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The Third Asia-Pacific Futurists Network
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The Third Asia-Pacific Futurists Network seeks to explore new stories and futures for Asia, looking beyond the factory and the rule of big men, and toward economic democracy and wise leadership. This is the third year of the Asia-Pacific futurists network meeting, with the first two having been hosted by Tamkang University in Taiwan. This conference serves as a crucial platform for sharing information on the issues of Asia-Pacific region.

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Futurists Network in Seoul, Korea 2017( April 20-21 )

Creating New Stories and Alternative Futures for Asia:
Beyond the Factory and the Rule of Big Men

The conference seeks to explore new stories and futures for Asia, looking beyond the factory and the rule of big men, and toward economic democracy and wise leadership. Beginning in the period of modernization and industrialization in the 20th century, Asian countries imported an image of the future from the West and realized it through great efforts, sacrificing their traditions, cultural legacies and natural environments along the way. They paved roadways and built factories in order to urbanize their lands. In the name of faster development, dictatorship, patriarchy, and closed elitism in Asia were intentionally and unintentionally allowed to take root. The future was engineered.


But today, Asian nations and communities face new opportunities to decolonize their futures and create alternative stories. This conference seeks to bring about a greater awareness and understanding of the differences and similarities in the experiences that the peoples of Asia and the Pacific have on the development of their societies and work toward inventing new futures, new possibilities. Stories or narratives help us move from the details of economic and social planning to the broader picture of what the future can be like.


This is the third year of the Asia-Pacific futurists network meeting, with the first two having been hosted by Tamkang University in Taiwan. Previous years focused on case studies of the use of foresight in transforming the region and if futures thinking differed foundationally across regions. Hosted in Seoul this year, the conference intends to take a broader and deeper approach, seeing to further decolonize and create authentic Asian futures in a climate where authenticity in itself is being challenged.


* Registration will begin on February 15, 2017. Inquiries may be directed to the Coordinating Committee at spark@stepi.re.kr

Partnering Organization : Asia Pacific Futurists Network

Overview

The Third Asia –Pacific Futurists Network will be held in Seoul , Korea, during April 20-21, 2016. We invite you to submit a paper presenting your ideas. Submissions of abstracts of 300 words or less are welcome on any topic involving any area of Asia and the Pacific. While the deadline for submission of proposals is March 1, 2017, proposal review will begin on January 31. The conference will be held in the English language.

Topics

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the field of Futures Studies, the futures of topics such as the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence, bio engineering, citizen and peer to peer science, open innovation, alternative governance, patriarchy, democracy, the new normal, exploitation of natural resources, climate change, decolonization, migration/refugees, history, Asian values, and maritime and territorial conflict or cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

Deadline and Submission Instruction

The deadline for submission of proposals is March 1, 2017. The proposal review will begin on January 31. Please submit a 300 words or less abstract by E-mail : spark@stepi.re.kr Acceptance notifications will be emailed individually. If your paper is accepted, you have the opportunity to deliver a presentation at the conference.

Other information

- A limited number of travel grants will be available for those without access to institutional or other funding, with preference being given to enhancing geographical and disciplinary diversity.
- Along with formal keynote speeches and panel sessions, the conference will include informal workshop, gaming and open space technology sessions. There could be some artistic/cultural showcase of new stories or even Asian stories at some point during the conference. This could be either in art form, poetry, music, a short film or some sort of cultural expression that brings out alternative stories for Asia.
- Meals and snacks for lunch will be provided.

Important date

Final Paper Submission Due : March 1, 2017.

□ The 3rd Asia-Pacific Futurists Network

Date : April 20(Thu) ~ 21(Fri). 2017
Venue : National Information Society Agency
Address : NIA Bldg, 77,Mugyo-Dong, Jung-Gu, Seoul, Korea (04520)




Public Transportation
▪ Subway

line 1 : City hall station → the city hall → next to SFC(Seoul Finance Center)

line 2 : Euljiro 1(il)-ga station → the city hall → next to SFC(Seoul Finance Center)

line 5 : line 5 Gwanghwamun station → exit no.5 → opposite The Dong-A Ilbo Bldg.

From INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
At Incheon International Airport 4A, 5B, 6A, 6B

· Bus No. 6701 → Get off at Koreana Hotel

· Bus No. 6002 → Get off at Jong-ro 1(il)-ga Station

* Airport Bus Guide

We kindly invite you to attend the 3rd Asia-Pacific Futurists Network. In order to help with your planning , we offer a range of accommodations with special rates for participants.

  • ▪    Hotel President      


  • ▪    Hotel Koreana        


  • ▪    Hotel Shillastay      



You could select one of the hotels we suggest above or other hotels you wish to stay in.

More detailed information on the room options is included in the reservation forms.

Please fill out this form and send it back to the hotel individually.


Directions

·Pre-registration

Please register on our website and confirm your attendance at the registration desk.