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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Haleh Afshar, University of York, UK

Haleh Afshar

Professor Haleh Afshar OBE is currently in the Department of Politics at the University of York. In addition to working in the fields of development studies and women's studies Haleh Afshar has also been teaching and researching on issues concerned with Islam and Politics, women and conflict as well as race and equality. She has edited a volume entitled Iran a revolution in Turmoil, (Macmillan 1989) , and has written a book entitled Islam and the Post Revolutionary State in Iran, written under the pseudonym Homa Omid, (Macmillan 1994) and Islam and Feminisms, (Macmillan 1998). Her current work includes current work include issues relating to women and work in Iran, women war violence and survival in Palestine, Lebanon, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, Islam and politics in Turkey and Islamist women in turkey, as well as research concerning Muslim women in the UK in terms of their faith, their lived experiences and the impact of education on their lives. Professor Afshar is also part of a flourishing group working on issues related to race and ethnicity; they have just completed their work on an ESRC research project to conduct a comparative study of empowerment and dis-empowerment for British women in their third age.

Luke Gibbons, University of Notre Dame, USA

Luke Gibbons

Luke Gibbons is Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies in the Department of English at University of Notre Dame, USA. His research interests include Irish literature and film, post-colonialism. Luke Gibbons teaches on the Irish Studies International Programme at Newman House, Dublin, and is co-director of the Irish Seminar in Dublin. He is author of The Quiet Man (2002), Transformations in Irish Culture (1996), co-author of the pioneering book, Cinema in Ireland (1988), and a contributing editor of the landmark Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (1991), Gibbons is co-editor (with Dudley Andrew) of The Theatre of Irish Cinema, a special issue of The Yale Journal of Criticism (2002), and also (with Michale Cronin and Pearar Kirby) Re-Inventing Ireland: Culture, Politics and the Global Economy, (2002). His book, Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime is due for publication in 2003, as is his study Gaelic Gothic: Race, Religion and the 'Irish Other'. Gibbons is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation, and of the editorial board of Interventions; A Post-Colonial Journal (Routledge).

Glenn Jordan, University of Glamorgan, UK

Glenn Jordan

Glenn Jordan is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies & Photography at the University of Glamorgan. He teaches modules on 20th century photography; youth cultures; culture, subjectivity and power; cultural policy; and the politics of representation. His research interests include: the internationalisation of cultural studies; humanist and post-humanist photographic practices as they relate to issues of cultural theory, cultural research and cultural critique; and relations of culture, subjectivity and power on North American slave plantations. He has written Routledge’s New Critical Idiom book on Race. This book provides an introduction to issues of race and racism, from the perspective of recent developments in cultural theory – for students of literary, cultural and media studies. Other books include Cultural Studies: A History of the Present and Birth of the Black Subject: A Genealogy of Race, Bodies and Power. He founded and directs the Butetown History & Arts Centre in Cardiff docklands.The Centre includes a people’s history archive and a gallery. It also publishes books; offers community education courses (in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for Lifelong Learning); and runs an innovative programme for schools and young people.

Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA

Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 more. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995) and in speechwriting for the Irish President, Mary Robinson. He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and/or British television and broadcast extensively on the European media. His most recent work in philosophy comprises a trilogy entitled 'Philosophy at the Limit'. The three volumes are On Stories (Routledge, 2002), The God Who May Be (Indiana UP, 2001) and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003).

Laurent Milesi, Cardiff University, UK

Laurent Milesi

Laurent Milesi is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. He teaches both on the English Literature and Cultural Criticism undergraduate degree schemes, but his main involvement is at postgraduate level, for the MA in Critical and Cultural Theory and the PhD Reading Group. He has supervised PhDs on poststructuralism and contemporary fiction and poetry, and has also taught Critical Theory as guest lecturer or Visiting Professor at several European universities. He has published widely on Joyce and related aspects of modernism, postmodernist poetry and fiction, as well as poststructuralism, especially deconstruction, which remain his current research interests. He has been a non-stipendiary member of the Research Group on the manuscripts of James Joyce at the ITEM-CNRS, Paris, since the mid-1980s. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the International James Joyce Foundation between 1996 and 2002. His edited collection James Joyce and the Difference of Language was published in 2003 by Cambridge University Press, and he has co-translated Jacques Derrida's study of Hélène Cixous, H. C. pour la vie, c'est à dire..., for Stanford University Press (2006). He is also preparing a translation of Cixous's shorter essays on Derrida. He is currently completing two book projects: on Jacques Derrida's figures of writing (Aux (Non-)lieux de – Jacques Derrida), and on Post-Effects: Literature, Theory and the Future Perfect. He is also an on-line IT book reviewer and the co-administrator of a software forum on the Internet.

David Nash, Oxford Brookes University, UK

David Nash

David Nash is Reader of History at Oxford Brookes University. He was previously at the Universities of Leicester and York where he taught primarily 19th and twentieth century British History. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an officer of the Social History Society of Great Britain. David is a Director of the SOLON project which links a number of University Departments in studying the interdisciplinary dimensions of crime and bad behaviour from both contemporary and historical perspectives. His research interests include blasphemy, links between religion and crime, history of secularisation, history of radicalism and the affinities all these have with cultural history. He is also researching for a project on the history of civil liberties and a further project considering the endurance of religious belief in the West. His publications include Secularism, Art and Freedom, Blasphemy in Modern Britain: 1789 to the Present, Leicester in the Twentieth Century and Republicanism in Victorian Society.

Mohammad Seddon, Cardiff University, UK

Mohammad Seddon

Dr Mohammad Seddon is the Development Officer at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (CSI-UK). The Centre is part of the School of Religious & Theological Studies and aims to promote scholarly and public understanding of Islam and the life of Muslim communities in the UK. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Islamic Foundation in Markfield, Leicester. His research interests include Islam in Britain, British Muslim Communities, British migrant experiences and minority faith communities in the UK and British religious history, in particular the development of modern religious movements. Recent publications include Jewish and Muslim Communities in Britain, Europe and America: A Comparative Study, British Muslims Between Assimilation and Segregation: Historical, Legal and Social Realities and British Muslims: Loyalty and Belonging.

Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, USA

Gauri Viswanathan

Gauri Vishwanathan is the Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Professor Viswanathan’s fields of interest are education, religion, and culture; 19th century British and colonial cultural studies; and the history of disciplines. She is the author of Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (Columbia UP; Faber, 1989; Oxford UP, 1998) and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (Princeton UP, 1998), which won the 1999 Harry Levin Prize awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association, the 1999 James Russell Lowell Prize awarded by the Modern Language Association of America, and the 2000 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy awarded by the Association for Asian Studies. Most recently, she edited Power, Politics, and Culture: Interviews with Edward W. Said (Pantheon, 2001; Vintage, 2002), as well as a special issue of Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (2000) on “Institutionalizing English Studies: The Postcolonial / Postindependence Challenge.” Her articles have appeared in Oxford Literary Review, Yale Journal of Criticism, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Stanford Humanities Review, Modern Language Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, Race and Class, and numerous edited volumes. She is on the editorial board of The Irish Journal of Feminist Studies, Interventions, Jouvert, South Asia Research, and Teachers College Record. Prof. Viswanathan has received Guggenheim, NEH, Mellon, and American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships. In addition, she was a senior fellow of the International Institute of Asian Studies in Amsterdam in spring 1998 and an invited fellow of the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University, in spring 2000. Prof. Viswanathan is currently Research Collaborator in a major international project on Globalization and Autonomy funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She also serves on the project’s advisory board.