Join IAFOR in the seaside city of Brighton, UK, from July 9-12, for the European Conference on the Social Sciences 2015. Explore the conference theme of "Power" in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting.
ECSS2015 Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers
Sir Kenneth Calman
ECSS2015 Keynote Speaker
Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland
Former UK Chief Medical Officer
Former President of the British Medical Association
Former Chairman of the World Health Organisation
Sir Kenneth Calman is Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. He graduated in medicine in Glasgow and became Professor of Oncology in 1974. He remained in that post for 10 years. In 1984 he became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Glasgow and Consultant Physician with an interest in palliative care at Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Home and Health Department and in September 1991 he became Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health in London. He was a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation, and its Chairman from 1998-9. He was Vice Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham from 1998 until 2007. He was a Member of the Statistics Commission from 1999 until 2007. He is President of the Institute of medical Ethics and Deputy Chair of the Board of the British Library. He chaired the Commission on Scottish Devolution 2008-9, and was President of the British Medical Association 2008. He was awarded a KCB in 1996. He became Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland in September 2010. His most recent books are "A study of storytelling, humour and learning in medicine" and "Medical Education: Past present and future" He has recently completed research for an M.Litt on Scottish Literature and Medicine and will be publishing a book on this subject in July 2014 entitled "A Doctor's Line. Poems and Prescriptions in Health and Healing."
Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
ECSS2015 Conference Chair:
Chair, Japan Society of Scotland
Chair, IAFOR IAB
Professor Picken is the Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalization in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a Professor of Philosophy at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialized in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining and Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Air Lines. In 2008, the Government of Japan awarded Professor Picken the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his pioneering research, and outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. The honour is normally reserved for Japanese citizens and is a mark of the utmost respect in which Professor Picken is held by the Japanese Government. More recently, in 2012 he was invited to London to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy, hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as an expression of their gratitude towards Britons who had helped support Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Professor Picken helped organize fundraising efforts through both the Japan Society of Scotland, of which he is the chair, in the UK, and IAFOR in Japan. Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken maintains his interests in Japan, as Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, and through the IAFOR IAB. He is also the Chairman of the Academic Board of New College, Birmingham. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.
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Conference Theme and Streams
Conference Theme: "Power"
Power as a commodity has challenged the minds of social scientists and philosophers while its exercise has always fascinated historians. From classical thinkers' works such as Aristotle's Politka or Machiavelli's Il Principe through modern figures who manipulate power in the media, like Silvio Berlusconi or Rupert Murdoch, to the vast networks that support major heads of state, power has been a necessity to some or like an aphrodisiac to others. The dynamics of power and its associations with wealth and status now shape the contemporary world more visibly than ever. It is a research challenge to all fields of the social sciences to offer some explanation of its magnetism and its mechanisms. We expect this theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes as we gather in Brighton in 2015.
The organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme 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 inter/disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Submissions are organized into the following thematic streams:
- Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
- Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
- Computational Social Science
- Cultural and Media Studies
- Economics and Management
- Education and Social Welfare
- Demography, Human Geography and Population Studies
- Ethnicity, Difference, and Identity
- Globalization and Internationalization
- Immigration, Refugees, Race, and Nation
- Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
- International Relations and Human Rights
- Journalism and Communications
- Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
- Politics, Philosophy, Ethics, and Consciousness
- Politics, Public Policy, Law and Criminology
- Psychology and Social Psychology
- Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative
- Social History
- Social Work
- Teaching and Learning
- Technology and Applied Sciences
- Urban Studies
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