International Academic Advisory Board

The International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB) is the senior academic consultative body of the organisation.

Membership of the IAAB is for three years, renewable once, and is by invitation only. Journal Editors are ex-officio members of the Board for the length in which they serve.

The IAAB is organised into three academic divisions, and then further into sections, each of which has a chair responsible for academic programs and publications, and who serves as a representative on the Academic Governing Board.

 


 

I – Education & Language Learning

 

i – General Education

Professor Tien-Hui Chiang, Zhengzhou University, China


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Dr Tien-Hui Chiang

Zhengzhou University, China

Dr Tien-Hui Chiang was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, visiting UW-Madison, Wisconsin, USA, a guest professor at Beijing Normal University and the ex-president of the Taiwan Association for Sociology of Education. He has been the senior executive committeeman for many prestigious academic societies, such as the Taiwan Association for Sociology of Education and the Chinese Comparative Education — Taipei. His specialties cover sociology of education, globalization and education policy, sociology of curriculum, teaching profession and comparative education. He has produced over 100 essays. He was the co-editor of Crisis in Education and a contributor to Elite, Privileges and Excellence. His outstanding achievement has made him an internationally well-known scholar, as evident from overseas keynote speeches given in China, Japan, Singapore, India, America, Slovenia, Greece and South Africa. This distinguished achievement also crowned him with a lot of glorious prizes, such as the Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, in 2011 and 2015. Currently, Professor Chiang is developing the theory of the flow of contextualized/non-contracted social selection embedded within the institutionalized reward system.

Professor Brian Hudson, University of Sussex, UK


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Professor Brian Hudson

University of Sussex, UK

Brian Hudson is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. He is the main Organiser of the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network on Didactics – Learning and Teaching; a member of the WERA Outreach Committee; an Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and a Board Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network. He is Honorary Member of the EERA Network on Didactics – Learning and Teaching; Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Leadership at the University of Ghana.

Professor Sue Jackson, Birkbeck, University of London, UK


Professor Sue Jackson

Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Sue Jackson is Professor Emeritus at Birkbeck, University of London. She was previously Pro-Vice-Master (Vice President) for Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck. She publishes widely in the field of gender and lifelong learning, with a particular focus on identities.

Sue’s recent publications include Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning (Routledge, 2011); Gendered Choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning (Springer, 2011, with Irene Malcolm and Kate Thomas); and Lifelong Learning and Social Justice (NIACE, 2011).

Dr Yvonne Masters, University of New England, Australia


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Dr Yvonne Masters

University of New England, Australia

Dr Yvonne Masters is currently a Senior Lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England (UNE), Armidale, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE Yvonne had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal, roles that developed her skills in leadership, project management, curriculum and assessment. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Yvonne’s research interests centre on teacher education, professional experience and virtual worlds, with a particular focus on distance education students. She has a keen interest in developing an understanding in pre-service teachers of the need for a caring and professional approach to teaching. Her goal is the development of teachers who respect their students and empower them in classrooms rather than dis-empowering them through punitive and unreasonable responses. Yvonne gained in 2010, in collaboration with other researchers, an Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant entitled VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers, and at the end of 2014 received an OLT Seed Grant to develop resources to equip pre-service teachers for the new wave of virtual schools. Yvonne has written and co-written seven book chapters, two journal articles and presented six refereed conference papers in the last three years. While Yvonne is an active researcher and a teacher educator, her deep passion is providing school students with an engaging classroom where each student is respected for their own individuality and provided with an environment that facilitates their learning.

Professor David McLoughlin, Meiji University, Japan*


David McLoughlin is an Associate Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. His areas of professional interest are learner development, motivation and attribution theory as applied to language learning. He has an MPhil in applied linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin and EdD in TEFL from the University of Exeter in the UK.

Professor Bernard Montoneri, Tamkang University, Taiwan**


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Dr Bernard Montoneri

Tamkang University, Taiwan

Bernard Montoneri is the co-founder of the Journal of Education. He earned his PhD (African, Arab, and Asian Words; History, Languages, Literature) and his BA in Chinese from the University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I, France. He taught Literature (European, Children, American, and British) and languages (French, English, and Italian) at Providence University for 16 years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Tamkang University, French Department, Taiwan. Bernard has around 40 publications, including journal papers (including SSCI, SCI, and THCI), conference papers, and books and has obtained many teaching and research projects. His research interests include French literature, children literature, English writing, automated scoring systems, teaching and learning evaluation, data envelopment analysis, networking, and teaching methods. He is a reviewer for top academic journals such as Review of Educational Research (ranked #1 in Education), American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and European journal of Operational Research.

Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan*


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Professor Haruko Satoh

Osaka University, Japan

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she runs MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181-198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Mary Stuart, The University of Lincoln, UK


Professor Mary Stuart is Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Open University where she obtained her Doctorate in Social Policy in 1998. Her research interests are focussed on life histories, social mobility, higher education students and community development.

Mary has a strong track record in all aspects of University management, having worked in senior roles in three different universities. Since joining Lincoln she has established and grown the first new Engineering School to be created in the UK for more than 20 years (in collaboration with Siemens plc) and successfully led the development of Science provision at Lincoln (including the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Physics and Mathematics).

Passionate about the student experience, Mary seeks to continually drive change and improvements in the partnership with students and the academic community, working closely with the Students’ Union at Lincoln.

Mary is currently a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Chair of HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Committee, member of Universities UKs task force on Social Mobility, and Vice Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit. Mary is also the Founding Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) and a member of the Greater Lincolnshire Leaders Board. She is also a Trustee of Lincolnshire Bomber Command, a Director of Lincoln Science & Innovation Park, a Director of Lincoln Cultural Arts Partnership, Director of Brayford Trust, a Director of the Lincolnshire Foundation, the Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership and Chair of the Members of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust Ltd.

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova, Moscow State University, Russia*


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Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University in Armenia. She is a member of the IAFOR International Advisory Board.

ii – Educational Technology

Professor Curtis Ho, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA


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Professor Curtis Ho

University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Curtis Ho is Professor, Department Chair and Graduate Chair of the Learning Design and Technology department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He has been a UH faculty member for over 30 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in educational media research, interactive multimedia, web-based instruction, distance education, video technology, and computer-based education. He has taught courses in American and Western Samoa and Saipan, and was the first to offer a course statewide over the Hawai’i Interactive Television System.

Curtis Ho received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University where he served as instructional designer. He has consulted for public and private schools, financial institutions, and higher education. For several years he directed the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support for the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. He has presented extensively at national and international conferences at locations including Beijing, Copenhagen, Eskisehir, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Lugano, Rome, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Melbourne, Montreal, Osaka, Panang, Taipei, Takamatsu, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Professor Ho was a Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for three US Department of Education grants totalling over 9.8 million US dollars. He is a co-organiser of TCC Worldwide Online Conference, an executive committee member of E-Learn, Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, and is also past-President of the Pan Pacific Distance Learning Association, a chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association and of the Pacific Association for Communications and Technology, a chapter of the national Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Mr Matthew Kay, Nature Publishing, UK


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Matthew Kay

Product Manager, Nature Publishing, UK

Matthew Kay is works for the Nature Publishing group, a part of Macmillan Science and Education. He was previously Global Innovation and Research Adviser at Shell, where he was responsible for launching their undergraduate Global Innovation Competition, and has held other positions in both publishing and marketing, and has also worked as a freelence photographer.

Dr Ebru Melek Koç, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey**


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Dr Ebru Melek KOÇ

Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Dr Ebru Melek KOÇ holds a PhD in English Language Teaching. After working as a research assistant and English language teacher trainer for ten years, she worked at the Academic Writing Centre at Izmir Institute of Technology as the academic writing coordinator for five years. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the ELT department at Inonu University in Malatya. Her areas of interest are pre & in-service English language teacher education, teacher development, distance teacher education, development of online language teaching programmes, and academic writing. She has published in international journals such as Teaching and Teacher Education and European Journal of Teacher Education.

Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA


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Professor Barbara Lockee

Virginia Tech., USA

Dr Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech., USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), M.A. in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and B.A. in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Dr Robert Logie, Osaka Gakuin University, Japan


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Professor Robert Logie

Osaka Gakuin University, Japan

Robert Logie is an associate professor at Osaka Gakuin university. His current research interests are logics of agency, fuzzy and modal logics and network intrusion detection systems.

After working as an engineer on roads and bridges in the north of Scotland and as a high school teacher in Bermuda he drifted towards academia. An M.Sc. at Strathclyde led to Oxford with work in the Department of Engineering Science and at St. John’s College. He returned to Strathclyde to manage an AI applications laboratory in the Centre for Electrical Power engineering before marrying someone he met at Oxford and moving to her home country.

Work in Japan started at IBM’s Yamato software laboratory where he worked on developing database query visualisation tools and database access modules for Lotus’s Domino server. His wife was posted to Geneva where Rob started a Ph.D. at the Open University and leading to his current research interests.

Professor Keith Miller, University of Missouri-St.Louis, USA


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Professor Keith W. Miller

The University of Missouri, USA

Keith W. Miller is the Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. In that position, he is partnering with the St. Louis Science Centert. Dr. Miller’s research interests are in software testing and in computer ethics, and he is a past editor of the editor-in-chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. He was awarded the 2011 Joseph Weizenbaum Award by the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology. He is the principal investigator of a recent grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to study the effects of ethics education for computer science students.

Dr Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan


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Dr Jo Mynard

Kanda University of International Studies, Japan

Dr Jo Mynard is an Associate Professor and Director of the Self-Access Learning Centre (SALC) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Japan. At KUIS, she advises language learners, and oversees academic support, research and the general direction of the SALC. She also teaches an undergraduate course on Effective Language Learning at KUIS and a graduate course on Learner Autonomy as part of the MA TESOL programme at the KUIS graduate school. She is a part-time faculty member on the Doctor of Education programme in TESOL at the University of Anaheim (USA), an occasional supervisor at the university of Birmingham (UK) on the MA TESOL programme, and an advisor to doctoral candidates at the Education and ICT programme at the Open University of Catalunya (Spain). She has co-edited four books. Two on learner autonomy (2011; 2014), and two on advising in language learning (2012). She recently co-authored a book (with Satoko Kato) on reflective dialogue / advising which was published by Routledge (New York) in August 2015. She has been the editor of SiSAL (Studies in Self-Access Learning) Journal –a peer review, open access publication– since 2010.

Professor Ted O'Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan


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Professor Ted O’Neill

Gakushuin University, Japan

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo. He recently held the position of Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Previously, he taught in the English Language Program at J. F. Oberlin University where he also served as Coordinator for the Foundation English Program. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and currently serves on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA. Ted joined the Apple Distinguished Educator Program in 2011 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014.

iii – Language Learning

Dr Shamim Ali, Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan


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Dr Shamim Ali

Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan

Shamim Ali is Assistant Professor in the Department of English language and Applied Linguistics in Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan, having previously taught at the National University of Modern Languages. She received her Ph.D. in English Linguistics from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad, and has a long and distinguished academic career as an English language teacher. She is also an internationally published poet.

Dr Ali teaches English courses through communicative methods of teaching at Diploma, Certificate and Foundation Levels, and has planned, prepared and delivered lessons that cater to individual learning needs and styles. She has a considerable number of publications in the field of English language teaching.

Her research deals primarily with computer-mediated communication, intercultural communication, English as a lingua franca, and second language acquisition. Other research expertise includes epistemological and methodological issues in applied linguistics research. She is an editorial board member of several leading international journals, and serves as an external examiner and research supervisor at a number of universities in Pakistan and abroad. She has delivered invited lectures in many national and international conferences.

Dr Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, United Arab Emirates


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Dr Christine Coombe

Dubai Men’s College, UAE

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D. in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men’s College. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, Cambridge University Press) and Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching (2012, University of Michigan Press). Christine’s forthcoming books are on research methods in EF/SL and life skills education.

Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 21 years. In this capacity, she has served as the President and past President of TESOL Arabia and as the Founder and Co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organise the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference. Christine is also the Founder and Chair of the TESOL Arabia Leadership & Management SIG.

During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. Most recently she served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013). Christine received the British Council’s International Assessment Award for 2013.

Professor Steve Cornwell, Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan


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Professor Steve Cornwell

President, IAFOR
Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Steve Cornwell is the President of IAFOR, and President of the Academic Governing Board. He coordinates and oversees the International Academic Advisory Board, and also serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Dr Cornwell is Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Osaka Jogakuin University, and also teaches in the online portion of the MA TESOL Programme for the New School in New York. He helped write and design several of the New School courses and has been involved with the programme since its inception.

He has also been involved with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), (an affiliate of IAFOR) serving on its National Board of Directors as Director of Programme from 2012-2016; where his duties involved working with a volunteer team of 50+ to put on JALT’s annual, international conference each autumn.

Most recently, since 2012, he has been the Committee Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s Lifelong Learning Committee and is responsible for their evening extension Programme geared towards alumni and community members. He is also the Vice-Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s English Education Committee which is responsible for suggesting policy regarding English Education and also responsible for developing material for the integrated curriculum.

Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK


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Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele

Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He has published over 180 papers and chapters, co-edited five books and five special issues. He is the author of a monograph Emotions in Multiple Languages in 2010 (2nd ed in 2013). He is Vice-President of the International Association of Multilingualism, Convenor of the AILA Research Network Multilingualism, and former president of the European Second Language Association. He is General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. He is father of a trilingual daughter and holds a black belt (Shodan) in Go Kan Ryu karate.

Professor Stephen J. Hall, Sunway University, Malaysia


Professor Stephen J. Hall

Sunway University, Malaysia

Professor Stephen J. Hall is Director, Centre for English Language Studies, Sunway University, Malaysia. He oversees twenty different English language programmes in a university with one third international students. Dr Hall was an INSETT nation-wide Project Manager for four years in Malaysia, working with the Ministry of Education and Centre for British Teachers. Cross cultural communication and English for Specific Purposes was an earlier focus for Singapore based corporate training. Clients included Changi airport, SIA counter staff, VISA Asia Pacific and HBO Asia. In the mid-nineties, Stephen J. Hall managed Language and Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore for four years where he introduced the international student programme.

Dr. Hall trained teachers ASEAN wide for SEAMEO Regional Language Centre and has consulted for English for Banking in an Indonesia-wide project. He was involved in the early 90s ASEAN New Zealand government English for Business and Technology project.

Publications include over 40 articles and the authoring or co-authoring of several books, including two English for Tourism books co-published in China. The latest article in a Bloomsbury publication examines the challenges of task-based pedagogy in the Malaysian setting. A recent book chapter links a macro analysis of Malaysian challenges and teacher education research to the challenges of ASEAN integrating through English language.

Presentations in over fifteen countries, and individual or panel presentations as an invited, featured or keynote speaker in five countries usually blend theory and situated practices. Earlier teaching at tertiary, secondary and primary levels, included TESOL work in his native New Zealand and the south west Pacific and post graduate study and work at School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Hall’s Doctorate research with University of Leicester analyses the introductory phases of interaction, during in-service teacher education in rural Malaysia.

Professor Stephen J. Hall is passionate about teaching and learning in this digital time, by being an ongoing learner.

Professor José McClanahan, Creighton University, USA


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Professor José McClanahan

Creighton University, USA

Dr Joseph (José) McClanahan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language and culture courses abroad. He has taught in both Latin America and in Spain. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future Healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design that centers on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.

Professor David McLoughlin, Meiji University, Japan*


David McLoughlin is an Associate Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. His areas of professional interest are learner development, motivation and attribution theory as applied to language learning. He has an MPhil in applied linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin and EdD in TEFL from the University of Exeter in the UK.

Professor Michiko Nakano, Waseda University, Japan


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Professor Michiko Nakano

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Michiko Nakano is a Full Professor in the School of Education at Waseda University in Tokyo. She is currently Director of the Digital Campus Promotion Office, Director of the Distance Learning Center, and Director of Cross-Cultural Distance Learning. A former Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, School of Education at Waseda University and a former Chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature. Dr Nakano’s research concentrates on the practical applications of Computer Technology as it relates to Language Teaching and Assessment. She is the co-founder of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (PAAL), and co-editor-in-chief of its journal, and a former secretary general of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET). Dr Nakano has edited and published more than 220 papers and books.

Professor Sufian Abu-Rmaileh, UAE University Dubai, UAE


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Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh

UAE University, UAE

Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAE University, UAE. He was the External Projects Coordinator for four years and was also the Professional Development Coordinator for The University General Requirements Unit. For the past 32 years he has been teaching English at various levels, skills and institutions in the USA and the Middle East. He has been an administrator and a team leader for over 10 years in the USA and the UAE. He has an MA in Linguistics, and received both his TESL Certificate and his PhD in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, USA. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has also won many awards for his work as a leader, researcher and classroom teacher, including Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze. He is a frequent presenter, invited speaker and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has written on culture, classroom technology, motivation, burnout, communication, business writing, critical and creative thinking, emotional and social intelligences, team building, problem solving and leadership. Dr Abu-Rmaileh is also a Toastmasters International member and President of TA Toastmasters. He is TESOL Arabia past president, past conference co-chair, 25 years as TA conference planner and other local, regional and international conference planner, and 2017 TA conference co-chair.

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova, Moscow State University, Russia*


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Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University in Armenia. She is a member of the IAFOR International Advisory Board.

 


 

II – Social Sciences & Sustainability

 

i – Sustainability, Energy & Environment

Professor Grant Black, University of Tsukuba, Japan


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Professor Grant Black

University of Tsukuba, Japan

Grant Black is an associate professor in the program for Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, and a consultant for intercultural and business management. He has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously worked in international operations for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and in intercultural training. Currently, he is completing a doctoral research project with the Centre for Labour Market Studies, School of Management at the University of Leicester. His research interests are in youth-to-work transition, CQ (intercultural intelligence) and global management skills.

Professor June Henton, Auburn University, USA


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Dr June Henton

College of Human Sciences, Auburn University, USA

Dr June Henton is Professor and Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. Dean Henton provides leadership for teaching, research, and outreach programming in subject areas such as: nutrition and wellness; hospitality and service management; sustainable human development; relationships and health; the science of design; and women’s wealth and philanthropy. The commitment of the College is to produce graduates who are not only professionally competent, but globally aware and socially engaged. In addition to her role as Senior Dean, Dr Henton also serves as Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s liaison to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, serving the citizens of the state, nation, and world.

Throughout her administrative career, Dean Henton has focused on the creation of innovative initiatives to position students for success in a rapidly changing world. Notably, the Hotel and Restaurant Management program partnered with the West Paces Hotel Group to establish a service excellence program based on the quality sciences, that is unique in the nation. In addition, she was co-founder and initiated Auburn’s charter membership in the National Textile Center University Research Consortium. In recent years, the College of Human Sciences has developed Auburn’s only International Minor and established its first permanently endowed, year-round overseas campus in Ariccia, Italy. Moreover, since 1994, the College has sponsored the International Quality of Life Awards at the United Nations to honor leaders who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels professionally as well as in humanitarian endeavors. Also, under Dean Henton’s leadership in 2004, Auburn University was invited to be the first academic partner with the UN World Food Programme in a university hunger campaign. Since that time, more than 150 institutions of higher education have joined the coalition of Universities Fighting World Hunger.

Dr Henton earned her Ph.D. in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. During her years as a faculty member, she taught a variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Her publication record includes a list of books, book chapters, and articles reflecting her primary areas of research, viz., interpersonal dynamics, relationship violence, and relationship stability. Examples include a Dryden Press book, Hers and His: A Problem Solving Approach to Marriage and refereed articles in journals such as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Journal of Social Psychology. She also received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. from the University of Nebraska.

Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, USA


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Dr James W. McNally

University of Michigan, USA

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

Ms Karen Newby, Par les mots solidaires, France


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Karen Newby

Par les mots solidaires, Paris, France

Karen Newby trained as a nurse, and has lived and worked in England, the United States and France, where she currently resides. In 2007 she founded Words for Solidarity, a charity to support Nepalese women to become professional and ethically responsible nurses.

Dr Alexandru-Ionut Petrisor, Ion Mincu University, Romania**


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Dr Alexandru I Petrisor

“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning & URBAN-INCERC, Romania

Alexandru Petrisor is Associate Professor of Statistics and Ecology at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Senior Researcher and Scientific Director at the National Institute for Research and Development in Constructions, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development URBAN-INCERC, both in Bucharest, Romania.

Mr Lowell Sheppard, HOPE International Development Agency, Japan*


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Mr Lowell Sheppard

HOPE International Development Agency, Japan

Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organisation that works to improve the supply of basic human necessities to the world’s extreme poor. Aside from his 25-year involvement with HOPE, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the Chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the UK, and was the founding Chairman of Novimost, a non-government organisation responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans. He was also CEO of one of the UK’s largest youth charities and an executive member of Spring Harvest, an annual Christian festival which attracts more than 60,000 people each Easter, and raises more than one million dollars for charities every year. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr. Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests, and life experience. His latest book, Boys Becoming Men, examines the importance of rites of passage, including adventures, for children becoming adults. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and he is a former vice-chairman of the CSR Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

ii – Politics, Law & International Relations

Mr Michael Kedzlie, IAFOR, New Zealand


Michael Liam Kedzlie is IAFOR’s former Research and Policy Manager – a position he held from 2013 to 2016 – and the former editor of Eye Magazine. He has worked in the tertiary education sectors in both New Zealand and Japan and has in the past worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for a New Zealand MP, as well as in the New Zealand Tourism Industry. Michael has a Master’s degree in Education from Massey University as well as a Law degree from the University of Waikato Law School. He is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has broad interests within the Law, Public Policy and Politics.

Dr Yukinori Komine, Harvard University, USA


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Dr Yukinori Komine

Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, USA

Yukinori Komine, PhD, is an Associate in Research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. He is an internationally trained political scientist whose area of expertise is U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Dr Craig Mark, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan**


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Dr Craig Mark

Tokyo Denki University, Japan
Dr Craig Mark is currently an assistant professor at the School of Information Environment, at Tokyo Denki University, Japan. He has previously been a lecturer in politics and international relations at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Government from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University, and a PhD from the School of Politics and International Relations at UNSW. He is the author of The Abe Restoration, recently published by Rowman & Littlefield, and is also a contributor to The Conversation and Business Spectator. He is also presently the Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Politics, Economics & Law.

Professor Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University, USA*


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Professor Frank S. Ravitch

Michigan State University College of Law, USA

Frank S. Ravitch is Professor of Law and the Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion at the Michigan State University College of Law, and Director of the Kyoto, Japan Summer Program. He is the author of several books: Marketing Intelligent Design: Law And The Creationist Agenda (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011); Masters Of Illusion: The Supreme Court And The Religion Clauses (NYU Press 2007); Law And Religion, A Reader: Cases, Concepts, And Theory, 2nd Ed. (West 2008) (First Ed. 2004); Employment Discrimination Law (Prentice Hall 2005) (with Pamela Sumners and Janis McDonald); and School Prayer And Discrimination: The Civil Rights Of Religious Minorities And Dissenters (Northeastern University Press, 1999 & paperback edition 2001). Professor Ravitch has also published a number of law review articles addressing U.S. and Japanese constitutional law, law & religion, and civil rights law in leading journals. Moreover, he has written a number of amicus briefs addressing constitutional issues to the United States Supreme Court.

In 2001, Professor Ravitch was named a Fulbright Scholar and served on the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, he directs the Michigan State University College of Law Japan summer programme. Professor Ravitch regularly serves as an expert for print and broadcast media, and speaks on topics related to U.S. Constitutional Law, Japanese Law, and Israeli Law to a wide range of national, international and local organisations. He speaks English, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Frank S. Ravitch on the Yasukuni Shrine, constitutional law and civil rights (VIDEO)

Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan*


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Professor Haruko Satoh

Osaka University, Japan

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she runs MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181-198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Yozo Yokota, Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan*


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Professor Yozo Yokota

Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization, and Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists. Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.

iii – Business & Economics

Dr William Baber, Kyoto University, Japan**


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Professor William Baber

Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, Japan

Will Baber has combined education with business throughout his career, teaching business students in Japan and Europe and working in economic development for the State of Maryland and language services in Washington, DC. In his work he has frequently encountered cross cultural conflicts and synergies. He studies these issues as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University. His research interests include cross-cultural adaptation and the impact of expatriates on the workplace.

Dr Sarah-Louise Birchley, Toyo University, Japan


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Dr Sarah Louisa Birchley

Toyo Gakuen University, Japan

With an undergraduate degree in Geography, an MA in Education (TESOL) and a Doctorate in Education, with a focus on Management, Sarah Louisa feels extremely comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment. She teaches courses in Organisational Behavior, Professional Skills, Academic Skills, Global Business and Management at Toyo Gakuen University, Japan and is also the Deputy Director of the International Exchange Center, responsible for running inbound and outbound study abroad experiences. Additionally, Dr Birchley works as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where she teaches courses in literature and presentation.

Sarah is currently a Series Consultant for the Pearson ELT textbook series, English in Common, based on the CEFR, and she has experience teaching and researching about CLIL and language policy in Japan. She is also a certified Birkman Consultant and is currently undergoing micro-expression training to improve her coaching skills.

Dr Birchley’s primary research is grounded in the field of Education Management. Recent research has explored the marketing of higher education, human resource management in education and organisational behavior in academic institutions.

Professor Jay Friedlander, College of the Atlantic, USA


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Professor Jay Friedlander

Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic, USA

Jay Friedlander is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine and founder of COA’s Sustainable Business Program. Fast Company, Princeton Review, The New York Times and others have recognized COA as a sustainability leader. Jay has been a frequent presenter at both national and international academic conferences on sustainability, enterprise and innovation, as well as to private sector gatherings such as the Yale-Goldman Sachs Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures.

Prior to joining COA, Jay was the chief operating officer for a natural and organic restaurant group; worked as a Fortune 100 strategy consultant; served in the Peace Corps in Mauritania; and broke fundraising records at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Jay holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.

Professor Anshuman Khare, Athabasca University, Canada**


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Professor Anshuman Khare

Athabasca University, Canada

Professor Anshuman Khare is Professor in Operations Management at Athabasca University, Canada. He joined Athabasca University in January 2000. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and has completed two post-doctoral terms at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. He is also a former Monbusho Scholar, having completed a postdoctoral assignment at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. He has published a number of books and research papers on a wide range of topics. His research focuses on environmental regulation impacts on industry, just-in-time manufacturing, supply chain management, sustainability, cities and climate change, online business education, transformation brought about by digital technologies, etc. Anshuman also serves as Associate Editor of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education published by Emerald and International Journal of Applied Management and Technology.

Professor Johannes Moenius, University of Redlands, USA


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Professor Johannes Moenius

University of Redlands, USA

Johannes Moenius is the William R. and S. Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning and the director of International Business Initiatives at the University of Redlands School of Business. He joined the faculty in the fall of 2005, where he teaches courses in international business. Before that he taught at the Kellogg School of Management. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo. He is originally from Germany, where he studied Management Science at Bamberg University. Then he studied Economics at the Technical University in Dresden, Queen’s University, Canada and the University of California, San Diego, where he received his Ph.D. In his research, he is interested in how domestic and international institutions affect international trade. Besides the effect of legal institutions on trade, he has written several papers on the effects of technical standards on trade flows and the dynamics of comparative advantage, for which he visualized his results in an online atlas using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He recently applied GIS to the analysis of the housing market in Southern California. He has also worked on the dynamics of network effects in platform technologies and competition between political parties. He has presented his work in more than 70 talks that he gave at universities, conferences, and government institutions. His work appeared, amongst others in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Japan and the World Economy, and the International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Dr Tingting Ying, Ningbo University of Technology, China**


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Dr Tingting Ying

Ningbo University of Technology, China

Dr Ting Ting Ying is a Lecturer of Finance at Ningbo University of Technology and a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Nottingham University – Ningbo Campus, China. She received her PhD in Finance from University of Nottingham, UK. Her teaching areas are in the areas of corporate finance, financial statement analysis, and economics. Dr Ying’s primary areas of research interests include corporate governance, accounting and financial crime analysis. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Services and Standards and also has a Certified Financial Analyst designation.

iv – Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Edge Hill University, UK


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Professor Geoff Beattie

Edge Hill University, UK

Geoffrey Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, UK. Previously, he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester, UK, as well as a Professorial Research Fellow at the university’s Sustainable Consumption Institute. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He received his PhD from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has also been President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of 20 books with various Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian, Italian, Finnish and German editions, and has published over 100 articles in academic journals, including Nature and Nature Climate Change. He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for “published psychological research of outstanding merit”, and the Mouton d’Or for the best paper in semiotics in 2010. In the past few years his research has been funded by the ESRC, the EU (through the FP7 framework), the British Academy, Tesco and Unilever. He has presented a number of television programmes on BBC1 (‘Life’s Too Short’; ‘Family SOS’), Channel 4 (‘Dump Your Mates in Four Days’) and UKTV (‘The Farm of Fussy Eaters’). He was also the resident on-screen psychologist for Big Brother for eleven series on Channel 4, specialising in body language and social behaviour. His latest book is entitled Rethinking Body Language. How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts (Routledge, 2016). Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada, has described the book as “an in-depth and thorough investigation into the many modalities of communication, emotion and cognition involved in body language. It is brilliant and a must read for anyone who is interested in the mind-body-culture nexus that makes humans unique.” Professor Beattie was featured as Routledge’s Author of the Month to coincide with the publication of the book.

Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan


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Professor Dexter Da Silva

Keisen University, Japan

Dr Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology at Keisen University in Tokyo. He has taught EFL at junior high school, language schools, and universities in Sydney, and for the past two decades has been living and teaching at the tertiary level in Japan. Professor Da Silva was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip. Ed., MA), and the University of Western Sydney (PhD) He has presented and co-presented at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, and written or co-written articles and book chapters on education-related topics, such as trust, student motivation, autonomy, and content-based language teaching. He is a past editor and current associate editor of On CUE Journal, regular reviewer for conferences and proceedings, and recent co-chair of the 2011 CUE Conference on Motivation.

Professor Dennis McInerney, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong SAR


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Professor Dennis McInerney

Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Dennis McInerney is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Co-Director of the Assessment Research Centre. Prior to this he was Research Professor and Associate Dean (Education Research) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore having served for a period as Vice-Dean (Research and Methodology) within the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. Previous to this Professor McInerney was Research Professor and Associate Director of the Self Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor McInerney has a BA from Macquarie University, a BEd and MEd from the University of New England, and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He is a registered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and a member of both the Australian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Professor McInerney has published over 200 research articles in refereed international journals, books and conferences. He edited two international research series, Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning (Vols 1-9) and International Advances in Self Research (Vols 1-3). He has received numerous research grants including seven Australian Research Council grants and two Hong Kong University Grants Committee grants. He was awarded the University of Western Sydney’s Senior Researcher Award and was the first Professor to receive a Personal Chair at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur.

Professor McInerney has written a number of textbooks including Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning (Pearson 5th Edition, 2010) which is a bestselling educational psychology text in Australia; Developmental Psychology for Teachers (Allen & Unwin, 2006); Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom (published by Allen & Unwin, 2000 and republished by Information Age Publishing, 2005), and Publishing Your Psychology Research (Sage and Allen & Unwin, 2001).

Professor Monty Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia


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Dr Monty P. Satiadarma

Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

Dr. Satiadarma is a clinical psychologist who has been teaching psychology at Tarumanagara University since 1994. He was one of the founders of the Department of Psychology at Tarumanagara, as well as the Dean of Psychology, Vice Rector and Rector of the university. He graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Indonesia, art therapy from Emporia State, Kansas, family counselling from Notre Dame de Namur, California, and clinical hypnotherapy from Irvine, California. He has nationally published a number of books with a particular interest in educational psychology, and in music and art therapy – methods with which he treated survivors of the Indonesian tsunami on behalf of the International Red Cross and the United Nations. He is a board member and area chair of the International Council of Psychology, and a founder and board member of the Asian Psychology Association.

Professor Shahrokh Shafaie, Southeast Missouri State University, USA**


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Dr Shahrokh (Sharo) Shafaie

Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Dr Sharo Shafaie is a professor of Child Development at the Southeast Missouri State University, in the College of Health & Human Services. He has a doctoral degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a BS degree in Guidance & Counseling. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in several areas including Education, Psychology, Human Development, Human Services, and Child Development, Family Studies programs.

Dr Shafaie has received and managed substantial number of grants to fund research projects as well as several educational and clinical outreach projects to offer intervention services for teachers and families of young children with special needs and developmental delays in the Southeast Missouri region. Currently, he serves as the Administrative Coordinator of the Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) and Workshop On Wheels training (WOW) programs. The program covers 23 counties at the Southeast Missouri region and is designed to offer educational technical assistance and professional development training to early childhood educators to improve quality of the curriculum in their classrooms.

Moreover, Dr Shafaie is a licensed board certified psychotherapist and serves as a mental health consultant to parents, teachers, and mental health agencies. His primary research interests have been in the area of early social interaction, parenting issues and topics related to cognitive and psychosocial development of children, and he has presented his research findings in many national and international conferences. Dr. Shafaie’s recent research interests are in the areas fatherhood, “at-risk” children and families, and contributions of parent-child relationship in the child’s development, mental health, and educational achievements. He has been a referee for numerous national and international conferences and as has served on the editorial board of several professional journals.

Dr Amy Szarkowski, Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, USA


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Dr Amy Szarkowski

Harvard Medical School, USA

Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is a Psychologist in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Clinically, she specializes in conducting psychological assessment with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and providing counseling services to families impacted by hearing loss. Areas of research interest include social-emotional functioning and quality of life issues in deaf and hard of hearing children (including those with complex medical conditions), combined autism and hearing loss, and disability rights issues.

Professor Jiro Takai, Nagoya University, Japan


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Professor Jiro Takai

Nagoya University, Japan

Jiro Takai is Professor of social psychology at Nagoya University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served in the executive committees of the Japan Society for Social Psychology, the Japan Group Dynamics Society, the Japan Intercultural Education Society, the Communication Association of Japan, and the Japan-U.S. Communication Association (affiliate of National Communication Association). Although he was born in Japan, he spent 15 years as a youth growing up in Canada, and has also spent two years living in the United States. Because of his background, he has an interest in cross-cultural matters, particularly in the context of interpersonal communication, as well as research interests in interpersonal competence, self-presentation and Multi-faceted self concept.

Professor Deborah G. Wooldridge, Bowling Green State University, USA**


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Dr Deborah G Wooldridge

Bowling Green State University, USA

Deborah Wooldridge is a Professor and School Director at Bowling Green State University with her area of practice in human development and family studies. Prior to coming to Ohio, she served as the Founding Dean of the College of Family Sciences at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Deborah was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bahrain and has done consulting with Ministries of Education and Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

She has a PhD from Texas Woman’s University and a BS and MS from the University of Oklahoma. During her career in higher education she has published, secured international, federal and state funding for research and community partnership projects. She has been a referee for numerous national and international conferences and as has served on the editorial board of several professional journals in the fields of Education and Social Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research interests include cultural and social issues of the family, early childhood development and creativity, and fatherhood.

 


 

III – Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture

 

i – Arts & Humanities

Professor Anne Boddington, University of Brighton, UK


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Professor Anne Boddington

University of Brighton, UK

Professor of Design Innovation and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Anne Boddington was educated as an architect and cultural geographer. She has particular interests in the spaces of learning and research and the symbiosis of arts and humanities education as agents of cultural, social and civic transformation. The founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design (1999-2006) and since 2006, as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, she was also the Director of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) (a unique partnership between the University, the V&A, the Royal College of Art and the RIBA) and co-director of the HEA’s Subject Centre in Art Design and Media.

A registered architect, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), she has been an independent governor, trustee, chair and an elected member of many regional and national councils in the cultural sector and in higher education including as a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Advisory Board (AHRC); Vice Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art& Design (CHEAD) and a trustee of the Design Council/CABE. Working with HEFCE she was a panel member of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) and Deputy Chair of D34 for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in 2014 as well as a member of the REF 2014 Equality & Diversity Panel. Her research has been supported and funded by the EU, EPSRC, AHRC, the HEA and HEFCE. She has an international profile as a speaker and advisor for research development, quality assurance, enhancement and teaching innovation in Architecture, Art and Design across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She undertakes regular peer review and research assessment for academic journals and conferences and has worked with and for research councils of Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada.

Lord Charles Bruce, Japan-Scotland Society, UK


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Lord Charles Bruce

Patron, Japan Society of Scotland
Patron, Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University
Chairman, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust

Charles Bruce studied at the University of St Andrews, where he received an MA in Economic History; and at the University of Dundee, where he received an MSc in Spatial Planning and Sustainable Urban Design. He manages a family estate in Scotland which includes an internationally significant collection of private papers relating to British diplomatic history in SE Asia. He is descended from James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, a British proconsul who served in China and Japan and negotiated the Treaties of Tientsin and Edo in 1858, and the Treaty of Peking in 1860; and ended his career as Viceroy of India.

Charles Bruce has maintained his family’s connections with Japan and India. He is Hon. Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland, Patron of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, and Chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. In 2008 he represented the City of Edinburgh at the Kolkata International Book Festival and has since helped to strengthen cultural relations between Scotland, West Bengal and Bangladesh. He is currently participating in a joint research programme, Narratives of Migration and Exchange, led by the University of St Andrews and Presidency University, Kolkata.

In 2009 he represented the UK at the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan as the guest of the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, and subsequently has spoken regularly on the close ties which emerged between Meiji Japan and Scotland in the nineteenth century. In 2010 he gave the keynote address at the IAFOR conference on the Arts and Humanities in Osaka. In 2012 he gave the keynote address at an international symposium organised by the University of Edinburgh and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Cultural Policy and Creative Industries in Japan and Scotland.

Professor Chung-Ying Cheng, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA


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Professor Chung-Ying Cheng

University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Professor Chung-Ying Cheng is a philosopher-scholar of Chinese and comparative philosophy, and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University. He has taught in the Department of Philosophy at University of Hawaii at Manoa as Professor of Philosophy since 1972.

Combining his strong background in both Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy, he was among the first to develop and promote Chinese philosophy in American Philosophical Circles and formalise the discipline of Chinese philosophy as early as 1965. He founded the academic quarterly Journal of Chinese Philosophy in 1973 and has served as its editor-in-chief since then. In 1967 he founded the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and also founded the International Society for the Yijing in 1985. He is well known for his philosophical studies of the Yijing and in 2006 he published his seminal work: Origin and System of the Yijing (易学本体论).

Professor Cheng has published 32 books in both English and Chinese and more than 300 papers in various fields of philosophy, including Contemporary Chinese Philosophy, Theory of Confucian Philosophy, Creating Harmony, Ontology and Interpretation (eight volumes including one volume on Onto-Hermeneutics, 1999-2011), Philosophy of Yijing Ontology, Collected Papers of Chung-ying Cheng (four volumes), and Onto-Aesthetics.

In recent years Professor Cheng has worked on Kant and reciprocal interpretation of Kantian Philosophy with Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy. He is also engaged in systematising his own philosophy from onto-cosmology and onto-hermeneutics to ethics, aesthetics and political philosophy. Following his critical papers on Davidson, Rorty and Searle, he develops a strong interest in re-interpreting American pragmatism of Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey and Rorty in light of Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism.

Professor Cheng has held visiting professorships at Yale University, Oxford University, London University and Berlin University. He has also served as the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University and Director of the Graduate Institute of Philosophy at Taida. His current positions include Visiting Professorships at Beijing University and Tsinghua University, Distinguished Chair Professor at Remin University and Visiting Chair Professor of Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Professor Myles Chilton, Nihon University, Japan


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Professor Myles Chilton

Nihon University, Japan

Myles Chilton (BA University of Toronto; MA and PhD University of Chicago) is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Nihon University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Chilton has been in Japan for over twenty years, writing about relationships between contemporary world literature and global cities in Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and in journal articles such as Comparative Critical Studies, The Journal of Narrative Theory, and Studies in the Literary Imagination. He also focuses on global English and literary studies in such books as the monograph English Studies Beyond the ‘Center’: Teaching Literature and the Future of Global English (Routledge 2016); and in chapters in the books The Future of English in Asia: Perspectives on Language and Literature (Routledge 2015), Deterritorializing Practices in Literary Studies (Contornos 2014), and World Literature and the Politics of the Minority (Rawat 2013). Chilton has also presented papers on these and other topics at universities around the world. He is also on the editorial board of the IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship.

Professor Georges Depeyrot, French National Center for Scientific Research, France


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Professor Georges Depeyrot

French National Center for Scientific Research, France

Georges Depeyrot is a monetary historian at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He began his scientific career in the 1970s studying coin finds and joined the CNRS in 1982. After some years he joined the Center for Historical Research in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and is now a professor at the École Normale Supérieure. After his habilitation (1992), he specialised in international cooperative programs that aim to reconsider monetary history in a global approach. He has directed many cooperative programs linking several European countries, including those situated at the continent’s outer borders (Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and Morocco). Professor Depeyrot is the author or co-author of more than one hundred volumes, and is the founding director of the Moneta publishing house, the most important collection of books on the topic of money. Professor Depeyrot is a member of the board of trustees of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique.

Dr Richard Donovan, Kansai University, Japan**


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Dr Richard Donovan

Kansai University, Japan

Richard Donovan lectures in comparative literature and translation studies in the Faculty of Letters at Kansai University. He has also worked as a translator at the Kyoto City International Relations Office. He obtained a PhD in literary translation studies at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. The title of his thesis was Dances with Words: Issues in the Translation of Japanese Literature into English. His other areas of interest include Japanese media subculture and environmental technology.

Professor Said Faiq, American University of Sharjah, UAE


Professor Said M. Faiq IAFOR Keynote Speaker

Professor Said M. Faiq

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Said Faiq, FRSA, is Professor of Intercultural Studies and Translation at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), where he was Chair/Head of department (2003-07, 2009-10), and Director of the graduate program in translation and interpreting (2002-11). He is a visiting professor at Exeter University (UK). Prior to his current position, he worked in Africa, the Middle East and the United Kingdom (Salford University, (1990-2003), where he was Director of Studies for undergraduate and graduate programs in Arabic/English translation and interpreting; and Leeds University, (1996-1998), where he was visiting lecturer in applied linguistics). He has served as consultant to private and public organisations for educational and related sectors and serves on a number of academic editorial and consultancy boards/agencies. He is an established figure in intercultural and translation studies and allied areas and has directed and examined graduate research (Cambridge, McGill). His publications include Agency and Patronage in Eastern Translatology (co-edited with Ahmed Ankit, forthcoming), Culguage in/of translation from Arabic (co-edited with Ovidi Carbonnel and Ali AlManaa, 2014), Beyond Denotation in Arabic Translation (co-edited with Allen Clark, 2010), Cultures in dialogue: A translational perspective (2010), Trans-lated: Translation and Cultural Manipulation (2007), Identity and Representation in Intercultural Communication (2006), Cultural Encounters in Translation from Arabic (2004).

Professor Alfonso J. García Osuna, Hofstra University, USA**


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Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna

Hofstra University, USA

Alfonso J. García Osuna has taught at Hofstra University in New York, United States of America, for over thirty years. He specialises in medieval and early modern literature, receiving his PhD (1989) from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has completed post-doctoral work at the University of Valladolid, Spain, has published six books, and is a frequent contributor to specialised journals. Alfonso received primary and secondary education in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, the place where his family originated and where he grew up. An avid cyclist, he has completed the Road to Santiago, an 867-kilometre route through northern Spain, six times.

Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA*


Professor Donald Hall

Professor Donald E. Hall

Lehigh University, USA

Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Dr A. Robert Lee, Nihon University, Japan (retd.)


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Dr A. Robert Lee

Nihon University, Japan (retd.)

A. Robert Lee, a Britisher who helped establish American Studies in the UK, was Professor in the English department at Nihon University, Tokyo from 1997 to 2011, having previously taught for almost three decades at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He now lives in Murcia, Spain. He has held visiting professorial positions in the US at the University of Virginia, Bryn Mawr College, Northwestern University, the University of Colorado, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico.

His academic books include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998); Postindian Conversations (1999), with Gerald Vizenor; Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award in 2004; Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2009) and Modern American Counter Writing: Beats, Outriders, Ethnics (2010). Has also been responsible for collections like Other Britain, Other British (1995); Beat Generation Writers (1996); China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story (2008); The Salt Companion to Jim Barnes (2010); with Deborah L. Madsen, Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (2010); Native American Writing, 4 Vols (2011), African American Writing, 5 Vols (2013), US Latino/a Writing (2014); and, with Alan R. Velie, The Native American Renaissance: Literary Imagination and Achievement (2013).

His creative work is reflected in Japan Textures: Sight and Word (2007), with Mark Gresham; Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line (2011); and the poetry collections Ars Geographica: Maps and Compasses (2012); Portrait and Landscape: Further Geographies (2013); Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines (2013); Americas: Selected Verse and Vignette (2015); Password: A Book of Locks and Keys (2016); and Aurora: A Spanish Gallery of Image and Text (IAFOR Publications on-line, 2016).

Professor Jeffrey Sommers, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA


Professor Jeffrey Sommers

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Jeffrey Sommers has joined the REMESO, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University in Sweden as associated faculty. He will work on collaborative research with REMESO faculty that advances their research profile.

Research & Teaching Interests

Research and teaching is conducted on the “spatial fixes” to crises of global capital accumulation. Further research to this end centers on the political economy of Africa’s (and its Diaspora) accelerated integration into new networks of accumulation. Other areas investigated are development studies, developmental states, international political economy and hegemonic transitions.

Dr Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Brazil


Dr Drago Štambuk

Croatian Ambassador to Brazil

Drago Štambuk (September 20, 1950) is a Croatian physician, poet, essayist and an ambassador. Štambuk was born in Selca on the island of Brač. He attended the gymnasium in Split, and the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. He specialised in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology in Zagreb, but worked and lived in London since 1983, where he was engaged in research of the diseases of liver and AIDS. At that early stage of awareness of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Štambuk was among the first researchers deeply engaged in trying to understand the now widely known and ubiquitous disease.

After Croatia declared its independence in 1991, he turned to diplomacy. In the sensitive period from 1991 until 1994, he served as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Kingdom. Afterwards, he became Croatia’s ambassador in India and Sri Lanka (1995–1998), Egypt (1998–2000) and a number of Arab countries. At Harvard University from 2001 to 2002, and became its Fellow. He has been also the ambassador of Croatia in Japan and South Korea from 2005 to 2010 and is ambassador in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela since 2011.

Štambuk has published more than 50 books of poetry, which have been widely translated,[1] and is regarded one of the leading Croatian contemporary poets. Raymond Carver named him “a real poet”. His English books include Incompatible animals (1995), Black wave (2009), And the sea is no more (2011), as well as contributions to the magazine Ploughshares; “Language of dismemberement/Loghat al-tamazzuq” (2000) in Arabic, “El viento de las estrellas oscuras”(2003) in Spanish with the foreword by Antonio Skármeta, “Pierre Nocturne” (2009) in French with a foreword by Guillaume Métayer, “Black wave/Kuroi nami” (2009) and “From nowhere/Museki yori” (2011) in English and Japanese, “Céu no poço” (2014) and “Criação inacabada do mundo” (2015) in Portuguese. He has been granted many international and national literary, arts and peace awards.

Dr Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK*


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Dr Brian Victoria

Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK

Brian Victoria is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and a 1961 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds a MA in Buddhist Studies from Sōtō Zen sect-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo, and a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at Temple University.

In addition to a second, enlarged edition of Zen At War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Brian’s major writings include Zen War Stories (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003); an autobiographical work in Japanese entitled Gaijin de ari, Zen bozu de ari (As a Foreigner, As a Zen Priest), published by San-ichi Shobo in 1971; Zen Master Dōgen, coauthored with Prof. Yokoi Yūhō of Aichi-gakuin University (Weatherhill, 1976); and a translation of The Zen Life by Sato Koji (Weatherhill, 1972). In addition, Brian has published numerous journal articles, focusing on the relationship of not only Buddhism but religion in general, to violence and warfare.

From 2005 to 2013 Brian was a Professor of Japanese Studies and director of the AEA “Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Program” at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH, USA. From 2013-2015 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan where he is writing a book tentatively entitled: Zen Terror in 1930s Japan. Brian currently continues his research as a Fellow of the Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies and is a fully ordained Buddhist priest in the Sōtō Zen sect.

ii – Cultural & Area Studies

Professor Emeritus Susan Ballyn, Barcelona University, Spain


Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn

Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn

Barcelona University, Spain

Sue Ballyn is Professor Emerita at Barcelona University from where she graduated with a BA in 1982. Her MA thesis on the writings of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes won the Faculty prize in 1983. In 1986 she won the Faculty prize again, this time for her PhD thesis on Australian Poetry, the first PhD on Australian Literature in Spain.

She joined the English and German Philology Department on graduation 1982 and has remained at the university ever since. In 1990 she founded the Australian Studies Program which was recognised as an official Barcelona University Observatory – Studies Centre in 2000, known as CEA, Observatorio Centre d’Estudis Australians. It is the only Australian Studies Centre in Spain and one of the most active in Europe.

Over the last twenty-five years, Sue Ballyn’s research has been focused on foreign convicts transported to Australia, in particular Spanish, Portuguese, Hispanics and Sephardim, and she works closely with the Female Convicts Research Centre, Tasmania. She has published and lectured widely in the area, very often in collaboration with Prof. Lucy Frost. 2016 will see the publication of a book on Adelaide de la Thoreza, a Spanish convict, written by herself and Lucy Frost.

More recently she has become involved in a project on ageing in literature DEDAL-LIT at Lleida University which in turn is part of a European project on ageing: SIforAge. As part of this project she is working on Human Rights and the Elderly, an area she started to research in 1992. In 2016 a book of interviews with elderly women, with the working title Stories of Experience, will be published as part of this project. These oral stories are the result of field work she has carried out in Barcelona.

She is also involved in a ministry funded Project, run out of the Australian Studies Centre and headed by Dr Bill Phillips, on Postcolonial Crime Fiction (POCRIF) This last project has inevitably intertwined itself with her work on convicts and Australia. She currently holds the position of Profesor Emerita and Founder/Co-Director of the Australian Studies Centre, at Barcelona University.

Dr Holger Briel, Xi’an Jiaotung-Liverpool University, China**


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Holger Briel

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Professor Holger Briel from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is the editor of the IAFOR Journal on Cultural Studies. Professor Briel holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds a B.A. in English from Eberhardt- Karls-Uiversitat Tubingen, Germany. Professor Briel also completed a portion of his graduate studies at the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne. Professor Briel has taught at several universities in the past including: UGSM-Monarch Business School (Switzerland), the Department of Communications & Media Studies at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), the University of Innsbruck, Austria, the New York University Skopje (Macedonia) where he held Vice-Rector and Deanship positions, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, and the University of Athens (Greece) and the University of Surrey (UK). Over the years he has been the recipient of many research grants and fellowships and is a well-published academic with many books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles on Cultural Studies. Professor Briel is also a member of the EU Council for Higher Education and has been appointed as a member of the IAFOR International Academic Advisory Board.

Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA*


Professor Donald Hall

Professor Donald E. Hall

Lehigh University, USA

Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash University, Australia


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Professor Koichi Iwabuchi

Monash Asia Institute in Monash University, Australia

Koichi Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Monash Asia Institute in Monash University, Australia. His main research interests are media and cultural globalisation, multicultural questions, mixed race and cultural citizenship in East Asian contexts.

His English publications include Recentering Globalization: Popular Culture and Japanese Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2002); East Asian Pop Culture: Approaching the Korean Wave (ed. with Chua Beng Huat, Hong Kong University Press, 2008); “Uses of media culture, usefulness of media culture studies: Beyond brand nationalism, into public dialogue (in Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies, M. Morris and M. Hjort (eds), Hong Kong University Press & Duke University Press, 2012); “De-westernisation, inter-Asian referencing and beyond” (European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2013). Together with Chris Berry, he is a Co-Editor of Hong Kong University Press book series, TransAsia: Screen Cultures.

Professor Kuniko Miyanaga, Harvard University, USA


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Professor Kuniko Miyanaga

Human Potential Institute, Japan

Kuniko Miyanaga is a cultural anthropologist and linguist and works on questions of globalization, identity and language. She has taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo (1974-2002), and from 2005 she joined the faculty at Tama University, as a Professor of Anthropology, also serving as Dean of the School. Professor Miyanaga is the founding and current director of the Human Potential Institute NPO, as well as the founding director of the IAFOR Language Research Institute. She has taught for periods abroad at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and was a Fulbright Scholar at St Michaels College, VT. USA. Professor Miyanaga has also been a Visiting Scholar at the universities of Boston, Harvard, and Stanford in the USA, and Oxford in the UK through the Japan Foundation.

Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University, Australia


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Professor Baden Offord

Director and Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education, Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, Australia. Vice President-International, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

Baden Offord is an internationally recognized specialist in human rights, sexuality, education and culture. In 2012 he was a sponsored speaker to the 14th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels where he spoke on ASEAN and sexual justice issues. In the same year he conducted a three-week lecture tour of Japan sponsored by the Australian Prime Minister’s Educational Assistance Funds post the Great Eastern Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.

Among his publications are the books Homosexual Rights as Human Rights: Activism in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia (2003), Activating Human Rights (co-edited with Elizabeth Porter, 2006), Activating Human Rights Education (co-edited with Christopher Newell, 2008), and Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices, Contexts (co-edited with Bee Chen Goh and Rob Garbutt, 2012). His most recent co-authored publication in the field of Australian Cultural Studies is titled Inside Australian Culture: Legacies of Enlightenment Values (with Kerruish, Garbutt, Wessell and Pavlovic, 2014), which is a collaborative work with the Indian cultural theorist Ashis Nandy. His latest chapter, ‘Queer activist intersections in Southeast Asia: human rights and cultural studies,’ appears in Ways of Knowing About Human Rights in Asia (ed. Vera Mackie, London, Routledge, 2015).

He has held visiting positions at The University of Barcelona, La Trobe University, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Rajghat Education Centre, Varanasi. In 2010-2011 he held the Chair (Visiting Professor) in Australian Studies, Centre for Pacific Studies and American Studies, The University of Tokyo. In Japan he has given lectures and research seminars at Chuo, Otemon Gakuin, Sophia, Tohoku and Keio Universities.

Prior to his appointment at Curtin University, he was Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights at Southern Cross University, where he was a faculty member from 1999-2014.

Dr Seiko Yasumoto, The University of Sydney, Australia**


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Dr Seiko Yasumoto

University of Sydney, Australia

Dr Seiko Yasumoto lectures and carries out research on Japanese and East Asian media and cultural studies at the University of Sydney. Her primary research, which she has published widely, includes Japanese government media policy and broadcasting media within the domain of popular culture. The scope includes transmission of content, textual analysis, copyright, media industries, adaptation theory, youth culture, audience analysis and trans-national media cultural flows in Japan and East Asia. She is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Asian Studies, guest editor of the Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia special edition on Global Media 2010 and co-editor of the scholarly journal Ilha Do Desterro a Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies: Expression, Identity and Society.Vol.2006. She was the Japan and North, East Asia regional representative of the Asian Studies of Association of Australia (2009-2012), is an editorial board member of the Oriental Society of Australia, the East Asian Popular Culture Association and Journalism and Mass communication USA. She holds a prestigious Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.

iii – Ethics, Religion & Philosophy

Professor George Chryssides, University of Birmingham, UK


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Dr George D. Chryssides

The University of Birmingham, UK

Dr George D. Chryssides is Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham, after being Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, from 2001 to 2008. George Chryssides obtained a First Class Honours M.A. degree in philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Divinity in systematic theology. He subsequently undertook postgraduate research at the University of Oxford, obtaining his doctorate in 1974.

From the 1980, George Chryssides’ main interest has been new religious movements, on which he has authored numerous books and scholarly articles. Recent publications include Historical Dictionary of Jehovah’s Witnesses (2008), Heaven’s Gate: Postmodernity and Popular Culture in a Suicide Group (2011), Historical Dictionary of New Religious Movements (2012), The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements (co-edited with Benjamin E. Zeller,2014), and Jehovah’s Witnesses: Continuity and Change (2015). He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

Professor Lystra Hagley-Dickinson, University of St Mark & St John, UK**


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Professor Lystra Hagley-Dickinson

University of St Mark & St John, UK

Professor Lystra Hagley-Dickinson is Head of Department, Education and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, UK. A World Bank-Japan Fellow, she has pursued careers nationally and internationally in education, government, the European Union and the community and voluntary sectors. She has been teaching at universities for over 25 years, and has also held chief executive roles and several directorships of companies. She has considerable experience in undertaking research and evaluation studies, as well as several editorial roles. She publishes extensively on Caribbean criminology, minority ethnic offenders’ experiences and prisoner resettlement.  

Professor Brian Mooney, Charles Darwin University, Australia


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Professor Thomas Brian Mooney

Charles Darwin University, Australia

Thomas Brian Mooney is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Charles Darwin University, Australia.

His major research interests are in Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Ancient Philosophy, and his recent books include Aquinas, Education and the East (2014), Understanding Teaching and Learning (2012), Meaning and Morality: Essays on the Philosophy of Julius Kovesi (2013) and Critical and Creative Thinking (2014).

Originally from the North of Ireland, he received his BA and MA from The Queen’s University, Belfast before moving to Australia to continue his doctoral work. He was awarded his PhD in 1993 on the “Philosophy of Love and Friendship” at La Trobe University. Since then he has taught at a number of Australian institutions including Melbourne University, Deakin University, Swinburne University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame. He has also taught at the University of Ghana and prior to his current post was at Singapore Management University.

Professor Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University, USA*


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Professor Frank S. Ravitch

Michigan State University College of Law, USA

Frank S. Ravitch is Professor of Law and the Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion at the Michigan State University College of Law, and Director of the Kyoto, Japan Summer Program. He is the author of several books: Marketing Intelligent Design: Law And The Creationist Agenda (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011); Masters Of Illusion: The Supreme Court And The Religion Clauses (NYU Press 2007); Law And Religion, A Reader: Cases, Concepts, And Theory, 2nd Ed. (West 2008) (First Ed. 2004); Employment Discrimination Law (Prentice Hall 2005) (with Pamela Sumners and Janis McDonald); and School Prayer And Discrimination: The Civil Rights Of Religious Minorities And Dissenters (Northeastern University Press, 1999 & paperback edition 2001). Professor Ravitch has also published a number of law review articles addressing U.S. and Japanese constitutional law, law & religion, and civil rights law in leading journals. Moreover, he has written a number of amicus briefs addressing constitutional issues to the United States Supreme Court.

In 2001, Professor Ravitch was named a Fulbright Scholar and served on the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Currently, he directs the Michigan State University College of Law Japan summer programme. Professor Ravitch regularly serves as an expert for print and broadcast media, and speaks on topics related to U.S. Constitutional Law, Japanese Law, and Israeli Law to a wide range of national, international and local organisations. He speaks English, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Frank S. Ravitch on the Yasukuni Shrine, constitutional law and civil rights (VIDEO)

Mr Lowell Sheppard, HOPE International Development Agency, Japan*


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Mr Lowell Sheppard

HOPE International Development Agency, Japan

Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organisation that works to improve the supply of basic human necessities to the world’s extreme poor. Aside from his 25-year involvement with HOPE, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the Chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the UK, and was the founding Chairman of Novimost, a non-government organisation responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans. He was also CEO of one of the UK’s largest youth charities and an executive member of Spring Harvest, an annual Christian festival which attracts more than 60,000 people each Easter, and raises more than one million dollars for charities every year. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr. Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests, and life experience. His latest book, Boys Becoming Men, examines the importance of rites of passage, including adventures, for children becoming adults. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and he is a former vice-chairman of the CSR Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Dr Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK*


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Dr Brian Victoria

Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, UK

Brian Victoria is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and a 1961 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds a MA in Buddhist Studies from Sōtō Zen sect-affiliated Komazawa University in Tokyo, and a PhD from the Department of Religious Studies at Temple University.

In addition to a second, enlarged edition of Zen At War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Brian’s major writings include Zen War Stories (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003); an autobiographical work in Japanese entitled Gaijin de ari, Zen bozu de ari (As a Foreigner, As a Zen Priest), published by San-ichi Shobo in 1971; Zen Master Dōgen, coauthored with Prof. Yokoi Yūhō of Aichi-gakuin University (Weatherhill, 1976); and a translation of The Zen Life by Sato Koji (Weatherhill, 1972). In addition, Brian has published numerous journal articles, focusing on the relationship of not only Buddhism but religion in general, to violence and warfare.

From 2005 to 2013 Brian was a Professor of Japanese Studies and director of the AEA “Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Program” at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH, USA. From 2013-2015 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan where he is writing a book tentatively entitled: Zen Terror in 1930s Japan. Brian currently continues his research as a Fellow of the Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies and is a fully ordained Buddhist priest in the Sōtō Zen sect.

Professor Yozo Yokota, Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan*


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Professor Yozo Yokota

Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization, and Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists. Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.

iv – Media & Film

Mr Marcus Chidgey, Captive Minds Communications Group, UK


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Mr Marcus Chidgey

Chief Executive & Founder, Captive Minds

Marcus Chidgey is Chief Executive and Founder of Captive Minds, an international public relations and marketing agency.

After graduating from the University of Exeter, Marcus lived and taught English in Japan for a year, before returning to work for Apple in 2001, where he helped to launch the iPod and Mac OSX. Inspired by his time at Apple, Marcus sought other creative opportunities which saw him founding Captive Minds in 2003.

Today the company has offices in London and New York and works with brands as diverse as Glenfiddich, Helly Hansen, Virgin Money, Willis Group and Massey Ferguson. It also represents rights-holders including Cirque du Soleil, Walking with the Wounded and F1 Fanzone. The agency possesses an influential board and invests in its own rights portfolio that includes talent, event and media properties.

In the last year, Captive Minds’ campaigns have spoken to over a billion people in more than 120 countries worldwide; delivered in excess of 5000 pieces of separate media coverage; had primetime coverage on most major UK and US TV news networks; delivered live broadcasts from Antarctica; broken two world records; have been featured in several books and TV programmes; have won several prestigious international awards; and have even been honoured by The White House and discussed at the United Nations.

Marcus is the strategic force behind Captive Minds, shaping the agency’s client offering and development of rights. He also directs the agency’s digital ventures that include real-time client media analytics and a mobile app CRM platform. In the past, he has led consultancy projects for the UK’s Department for Education, local government and several well known eBusinesses.

Alongside his role as CEO at Captive Minds, Marcus is a director of the Global Partnerships Forum, a founder and director of Captive Health and Chair of Trustees for a Royal Marines charity called Commando 999. He sits on the advisory board of the International Academic Forum. Marcus is married and lives in London.

Professor Richard Roth, Northwestern University, USA


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Professor Richard Roth

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Richard Roth has been at Northwestern University in Qatar from its beginning in 2008. Before that, he was Associate Dean, then Senior Associate Dean, of the Medill School of Journalism on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois for 10 years. Roth has been an educator since 1990, except for a brief stint as a guest editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York at the time that publication launched its online edition, then calledwsjie.com, now wsj.com. Before going to The Journal, Roth was tenured on the English faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he also served as the adviser to the student newspaper, The DePauw. Before academe, Roth was a newspaperman, having been Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind., and a reporter at the late and lamented Buffalo (N.Y.) Courier-Express. He has won dozens of awards for his reporting and writing. Roth has served on the national board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists, was an international vice president of The Newspaper Guild, president of the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors association, and academic adviser to the U.S. Project for Excellence in Journalism. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University, is a member of the National Security Journalism Initiative advisory board at the Medill School of Journalism and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Mass Communication Program at Qatar University.

Dr James Rowlins, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore**


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Dr James Rowlins

Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

James Rowlins left his native England for Paris, France, where he studied for a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. specialising in French cinema. His passion for visual culture subsequently took him to Los Angeles, where he earned a doctorate at the University of Southern California, USA. In addition to exploring literature and film through a theoretical lens, as well as dabbling in filmmaking, his dissertation focused on the crossover between post-war American film noir and the French New Wave, arguing that the subversive manipulation of the Hollywood genre formula by the auteurs constitutes a political aesthetic. He has published articles on contemporary French fiction, film and existentialism, cinematic phenomenology and new perspectives on the New Wave. He has held teaching positions in Europe, America and Japan, and is currently a Lecturer in the Humanities and the Arts Department at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Professor Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado (retired), USA


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Professor Gary E. Swanson

University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Gary E. Swanson is currently the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshopsretd and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMY’s for producing and editing: ‘The Silent Shame,’ a prime-time investigative documentary; ‘Military Medicine,’ a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and ‘Hotel Crime,’ an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for ‘breaking news’ and features for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered ‘breaking news’ in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE ‘Golden Eagles,’ 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1974, and a Master’s degree in Journalism in 1993.

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