HCNY2018 Overview


"Urban Heritage & the Modern City"

November 7–9 | Hofstra University & Long Island Marriott, New York, USA

The study of cities seems a daunting and ostensibly perpetual task. This may be due to the fact that cities are an imperative requisite in the rise and development of civilisation, products of the momentous shift from a simple way of life to the complex social, political and economic systems that characterise what we call "culture". Cities are organic entities, experiencing constant structural changes that help to rearrange their influence and importance relative to other cities around the globe. While in the past a city's importance was measured in terms of size or political relevance (as in being the capital of a nation), in today's environment a city's prominence is primarily distinguished by the scope and vigor of its economic life and the extent to which it serves as a command and control centre for global capitalism.

On the wake of such structural changes, the city's socio-spatial configuration has experienced significant alterations as diverse urban communities transform in order to contend with the new realities. Thus, descriptions of the modern city require the scholar to reconsider and reinterpret the cultural heritage of an ever-more complex geographical space, enriched by the presence and contributions of new arrivals that bring cultural interpretative proposals that may not harmonise with previously accepted models.

The diversity and otherness of the new city-space requires us to study the city as a sort of cultural heritage collage, with its Chinatowns, Barrios, Harlems and Little Italy neighbourhoods; moreover, it urges us to consider new methodological paradigms that will prove more compatible with the dappled nature of the city. In presenting their work, speakers at The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York (HCNY) will address these fundamental questions, keeping in mind that the particular urban environment of each individual city is distinctive and multifaceted. It is hoped that the presenters who graciously agree to attend this conference will help build the concept of "urban heritage" as the foundation for developing pioneering methodologies for the study of cities.

The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York (HCNY) is a multidisciplinary conference held at Hofstra University, New York, USA. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

In conjunction with IAFOR's Global Partners, we look forward to welcoming you to New York!

The HCNY2018 Organising Committee

Dr Manuel Galofaro, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA
Dr Rodney F. Hill, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Vicente Lledo-Guillem, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Gregory Pell, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Miguel-Angel Zapata, Hofstra University, USA

Key Information
  • Location & Venues: Hofstra University & Long Island Marriott, New York, USA
  • Dates: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 ​to Friday, November 09, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Urban Heritage and the Modern City"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: June 21, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 23, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 20, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Programme

  • Alternative Facts: the Shifting Realities of Community, Media and Public Opinion
    Alternative Facts: the Shifting Realities of Community, Media and Public Opinion
    Keynote Presentation: Mark Lukasiewicz
  • Heritage and the City
    Heritage and the City
    Featured Panel Presentation: Alfonso J. Garcia-Osuna, Ljiljana Markovic & Gregory Pell
  • IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
    IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
    Information Session
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
    IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
    Award Winners Screening

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Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

  • Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
    Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Mark Lukasiewicz
    Mark Lukasiewicz
    School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA
  • Professor Ljiljana Markovic
    Professor Ljiljana Markovic
    University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor Ted O’Neill
    Gakushuin University, Japan
  • Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Gregory Pell
    Dr Gregory Pell
    Hofstra University, USA

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York (HCNY) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, and so forth; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and overseeing the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Dr Manuel Galofaro
    Dr Manuel Galofaro
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Professor Donald E. Hall
    Professor Donald E. Hall
    University of Rochester, USA
  • Dr Rodney F. Hill
    Dr Rodney F. Hill
    Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Vicente Lledo-Guillem
    Dr Vicente Lledo-Guillem
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales
    Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Gregory Pell
    Dr Gregory Pell
    Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Miguel-Angel Zapata
    Dr Miguel-Angel Zapata
    Hofstra University, USA

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Review Committee

  • Dr Manuel Galofaro, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Alfonso Garcia-Osuna, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Rodney Hill, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Vicente Lledó-Guillem, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Gregory Pell, Hofstra University, USA
  • Dr Miguel-Ángel Zapata, Hofstra University, USA

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the HCNY Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Alternative Facts: the Shifting Realities of Community, Media and Public Opinion
Keynote Presentation: Mark Lukasiewicz

As a 38-year veteran of journalism, particularly broadcast and digital media, I will address the rapid changes overtaking the creation and delivery of fact-based content in modern democracies, and how the definition of "community" is increasingly an electronic, rather than a physical, reality. I believe this ongoing transformation has profound implications for the civic dialogue that has been the underpinning of most modern democracies, and for the physical communities we know as cities and suburbs, not to mention the more intangible electronic communities that increasingly verge on the tribal, with all the dangers implicit therein. As institutions and norms come under siege, understanding these changes is a global imperative. Democracies must adjust, or perish.

Read presenters' biographies.

Heritage and the City
Featured Panel Presentation: Alfonso J. Garcia-Osuna, Ljiljana Markovic & Gregory Pell

This plenary panel will offer a broad overview of the conference topic, “Heritage and the City”. The diversity and otherness of the new city-space requires us to study the city as a sort of cultural heritage collage, with its Chinatowns, Barrios, Harlems and Little Italy neighbourhoods; moreover, it urges us to consider new methodological paradigms that will prove more compatible with the dappled nature of the city. The panelists will discuss these new paradigms, bringing their respective fields of expertise to the discussion.

Read presenters' biographies.

IAFOR Silk Road Initiative
Information Session

As an organization, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In 2018, we are excited to launch a major new and ambitious international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research initiative which uses the silk road trade routes as a lens through which to study some of the world’s largest historical and contemporary geopolitical trends, shifts and exchanges.

IAFOR is headquartered in Japan, and the 2018 inauguration of this project aligns with the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when Japan opened its doors to the trade and ideas that would precipitate its rapid modernisation and its emergence as a global power. At a time when global trends can seem unpredictable, and futures fearful, the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative gives the opportunity to revisit the question of the impact of international relations from a long-term perspective.

This ambitious initiative will encourage individuals and institutions working across the world to support and undertake research centring on the contact between countries and regions in Europe and Asia – from Gibraltar to Japan – and the maritime routes that went beyond, into the South-East Continent and the Philippines, and later out into the Pacific Islands and the United States. The IAFOR Silk Road Initiative will be concerned with all aspects of this contact, and will examine both material and intellectual traces, as well as consequences.

For more information about the IAFOR Silk Road Initiative, click here.

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2018
Award Winners Screening

The IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in 2015 as an international photography award that seeks to promote and assist in the professional development of emerging documentary photographers and photojournalists. The award has benefitted since the outset from the expertise of an outstanding panel of internationally renowned photographers, including Dr Paul Lowe as the Founding Judge, and Ed Kashi, Monica Allende, Simon Roberts, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Simon Norfolk and Emma Bowkett as Guest Judges. Now in its third year, the award has already been widely recognised by those in the industry and has been supported by World Press Photo, Metro Imaging, MediaStorm, Think Tank Photo, University of the Arts London, RMIT University, British Journal of Photography, The Centre for Documentary Practice, and the Medill School of Journalism.

As an organisation, IAFOR’s mission is to promote international exchange, facilitate intercultural awareness, encourage interdisciplinary discussion, and generate and share new knowledge. In keeping with this mission, in appreciation of the great value of photography as a medium that can be shared across borders of language, culture and nation, and to influence and inform our academic work and programmes, the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award was launched as a competition that would help underline the importance of the organisation’s aims, and would promote and recognise best practice and excellence.

Access to the Award Winners Screening is included in the conference registration fee. For more information about the award, click here.

Image | From the project Single Mothers of Afghanistan by IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2017 Grand Prize Winner, Kiana Hayeri.

Professor Jean Dobie Giebel
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Jean Dobie Giebel is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Personnel for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hofstra University. She is also a Professor of Drama, faculty Director, and former Chair of the Department of Drama and Dance. She holds a B.A. in Speech, Communications, and Theater from Baldwin-Wallace University, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has studied professionally with the Original Shakespeare Company, Riverside Shakespeare Company, and at Playwrights Horizons. Professor Giebel began her theatrical career as an actor and has appeared Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and in Regional theatre. She also appeared as a principle in numerous TV commercials and worked as a spokesperson for Mattel, Inc. and Computership, Inc. (SAG-AFTRA) Professor Giebel is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and has directed multiple Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. She has developed several new works for the Annual Samuel French Original Short Play Festival as well as the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG) having written several plays. Her play Chasing the River is in development for an Off-Broadway run in fall of 2019.

Mark Lukasiewicz
School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Mark Lukasiewicz is a veteran producer, journalist, and media executive who has spent his professional career telling important stories to worldwide audiences and helping media organizations deal with transformational change.

Most recently, he was senior vice president of specials at NBC News, planning and supervising coverage of major breaking news events such as the death of Osama bin Laden, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and presidential elections and debates from 2004 to 2016. Also at NBC, he served as NBC News’ first vice president of digital media, and later as executive-in-charge of the NBC News Group Transformation Project, a multiyear redesign and reimagining of technology, workspace, and workflow across NBCUniversal’s news platforms.

Before NBC, Lukasiewicz spent 11 years at ABC News where he was executive producer of Good Morning America, senior producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and senior producer of Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In his decades-long career, he has produced numerous live and long-form programs, winning 10 Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, among other journalism and international film festival awards. He has also taught video storytelling at the Columbia Journalism School, and has been a featured speaker at professional conferences in the United States and abroad.

A native of Canada, Lukasiewicz began his career as a reporter and columnist with The Globe and Mail and later as a senior producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He earned a BA in economics (with honours) from the University of Toronto.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Alternative Facts: the Shifting Realities of Community, Media and Public Opinion
Professor Ljiljana Markovic
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Biography

Dr Ljiljana Markovic is Dean, Chairperson of the Doctoral Studies Program and Full Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has previously served as Vice Dean for Financial Affairs, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (2008-2016). She holds the positions of Chairperson of the Association of Japanologists of Serbia, Member of the University of Belgrade Council, Chairperson of the University of Belgrade SYLFF Committee, Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Bilingual Education Board, and Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture, Committee on Books Procurement for Public Libraries. In 2010 she received the Gaimu Daijin Sho Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and in 2011 she received the Dositej Obradovic Award for Pedagogical Achievement. She is the author of a large number of publications in the fields of Japanese studies and economics.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Professor Ted O’Neill
Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in the Faculty of International Social Sciences. He previously taught at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and J. F. Oberlin University. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and later served on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations from 2012 to 2016. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA in 1996 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014. He is a part of a research group studying implementation of content-based language education and content and language integrated learning in East and Southeast Asia with the generous support of The Research Institute for Oriental Cul­tures at Gakushuin University.​ Professor Ted O’Neill is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR, and sits on the Board of Directors.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Alfonso J. García Osuna has taught at Hofstra University in New York, United States of America, for over thirty years. He specialises in medieval and early modern literature, receiving his PhD (1989) from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has completed post-doctoral work at the University of Valladolid, Spain, has published six books, and is a frequent contributor to specialised journals. Alfonso received primary and secondary education in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, the place where his family originated and where he grew up. An avid cyclist, he has completed the Road to Santiago, an 867-kilometre route through northern Spain, six times.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Dr Gregory Pell
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Dr Gregory Pell is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra University where he teaches courses on language, cinema, literature and translation theory. His critical articles examine such poets as Dante, Paolo Ruffilli, Mario Luzi, Davide Rondoni, Tommaso Lisa, Mario Tobino and Eugenio Montale, the latter of which is the subject of his full-length monograph: Eugenio Monatale: Memorial Space, Poetic Time (Troubador 2005). On cinema he has published pieces on Mihaileanu, Kore-Eda, Sergio Rubini, Vicenzo Marra, Mohsen Melliti, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone. He is co-editor of the volume At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). His on-going research projects focus on Vitaliano Trevisan and the Northeast, the prose and poetry of Goffredo Parise, and the narrative works of Angelo Cannavacciuolo, whose latest novel (La meccanica dell’invisibilità), he has recently completed translating. His latest monograph, Davide Rondoni: Art in the Movement of Creation (FDU Press, 2016), explores the ‘non-ekphrastic’ relationship between art and poetry in the works of Davide Rondoni, John Ashbery, Charles Wright, Mario Luzi, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Patrizia Fazzi et al.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Dr Manuel Galofaro
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Dr Manuel Galofaro received the PhD in 2011 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Master's Degree is also from Stony Brook and he holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Professor Donald E. Hall
University of Rochester, USA

Biography

Donald E. Hall is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester, USA. Prior to moving to Rochester, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, USA. Dean Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies, and Professional Studies. Over the course of his career, 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. Before that, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, 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 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki. He has also taught in Sweden, Romania, Hungary, and China. He 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. From 2013-2017, he served 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 activist intellectualism, and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational, and sexual selves. Among his many books and editions are the influential faculty development guides, The Academic Self and The Academic Community, both published by Ohio State University Press. Subjectivities and Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies were both published by Routledge Press. Most recently he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, co-edited a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. Though he is a full-time administrator, 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.

Dr Rodney F. Hill
Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Rodney F. Hill, Associate Professor of Film in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, holds a PhD from the University of Kansas and an MA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. He is co-author of The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick, co-editor of Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews, and a contributor to several other books, including The Essential Science-Fiction Television Reader and The Stanley Kubrick Archives. His essays have appeared in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, and elsewhere. In addition to his academic experience, Dr Hill worked for several years in film distribution and marketing, handling theatrical campaigns for such films as Edward Yang’s Yi Yi, François Ozon’s Under the Sand, and the Oscar-nominated documentary, On the Ropes.

Dr Vicente Lledo-Guillem
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Vicente Lledó-Guillem is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature at Hofstra University. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. He also holds a master’s degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Miami, where he received the Award of Academic Merit in May 2000. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the Universitat d’Alacant (Spain) in 1997 during which he completed three semesters at the University of Ulster at Coleraine and Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

His main areas of research are the history of Spanish and Catalan languages from a political, cultural, and ideological point of view. He focuses on how language relates to issues such as identity, nation, and power in the past and in the present, especially in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. He is interested in how cultural and intellectual history has had an influence on language ideology. Moreover, because of his political, cultural, and ideological approach to the history of language, he has also analyzed literary texts and has published on Medieval and Early Modern Catalan and Spanish Literature.

His first book, Literatura o imperio: la construcción de las lenguas castellana y catalana en la España renacentista was published by Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs in 2008. His second book (monograph) is entitled The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He has also published in several journals including La Corónica, Neophilologus, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanófila, Romanistisches Jahrbuch, Calíope, eHumanista and Crítica Hispánica.

Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales's research interests are in the fields of history, memory, and narrative; place, the city, and the suburb; migration and social assimilation; and community studies, oral history, archival and visual methods. Dr McGunnigle-Gonzales completed her doctoral dissertation, "Hicksville: How Silence and Storytelling Re-Shape a Migration Gateway," and received her PhD in October 2017.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Alfonso J. García Osuna has taught at Hofstra University in New York, United States of America, for over thirty years. He specialises in medieval and early modern literature, receiving his PhD (1989) from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has completed post-doctoral work at the University of Valladolid, Spain, has published six books, and is a frequent contributor to specialised journals. Alfonso received primary and secondary education in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, the place where his family originated and where he grew up. An avid cyclist, he has completed the Road to Santiago, an 867-kilometre route through northern Spain, six times.

Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Dr Gregory Pell
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Dr Gregory Pell is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra University where he teaches courses on language, cinema, literature and translation theory. His critical articles examine such poets as Dante, Paolo Ruffilli, Mario Luzi, Davide Rondoni, Tommaso Lisa, Mario Tobino and Eugenio Montale, the latter of which is the subject of his full-length monograph: Eugenio Monatale: Memorial Space, Poetic Time (Troubador 2005). On cinema he has published pieces on Mihaileanu, Kore-Eda, Sergio Rubini, Vicenzo Marra, Mohsen Melliti, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone. He is co-editor of the volume At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). His on-going research projects focus on Vitaliano Trevisan and the Northeast, the prose and poetry of Goffredo Parise, and the narrative works of Angelo Cannavacciuolo, whose latest novel (La meccanica dell’invisibilità), he has recently completed translating. His latest monograph, Davide Rondoni: Art in the Movement of Creation (FDU Press, 2016), explores the ‘non-ekphrastic’ relationship between art and poetry in the works of Davide Rondoni, John Ashbery, Charles Wright, Mario Luzi, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Patrizia Fazzi et al.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Heritage and the City
Dr Miguel-Angel Zapata
Hofstra University, USA

Biography

Miguel-Angel Zapata is a Professor of Latin American literature at Hofstra University. His research interest focus on Hispanic Poetry from Modernismo to the present, as well as Poetry and Visual Arts, and Literature of the Fantastic. He is the author of an extensive poetic work, criticism and translations. He has recently published two anthologies of his poetry: Hoy día es otro mundo (Today is Another World) (Granada, Spain, 2015), and La nota 13 (Note 13) (Bogota, 2015). His books of poetry include the celebrated: Imágenes los juegos (Lima, 1987), Poemas para violín y orquesta(México, 1991), Lumbre de la letra (Lima, 1997), Escribir bajo el polvo (Lima, 2000), El cielo que me escribe (México, 2002), Cuervos (México, 2003), A Sparrow in the House of Seven Patios (New York, 2005), Iguana (Lima, 2005), Los muslos sobre la grama. Antología breve (Buenos Aires, 2005), Un pino me habla de la lluvia (Lima, 2007), Ensayo sobre la rosa. Poesía selecta 1983-2008 (Lima, 2010), Los canales de piedra. Antología selecta (Valencia-Venezuela, 2008),Fragmentos de una manzana y otros poemas (Sevilla, 2011), La lluvia siempre sube (Buenos Aires, 2013), and La ventana y once poemas (Mexico, 2014).