Autumn 2013

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[September 2013]

  • SRINIVAS Sampath KumarSRINIVAS Sampath Kumar (Monday 16 September) – ‘Nonuniform Lengthening Processes in Adhilabad Gondi’ .

    SRINIVAS Sampath Kumar has a B.A in English Literature from Loyola College (Chennai, India) and an M.A in Linguistics from The English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad, India). Following his Masters, he worked as a Discourse Analyst at H5 Asia Pacific Private Limited (Mumbai, India). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at the Hong Kong Baptist University, focusing on theoretical phonology. Srinivas’ research interests include examining the role of prosody in poetry, alternative models of syllable structure and the phonology of Indo-Dravidian languages.
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  • Hans LADEGAARDHans J. Ladegaard (Monday 23 September) – ‘The Language of Tears: Crying as Communication in Domestic Helper Narratives’ .

    Hans J. Ladegaard studied at Odense University, Denmark and Cambridge University, England. Prior to his present post as Professor and Head of the English Department at Hong Kong Baptist University, he taught at universities in Denmark and the U.K. His research interests include language attitudes and stereotypes, intercultural and intergroup communication, language and gender, and discourse analysis, and he has published widely on these issues in international journals and books. He is co-editor and review editor of Pragmatics and Society (John Benjamins).

[October 2013]

  • kerrDouglas Kerr (Monday 21 October) – ‘Conrad and the Comic Turn’

    Douglas Kerr is Professor of English at Hong Kong University, where he has worked since 1979. His book Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practice, a cultural biography and critical study of the writings, was published by Oxford University Press this year. Other publications include Wilfred Owen’s Voices (Clarendon Press, 1993), George Orwell (Writers and their Works series, 2003) and Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). He co-edited A Century of Travels in China (Hong Kong University Press, 2007) and three volumes of Critical Zone: A Forum for Chinese and Western Knowledge.
  • peterPeter Swirski (Monday 28 October) – ‘Master Blaster, or How I Rewrote a Literary Classic’

    Peter Swirski is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Honorary Professor in American Studies in China. His research ranges from American Literature and American Studies to interdisciplinary studies in literature and science. He is also the world’s leading scholar on the legendary Polish writer and philosopher Stanislaw Lem and the author of almost a hundred professional articles and thirteen books, including the staple of popular culture studies, From Lowbrow to Nobrow (2005), and the National Book Award-nominated Ars Americana, Ars Politica (2010). His work has been praised from The Guardian to the Financial Times and he has been featured on American, European, Russian, and Hong Kong TV, as well as on the BBC World Service in front of worldwide audiences of 200 million listeners.

[November 2013]

  •  Agnes Lam (Monday 4 November) – ‘From Learners to Poets: The Asian English Experience’ agneslam

    Agnes Lam completed her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and taught at the University of Hong Kong until 2012 when she retired as Professor. Representative works include: Woman to woman and other poems (1997), Water wood pure splendour (2001) and A pond in the sky: Selected and new poems (in press). Some of her works have been translated into German, Italian and other languages. In 2008, she was awarded the Nosside International Poetry Prize (Special Mention) and was made Honorary Fellow in Writing by the University of Iowa. In 2009, she received a Commendation Certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in international arts and cultural activities. Her research on Asian poetry in English funded by the Research Grants Council took her to several Asian cities from Macao to Delhi.
  • SusanSusan Schick Case (Monday 11 November) – Brain Biology and Persistence of Organizational Gendered Discourse: A Biopsychosocial Perspective’

    Susan Schick Case, Ph. D., Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Social Justice, researches gender communication and influence, women’s career development over the life span, and diversity, focusing on valuing differences among people and designing systems for inclusion. Her newest research examines brain biology and persistence of gendered discourse in the workplace and women’s postdoctoral experience in bench sciences. A professor of undergraduate, MBA, and Ph. D. students, consultant, executive coach, and expert witness, her work enhances human flourishing in organizations. 0 0

  • jadeJade Liu Yuwei (Monday 18 November) – ‘Mental Activities Exhibited in Connective Manipulation in the Process of L2 English Writing’

    Jade Liu Yuwei is currently doing a PhD in the Department of English Language & Literature at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her academic interest lies in understanding how writers process information in second-language composition. This interest has led to her current PhD research—the investigation of the usage of connectors in English texts produced by English language learners.

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