Keynote Speakers

1. Prof. Dr. Ted Morrissey

Biographical note

            Ted Morrissey, Ph.D in English studies from Illinois State University, is the author of two works of scholarship and seven works of fiction. His most recent scholarly book is Trauma Theory As a Method for Understanding Literary Texts: The Psychological Basis for Postmodern Hermeneutics (Edwin Mellen, 2016). His monograph The ‘Beowulf’ Poet and His Real Monsters: A Trauma-Theory Reading of the Anglo-Saxon Poem (Mellen, 2013) won the press’s D. Simon Evans Prize for Distinguished Scholarship. He has presented eighteen critical papers at professional conferences, the majority of which have been on his primary scholarly interest: the work of American postmodernist William H. Gass. However, his main writing interest is fiction. His seventh work of fiction, the novel Mrs Saville, is forthcoming in 2018. His novella Weeping with an Ancient God was a Chicago Book Review Best Book of 2015, and his stories and novel excerpts have appeared in more than fifty publications. In addition to teaching high school English, he has been an adjunct lecturer in English at University of Illinois and Benedictine University, Springfield campuses, and he currently teaches in Lindenwood University’s MFA in Writing Program (online). He and his wife Melissa, an educator and children’s author, have five adult children and two rescue dogs. Ted is the founding publisher of Twelve Winters Press, modeling it after Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press.


Locating Our Common Humanity through Expressive Writing

            It is a long-held opinion in literary studies that certain narrative archetypes sprang from human consciousness regardless of geographic location—or even ideologic perspective. Thus, we have uncannily similar stories emerging from diverse cultures that are so ancient no one can name their specific source. For instance, we have the story of the woebegone sailor who is trapped inside the lair of a man-eating giant, but thanks to the sailor’s courage and resourcefulness he and his men are able to blind the giant and escape his lair amid the giant’s grazing flock. Is this the story of Odysseus, or Sinbad, or the Man with no legs? The answer depends on whether the auditor hails from a Greek, Persian, or Korean literary tradition. Countless studies have shown that reading literature, and perhaps especially the literature of other cultures, fosters empathy for others. I would like to suggest that while reading is useful in fostering empathy among diverse peoples, writing is even more so. For in spite of our particular political affiliation, religion, economic status, gender, or sexual orientation, all humans have the same core experiences and emotional responses to those experiences: love, loss, frustration, elation, hope, despair, alienation, acceptance. Not all modes of writing are equally effective when it comes to tapping into these universal emotional experiences, however. Analytical writing may help us to understand these feelings at the intellectual level, but it is expressive writing—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, etc.—that allows us to access these feelings at a truly empathic level. That is to say, a key to breaking down cultural barriers is having people, especially young people, write about their common human experiences through expressive (i.e. creative), rather than analytical, modes.


2. Prof. Dr. Yazid Basthomi

Biographical note

Yazid Basthomi holds an M.A. (Applied Linguistics) from Curtin University and Dr. (ELT) from Universitas Negeri Malang. Currently, he is a Convener of RoLing (Research Group on Linguistics), Department of English, Universitas Negeri Malang, working on the building and analysis of C-SMILE—Corpus of State University of Malang Indonesian Learners' English, CINTA—Corpus of Indonesian Texts in Academia, and UM SpEAKs—Universitas Negeri Malang Spoken English in Academic Kontexts.


Dialogic Construction of Blissfulness and Pedagogic Question of Properness:

Swearing while Gaming

Abstract: Despite the relatively large amount of research around the use of swearwords, it seems to have overlooked two important issues: the fact that the use of swearwords in online gaming in computer-mediated communications tends have to do with happiness-seeking and the fact that the gamers tend to be those of school-age to which pedagogic question of properness is crucial. This situation raises a question as to what extent we may harmonize the happiness and properness of the use of swearwords, for these two are not necessarily in accord. This paper presents some views around the question by focusing on the notion of the creation of happiness as gamers are engaged in online gaming and the pedagogic consideration around the use of swearwords as gamers are playing.

Key words: swearword, dialogue, corpus, online game, pedagogy.


3. Prof. Dr. J. Prabhakara Rao

              Professor of Linguistics

              Director, E-Learning Centre

Head, Centre for Study of Foreign Languages
Faculty Coordinator, India-EU E-QUAL Project
School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad, INDIA. 

ASEAN and India Academic Collaboration: Prospects and challenges

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