What does the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” mean for societies in Asia? Rapid globalization alongside unprecedented integration of the digital, physical, and biological spheres—hallmarks of the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0)—are projected to cause massive shifts in economies and societies across the world (Schwab, 2016). While “Industry 4.0” promises greater productivity and connectivities, it also threatens to disrupt conventional production patterns through automation and digitization. What do these technological disruptions mean for Asia’s more than four billion inhabitants many of whom still rely on traditional modes of production? What roles do state and non-state actors play in “Industry 4.0”? What risks and opportunities become available as big data, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, smartphones, and robotics are increasingly used and integrated in various industries including finance, health, and military among others? How are social identities (re)configured as countries and communities converge in various and novel ways, including and most notably, through the internet and the virtual world?
To address these concerns, we invite graduate students (masters and PhD) currently enrolled in any Philippine university to submit abstracts (c. 300 words) that relate with but not limited to the following sub-themes:
• Internet and Society
• Environment and Technology
• Socio-Cultural Change
• Political and Economic Issues
• Health, Gender, and Technology
• Defense and Security
• Labor and Migration
• Business and Finance
• Science and Knowledge Production
• Submission of abstracts: October 18 (Friday, 5 pm)
• Announcement of accepted abstracts: October 25 (Friday)
• Submission of full paper: November 8 (Friday)
Papers must be original and previously unpublished. Full paper guidelines will be announced later.
• Best Paper, Best Presentation, and Best Presenter