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Monday 15 September, 2014
Comparison of F0 Profiles in Hong Kong Cantonese
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Lian-Hee Wee’s research has focused mostly on phonological patterns found in Singapore and Hong Kong Englishes, particularly on their tonal properties. Before working on Englishes, Wee’s research touched upon tone sandhi patterns of Chinese languages such as Tianjin, Beijing, Hakka and Min where he argued that opaque/transparent phonological alternations stem from imperfect correspondence of information across tiers in the prosodic organization of tones. His curiosity in tone also led his explorations to issues on the relationship between linguistic tones and their manifestation in songs. When not doing phonology, Wee dabbles with comedy, music, art and all other areas where he is hopelessly comical.
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Monday 22 September, 2014
Oscar Wilde and Nietzsche’s Superman:
An Enquiry into Ethics

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Colin Cavendish-Jones is an Assistant Professor of literature at the City University of Hong Kong. After studying Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford and practicing as an international lawyer in London and Dubai, he worked as a teacher, journalist, freelance writer and theatre director in various countries before concluding that he was unemployable outside academia and returning to the United Kingdom to complete a PhD at the University of St. Andrews, on Art as a counterforce to Nihilism in the works of Oscar Wilde. His research interests include the Victorian religious unsettlement, the Aesthetic Movement, and the reception of Greek and Latin literature in nineteenth-century Europe.

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Thursday 9 October, 2014 | RRS628
Sex in the Age of Fordism
Co-organised by the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing & the Department of English Language and Literature

Benjamin Kahan

Benjamin Kahan is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has also held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke University Press, 2013). This book charts a history and theory of celibacy. His articles have appeared in or are forthcoming in GLQ, Arizona Quarterly, African American Review, Criticism, and A Handbook of Modernism Studies.​

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Monday 20 October, 2014
Critiquing Global Post-secular Scholarly Trends:
A Sri Lankan Perspective

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Harshana Rambukwella is a Senior Lecturer at the Postgraduate Institute of English, The Open University of Sri Lanka and Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of English, University of Hong Kong. He is also the General Editor of the Hong Kong English Literature Database. He has published in a number of academic journals including The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, boundary 2 (forthcoming), The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, The Literary Encyclopedia, the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction and the Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. Rambukwella is a trustee of the Gratiaen Trust which awards the annual Gratiaen Prize, instituted by Michael Ondaatjee, for the best work of English writing in Sri Lanka, and he also serves on the judging panel of the Swarnapusthaka Awards, widely recognized as Sri Lanka’s most prestigious literary prize for vernacular (Sinhala language) fiction. His primary research interests are in postcolonial literatures and theory, representations of nationalism in the South Asian context and the role of historical narratives and historiography in community identity.

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Monday 27 October, 2014
Pragmatics and Literature

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Jacob L. Mey (born 1926) is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Southern Denmark. Previous appointments include Copenhagen University, the University of Oslo, Charles University, Prague, the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, USA, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki, Japan, the Japan National Language Research Institute, Tokyo, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, Södertörn University College, Stockholm, University of Warwick, UK, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., USA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., USA, State University of Campinas, S.P., Brazil, National University of Brasília, D.F., University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil, University of Rio de Janeiro, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, University of Haifa and Haifa Technion, Israel, Shanghai International Studies University, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, the Gulf University of Science and Technology, Kuwait, University of Lódz, Poland, as well as numerous other institutions of research and higher learning.

Jacob L. Mey’s research interests concern all areas of pragmatics, with an emphasis on the social aspects of language use, the pragmatic impact of computer technologies, and the pragmatic use of literary devices. Among his recent publications in these areas are: Pragmatics: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993; 2d ed. 2001); When Voices Clash: A Study in Literary Pragmatics (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2001); As Vozes da Sociedade (‘The Voices of Society’), Campinas, S.P., Brazil: Mercado de Letras, 2004); Cognition and Technology (with Barbara Gorayska; Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2004); Intention, Common Ground and the Egocentric Speaker-Hearer (with Istvan Kecskes; Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008).

Jacob L. Mey has contributed to various encyclopedic works in the areas of Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics; his latest efforts here are represented by the chapter on ‘Societal Pragmatics’ in the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Carol A. Chapelle, ed., 2012 at Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford) and that on ‘Pragmatics and Literature’, in Foundations of Pragmatics, (Neal R. Norrick and Wolfram Bublitz, eds., 2012, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 511-536); see also the entries ‘A Brief Sketch of the Historic Development of Pragmatics’ (chapter 26 in Keith Allan, ed., 2012, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics, Oxford University Press, pp. 587-611) and ‘The Sociological Bases of Pragmatics’, a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics (Yan Huang, ed., Oxford University Press; to appear, 2014).

Jacob L. Mey has been the Section Editor for Pragmatics of the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Oxford: Elsevier, 1994; second ed., 2006); he also independently edited the 1200-page Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (Oxford: Elsevier, 1998; 2d ed. 2009). In addition to his own work, he has been a frequent reviewer for various scientific journals (one of his latest review articles was entitled ‘A Winter of Content’, and contained an in-depth discussion of the Belgian cognitive scientist Dirk Geeraerts’ most recent work: Theories of Lexical Semantics (Oxford University Press, 2009); the review appeared in RASK: International Journal of Language and Communication, 34:107-138 (University Press of Southern Denmark, 2011). His review article of The Handbook of Language Socialization (Alessandro Duranti, Elinor Ochs & Bambi B. Schieffelin, eds; Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 2012) will appear as a chapter entitled ‘Twenty-seven views (plus one) of language socialization’ in the volume Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and society (eds. Alessandro Capone & Jacob L. Mey), which will come out in March 2015 (Springer Verlag, Berlin & Cham).

In 1977, Jacob Mey founded (together with Hartmut Haberland) the Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier, Oxford), of which he was Editor-in-Chief for 33 years, until 2010, when he founded (together with Hartmut Haberland and Kerstin Fischer) the journal Pragmatics and Society (Benjamins, Amsterdam), which is now about to deliver its sixth volume (expanded now to 640 yearly pages in 4 issues, the first of which will appear in the Spring of 2015). In 2013, the journal was granted regular reviewed journal status in JCR, Reuter-Thomson’s Journal of Citation Reports (which carries the privilege of being accorded an ‘impact factor’).

Jacob L. Mey holds honorary Dr. Phil. degrees from the Universities of Zaragoza, Spain (1993) and Bucharest, Romania (2006). In 2008, he was presented with a Life Time Award from the University of Southern Denmark for his work in pragmatics. At the 11th International Pragmatics Conference in Melbourne, Australia, 2009, he was presented with a Festschrift (Language in Life, And a Life in Language, Bruce Fraser & Ken Turner, eds.; Emerald Publishing Group, Bingley, UK, 2009). Earlier, he had been honored with Festschrifts on the occasions of his 60th and 70th birthdays, respectively Pragmatics and Linguistics, Jørgen Dines Johansen & Harly Sonne†, with Hartmut Haberland, eds.; Odense University Press, 1986; and Pragmatics: The Loaded Weapon, Flemming Andersen, Leo Hoye and Johannes Wagner, eds.; Elsevier, Oxford, 1999. For the Fall term of 2014, Jacob L. Mey holds a University Fellowship, granted by Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Jacob L. Mey has been married to the anthropologist Inger Mey, Ph.D. (University of Texas, Austin, 2012) for more than 49 years; they have five children and nine grandchildren, spread out over three countries on two continents. He is a member of LSA, the Linguistic Society of America, and the International Pragmatics Association, IPrA, as well as of AMPRA, the Pragmatics Association of the Americas. Email: inmey@utexas.edu

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Wednesday 29 October, 2014 | 1:30 p.m.
Equilateral and Other Fictional Geometries

Ken Kalfus

Ken Kalfus is the author of three novels, Equilateral (2013), The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003) and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and has appeared in several foreign editions, including French and Italian translations. He has also published two collections of stories, Thirst (1998) and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies (1999), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Kalfus has received a Pew Fellowships in the Arts award and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He’s written for Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. A film adaptation of his short story, Pu-239, aired on HBO in 2007. Kirkus Reviews called Kalfus’s 2013 novel, Equilateral, “mesmerizing.” NPR calls it “a compact and deeply satisfying work of fiction.” The New York Times says of Kalfus that “few American novelists get as many rewards from their investment in ideas.” His new book, Coup de Foudre: A Novella and Stories, will be published in May 2015.

Ken Kalfus was born in New York and has lived in Paris, Dublin, Belgrade and Moscow. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife Inga Saffron, a participant in this year’s Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop at the School of Communications.

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Monday 3 November, 2014
The Work Reworked:
Formal Variations in Erasure Poetry

Collier Nogues

Collier Nogues’s first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published by Four Way Books in 2011. She has received fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Oregon’s Fishtrap, Inc. Her erasures and redactions can be found in the online journals At Length, Matter and Mead, and other recent poems have appeared in The Literary Review, The Cincinnati Review, and as the American Academy of Poets’ Poem-A-Dayfeature. She lives in Hong Kong..
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Monday 17 November, 2014
Notes Toward Notes Toward Notes Toward Is there a Text in this Encyclopedia?
Ekphrasis in House of Leaves; or Excursus in House of Leaves;
or “A quarter of an inch”; or “Don’t worry I’m just stuffing shadows”; or “A goddamn spatial rape”; or “This is not for you.”

Jason Polley

Jason S Polley is Associate Professor of contemporary literature and culture at Hong Kong Baptist University. He completed his PhD at McGill University, Montreal, in 2007. His research interests include Irish fiction, postmodern literature, comix and graphic novels, post-structuralism, and contemporary Indian fiction. He has published articles on women and property in John Banville, the Jonathan Franzen and Oprah Winfrey debacle, slum ideology in District 9, media machination in Watchmen, and critical race theory in The Greenlanders. His scholarly monograph is titled Jane Smiley, Jonathan Franzen, Don DeLillo: Narratives of Everyday Justice. He has two creative nonfiction books: a short-story collection, Refrain, and a literary journalism novel, Cemetery Miss You.

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