ACP2016


“Justice in Psychology”

March 31 – April 3, 2016 | Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Justice, in all its forms, is an integral part of the human condition. It is natural to think of it as culture-dependent or culture-bound, but research suggests that there is also an innate aspect, as even young babies seem to have a sense of fairness and a dislike for people exhibiting unfair behaviour. This not only raises the nature vs nurture debate, but also the possibility that our sense of justice may be a culturally construed transformation of a more basic urge to avenge, or revenge.

Justice or fairness impinges upon us at all levels of society, from the individual, to the small group, to the institutional, to global society at large. At the individual level, we can conceive of the rights to basic human needs and the imperative to meet these needs within families, schools, neighbourhoods and cities. Justice also keeps individuals in line, making them feel guilt and remorse for unjust acts done toward others and to society. At the interpersonal and group level, justice addresses the myriad of important social issues such as domestic violence, bullying and the various forms of prejudice and discrimination. At the larger institutional, national and global levels, a focus on justice faces the issues of international conflict, historical rationale for hostility, unjust practices and policies, and directs attention to the psychological causes, human cost, and possible solutions or prevention policies and practices. Justice undoubtedly plays an important role in our daily life, wherever we may be.

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Conference Report

ACP2016, located for the first time in the port city of Kobe, Japan, was held alongside The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2016). The event brought together 232 delegates from 37 different countries to present their latest research and participate in interdisciplinary discussion.

The Keynote, Featured and Spotlight speakers gave high quality and interesting presentations around the conference theme, "Justice in Psychology", that were testament to their academic expertise and credentials. In her Keynote Presentation, Vickie Skorji, Director of TELL Lifeline, addressed the conference on crisis hotlines and how they provide a vital resource for people contemplating suicide and undergoing other forms of mental distress in Japan, while Professor Frank S. Ravitch, ACERP2016 Keynote Speaker, presented on "Freedom’s Edge: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and the Future of Justice in America", outlining a clear path for balancing religious freedom and sexual freedom in the United States. On the final day, Dr Adriana Ginanjar gave an informative Featured Presentation on "Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Helping the Victims to Cope and Report", stimulating lively discussion as the conference drew to a close.

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Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Vickie Skorji
Professor Frank S. Ravitch

Featured Speakers

Professor Brian Victoria
Dr Tan Tarn How
Dr Adriana Ginanjar

Spotlight Speakers

Dr Monty P. Satiadarma
Dr James Phillips

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Organising Committee

ACP2016

Professor Dexter Da Silva
Professor Jiro Takai
Professor Minoru Karasawa
Dr Monty P. Satiadarma

ACERP2016

Professor Frank S. Ravitch
Professor Brian Victoria

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Conference Videos

Professor Frank S. Ravitch

Freedom’s Edge – Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and the Future of Justice in America

Recent events in the United States have resulted in a national debate pitting religious freedom against the civil rights and civil liberties of the LGBT community. This controversy follows closely on the heels of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which set off a firestorm over the balance between reproductive rights and religious freedom. Both conservatives and progressives have raised the level of hysteria. The media has been happy to oblige. Television and radio news programs, newspapers, magazines and the blogosphere are filled daily with reports of discrimination by one or both sides. We have entered a new battle in the culture wars. Of course, the framing of this controversy ignores one central fact: religious freedom and strong civil rights for all can coexist when properly understood.

The stakes are high. For one side fundamental justice and human rights are involved. For the other fundamental justice and civil liberties are involved. I will assert that this supposed conflict has a resolution, and in fact, in most situations the conflict has been manufactured by partisans on each side of the culture wars. This presentation will provide an accessible and clear roadmap to the issues involved in this debate, and a clear path for balancing religious freedom and sexual freedom. Coexistence is possible, and it is necessary for the survival of America as a nation of freedom for all and can provide an example for other nations facing similar issues.

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