Plenary Speakers

Prof. Jungsun Kim, Ph.D. 

"Three Paradigms of Contemporary Korean Revenge Films: Possibility of Getting Even"

Jungsun Kim is a research professor at Im Kwon Taek Film Archive and Research Center of Dongseo University in Busan, Korea. Her academic interest lies on examining the way contemporary Korean films interact with social and cultural conditions of the time and finding out how outcomes of academic research can contribute to the reality. Her studies used to focus on analyzing symptomatic trends of recent Korean films by introducing Lacanian psychoanalytic theories and recently tries to widen her views by adopting different theories from cultural anthropology and sociology. 

Manneke Budiman, Ph.D.

"Millenials, Net Culture, and Literacy Crisis"

Manneke Budiman teaches literature and cultural studies in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. He was trained in English Literature, Comparative Literature, and Asian Studies. His publications, among others, are Words in Motion: Language and Discourse in Post-New Order Indonesia (Singapore: NUS Press, 2012), co-edited with Keith Foulcher and Mikihiro Moriyama; Reimagining the Archipelago: The nation in post-Suharto Indonesian women fiction (Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013); "Emerging Women Writers in the Reformasi period", a chapter in Yvonne Michalik & Melani Budianta (eds), Indonesian Women Writers (Berlin: Regiospectra Verlag, 2015); Cultural Dynamics in a Globalized World (London & New York: Taylor and Frances, 2017), co-edited with Melani Budianta, Abidin Kusno, and Mikihiro Moriyama. He currently serves as Member of the Editorial Board of Wacana, Journal of Humanities in Indonesia, and Asian Women.   

Prof. Shameem Rafik-Galea, Ph.D.

"Creativity, Critical Thinking, & the Language of Thinking in the ELT Classroom"

Shameem Rafik-Galea is presently a Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was previously a Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has been in the field of English language teaching for more than 30 years.  Her research interests are in Language and Communication, Discourse studies, Thinking Skills, Materials Design and Development, and English for Specific purposes including health communication.

Peter Araman

"K-12 Education Version 2 – The Future School"

Peter Araman, started out his career in Business mostly in North America for 10 years. It was during this period that he observed first hand how the world was changing and how the skill sets of recent graduates were not able to cope successfully with these new developments. Mr Araman left the workforce and completed his post graduate studies in Education at Queensland University of Technology and entered the world of education first as a teacher then most recently in China for 5 years, followed by 5 years in his current posting as Principal of SNA International School.

Prof. Jayakaran Mukundan, Ph.D. (cancelled) 

"Is There a Formula for Producing Good Language Teachers?"

Jayakaran Mukundan is Professor at Centre for Advancement of Language Competencies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has won several Gold Medals for research, the big ones being at the British Invention Show, London and at IENA, Nuremberg, Germany. He has also won many teaching awards, the biggest being the 2013 National Award for Academic Excellence which was awarded by the Prime Minister. Jaya has published more than 100 articles, and secured some software copyrights. He is  also one of the founding members of the C Group. He himself writes and publishes stories and poems during sessions but more importantly helps train teachers who will be future writers. Jaya has always been active in community service and constantly helps develop future curriculums for Malaysian schools.


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