About LibrAsia

The Asian Conference on Literature (LibrAsia) is one of the longest established and best attended events organised by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR). LibrAsia brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds in the Kansai region of Japan to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches. IAFOR conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming young faculty members.

IAFOR conferences are organised in partnership with some of the world’s most reputable institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London (UK), University of Sussex (UK), Waseda University (Japan), Moscow State University (Russia), Barcelona University (Spain) and Virginia Tech (USA), and feature programmes developed by leading academics to ensure both timeliness and academic rigour.

The Asian Conference on Literature (LibrAsia) is held alongside The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH). These two events are scheduled simultaneously to maximise opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction. Registration for either conference allows participants to attend sessions in the other.

About IAFOR’s Conferences on Literature

Literature is at the heart of the IAFOR conference programme, and as well as events dedicated to literature, literature streams run throughout our arts and cultural studies events as well.

Since 2009 the organisation has welcomed prominent authors, poets, literary critics and scholars to give speeches, discuss works, and hold workshops. We also organise the annual IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, which has become one of the world’s most prestigious open competitions in haiku poetry.

Our literature programme is developed in partnership with such universities as Monash, Barcelona, Moscow State, Birkbeck, London, Lehigh, Northwestern, Indonesia, Waseda, and Tokyo, and is intellectually rigorous and stimulating. Whether in the UK or Japan, Spain or the United States, we ensure that there is a rich cultural programme that takes advantage of its location, in particular of its literary connections and history.

We look forward to welcoming you to a friendly conference environment that helps nurture young academics, as well as inspire more seasoned professionals, and that encourages research collaborations across barriers of nation, culture and discipline.

Previous Speakers

The speakers shown below, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on literature.


[Left to right] Akito Arima, renowned scientist and poet, former Minister of Education and current President of the Haiku International Association; Regenia Gagnier, eminent literary and cultural critic and Professor at the University of Exeter; Ambassador Drago Stambuk, diplomat and poet with Kazuko Shiraishi, the Grande Dame of Japanese letters; A. Robert Lee, author, critic and broadcaster; Donald E. Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University and literary critic.


[Left to right] Bill Ashcroft, founding exponent of what has come to be known as “post-colonial studies” and author of The Empire Writes Back; Svetlana Ter Minasova, author and founding President of Moscow State University’s Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies; Bashabi Fraser; Anglo-Indian poet, and Tagore expert; Emiko Miyashita, prominent Haiku poet and Director of the JAL Foundation; Lars Vargo, Swedish diplomat and haiku poet; Gloria Montero, one of Spain’s leading writers and playwrights, and author of the award-winning play, Frida K.

Other IAFOR Conferences in Literature

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:


If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email librasia@iafor.org.