Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The IAFOR Conference on Heritage – Hong Kong (Heritage–HongKong) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.


  • Professor Umberto Ansaldo
    Professor Umberto Ansaldo
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Giorgio Biancorosso
    Dr Giorgio Biancorosso
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor John Carroll
    Professor John Carroll
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu
    Professor Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Professor Donald E. Hall
    Professor Donald E. Hall
    Lehigh University, USA
  • Professor Nicole Huang
    Professor Nicole Huang
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Yeewan Koon
    Dr Yeewan Koon
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Lisa Lim
    Dr Lisa Lim
    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor Mark Pegrum
    Professor Mark Pegrum
    The University of Western Australia, Australia
Professor Umberto Ansaldo
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Umberto Ansaldo started his academic path as a student of Chinese language and literature at the University of Venice, Italy, and went on to earn a PhD in linguistics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Since then he has been conducting research on languages of East, South, and Southeast Asia with a focus on socio-historical and typological processes. He has also published and edited a number of volumes and articles on Pidgin and Creole languages, their evolution and their historiography. Between 2005 and 2010 Professor Ansaldo led a project that resulted in a comprehensive description and documentation of an endangered contact language known as Sri Lanka Malay. In 2017 he launched the journal Language Ecology with John Benjamins.

In the past two decades Professor Ansaldo has taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Hong Kong, where he now heads the School of Humanities. Besides linguistics he has taught courses on modern Asia, conflict studies, and self-defence, and his most recent interest is in higher education management and academic leadership. In July 2018 he will take up a new post as Head of the School of Literature, Arts and Media (SLAM) at the University of Sydney to focus primarily on these aspects of academia.

Outside of work, Umberto is a keen practitioner of martial arts, which he has studied for over 2 decades. He also travels as frequently as possible, occasionally trying to learn a new language, most recently Japanese.

Dr Giorgio Biancorosso
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Giorgio Biancorosso is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, The University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Situated Listening: The Sound of Absorption in Classical Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2016) and is presently working on a monograph on music and parody in Hong Kong cinema. His work on the history and theory of listening practices reflects a long-standing interest in musical aesthetics, film music, and the history of global cinema. Biancorosso studied music history and film studies at the University of Rome and King's College, London, before moving to Princeton University, where he obtained a PhD in musicology in 2001. Having taught at Northwestern University in 2000-01, in 2001-2003 he was a Mellon Fellow in Music at the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. Aside from film music, film criticism, and musical aesthetics, his interests include musical dramaturgy and the psychology of music. Biancorosso is also active in Hong Kong as a programmer and curator. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and a member of the Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Professor John Carroll
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

John M. Carroll is Professor of History and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on Hong Kong history, British imperial history, and museums and history. Raised and educated in Hong Kong, he received his BA from Oberlin College, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his PhD from Harvard University. He has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the College of William and Mary, and Saint Louis University. Carroll is the author of Edge of Empires: Chinese Elites and British Colonials in Hong Kong (Harvard University Press, 2005) and A Concise History of Hong Kong (Rowman & Littlefield/Hong Kong University Press, 2007), and co-editor (with Chi-kwan Mark) of Critical Readings on the Modern History of Hong Kong (Brill, 2015) and (with Priscilla Roberts) Hong Kong and the Cold War (Hong Kong University Press, 2017). He has published articles in Modern Asian Studies, Twentieth-Century China, Chinese Historical Review, and China Information. His research interests include the history of Hong Kong and encounters between China and the West. He is currently completing two books on the British in China during the Canton trade period and has recently begun a new research project on tourism in Hong Kong from the late 1940s to 1997.

Professor Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu is Professor and Director of Hong Kong Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on postcolonialism, globalisation and Hong Kong culture. He has published more than 20 books, including Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013), Hong Kong Cantopop: A Concise History (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2017), edited volume Hong Kong Culture and Society in the New Millennium: Hong Kong as Method (Singapore: Springer, 2017) and Found in Transition: Hong Kong Studies in the Age of China (Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming in 2018). He is also the chief editor of two Chinese-language book series on Hong Kong published by Chung Hwa Book Co.: “Cultural Hong Kong” and “Hong Kong Popular Lyricists.”

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Professor Donald E. Hall
Lehigh University, USA

Biography

Donald E. Hall is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA. He has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for 13 years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004–05, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.

His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Professor Donald E. Hall is a Vice-President of IAFOR. He is Chair of the Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture division of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly.
Professor Nicole Huang
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Professor Nicole Huang received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 17 years before joining the University of Hong Kong recently. Her early work focused on literary and visual manifestations of human agencies through extraordinary times, including a monograph titled Women, War, Domesticity: Shanghai Literature and Popular Culture of the 1940s (Leiden, 2005) and an edited volume titled Written on Water: A Collection of Essays by Eileen Chang (New York, 2005). Her recent work engages visual and auditory culture of contemporary China, with a forthcoming book called Late Mao Soundscapes: Auditory Culture and Daily Practice of 1970s China. Her current research projects include a book-length study of the social use of photographic portraiture in Mao-era China and a monograph that highlights the “transnational” as it informs a body of Chinese language narratives across a century of violence, upheavals, and massive exodus. At the University of Hong Kong, Professor Huang will be teaching a range of courses in literature, film, media culture, and critical theory.

Dr Yeewan Koon
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Dr Koon teaches Chinese and Japanese art history. She was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before taking up her position at the University of Hong Kong. Her primary research area is Ming and Qing paintings with an interest in modern and contemporary art in Hong Kong. Her book, A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in Guangdong (2013) traces the connections between art worlds and artists in the early 19th century and how an unusual painter responded to the political shifts of a place besieged by war and violence. She is the recipient of several research awards including a RGC grant (2014) for her new book project on the “self-knowing copy” in Chinese art, and a Henry Luce/ACLS fellowship in China Studies Collaborative Reading Workshop (2015).

Dr Lisa Lim
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Lisa Lim is Associate Professor and Head of the School of English at The University of Hong Kong, having worked previously at the National University of Singapore and the University of Amsterdam. Her current research interests centre around New Englishes, especially postcolonial Asian varieties in multilingual ecologies, such as Singapore and Hong Kong; issues of language shift, endangerment, revitalisation, and post-vernacular linguistic and cultural vitality in minority and endangered language communities, such as the Peranakans in Singapore and the Malays of Sri Lanka; and the sociolinguistics of globalisation, with interests in mobility, urban multiculturalism, computer-mediated communication, and their impact on language contact. Recent publications include Languages in Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2016, co-authored with Umberto Ansaldo), and The Multilingual Citizen (Multilingual Matters, 2018, co-edited). She is founding co-editor (with Umberto Ansaldo) of the journal Language Ecology, and serves on several editorial boards, including Language, Culture and Curriculum, and the Mouton book series ‘Dialects of English’. Passionately committed to knowledge transfer, she developed the online resource LinguisticMinorities.hk, for which she won the HKU Faculty of Arts’ Knowledge Exchange Award 2014, and she is the ‘Language Matters’ columnist for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post’s Sunday Post Magazine (see www.scmp.com/author/lisa-lim). While in her younger days she engaged in dance and yoga and never in martial arts, she is putting into practice her belief in lifelong learning and new challenges, and has recently become addicted to Muay Thai. In January 2019, she will be Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Professor Mark Pegrum
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Biography

Mark Pegrum is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia, where he specialises in mobile learning and, more broadly, e-learning. His current research focuses on mobile technologies and digital literacies. His recent books include: Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet (co-edited with Joe Lockard; Peter Lang, 2007); From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education (UWA Publishing, 2009); Digital Literacies (co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly; Pearson/Routledge, 2013); and Mobile Learning: Languages, Literacies and Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, a member of the Editorial Boards of Language Learning & Technology and System, and a member of the Review Panel of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. He teaches in Perth, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly.