About KAMC

The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture

The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2020) 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


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.

Reviewing

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 KAMC Review Committee. To apply, please send your CV to kamc@iafor.org.

Editing

IAFOR publishes over a dozen 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.

Editors of IAFOR journals welcome applications for Editorial Board membership from individuals holding a PhD or another terminal degree in a field relevant to the journal. Previous editorial and peer review experience is preferred. To apply, please send your CV to publications@iafor.org.

Publishing

Journals

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 KAMC (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

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.

Volunteering

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 KAMC, 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 kamc@iafor.org.