Keynote & Invited Speakers


Professor Bill Ashcroft

Professor, School of the Arts & Media
UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia



Bill Ashcroft is a renowned critic and theorist, founding exponent of postcolonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to offer a systematic examination of the field of postcolonial studies. He is author and co-author of twenty-one books and over 200 articles and chapters, variously translated into six languages, and he is on the editorial boards of ten international journals. His latest work is Utopianism in Postcolonial Literatures. He teaches at the University of NSW and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.






Professor Dato' Seri Dr. Md. Salleh Yaapar

Professor, School of Humanities,
Ombudsman, USM
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Dato’ Seri Dr. Md. Salleh Yaapar is Professor of Comparative Literature as well as Ombudsman at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Malaysia as well as a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Malay World and Islamic Civilazation, International Islamic University Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor at Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA). He was formerly the European Chair of Malay Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands. Prior to that he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students Affairs), and Dean of the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Professor Md. Salleh obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from University of Malaya, Master of Arts from University of the Philippines, Quezon City, as well as from Temple University, Philadelphia, and Doctor of Philosophy (Distinction) also from Temple University. His areas of specialization are Comparative Literature, Literary Theory and Literature of the Malay World. He is the first recipient of the Malay Language Academic Personality Award, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. His significant books include Poetry and Mysticism: A Hermeneutical Reading of the Poems of Amir Hamzah (1995; 2015) and Pilgrimage to the Orient (2009). He has published in international journals such as Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Asian Journal of Social Science, The Muslim World, Indonesia and the Malay World, Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing & Culture, Journal of Asia Business Studies, and GEMA: Online Journal of Language Studies.
Aside from the above, Prof. Md. Salleh is also a member of the Board of Studies for New Programs, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya, member of the Advisory Committee, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, member of the Board of Majlis Penerbitan Ilmiah Malaysia (MAPIM) and member of the Board of Trustee, Yayasan Karyawan Malaysia.