Speakers

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Dennis Haskell

DENNIS HASKELL is the author of 8 collections of poetry, the most recent Ahead of Us (Fremantle Press, 2016) and What Are You Doing Here? (University of The Philippines Press, 2015) plus 14 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. He is the recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the A A Phillips Prize for a distinguished contribution to Australian literature (from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature), and of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Western Australia. In 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “services to literature, particularly poetry, to education and to intercultural understanding”. He is currently Chair of the Board of writingWA. His website is dennishaskell.com.au

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Hsu-Ming Teo

Hsu-Ming Teo is a literary novelist and cultural historian based in the English Department at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her first novel Love and Vertigo (2000) won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was shortlisted for several other awards. It has been translated into Chinese, Thai, German and Italian. Her second novel Behind the Moon (2005) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She is working on her third novel. Her academic publications include Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels (2012) and Cultural History in Australia (2003), as well as a wide range of articles on the history of travel, Orientalism, imperialism, fiction, and popular culture. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and an editorial board member of the Journal of Australian Studies, the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. She is currently working on an edited project on the popular culture of romantic love in Australia, co-editing the Ashgate Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, and writing a monograph on history and the romance novel.

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Phillip Holden

Philip Holden is Professor of English at the National University of Singapore. He researches in two major areas of literary studies. His work in auto/biography studies includes the book Autobiography and Decolonization: Modernity, Masculinity and the Nation-State, and a number of scholarly articles in major scholarly journals such as biography, Life Writing, a/b: Auto/biography Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. He has also published widely on Singapore and Southeast Asian literatures, is the co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English, and one of the editors of Writing Singapore, the most comprehensive historical anthology of Singapore literature in English. His short story collection Heaven Has Eyes was recently published by Epigram Books.

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Francis Tanglao-Aguas

Francis Tanglao-Aguas is a Professor of Theatre and Asian Pacific Islander American Studies at William and Mary, US. He is the author of “When the Purple Settles,” winner of the 2002 Don Carlos Palanca Award in Literature, the Philippines most prestigious literary prize. His other plays include “Abuja Woman” (Audrey Skirball Kenis Playwriting Award), “Where the Carabao Sleeps” (A.S.K. Theater Projects Award), and “Ramayana La’ar” (Virginia Gazette’s Best Play of 2007). He is the founding Artistic Director of IPAX, International Performance Arts eXchange, an arts community with a view to a more diverse creative landscape. Professor Aguas’ scholarship is published in “Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life” edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau (Lexington, 2014) and Encyclopedia of Asian American Foklore and Folklife, Volume 3 (ABC-CLIO, 2010). In 2016, Routledge published his piece on Filipino comfort women of World War II in “Monologues for Actors of Color,” edited by Roberta Uno.

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Carlotta Ladyizumi Abrams

Carlotta Ladyizumi Abrams has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, an MFA from Arizona State and a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has traveled to over seventy countries. She is an international speaker and writer who is the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Estrella College in Arizona.

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Sri Habsari Kusomo

Dr. Sri Habsari Kusomo graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies, from Flinders University of South Australia. She is an academic staff in English Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta Indonesia since 1995. She has conducted various researches on TV serials, TV cook shows, children literature, folktales, high literature and short stories and some gender issues such as maternal mortality. She has published in Scopus, Thomson and Reuters, and Copernicus indexed journals in addition to national accredited journal and international proceedings. Some of her works are, Fighting Bodies: “The Construction of The Female Body in an Indonesian Television Serial”, Masculine Domination and Power In Indonesian TV Cook Show and Intersection between tradition and Islam: Female viewers’ perspective of ideal masculinity on watching sinetron.

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Lily Rose Tope

Lily Rose Tope is  professor and current department head at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines.  She has a PhD from the National University of Singapore.  She is author of (Un)Framing Southeast Asia: Nationalism and the Post Colonial Text in English in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines as well as  several articles on Southeast Asian literature in English, Philippine Chinese literature in English, and ethnicity in Southeast Asian literature.

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Isabela Banzon

Isabela Banzon is professor and head of the Creative Writing program at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She was an Associate for Poetry at its Institute of Creative Writing. She coedited An Anthology of English Writing from Southeast Asia published in Singapore in 2012. Her latest poetry collection Maybe Something received the Philippine National Book Award for Best Book of Poetry in English and the Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Award for Literature in English, both in 2016.

 

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Munira T

Dr. Munira T is Associate Professor in English at Aligarh Muslim University, India. She has research projects in the areas of Multiculturalism, American fiction and Translation Studies. She has participated in various national and international conferences and conducted workshops on Communication Skills, Personality Development and Soft Skills development.

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Sami Rafiq
Professor Sami Rafiq teaches English at Aligarh Muslim University. She is a writer, translator and poet. She has published and  translated the poetry of Asrarul Haq Majaz and Firaq Gorakhpuri into English besides many others. Her first published novel The Small Town Woman is online and her second novel Adiva will be published soon. She is also the Founding Editor and Chief Editor of Cloverleaf a journal of SHEN a non-profit based organisation in Canada.
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Mohammad Makram
Mohammad Makram Omar Mohd Balawi obtained his PhD from International Islamic University of Malaysia and had previously studied for his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Nagpur University, India. His research interests are in Asian Studies, Post-colonial, English, Islamic and Comparative Literatures. He had previously worked as a NGO worker for Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan and was the Executive Manager of Scientific Political Science Centre in Amman, Jordan. He has also written a number of storybooks for children.
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