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
  • Professor Steve Clark
    Professor Steve Clark
    University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Professor Myles Chilton
    Professor Myles Chilton
    Nihon University, Japan
  • Dr Shoso Shimbo
    Dr Shoso Shimbo
    RMIT University, Australia
  • Dr Yukari Yoshihara
    Dr Yukari Yoshihara
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Professor Georges Depeyrot
    Professor Georges Depeyrot
    French National Center for Scientific Research, France

Further speakers will be announced here shortly.


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
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) | “Presentation information will be added here shortly.
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) | “Presentation information will be added here shortly.

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | History, Story, Narrative – Constructing History
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
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) | “Presentation information will be added here shortly.
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) | Presentation information will be added here shortly

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | History, Story, Narrative – Constructing History