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.


  • Dr Eun Kyung Min
    Dr Eun Kyung Min
    Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Professor Li Ou
    Professor Li Ou
    Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Yutaka Mino
    Dr Yutaka Mino
    Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  • Dr Shoso Shimbo
    Dr Shoso Shimbo
    RMIT University, Australia
  • Professor Georges Depeyrot
    Professor Georges Depeyrot
    French National Center for Scientific Research, France
  • Professor Steve Clark
    Professor Steve Clark
    University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Professor Myles Chilton
    Professor Myles Chilton
    Nihon University, Japan
  • Dr Ashley Squires
    Dr Ashley Squires
    New Economic School, Russia
  • Professor John W P Phillips
    Professor John W P Phillips
    National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr Michael O’Sullivan
    Dr Michael O’Sullivan
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Dr Yukari Yoshihara
    Dr Yukari Yoshihara
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Professor Hiromi Ochi
    Professor Hiromi Ochi
    Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • Dr Hajime Saito
    Dr Hajime Saito
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Dr Jiyoung Kim
    Dr Jiyoung Kim
    Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ACAH conferences via the links below.

Dr Eun Kyung Min
Seoul National University, South Korea

Biography

Dr Eun Kyung Min is Professor of English at Seoul National University where she has taught since 1998. A specialist in eighteenth-century British literature, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. Her research interests include Enlightenment ethics and aesthetics, the history of literary canon formation, and early modern cultural history; she is also interested in Asian literature in English, Asian American Literature, and Asian cultural production in general. Her book China and the Writing of English Literary Modernity, 1690-1770 is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (April 2018). Dr Min has published articles on eighteenth-century British literature in such journals as The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, Essays and Studies, and ELH (English Literary History). Her work on Adam Smith appears in The Adam Smith Review as well as a book collection entitled The Question of the Gift: Essays across Disciplines (Routledge 2002). She has also published essays on Korean and Korean American literature in the journal Social Text and two book collections, Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color (University of Illinois Press 1998) and The Politics of English (John Benjamins 2013).

Keynote Presentation (2018) | “The Prospect ... towards the East”: Reorienting Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Professor Li Ou
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Li Ou is Associate Professor at Department of English, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the author of Keats and Negative Capability (London: Continuum, 2009), ‘Keats, Sextus Empiricus, and Medicine’ (Romanticism 22:2 (2016), 167-76), and ‘Keats’s Afterlife in Twentieth-Century China’ (English Romanticism in East Asia: A Romantic Circles PRAXIS Volume, ed. Suh-Reen Han). Her research interests include Romantic poetry and cultural/literary relations between China and Britain.

Keynote Presentation | British Romanticism in China: Received, Revised, and Resurrected
Dr Yutaka Mino
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

Biography

Yutaka Mino was born in Kanazawa, Japan, in 1941, and has received his PhD in Art History at Harvard University in 1977. He was appointed as the associate curator in charge of Asiatic Department at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1976, the curator of the Oriental Art Department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1977, and the curator of the Asian Department at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. After Returning to Japan, he was appointed as the director of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art in 1996, and as the founding director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in 2004. In 2007, he assumed the Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s North America, the Chief Executive Director, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and the Honorary Director, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. In April 2010, he was appointed as the director of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, in 2012, the director of Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art, in 2013, the Honorary Director, Abeno Harukas Museum of Art. Yutaka Mino has organized many exhibitions, and also published individual books and catalogs such as Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D. in 1980 and Hakuji (White Ware), vol.5 in the Chugoku Togi (Chinese Ceramics) series in 1998.

Featured Presentation (2018) | The Ceramic Road

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2017) | Art and Narrative in the Public Sphere
Dr Shoso Shimbo
RMIT University, Australia

Biography

Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has 30 years experience in Ikebana. Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His works were selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art (Stichting Kunstboek) in 2014/2015 & 2016/2017 editions.

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the nation’s major contemporary art exhibitions. His recent commissions includes a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River project as a part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer. He is a directer of International Society of Ikebana Studies and he teaches “Japanese Aesthetics: From Ikebana to Contemporary Art” at RMIT University Short Courses.

Featured Presentation | Ikebana Workshop
Professor Georges Depeyrot
French National Center for Scientific Research, France

Biography

Georges Depeyrot is a monetary historian at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He began his scientific career in the 1970s studying coin finds and joined the CNRS in 1982. After some years he joined the Center for Historical Research in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and is now a professor at the École Normale Supérieure. After his habilitation (1992), he specialised in international cooperative programs that aim to reconsider monetary history in a global approach. He has directed many cooperative programs linking several European countries, including those situated at the continent’s outer borders (Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and Morocco). Professor Depeyrot is the author or co-author of more than one hundred volumes, and is the founding director of the Moneta publishing house, the most important collection of books on the topic of money. Professor Depeyrot is a member of the board of trustees of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique.

Featured Presentation (2018) | From DAMIN to the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | History, Story, Narrative – Constructing History
Professor Steve Clark
University of Tokyo, Japan

Biography

Steve Clark is a professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, and in the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Tokyo, Japan. He received both a BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge, then was a British Academy postdoc and fellow of the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London, UK. He taught at Osaka and Nara before moving to the University of Tokyo. His many publications include Paul Ricoeur (Routledge, 1990), Travel-Writing and Empire (ZED, 1999), Reception of Blake in the Orient (Continuum, 2006), and Asian Crossings: Travel-Writing on China, Japan and South-East Asia (Hong Kong University Press, 2008). His most recent book, co-edited with Tristanne Connolly, is British Romanticism in a European Perspective (Palgrave 2015). He has also written a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as reviews for such publications as the Times Literary Supplement. He has either organised or co-organised conferences in both Japan and the United Kingdom, including the recent Romantic Connections and Pacific Gateways conferences, both at the University of Tokyo.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Recentering English and the Humanities in the Asian University in the 21st Century
Professor Myles Chilton
Nihon University, Japan

Biography

Myles Chilton (BA University of Toronto; MA and PhD University of Chicago) is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Nihon University. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Chilton has been in Japan for over twenty years, writing about relationships between contemporary world literature and global cities in Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and in journal articles such as Comparative Critical Studies, The Journal of Narrative Theory, and Studies in the Literary Imagination. He also focuses on global English and literary studies in such books as the monograph English Studies Beyond the ‘Center’: Teaching Literature and the Future of Global English (Routledge 2016); and in chapters in the books The Future of English in Asia: Perspectives on Language and Literature (Routledge 2015), Deterritorializing Practices in Literary Studies (Contornos 2014), and World Literature and the Politics of the Minority (Rawat 2013). Chilton has also presented papers on these and other topics at universities around the world. He is also on the editorial board of the IAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Global English’s Centers of Consecration

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | History, Story, Narrative – Constructing History
Dr Ashley Squires
New Economic School, Russia

Biography

Dr Ashley Squires is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russian Federation. Her prior research covers the intersections of American literary and religious history and the medical humanities, with a particular focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current work brings the digital humanities to bear on the reception of American literature outside of the United States and on the reception of naturalist authors in the former Soviet Union. She is the author of Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science, published by Indiana University Press in 2017, and articles appearing in Book History, Studies in the Novel, and American Literary Realism.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | The Canon Zoomed Out: Big Data and the Worlding of American Literature
Professor John W P Phillips
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography

Dr John W P Phillips teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. He has published on aesthetics, critical theory, deconstruction, linguistics, literature, military technology, philosophy, postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, and urbanism. He is author of Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory, co-author of Modernist Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology: Technicities of Perception. He is co-editor of several volumes, including: Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global processes; Beyond Description: Space, Historicity, Singapore; and The New Encyclopaedia Project, Volume I, Problematizing Global Knowledge (2006), and Volume II, Megacities (2011). Among recent activities he is editor of Derrida Now (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Literature in the Age of Technological Disruption
Dr Michael O’Sullivan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Dr Michael O’Sullivan is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

His biography will be added here shortly.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Identifying and Re-defining Conceptual Frames in the Intercultural Humanities
Dr Yukari Yoshihara
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Biography

Yukari Yoshihara is an associate professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and a board member of the Asian Shakespeare Association. Her publications include “Toward Reciprocal Legitimation between Shakespeare’s Works and Manga” (2016), “Tacky Shakespeare in Japan” (2013), “The First Japanese Adaptation of Othello (1903) and Japanese Colonialism” (2012), and the “Introduction” to English Studies in Asia (2007). She convened the Robinson Crusoe in Asia conference in 2014 at University of Tsukuba. A dedicated fan of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, she was interviewed by BBC Toronto as to why Anne is the most popular red-head in Japan. Enthusiastic about creating spaces where pop culture meets high culture, she organised the 1st Graphic Shakespeare Competition in 2016 and is to convene the 2nd GSC in 2018. Her current project is on Anglophone literature in Cold War Asia.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Geopolitics of Literature in Cold War Asia
Professor Hiromi Ochi
Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Biography

Hiromi Ochi is a professor in the Department of Commerce and Management at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. She has been interested in the literature of the American South and Cold War cultural diplomacy. Her publications include: Modernism no Nanbuteki Shunkan: America Nanbu Shijin to Reisen (Southern Moment of Modernism: Southern Poets and the Cold War) (Kenkyusha, 2012) [in Japanese]; and “Democratic Bookshelf: American Libraries in Occupied Japan” in Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War. Eds. Greg Barnhisel and Catherine Turner (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010) :89-111.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Seminar in the Ruins: The Salzburg Seminar and Its Significance in Cold War Cultural Diplomacy
Dr Hajime Saito
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Biography

Hajime Saito is an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. He has been reading Joseph Conrad novels and also studying why many Japanese readers loved reading English literature when Japan was an empire. Now he focuses on the politics of English and American literary studies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His publications include: Teikoku Nihon no Eibungaku (English Literary Studies in Imperial Japan) (Jimbun Shoin, 2006) [in Japanese]; and "Embracing Hiroshima", Journal of East-West Thought, September 2016: 91-101.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Stephen Spender and Japanese Genbaku (Atomic) Poems in 1950s
Dr Jiyoung Kim
Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Biography

Jiyoung Kim is a researcher in Sungkyun Institute for Japanese Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.​ ​She has been working extensively on “America” in post-war Japanese literature. Her current research involves the study of U.S.-Japan Cultural Interchange in the Cold War period.

Her publications include: "Post-Kowaki no Nichibei Bunka Koryu to Bungaku Kukan: Rockefeller Zaidan no Sosaku Fellowship o Shiza ni "(The U.S.-Japan Cultural Interchange Program and Japanese Literary Scene in the Post-Peace Treaty Period : A Study of the Rockefeller Foundation's Creative Fellowship), America Taiheiyo Kenkyu, 2015 [in Japanese]; Agawa Hiroyuki ni okeru Genbaku no Shudai to America (America in Agawa Hiroyuki's Writings about Hiroshima), Hikaku Bungaku Kenkyu, 2013 [in Japanese].

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Hino Ashihei’s Amerika Tankenki and the U.S. Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War Period