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17th Biennial Symposium on Literature & Culture (AsiaPac2017)

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17th Biennial Symposium on Literature & Culture (AsiaPac2017)


The Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region was formed by a group of English Literature scholars and writers in the 1980s and was founded based on friendship and literary solidarity in the region. The three-day symposium is an invitation-only event and is organised to provide scholars and writers a platform to speak and discuss issues which concern the Asia-Pacific region and present their current research. The symposium also serves as a platform for writers to showcase their work to an audience through literary readings which are scheduled at the end of each conference day.
In 2009, the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) through the English Language and Literature Department, represented Malaysia as the host of the 13th biennial symposium. The event was attended by many distinguished and reputable scholars. Among them was the late Prof. Emeritus Dr. Benedict Anderson, author of Imagined Communities (1983), who served as the keynote speaker. This event was a great success and this year, 2017, the department has been given the privilege to host another symposium with the theme “The Text and The City”, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 22 to 24 November 2017.

Confirmed speakers:
Edwin Thumboo (Singapore)
Dennis Haskell (Australia)
Hsu-Ming Teo (Australia)
Ghulam Sarwar-Yousof (Malaysia)
Sabera Shaik (Malaysia)
Francis Tanglao-Aguas (the Philippines/USA)
Phillip Holden (National University of Singapore)
Nilanjana Sengupta (Singapore)

Participant fees : RM 160 per day



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