The 5th IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii

Join us in Honolulu (and online) for IICAH2025

January 03-07, 2025 | The Hawai'i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Aloha and welcome to the beautiful island of Oahu, home to The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH) and The IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE).

Held in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue, by bringing together university scholars working throughout Hawaii, the United States, Asia, and beyond to share ideas and research. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.

Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade and Moscow State University), think tanks (the East-West Center), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office, and right here in Honolulu with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for this conference!

With the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that IICAH2025 and IICE2025 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, for the meeting of people and ideas. We expect the resultant professional and personal collaborations to endure for many years, and we look forward to seeing you in Honolulu!

The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH2025) will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2025), and many of the sessions will concentrate on areas at the intersection of education, arts and humanities. In keeping with IAFOR’s commitment to interdisciplinary study, delegates at either conference are encouraged to attend sessions in other disciplines. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

– The IICAH2025 Programme Committee

Professor Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Kālewa Correa, Smithsonian Institute, United States
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Donald E. Hall, University of Rochester, United States
Dr Daniel Hoffman, University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
Professor James W. McNally, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
Tialei Scanlan, Brigham Young University – Hawaii, United States
Professor Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, United States (fmr.)
Robin Watson, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

Key Information
  • Location & Venue: The Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States (and online)
  • Dates: Friday, January 03, 2025 ​to Tuesday, January 07, 2025
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: August 08, 2024*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: October 10, 2024
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: November 14, 2024

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

Present, Publish, Participate Onsite or Online

For us at IAFOR, the global coronavirus pandemic has allowed us to reimagine the conference, respecting the best of both onsite and online engagement, and the integrity of each format, and while respecting the coherence of the conference offering previously unavailable opportunities for flexibility.

We will be as flexible as we can on our side to allow delegates to choose between registration types between “onsite” and “online” up until six weeks before the conference, so that you can be assured that whatever your situation, you can present, publish, and participate.


Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research center is in The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan.