National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
Bernard Montoneri 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 has taught Literature (European, French, Children, American, and British) and languages (French, English, and Italian) for two decades. He has studied eight languages, including Sanskrit, and has obtained eight university diplomas.
He is, as of August 1, 2017, an Associate Professor in the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has around 50 publications, including journal papers, conferences papers, and books. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education until December 31, 2017. Bernard edited 12 issues of the journal. His research interests include French literature, children’s literature, translation studies, French and English writing, automated scoring systems, teaching and learning evaluation, data envelopment analysis, networking and teaching methods. He is a reviewer for top academic journals and has obtained more than 20 teaching and research grants.
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Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
Dr Majed S Al-Lehaibi is a professor of American Literature and Intellectual History at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. His key areas of interest include the 20th Century Novel, American Social and Political Literature of the 1930’s, American Culture and Intellectual History of the 19th and 20th Centuries; and African-American Literature. He is currently, working on a project investigating: Industrialization, Urbanization, Immigration and the Bifurcation of Literature into “highbrow” and “lowbrow” in the late 19th and early 20th century America. Among his published works are a paper entitled “The New Human: Robot Evolution in a Selection from Asimov’s Short Stories”, one on “Hemingway and Dos Passos: The 1930s” and one on “The Metropolis and the Modern Self”.
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Firas A. J. Al-Jubouri is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. He is the author of Milestones on the Road to Dystopia (2014) and published articles and chapters such as “‘The end was contained in the beginning’: Orwell’s Kyauktada and Oceania” (2016) in George Orwell Studies. His latest research includes a chapter entitled “De-, and Re-, Centering Sensual Promiscuity in Teaching Canonical Dystopian Texts to Emirati Students”, to be published in Asian English: Histories, Texts, Institutions, edited by Myles Chilton, Steve Clark, and Yukari Yoshihara (2020) and a journal article entitled “The Rhetoric of Colonial Paradox: George Orwell’s ‘A Hanging’ and ‘Shooting an Elephant’” in its final draft form.
Dr Al-Jubouri has taught English literature, language, ESOL, IELTS and academic writing at several academic institutions, in the Gulf region and in the UK. His areas of research and teaching interest are dystopian literature (George Orwell) and the twentieth-century English novels. He has a PhD in English Literature from Newcastle University (Russell Group), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Deakin University, Australia
Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning scholar, critic and prose poet. She completed her MA and PhD at The University of Melbourne under the supervision of Australian poet, Chris Wallace-Crabbe. She was a Visiting Scholar in English at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow in Literature at Sophia University, Tokyo. She has published 19 critical and creative books and has been invited to edit seven special editions of leading journals.
Cassandra has been a successful recipient of national and international research grants and awards including, most recently a VicArts grant and an Australia Council grant for a project on prose poetry and the atomic bomb. She is a commissioning editor for Westerly magazine, series editor for Spineless Wonders and associate editor for Axon: Creative Explorations. She recently co-authored with Paul Hetherington, Prose Poetry: An Introduction for Princeton University Press.
Tamkang University, Taiwan
Gilles Boileau is a professor in the French Language and Civilization departments (Bachelor and Graduate schools) of Tamkang University. He received his two PhD from the University of Paris Sorbonne, the first in Sinology and religious anthropology and the second in philosophy. He has also received a habilitation (habilitating him to tutor PhD candidates) from the Paris EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes). Following his formation, he has spent all his career at Tamkang University and was the director of the French Department (1996-2002). His publications include two books, one on the French philosopher Maine de Biran and another (2013, College de France) on the topic of ancient China politics and ritual.
Dr Boileau has also written a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, on topics varying from ancient China to modern sci-fi literature. He has also edited the book: Essays on War (Working Papers of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultural Differences, Tamkang University, June 2005) and has organised conferences on different topics from French Literature to ancient Chinese Society, in Taiwan, France and China.
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, PRC
Holger Briel is an associate professor and Director of the Programme of Communication & Media Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, PRC. He holds a PhD in Cultural Theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University Michigan, USA. He also holds a BA in English from Eberhardt-Karls-Uiversitat Tubingen, Germany. He completed a portion of his graduate studies at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, France.
He 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 in the area of cultural studies. He is also a member of the EU Council for Higher Education and a member of the IAFOR International Academic Advisory Board.
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.
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Professor Miguel Ángel González Chandía has been teaching in the Spanish department at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, since 2005. He has a PhD from the University of Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. He is notably conducting research on Bolaño and his work, especially on the following topics: “Roberto Bolaño and the apocalypse: savagery and carnival” (The Wild Detectives), “The reading of the work of Roberto Bolaño The Wild Detectives and Its Impact on Learning Spanish”. Dr González is also interested in the work of Jorge Edwards Valdés (a Chilean novelist, journalist and diplomat) and Marcela Paz (a Chilean female writer). He has published many journal papers and several books. His latest research is a chapter for a book entitled An apocalyptic vision of Roberto Bolaño in his novel: The Nocturne of Chile (2019).
Tokyo University, Japan
Steve Clark is a professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, and in the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Tokyo, Japan. He received both a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, then was a British Academy postdoc and fellow of the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, UK. He taught at Osaka and Nara before moving to the University of Tokyo. His many publications include Paul Ricoeur (Routledge, 1990), Travel-Writing and Empire (ZED, 1999), Reception of Blake in the Orient (Continuum, 2006), and Asian Crossings: Travel-Writing on China, Japan and South-East Asia (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). His most recent book, co-edited with Tristanne Connolly, is British Romanticism in a European Perspective (Palgrave 2015). He has also written a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as reviews for such publications as the Times Literary Supplement. He has either organised or co-organised conferences in both Japan and the United Kingdom, including the recent Romantic Connections and Pacific Gateways conferences, both at the University of Tokyo.
St. Michael’s College, Philippines
Professor Edgar R. Eslit is a Certified Student Affairs Services Specialist and currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, St. Michael’s College, Iligan City, Philippines. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Language Studies, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and Master of Arts in English Language Studies from the same university. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (with honors) from Christ the King College. He was the former Dean of Student Affairs of SMC from 2018-2019.
Dr Eslit’s skills in designing challenging, enriching and innovative activities addressing the diverse interests and needs of students propelled him to publish several books. Edgar was conferred the Best Paper Award during the 6th International Conference on Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management (HISHTM-2017) in Singapore.
University of Newcastle/ University of Sydney, Australia
Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales, a Conjoint Fellow at The University of Newcastle, Australia and is at The University of Sydney researching true crime narratives. A qualified educator and librarian, Rachel also holds a PhD in Australian crime fiction. Her research on crime fiction, true crime, popular culture and information science has been presented at numerous conferences. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines as well as on social and in traditional media.
She edited, with Alistair Rolls, Crime Uncovered: the private investigator (Intellect, 2016). She has also co-edited special issues for several journals and is a regular contributor to the Dictionary of Sydney.
Murray State University (MuSU), USA
Dr Jie (Selina) Gao is an Assistant Professor of History and the coordinator of the East Asian Studies program at Murray State University (MuSU) in Kentucky, USA. She obtained her PhD from The University of Western Ontario in Canada, and her MA and double BA from Beijing University in China. Gao has engaged in the study of modern Chinese history in China, Canada, and the United States. She taught at a pair of Canadian universities and a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin before her arrival at MuSU. Her research interests include popular culture, intellectual history, Sino-foreign relations, and women’s studies. Gao’s work has appeared in respected journals and books in Canada, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Gao is a national award-winning scholar in China and Canada. Her recent monograph, Saving the Nation through Culture: The Folklore Movement in Republican China (1918-1949), was published by the University of British Columbia Press in the spring of 2019.
Dr Gao is currently working on a new project on Chinese cigarette cards. Gao has contributed to her discipline through her work as an international professional in the areas of modern Chinese history and popular culture. She has continued her role as a Quality Control Expert for China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) since 2014. She has also been serving as a member of the Academic Editorial Board for the CNKI Journal Translation Project (JTP) and a manuscript reviewer for CNKI bilingual journals since 2017. As an Asian Studies scholar, Gao has served as a reviewer for academic journals and international conferences. For example, she was an invited journal peer reviewer for Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures (Canada) and The International Journal of the History of Sport (UK). She served as an invited reviewer for many IAFOR conferences.
University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, Canada
Cynthia Gralla earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on modern prose in English and Japanese. Her books are The Floating World, a novel, and an academic monograph The Demimonde in Japanese Literature: Sexuality and the Literary Karyukai. She has taught academic writing, creative writing, and literature in the United States and Japan and conducted field research in Poland. Currently, she teaches at the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada.
Tamkang University, Taipei
Fernando Darío González Grueso obtained his PhD in 2011 at The Autonomous University of Madrid, with a specialisation in Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature. Since 2004, he has been working at Imperial College London, The University of Greenwich, LaTrobe University, The University of Melbourne, Providence University and Tamkang University, where he currently works. His research topics deal, on the one hand, with the theory of literary genres, such as SF, Horror and Terror, and on the other hand, on Oral Epics, Contemporary Legends and Mythology. He has published two peer-reviewed books – two more coming soon –, more than twenty articles in Spanish and English listed in A& HCI, ERIH +, Latindex and THCI (Taiwanese Humanities and Social Science Journal Index), and Darío is the Co-Director of the series Estudios Hispánicos in Taiwan.
Tamkang University, Taiwan
Rachid Lamarti has a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Barcelona and is currently a professor at the Department of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Tamkang (Taiwan). His main research areas are metaforology, cognitive linguistics, sinology, literature, and poetry. He has published the poetry collections Hacia Kunlun (2013) and Poemario del agua (2017), and the book of short stories Té de toucán (2019), as well as academic articles in specialised journals of linguistics and literary criticism.
Deakin University, Australia
Alyson Miller is a Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Australia. Her critical and creative works have been appeared in both national and international publications, alongside two critical monographs, Haunted by Words: Scandalous Texts (Peter Lang, 2013) and The Unfinished Atomic Bomb: Shadows and Reflections (Roman and Littlefield, 2018), and three collections of prose poetry: Dream Animals (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), Pikadon (Mountains Brown Press, 2018), and Strange Creatures (Recent Work Press, 2019).
Odesa Mechnikov National University, Ukraine
Iryna B. Morozova is a full professor of the Chair of English Grammar, Romance-Germanic Faculty, Odesa Mechnikov National University (Doctor of Philological Sciences, Grand PhD). She defended her candidate thesis Grammatical structure and semantics of the simple sentence and its constituents (in the English dialogical speech). Later, she defended her doctoral thesis Taxonomy of the elementary communicative units in modern English. Iryna Morozova was the first in Ukraine to suggest applying the Gestalt approach to the theory of syntax by treating any linguistic phenomenon as a centred multidimensional formation which is reflected in its Gestalt properties, but is still richer than their sum total. This approach allowed penetrating into the essence of many linguistic phenomena and disclosing the inner mechanisms of their functioning in the English language.
At present, Iryna Morozova supervises a multi-year project of syntactic profiling human speech by using Gestalt approach. She does research in the following spheres: sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics; cognitive, communicative, applied linguistics; germanistics; general linguistics; theory and practice of translation; intercultural communication. She is the author of four monographs (Structural and organisational role of the English simple sentence in different functional styles and registers, 1998; Speech signals as a specific technique of optimising interpersonal communication in Odesa linguistic school: Integrative approach, 2016; Paradigmatic analysis of the elementary communicative units: Structure and semantics in the light of the Gestalt-theory in modern English, 2009), four grammar books recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for university students majoring in English (among those: The Use of Modal Verbs, 2008; The Use of the Non-Finites, 2012; The Use of Modal Verbs and Moods, 2019); altogether she has authored over 150 papers.
Iryna B. Morozova actively participates in international conferences and projects, with reports and papers presented in Ukraine and abroad (among those conferences in the UK, the USA, Belarus and the Russian Federation etc.). She also served as a reviewer for IAFOR conferences. Iryna Morozova is a member of dissertation defence boards in Ukraine and works as a reviewer and/or editorial board member for Ukrainian and international linguistic journals.
Qatar University, Qatar
Murielle El Hajj Nahas holds a PhD in French Language and Literature from the Lebanese University. She is currently Head of Production at Qatar University Press (QU Press) and Lecturer in French Language at the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. Her domain of research focuses on psychoanalysis of literature, the perspective on the unconscious in literary study, the roles of the instances involved in the analytical/critical praxis, and the relation between literature and psychoanalysis.
Her research interests include French linguistics, literature, modernism and postmodernism studies; rhetoric and stylistics; literary semiotics and semiology; analysis of written narrative structure and focalisation; discourse analysis and semantics; psychoanalytic criticism; comparative studies of literary genres; and sexuality and gender studies. She has published peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, and poems in international journals. Her recently published paper, Le texte, un fantasme littéraire (The text, a literary fantasy), is in a journal published by Elsevier.
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Saint Michael's College, Philippines
Ritzcen Ansay Durango is an academician, curriculum planner, author and research editor. She is currently the Dean of the Graduate Studies and the Vice President for Academic Affairs of Saint Michael’s College Iligan City, the Philippines. She finished her MA with an Education major in Educational Management at St. Michael’s College and her PhD in Education (majoring in Educational Leadership) at the University of Immaculate Conception Davao City.
She has presented and published research at regional, national and international conferences and has been a research editorial board member from 2008 to present. She is an associate member of the National Research Council of the Philippines and a Board member of the Philippine Association for Teacher and Educators.
Government Arts and Science College, India
Abida Farooqui is an Assistant Professor at the Government Arts and Science College, Kondotty, Kerala, India. Her PhD topic is Comic Subversion through the Trickster Figure: A Study of Selected Works of Thomas King and Tomson Highway. She undertook Minor Research Project on the topic Trickster Dynamics: A Comparison of Native Canadian and African Mythologies.
Dr Farooqui has edited an anthology of short stories and an anthology of life writings. She has presented papers at international conferences in Japan and UAE. She is supervising PhD theses on Postmillenial Riot Narratives in India, Postmillenial Holocaust and Naqba Narratives, Concept of Chastity in Postmillenial Malayalam Short Stories and Rape in Sri Lankan writing.
Telavi State University, Georgia
Ketevan Gigashvili is a Professor at the Department of Georgian Philology, Telavi State University, Georgia. She has twenty-seven years research and teaching experience. Her research area covers linguistics, sociolinguistics, literature, textual scholarship, and editorial studies. She is an author and Principal Investigator/Coordinator of several long-term scientific projects, funded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia, such as “Scholarly Edition of the 19th-20th cc. Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy”; “Vaudeville in Georgian Literature (Scholarly Edition)”; “Scholarly Edition of the Georgian Scientist-Historians’ Epistolary Legacy”; “Endangered Languages and Vital Meaning of Their Documentation (according to the Tsovatush Language)”. Ketevan Gigashvili is currently supervising a PhD theses on “Textual Scholarship and Editorial Studies”.
Jain University, India
Rajani Jairam, a rank holder throughout her academic career completed her doctoral degree on “Mahabharata – A Transcultural Study” from Bangalore University. She has 27 years experience in research and teaching and has been a recipient of various awards for her academic achievements. Having worked at various levels she is now the Professor and Chairperson of Department of Sanskrit, Jain University, and also the Dean of Student Welfare.
Dr Jairam has published 53 journal articles on varied topics ranging from literature, philosophy, morality, spirituality, ethics and higher education in reputed and indexed journals.
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr Muchugu Kiiru is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he has been teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students for over 40 years. Since the 1970s, he has been involved in extensive editorial work, and has had approximately 70 publications comprising articles, books, chapters, and reviews, as well as a travelogue. He was a newspaper columnist, writing a weekly column on culture between 1989 and 1996. He recently published a paper entitled “Towards an Appreciation of the Woman Character in Alex La Guma’s Fiction”.
Sree Ayyappa College for Women, India
R. Janatha Kumari, Assistant Professor of English, Sree Ayyappa College for Women, Chunkankadai, Tamilnadu (affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli), is an erudite scholar and has been teaching for two decades. Dr Janatha has presented papers at various national and international seminars and conferences in India and abroad and has published research articles in prestigious journals and books. She has completed a UGC minor project on South African Literature, and she is the founder, Chief Editor of The Daffodils – An International Journal of Literature, Language and Criticism. She has edited an anthology titled Perspectives on New Literatures: Postcolonial Responses and is presently serving as an Editorial Board member of Panorama Literaria, a Biannual International Journal of English.
Her areas of interest include Indian Literature, African American Literature, Subaltern Literature, Film and Media Arts, and Queer Theory (Transgenders). Dr Janatha has organised four international conferences, one national conference and served as a resource person at various seminars and conferences. She is an approved Research Guide of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. She serves as a Course Writer for the Distance Education of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi and Nethaji Subash Chandrabose Open University, Kolkatta. She was a successful recipient of best National Service Scheme programme officer for the year 2015-16 from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.
Ain Shams University, Egypt
Shaden Adel Nasser is an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Women, Ain Shams University, Egypt. She is a former Coordinator of the Academic Research Circle (ARC) in the English Department. She has published numerous research papers on different topics such as Family relationships, Immigration and identity, and Literature and Psychology. Her most recent published research paper is entitled “Conceptualizing ‘Transnational Homes’in Jhumpa Lahiri’s When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine and Mrs. Sen’s” (2019). She received her PHD in 2013 at Ain Shams University. Currently, she teaches classic and modern novels as well as contemporary short stories, translation and reading courses.
International Institute of Information Technology, India
Dr Tanutrushna Panigrahi is a Reader in English at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar, India in the Department of Humanities. She holds a PhD in English with specialisation in Modern American Fiction from Berhampur University, Odisha. She was a Doctoral Fulbright Grantee for the year 2002-3 as part of the PhD Study in the universities of Brandeis and Harvard, USA.
Her research interests include American Literature, Nineteenth Century Indian Writing, The Mahabharata Literature, English Novel and World Literature. She is a Fulbright Fellow and notably studied the unpublished work of John Cheever in the special collection libraries. She has lectured in universities in India and abroad. Her published works include “Thoreau’s Opposing Ecology: Walden for the Anthropocene”, “Politics of the Form: Nineteenth Century Indian Novel”, “Transnational as the Initiation: The Tales of the Green-Eyed Thieves of Imraan Coovadia”, and “Multiple Identities: Draupadi as an Epic Hero. Her research supervision includes Martin Amis and Black Humour, Studies of the Fiction of G.W. Sebald, Chimamanda Adichie and Nigerian Literary Writing and Odia Literary Criticism and its Evolution. She is engaged researching on “Nineteenth Century Indian Novel and The World Literature Debates”.
Imo State University, Nigeria
Veronica Uduak Onyemauwa holds a PhD in Religious Ethics from Imo State University, Nigeria. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from the West African Theological Seminary, Nigeria. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Imo State University. She is a distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration, Nigeria; a Fellow Ambassador, Centre for Deep Dialogue and Critical Thinking, Nigeria and Philadelphia, USA; a Member, Ethics and Values Ambassadors International Association (EVAIA) Editorial Board; Member, Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA); Member, Association for the Promotion of African Studies (APAS).
Veronica U. Onyemauwa is a freelance book reviewer and has reviewed several literary works, including 15 Abstracts for IAFOR and was recognised with the award of Senior Reviewer Certificate in 2018. Her academic background and research interest include: evaluation of socio-ethical issues in contemporary society; interplay between religion and society, and using ethical theories and analysis to explain socio-religious phenomena. She has attended several international and national conferences, seminars and has many publications to her credit.