the Transnational Muslim Network in the Early Twentieth Century
64123 | Indigenizing Order and Agency: A Southeast Asian Perspective on the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ and the Rising China
62843 | Thomas Cook & Son, Burma and Colonialism, 1886-1948
63826 | Power and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Benefitted India’s Position in Kashmir

Room B: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
62746 | Chinese Language Teacher Identity Development Through Rapid Digitalization of Language Preparatory Courses
63820 | Narrating Modern Chinese Women’s Lives
62596 | In a Search to Belong: “The Lived Experience of Being a Refugee”
61776 | More than a Costume: Hanfu Fever and the Discourses on Chinese Cultural Nationalism and Identity

17:40-17:50: Break

17:50-19:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Chinese Studies
62846 | The Piano in a Chinese New Zealand Diaspora Setting: Musical Biography and Cultural Identity
62744 | Between Law and Justice: Self-defense Principle in Late Qing China Penal Cases
62838 | Exploring How Academic Performance Influences Female’s Choice of STEM Field in China: A Mediating Effect at Psychological and Cultural Levels

Room B: Cultural & Areas Studies
63878 | Challenges and Opportunities: Musicals in China in the Era of Covid-19 Pandemic
63884 | Transitional Community under COVID-19: University as the Actor of Regional Revitalization
63128 | Creating Brand Identity in Museums: The Troy Museum

19:05-19:15: Break

19:15-20:55: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3
Room A: Japanese Studies
61906 | Persevering With Intercultural Performing Arts During a Pandemic: Semiotic Clusters and an Online Noh Performance
62842 | Traditional Folk Textile Dyeing in Japan: Diversity and Continuity of the Craftspeople’s Ateliers (kōbō)
62638 | National Trauma and Resilience in the Works of Murakami Haruki

Room B: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
63630 | Fantazied Romanticity: Rethinking the Roles of Curtained Motel in Thai Contemporary Culture
62854 | Understanding Wabi and Sabi in the Context of Japanese Aesthetics
63822 | A Study of Subject’s Plight in David Henry Hwang’s M.Butterfly
63853 | The Collective Construction of Romantic Narratives among Chinese Real Person Slash Fandom Communities

20:55-21:05: Break

21:05-22:45: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4
Room A: Asian Studies: Symbolism & Beliefs
63069 | Tapedn, Floods and the (Endless) Pandemic: Reemergence of Indigenous Beliefs among Kensiu in Baling, Kedah
61938 | The Multifarious Temple Art of Jayavarman VII and the French Orientalist Interest in Cambodia
63863 | Symbolization, Self-Symbolization and De-symbolization – Exploring the Indigenous Totems in Taiwan

Room B: Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
63876 | Mass Ignorance of the Human in Web 2.0: Virtual Celebrities and the Emancipation of/ from Idolatory
62858 | Mental Stress in The Streaming World: Decision Fatigue in Leisure Time Among Young Adults in Dubai
63897 | "Out-of-Factory" Activities in Public Spaces: Filipino Male Migrant Workers in Seoul
62856 | Practising Urban Commons Between Autonomy and Togetherness: Revisiting the Precariat Movement in Tokyo and Seoul From a Comparative View

22:45-22:55: Conference Closing Session

62533 | Promoting Food and Sustainable Agriculture Traditions of Japan through Study Abroad Opportunities
62767 | The Chinese Interior during the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.)
63273 | Practical Exploration: A Research About the Strategies, Core Content, and Implement of the Palace Museum Transmedia Narrative Communication
63422 | Real Men Fantasy: Explore The Media Representation of Effeminate Males in China
63639 | Health Impact Perceived by University Students at Three Sites in Asia: Two Years into the Pandemic
61802 | Copper Workers and Their Technology – A Survey of Chotanagpur Region
62569 | Punica Granatum (Zakuro in Japanese). Basis for a Reflection on Cultural History
62840 | Shindo Jujo’s Island of Treasures: A Rebel Myth for Okinawa
63686 | Japanese Characteristics as Seen in Iroha Karuta
62173 | Family Caregiving as a Spiritual Experience: Experience of Spirituality of Korean Family Caregivers in Elder Caregiving
62924 | Crisis, and the Importance of Traditional Wisdom in the Folklore of the Bengal Delta, in the Age of the Anthropocene
63562 | Historical Study of Chinese Clan Associations in Singapore
63756 | Significance of a King in the South-east Section of the Silk Road in the Period Between Ancient and Medieval Times
62859 | Blaan Lingen: Folk Music as a Depiction of Culture and Expression of Traditional Values
63203 | Dialogue Between Religion and Technology: Case Study of Fo Guang Go
63872 | Culture as Data: Notes on the Ontological and Methodological Implications of the Network Turn
63781 | Visual Culture Strategies for Right-Brain Learning in the Early Stages of Maltese as a Foreign Language
62435 | Preparing Periphery: Climate Infrastructure as National Security in the Greater United States
62799 | Unveiling the Pragmatics of Maguindanaon Greetings
62848 | The Differences of Online Dating Profiles Between Gay Adults of Younger and Older Age Ranges
62543 | The Reimagined Migrant Portrait – Exploring the Lives of Chinese and Taiwanese Minorities Living in South Africa

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • The Agony of Limbo and the Imprisonment of the Innocent: Tales from the Frontline, The Ongoing Saga of Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’
    The Agony of Limbo and the Imprisonment of the Innocent: Tales from the Frontline, The Ongoing Saga of Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’
    Keynote Presentation: Arnold Zable
  • Narratives of Fear, Scarcity, and Resistance: Eco-Anxieties and the End of the World in Contemporary Horror Film and Media
    Narratives of Fear, Scarcity, and Resistance: Eco-Anxieties and the End of the World in Contemporary Horror Film and Media
    Keynote Presentation: Lorna Piatti-Farnell
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Precarity and Resilience
    Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Precarity and Resilience
    Panel Presentation: Umberto Ansaldo, Pilar Kasat, Seini F Taumoepeau & Marcelle Townsend-Cross
  • Digital Journeys: Refugees, Migration, Media
    Digital Journeys: Refugees, Migration, Media
    Panel Presentation: Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Gerard Goggin, Laavanya Kathiravelu & Koen Leurs



Final Programme

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Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations

A number of presenters have submitted pre-recorded virtual video presentations. We encourage you to watch these presentations and provide feedback through the video comments. A full list of these is on the conference website.


Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ACCS conferences via the links below.

The Agony of Limbo and the Imprisonment of the Innocent: Tales from the Frontline, The Ongoing Saga of Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’
Keynote Presentation: Arnold Zable

Australian novelist, storyteller, and human rights activist Arnold Zable will weave tales, testimony, poems, and observations regarding refugees who have been indefinitely detained, and imprisoned, in offshore camps in Nauru and Manus Island — which has become known as “the Pacific Solution” — and of refugees incarcerated in detention centres on the Australian mainland. Some were driven to the point of madness, some to suicide. Many have been traumatised. The source of the detainees’ agony had been, above all, the indefinite nature of their detention, their state of limbo, or as Viktor Frankl called it, in his reflection on camp life in an earlier era: their 'provisional existence of unknown limit.' Yet, there have also been many extraordinary acts of resistance — inmates themselves, who bore witness to their own suffering and the suffering of their fellow inmates in many forms — among them literature, journalism, art, music, story, documentation, testimony, and courageous activism. There have been refugee advocates who reached out to offer support, solidarity, and on release, a place to stay. Many refugees remain in limbo. The struggle is ongoing. As too, is the documentation of a period in Australian history which must be understood, and never forgotten.

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Narratives of Fear, Scarcity, and Resistance: Eco-Anxieties and the End of the World in Contemporary Horror Film and Media
Keynote Presentation: Lorna Piatti-Farnell

This presentation will address the rise in 'horror and fantasy content' in film and other serialised media on SVOD platform forms such as Netflix in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in terms of cultural subversion and coping mechanisms, while also examining the 'changing face' of horror, and what we might expect going forward.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Precarity and Resilience
Panel Presentation: Umberto Ansaldo, Pilar Kasat, Seini F Taumoepeau & Marcelle Townsend-Cross

Contemporary narratives of environmental and human rights protection, racial and other connected forms of social justice, are increasingly informed and guided by indigenous struggles, indigenous intellectuals and allied scholars and activists. “Those struggles are far from over, but the premises with which many of us operate are far different than they were. These usually begin as changes in consciousness and new narratives” (Rebecca Solnit 2022).

Global warming, COVID-19, widespread political unrest, entrenched economic inequality, the dispossession and displacement of peoples, the prospect of war and other crises are evidence that we live in precarious times. Indigenous peoples and their ways of knowing and belonging and deep resilience guide us all in the formation of new narratives towards a sustainable ecology of living in the world. To say that such perspectives challenge accepted ideas of co-existence and what is now taken for granted as the dominant western template applied across the world, would be an understatement. Indigenous knowledges foreground and bring an awareness of the relationship between land, kinship, and humanity (Irene Watson, 2005).

Indigenous ways of knowing not only provide us with answers that help us address the current crises but also ask us questions that we need to address now. These are questions of epistemic justice that relate to the politics of knowledge production, academic power-sharing, addressing misrepresentations and distortions of their history and place in the world. They challenge us to imagine what we should do to let indigenous people teach and guide us in the practice of knowing about indigenous ways of knowing.

From a range of indigenous and culturally diverse voices drawn from Africa, Australia, Oceania and South America, the speakers will discuss how they understand the importance of indigenous ways of knowing. They will explore how indigenous cultures are informed by their traditions and diverse lived experience, including going beyond the inadequacy of western colonial imperialism, to provide answers to the challenges around us.

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Digital Journeys: Refugees, Migration, Media
Panel Presentation: Earvin Charles Cabalquinto, Gerard Goggin, Laavanya Kathiravelu & Koen Leurs

The contemporary mobilities, experiences, cultural belonging, identifications and dis-identifications, power relations as well as contexts for migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and others, involves significant reliance on and imbrication with digital media. Over many centuries, moving elsewhere, to escape persecution, to pursue a better life, or seek work or education, to find connection or community with family, friends, and others, has importantly involved a wide range of communication and media.

In recent times, letter writing, messages, gifts, electronic media, cultural participation and consumption at a distance (for instance, via video tapes of television programs), have been interlaced with increasingly prevalent forms of digital media, technologies, and platforms. The smartphone, social media, and apps have become a by-word for this, and constitute sites of struggle, control, resistance, as well as sharing, belonging, and cultural safety and survival. Digital media literacy has now become a crucial, rich resource in reframing migration and refugee issues. During the past two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digitalization of society, and the new kinds of immobilities and spatial and other injustices created have only accentuated migration’s digital turn.

In this panel, we hear from leading practitioners and scholars in the burgeoning area of digital migration, refugee, and mobilities work.

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