The Asian Conference on Literature (LibrAsia2017) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2017). Keynote and Featured Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds on the conference theme of “History, Story, Narrative”. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
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 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.
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.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
Yukata Mino has been Director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan, since 2010, and has previously occupied the following positions: Associate Curator, Asiatic Department at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Curator, Oriental Art Department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Curator, Chinese and Japanese Art Department, Asian Department at the Art Institute of Chicago; Director, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art; Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s North America. He aims to make the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art a spiritual home for people, where visitors feel welcome and want to come back.
University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Marusya Nainggolan learned to play the piano from her father, Sutan Kalimuda Nainggolan, and continued her music education at the Music Education Foundation under the supervision of Rudi Laban. She graduated in 1980 from the Jakarta Institute of Arts, Indonesia, and obtained scholarships from the Australian Foreign Affairs to study at the Sydney Conservatory, New South Wales, Australia (1980-1984) to obtain a Bachelor of Music under the supervision of Mme Sonya Hanke (piano) and Dr Graham Heir (composition). From 1987 to 1989 she obtained Fulbright scholarships and completed her Master of Music Art in Boston University, USA, under the supervision of Professor Theodore Antonious, Dr M. Marryman and Professor Bernard Rands. She was the General Secretary for the Indonesian Copyright Society (1995-2002), Chair of the Indonesian Composer Society, Secretary of the Jakarta Art Council and Head of the Jakarta Art Institute (2004-2010). She is now teaching European studies at the University of Indonesia, and performs music nationally and internationally, besides participating as a music counsellor for studies on music and health in the National Health Department.
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.
Tan Tarn How
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tan Tarn How is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He graduated from Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, in 1982 with Bachelor of Arts Honours, Natural Sciences Tripos. He then obtained a Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education, Singapore, in 1984, and later was also a recipient of a three-month Fulbright Scholarship to Boston University in 1993. In the earlier part of his career Tan worked as a teacher, then as a journalist for The Straits Times, Singapore’s main local newspaper, including postings as a foreign correspondent and senior political correspondent based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Later Tan became the Head Scriptwriter for Drama Production at the Singapore Television Corporation and Associate Artistic Director of the drama company TheatreWorks, where led workshops for budding playwrights.
An arts activist and playwright, Tan Tarn How has written on the development of the arts in Singapore, in particular fostering partnerships between the people, private and public sectors; the creative industries in Singapore, China and Korea; cultural policy in Singapore; and arts censorship. His research interests also include arts education and the role of education in cultural and human development. He has also carried out research on the management and regulation of media in Singapore; the impact of the Internet and social media on society; the role of new and old media in the 2008 Malaysian election and the 2006 and 2011 Singapore elections; and the way in which the Internet and social media has influenced the development of civil society and democratic development.
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.
Dr Michele Eduarda Brasil de Sá
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr Michele Eduarda Brasil de Sá is currently a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, temporarily working for University of Brasília, Brazil (since 2013). Born in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Brasil de Sá graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese, Latin and Japanese languages and literature. She finished her Master’s and doctoral research in the Latin language at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She temporarily worked at the Federal University of Amazonas (2007-2013), where she was the first coordinator and professor for the recently created (2011) undergraduate course of Japanese Language and Literature. Dr Brasil de Sá’s research (since 2008) has embraced Japanese immigration to the State of Amazonas in documents but she is currently researching Japanese language learning and translation.
Dr Joseph Haldane
Chairman & CEO, IAFOR
Joseph Haldane is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of The International Academic Forum.
One of the founders of IAFOR, he was Academic Director from its inception in 2009 until 2011, Executive Director from 2011-2014, and President from 2014-2016. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.
Professor Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has held full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).
Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course.
From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in 2015 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
A black belt in judo, he is married with two children and lives in Nagoya, Japan.