The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC) is held in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, as well as some of the most important academics and practitioners working in arts, humanities, media and culture.
IAFOR actively supports media, 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, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT and Medill, as well as its prestigious IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award.
Our conferences have included featured addresses by academics, top administrators, Emmy-award winning producers and filmmakers, award-winning actors, investigative journalists, media liaisons for government and the armed forces, and leading practitioners in media, marketing, public relations, and other fields. All of our conferences include original film screenings, frequent premieres, and the chance to exchange ideas and network with both established and up-and-coming scholars in a welcoming environment.
KAMC brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Kyoto, Japan, to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates working in any area of education, from academics and theorists to policymakers and practitioners, in both the private and public sectors, for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.
We invite you to use the IAFOR platform to share and test your ideas with scholars around the world, and to join us in Japan.
About Kyoto and the Kansai Area
IAFOR is excited and proud to be able to Kyoto is one of the most storied and beautiful cities, and was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years from 794 until 1868.
The Kansai area, 500 km east of Tokyo, boasts the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and Nara. Kansai represents the inherent strength (sokojikara) of Japan as the vortex of Japan’s cultural, political and commercial activities for nearly 13 centuries. In times past Kyoto and the older capital Nara were the repositories of religion, knowledge, technology, and civilisation that reached Japan by way of the Silk Road. Osaka has been the biggest commerce centre since the Edo period (1603 – 1868), pioneering in futures trade and giving birth to many large trading houses that would provide the social capital for rapid industrialisation in the Meiji era (1868 – 1912). Even though the capital has moved to Tokyo, Kansai continues to flourish in this rich cultural heritage and tradition of innovative thinking, as a place where East mingles with the West over time and space in ways that Tokyo cannot match.
A Message from Dr Sue Ballyn (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Why attend an IAFOR Conference? IAFOR conferences are unique in bringing together academics and students from across the world not just to exchange ideas in academic sessions, but also to have space and time to sit down and discuss ideas, network in a very valuable way. Not only are new friendships formed across the board, but institutional linkages come into being out of a quiet coffee while networking.
IAFOR conferences are well known for their academic standing and the quality of their events. The commitment to quality and all-encompassing studies is unique, as is the commitment to bring in renowned plenary and featured speakers, who remain throughout the event to attend sessions and contribute to discussions and workshops. One leaves an IAFOR Conference, engaged, refreshed and ready to continue one’s research and teaching bringing on board the valuable ideas learnt at the event.
Dr Sue Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Spain
Interdisciplinary Conferences with Arts, Humanities, Media and Culture Streams
- The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC)
- The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia)
- The European Conference on Media, Communication & Film (EuroMedia)
- The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH)
- The European Conference on Arts and Humanities (ECAH)
- The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies (ACCS)
- The Asian Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS)
- The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS)
- The IAFOR International Conference on the City (CITY)
- The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies (GLOBAL)
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:
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 [email protected].