Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Hing Chao
    Hing Chao
    International Guoshu Association
  • Professor Donald E. Hall
    Professor Donald E. Hall
    Lehigh University, USA
  • Dr Kanta Kochhar
    Dr Kanta Kochhar
    Folded Paper Dance and Theatre Limited, Hong Kong/USA
  • Professor Mark Pegrum
    Professor Mark Pegrum
    The University of Western Australia, Australia
Hing Chao
International Guoshu Association

Biography

Hing Chao is the executive director of International Guoshu Association, a leading independent research organization for Chinese martial studies. Since 2008 he has been the driving force in the research, documentation, and promotion of traditional Chinese martial arts in Hong Kong. He was the executive editor of the Journal of Chinese Martial Studies (JOCMS) from 2009 to 2012, and has been its deputy editor since it became a Chinese language publication in 2015. He co-founded the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive with Sarah Kenderdine in 2013, which has since spawned three major kung fu exhibitions – 300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu: Digital Vision of Its Legacy and Future (2016), Kung Fu Motion (2017), and Lingnan Hung Kuen Across the Century: Kung Fu Narratives in Hong Kong Cinema and Community (2017), which he produced and co-curated.

Hing Chao is the author of several martial art books including《香港武林》(Hong Kong Martial Arts Community, 2014) and, together with his teacher Lam Chun Fai, authored Hung Kuen Fundamentals: Gung Gee Fok Fu Kuen (2013) and Hung Kuen Training: Chin Cheung and Fok Fu Kuen Deui Chak (2014). His most recent work on Chinese martial arts is 300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu (2016), which he co-edited with Jeffrey Shaw and Kenderdine.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Presentation information will be added here shortly.
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.
Dr Kanta Kochhar
Folded Paper Dance and Theatre Limited, Hong Kong/USA

Biography

Kanta Kochha, an Indian American dance artist and scholar with a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, is a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar (2017-2018). Her project, Traveling Exchanges: Theatres, Architectures, and Heritage examines models of performing heritage in South India.

As the Founding Artistic Director of Folded Paper Dance and Theatre Limited (Hong Kong/Seattle), she focuses her collaborative endeavours on building cross-cultural networks and new forms of dance laboratories. Recent projects include Traveling Architectures (Design Trust, 2017, Hong Kong), Water in Kerala: Art, Performance, Science (2015, Kochi and Kollam, India), and Pier Windows (2014, Hong Kong). She is the author of two books and many articles; a former editor of Theatre Topics; and has taught a range of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies courses at the University of Washington–Bothell, Macalester College, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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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.