Information for Participants

Announcement regarding the 12th Annual Asian Criminological Society Conference

We are deeply moved by the commitment of our criminological colleagues from Asia and across the world to come together and share expertise at this year’s ACS Conference despite it being one of the most challenging climates for international dialogue in recent times.

With vaccine programs across the world being steadily being rolled-out, some of you may be fortunate enough to have already received a vaccination. However, the viability of travelling to Japan in June remains deeply uncertain. As such, it was necessary to make a decision about how to proceed – not least in respect of providing clarity to participants – but also to enable us to efficiently organize and host the Conference.

Although we have endeavored our utmost to be able to welcome some of you to Kyoto, based on the current situation the Local Organizing Committee has determined that it will not be feasible to proceed with the in-person elements that were planned for the Conference. Consequently, the 12th Annual Asian Criminological Society Conference will be held online-only.

In accordance with this adjustment, we would like to notify you about this online format. The Conference will contain both live-streamed sessions as well as on-demand sessions. More details about these are explained below:

Live-streamed Sessions
Throughout the entirety of the Conference, there will be live-streamed sessions available to view and participate in. In other words, at any given point in the Conference Schedule, there will be a live-streamed session available to participate in.

This includes all Keynote Speeches and Plenary Sessions. Moreover, these will be further supplemented with a series of Roundtable Events and a selection of Pre-arranged Thematic Panel Sessions. These events will be based around the main conference theme of “Tradition and Innovation in Criminology” as well as engage with the theme of COVID-19 and punishment. The Representative of selected Panel Sessions will be notified separately in due course.

On-demand Sessions
In addition to the live-streamed sessions, there will be an on-demand service for Individual Paper Presentations and Pre-arranged Thematic Panel Sessions.

• For Individual Paper Presentations, each presenter will be required to record their own presentation (15mins).
• For Pre-arranged Thematic Panel Sessions, the Representative of the Panel Session will be required to organize an online meeting (via Google Meet, Zoom etc.) and record the whole session (90mins).

Recordings can be uploaded to the online platform from May 15 to June 11. More details concerning the procedures for submitting recordings will be sent in due course.

Recordings of Individual Paper Presentations and Pre-arranged Thematic Panel Sessions will be made available to participants from the opening of the Conference to June 30. During this period, you will be able to view any of the recordings at your own leisure. Moreover, through the interactive comment function, viewers and presenters will be able to share comments as well as pose and respond to questions.

We appreciate that this ‘on-demand’ style differs in some core respects from both traditional ‘offline’ conferences as well as online events and conferences which are entirely live-streamed. Nevertheless, we believe that this format provides numerous advantages to these alternative styles:
(1) Minimization of disruptions to presentations caused by technological issues.
(2) The ability to view any presentation or panel that is of interest which might otherwise be missed due to multiple live sessions being held at the same time.
(3) The ability to submit a recording which represents the presenter’s best attempt, rather than having to rely on the performance at a given time and dealing with the accompanying pressures of presenting live.
(4) The comment function provides an equitable way in which to engage in dialogue, providing opportunities to those who would otherwise not ask a question in-person in front of others. Moreover, it allows time to consider and formulate comments and replies that is not possible in real-time presentation settings.

In taking the decision to host a major international conference online, it is necessary to strike a balance between dealing with logistical issues alongside the need to ensure that conference participation is a fruitful and rewarding experience for all. We believe that this innovative combination of live-streamed and on-demand sessions provides a way for participants to actively engage and get the most out of the Conference.

Extension of the Abstraction Submission Deadline

The abstract submission deadline has been extended until 23:59 on 31 March (Japan Standard Time). As this is the final deadline, please ensure that any new submissions or changes to existing submissions are made by this date.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your co-operation and we are looking forward to your participation.

Ryukoku Criminology Research Center
E-mail / FAX +81-75-645-2240