OCE2020 Overview


Welcome to The Osaka Conference on Education (OCE), held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University.

IAFOR is excited to return to the great city of Osaka, that sits at the centre of the Kansai region, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic economic areas. The region is home to many great educational and scientific institutions, with the tradition of absorbing new knowledge and leading in intellectual discourse in Japan through the ages. From the ancient Buddhist training colleges of Hieizan in Kyoto to its modern heir, Kyoto University, the cutting edge labs of Riken in Kobe, to the innovative Osaka University, where the IAFOR Research Centre is housed, Kansai is the vortex of culture and learning in Japan.

In keeping with the IAFOR 2020 theme of “Embracing Diversity”, the conference will draw on the rich local context for contextualisation and inspiration, and invite scholars from the region and around the world to come together to meet and exchange the latest ideas and research, at the time of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, an event that welcomes the world to celebrate peace and unity.

Inspiring Global Research Collaborations

IAFOR's unique global platform facilitates discussion around specific subject areas, with the goal of generating new knowledge and understanding, as well as forging and expanding new international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships. We have no doubt that OCE2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice and for the meeting of people and ideas.

Special Announcement: OCE2020 will be held online from December 15-16, 2020

Due to ongoing international travel restrictions beyond our control, we have taken the decision to hold the inaugural Osaka Conference on Education entirely online via Zoom.

IAFOR conferences are exceptionally rich for the diverse national backgrounds of delegates, with our events usually attracting attendees from an average of 30-40 countries. While this makes the events special, it has also made them vulnerable to the international travel restrictions now in place in Japan, and which have not been properly lifted at the time of writing, meaning that the majority of delegates will not be able to make the journey to Japan.

By the December date, we are hopeful that delegates from overseas would be more able to choose to attend the event in person.

We apologise for this decision, but ask for your understanding given the unpredictable situation. We also appreciate your continued support.

We look forward to seeing you online.

– The OCE2020 Organising Committee

Steve Cornwell, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan


IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.
 

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: Held online from Osaka, Japan
  • Dates: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 ​to Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: March 19, 2020*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: November 06, 2020

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Speakers

  • Toshiya Hoshino
    Toshiya Hoshino
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Lam Peng Er
    Lam Peng Er
    East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Brendan Howe
    Brendan Howe
    Ewha Womans University, South Korea
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Virgil Hawkins
    Virgil Hawkins
    Osaka University, Japan

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Programme

  • Post-COVID World and Human Security
    Post-COVID World and Human Security
    Panel Presentation: Toshiya Hoshino, Haruko Satoh, Brendan Howe, and Lam Peng Er
  • Global News View (GNV): A Student-Run News Analysis Organization
    Global News View (GNV): A Student-Run News Analysis Organization
    Keynote Presentation: Virgil Hawkins

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The Osaka Conference on Education (OCE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Steve Cornwell
    Steve Cornwell
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech., USA

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OCE2020 Review Committee

    Dr Randy Baja, Sta. Teresa College , Philippines
    Dr Corazon Flores, St. Isidore Catholic School, Philippines
    Dr Renato Herrera, Jr, Jose Monfort National Science High School, Philippines
    Dr Lisa Lam, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

IAFOR's 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. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the OCE2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Toshiya Hoshino
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino is presently Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York.

Previous to his role at the UN, Professor Hoshino was on the faculty at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University), serving as Dean from 2011​ to ​2014, before being appointed Vice-President (International) of the University from 2014​ ​to 2016.

From August 2006 to August 2008, he served as a Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (UN). At the UN, he was a principal advisor to the Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when Japan assumed its chairmanship. He graduated from Sophia University, Japan, completed a Master’s at the University of Tokyo, and received his Doctorate (PhD) from Osaka University.

His previous positions​ have​ include​d​: Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; Guest Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow at Stanford Japan Center, Stanford University; Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; and ​Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States.

He is a specialist in UN peace and security policies (conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding), human security and humanitarian issues, security in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan-US relations.

Lam Peng Er
East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography

Dr Lam Peng Er, a political scientist, obtained his PhD from Columbia University. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam's latest single-authored book is Japan's Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge, 2009). Other books include: Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) edited, Japan's Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (A Journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University).

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Post COVID World and Human Security
Brendan Howe
Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Biography

Brendan Howe is Professor of International Relations and former Associate Dean and Department Chair of the Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University. South Korea. He is also currently the President of the Asian Political and International Studies Association, and an Honorary Ambassador of Public Diplomacy and advisor for the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has held visiting professorships and research fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin, De La Salle University (Philippines), the University of Sydney, Korea National Defence University, the East-West Center (Honolulu), Georgetown University, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Educated at the University of Oxford, the University of Kent at Canterbury, Trinity College Dublin, and Georgetown University, his ongoing research agendas focus on traditional and non-traditional security in East Asia, human security, middle powers, public diplomacy, post-crisis development, comprehensive peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 90 related publications including UN Governance: Peace and Human Security in Cambodia and Timor-Leste (Springer, 2020), Regional Cooperation for Peace and Development (Routledge, 2018), National Security, State Centricity, and Governance in East Asia (Springer, 2017), Peacekeeping and the Asia-Pacific (Brill, 2016), Democratic Governance in East Asia (Springer, 2015), Post-Conflict Development in East Asia (Ashgate, 2014), and The Protection and Promotion of Human Security in East Asia (Palgrave, 2013).

Plenary Panel Discussion (2020) | Post COVID World and Human Security
Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Post COVID World and Human Security
Virgil Hawkins
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Dr Virgil Hawkins holds a PhD in International Public Policy from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where he currently serves as associate professor. He is also a research associate with the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Before joining OSIPP, Virgil Hawkins was an assistant professor at the Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University (2007-2010), and has also served with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) in Cambodia (technical advisor, 2002-2004), and in Zambia (country director, 2004-2007).

Virgil Hawkins is also a co-founder of the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security (SACCPS). His prime research interest is in the media coverage of conflict (and the lack thereof), most notably in Africa. His most recent book is Stealth Conflicts: How the World's Worst Violence Is Ignored (Routledge, 2016).

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Global News View (GNV): A Student-Run News Analysis Organization
Post-COVID World and Human Security
Panel Presentation: Toshiya Hoshino, Haruko Satoh, Brendan Howe, and Lam Peng Er

As the year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, the global community's strengths and challenges have become apparent. The good news is that vaccines will become available soon, the development of which took place at an unprecedented speed. It was the fruit of a truly global cooperation between scientists all over the world, pharmaceutical companies, and the many funders, from governments to private donors, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Dolly Parton. But as the vaccines get rolled out, there is fear of "vaccine nationalism" hoarding by richer countries and delays due to limited airline transportation capacities. What the COVID-19 pandemic revealed is that the UN system is vulnerable to great power rivalry and state-centric notion of security that can impede international cooperation and coordination, especially in the face of borderless, non-traditional, human security challenges such as this pandemic but also climate change. This panel revisits the notion of human security – formerly recognised in the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report – to discuss its relevance in meeting today’s crisis in global governance.

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Global News View (GNV): A Student-Run News Analysis Organization
Keynote Presentation: Virgil Hawkins

The increasing prominence of terms such as post-truth, “fake news” and media literacy in discussions of the critical issues facing society has brought the nexus between education and the news media under the spotlight in recent years. But there are other important links that remain relatively unexplored, not least that pertaining to how we see and understand the world. As the “first rough draft of history” the news media provides cues as to what is important in the world to those who write books about it and to educators. Those same cues about what is important in the world will be internalized by those who become the journalists of tomorrow. Thus, it is no coincidence that information about certain parts of the world tends to be largely absent from both the news media and the classroom. This presentation focuses on a student-run news analysis organization aimed at addressing this issue. Global News View (GNV) was established in 2016 at Osaka University. It seeks both to identify issues with the coverage of the world by the news media in Japan and to do something about those issues. Students gather, measure and analyse news data and produce articles about the news coverage, but also write articles about the state of the world in places that the news media fail to cover. The exercise becomes an opportunity for students to critically view the news media and the world, and also to contribute to alleviating the problems they identify.

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Steve Cornwell
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Biography

Steve Cornwell is the President of IAFOR, and President of the Academic Governing Board. He coordinates and oversees the International Academic Advisory Board, and also serves on the organization's Board of Directors.

Dr Cornwell is Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Osaka Jogakuin University, and also teaches in the online portion of the MA TESOL Programme for the New School in New York. He helped write and design several of the New School courses and has been involved with the programme since its inception.

He has also been involved with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), (an affiliate of IAFOR) serving on its National Board of Directors as Director of Programme from 2012-2016; where his duties involved working with a volunteer team of 50+ to put on JALT’s annual, international conference each autumn.

Most recently, since 2012, he has been the Committee Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s Lifelong Learning Committee and is responsible for their evening extension Programme geared towards alumni and community members. He is also the Vice-Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s English Education Committee which is responsible for suggesting policy regarding English Education and also responsible for developing material for the integrated curriculum.

Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Post COVID World and Human Security
Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech., USA

Biography

Dr Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech., USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), M.A. in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

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