Time flies. It was almost two years ago when we started planning for the APPRA 2017 Conference and it is now just slightly more than a month before the Conference takes place. We have got good response so far and everything seems to be on track. Here is an update on the Conference.
The Theme of the Conference: ‘Promoting Peace and Upholding the Transcendent Dignity of the Human Person in the Asia-Pacific Region’
Dates of the Conference: 23-25 August 2017
Venue: Dewan Persidangan Universiti (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
- Poster Exhibition on the theme ‘Seeds of Hope’ at USM Museum, 23-27 August 2017
- Visits to Ghandi Peace Institute on 22 August, Streets of Hope on 24 August and Taiping Museum on 25 August 2017. Transportation, Meals and Guide provided. You may choose to attend one and all or none at all! We are assuming that everyone is coming along but if you are not, for whatever reasons, please inform us early.. Datuk Anwar Fazal is organizing the above visits. Here are some of the details you should know.
The following three tours are being organised and it will be assumed you will be attending. If not, please inform the organisers below. All the tours are free of charge and include refreshments as a gift from the supporting organisations. PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU ARE NOT COMING AS WE DO NOT WANT TO CREATE ANY WASTE.
(A). VISIT TO THE PENANG GANDHI PEACE CENTRE (PGPC) AND THE YOUTH ADVENTURE PARK
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
ThePenang Gandhi Peace Centre(PGPC)is at Waterfall Road next to the Botanical Gardens. It is a symbol ofMahatma Gandhi’svision and action for making a sustainable, just and peaceful world. It is more than a promotion of Gandhi `s values and beliefs; it is also to practice it and take it into action. The launching of the PGPCis a tribute to the amazing work of Gandhi at a time when the world is challenged before by violence, conflicts, wars and increasing racism and bigotry. Once, he stated that; “Be the change that you want to see in the world”, and so thePGPCwishes to be a platform for teaching and sharing ideas for changes that we want to see in the world. The visitors will be putting up a symbol of Peace.
ThePenang Municipal Park orTaman Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, is a huge park at the edge of George Town and next to the PGPC. Better known as theYouth Park, this recreational park for the people of Penang is accessed by a single one-way route, entering through Persiaran Kuari. The Municipal Park was born from quarry land and was created in the early 70's, to provide a recreational area for youths. In its earliest incarnation, the Youth Park, as it was called at that time, had a skating rink (which it still has) and an outdoor auditorium. There was also a place for archery and hiking. No matter the season or reason for your visit, this national historic landmark is a setting for enjoying many pursuits: Jogging Track, Children Playground, Archery Range, Skate Park, Graffiti Park, Camping Site, Mountain Bike Tracks, and much more! It has also a historic Peace Park.
(B). TOUR OF THE “STREET OF HARMONY”
Thursday, 24 August 2017 – 4:40 pm to 9.00pm
The Street of Harmony is the celebration of diversity through various religious institutions side by side. That street is called Jalan Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street) and now celebrated worldwide as a model of religious and cultural harmony. As you journey through the Street of Harmony, you walk the oldest and most historical path trodden by the diverse people who came from the far reaches of Asia and Europe 200 years before. You cannot escape the sense of cultural multiplicity that confronts you here in the form of sounds, sights and smells. The street is home and workplace to generations of settler families. It is home to many outstanding religious sites where historical communities find solace. It lends itself to a plethora of religious and secular festivals and celebrations all year round. This street is shared by all. It epitomises the cultural coexistence of George Town’s diverse communities. The following religious institutions will be visited; St. George’s Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Khoo Kongsi. Dinner will be at the Masjid Melayu Acheh where we will be hosted.
(C). VISIT TO TAIPING, THE TOWN OF EVERLASTING PEACE
Friday, 25 August 2017 - 2.30pm to 10.00pm
The town of Taiping (which means ‘everlasting peace’ in Chinese) was born out of desire for peace and harmony some 150 years ago. It is located south of Penang some 70 kilometres away and a fascinating history of war and peace. It was a new town specially built to mark Peace. The town was once called the ‘Tin Capital’ of the world. It is a town of splendid beauty, of natural habitat with a setting of a lake, rivers and hills. It is also full of cultural diversity and a fascinating urban heritage. Taiping is located in the state of Perak in Malaysia. It is some 70 kilometres south of the beautiful and famous island of Penang. The town has many Malaysian firsts, among them Malaysia’s first railway (from Taiping to Port Weld), the first modern prison, the first museum, the first hill resort (Maxwell’s Hill, now knows as Bukit Larut), the first Lake Garden. It has many delightful tourist sites. Taiping is also home to a Commonwealth War Cemetery, dedicated to many war victims. It is one of best kept cemeteries in the region. They have a Peace Park and a Peace Avenue with a series of Peace Poles and stone write-ups of words “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. The discussion on a Peace Museum in Taiping will be held and dinner will be served there.
Main Programme: Pending confirmation on a few things here is the tentative programme that we have in mind.
(Tuesday)22 August 2017
- Arrival of participants
(Wednesday)23 August 2017
- Opening Ceremony - Speeches by Director, CenPRIS, the twoCo-Secretary Generals of APPRA, Representative of Soka Gakkai Director of Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (tbc),and Vice Chancellor of USM.
- Poster Exhibition/Photo Session/Refreshment / Press Conference
- 1st Keynote - Kevin
- 1st Plenary - Patrick Hiller (Olivier, Yoko, Aslam Khan, Ikeo and Jude)
- 2nd Keynote - Chaiwat
- 2nd Plenary - Janjira (Ajay, Aries and Luky)
- 4:40-5:40 pm APPRA General Meeting
- 8:00 pm Dinner Reception
- (Thursday) 24 August 2017
- 3rd Keynote -Kodama
- 3rd Plenary - Yamane(Chang/Kim,Wang, Roy, Murad)
- 4th Keynote - Datuk Anwar Fazal
- 4th Plenary - Kamarulnizam (Nasharuddin/Sabur)
- APPRA Council Meeting
- SOH Walk
(Friday) 25 August 2017
- 5th Keynote -T.S. Dzulkifli
- 5th Plenary - Mahazan-Mizan (Hood and others)
- Open Dialogue- Arai & Omar (Mohideen, Cik Gu Azmi,)
- 2:30 pm Leave for Taiping
- 10:00 pm Return to USM/Hotel
Parallel sessions will also be organized. Participants will have to register before their papers can be slotted into the various Parallel Sessions which will be held concurrently with the Plenary Session.
We have decided to extend the deadline to the 31st of July 2017 but payment has to be made via bank transfer. We urge those who have not done so to do so soon. Unfortunately we have not been allowed to do on-site cash collection of registration fees as this is the university regulation.
As advertised earlier we expect the full papers to be submitted before the end of July 2017. If you cannot comply please do not worry you can still make a verbal presentation but your paper will not be included in the Programme Book we are preparing.
The length of the paper should be around 6,000 words. As we intend to publish the papers we will duly inform you of the format preferred soon. We expect to give you 2- 3 months after the conference for the revision of your paper if you need to do it.
Participation without presentation.
We welcome anyone wishing to participate in the Conference without wanting to present any papers. However, registration fee is compulsory. Please pay using bank transfer. We have already given the details earlier.
We expect you to make your own arrangement.
Weather in Penang.
Hot and humid all year round but pretty breezy on campus which has garden-like environment!
We look forward to seeing you soon.