The International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability

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July 20, 2018
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We cordially welcome you to join us Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, 2018 for the International Conference on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainability (ICOHS 2018) at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan.

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About ICOHS 2018

Whilst ecology and environmental studies have traditionally been covered within the natural sciences and earth sciences, increasingly, sustainability has taken root in subsets of the humanities and social sciences, in such areas as cultural sustainability, spiritual ecology, energy economics, environmental sociology and sustainable development, to name a few. Indeed, there is an important and often overlooked relation between the interaction between sustainability and the humanities and social sciences. Understanding this relationship through research and discussion could provide solutions to many of the ecological and urban problems that exist in the world today.

Following the conclusion of the MDGs in 2015, the United Nations launched a more expanded initiative known the Sustainable Development Goals that covers not only a broader expanse of issues, but at its heart, it recognizes that sustainability is a concept that is often either misunderstood or misinterpreted. To be clear, sustainability is not an environmental problem, but rather a human problem. This particular conference, will look at sustainability from perspectives in the humanities and social sciences that include, but are not limited to art, design, culture, economics, education, language, philosophy, religion, and ethics.

With the theme Working Together for a Sustainable Future, the objective of ICOHS 2018 is not to redefine sustainability, but rather to draw upon the expertise of the humanities and social sciences as fields through which we can better understand the interrelation between nature and human cultures which impact sustainability both positively and negatively.

We welcome abstracts of 250 words in English by Friday, July 20, 2018 from these areas:


  • Art, Design and Eco-Design
  • Cultural Sustainability
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Education, Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Social Sustainability
  • Other Areas (please specify)