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
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.

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.

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).