Globalization presents both opportunities and challenges for fostering inclusion and diversity, as it simultaneously facilitates the exchange of cultures and ideas while also perpetuating inequalities and marginalization in various societal domains.

We invite researchers, scholars, professionals and other interested individuals to submit abstracts of their original research, case studies, or theoretical analyses related to the conference themes. Abstracts should clearly articulate the research problem, objectives, methodology and key findings.

Detailed Conference Program

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  • Emerging Trends in ELT
  • Eco-linguistics and Ecocriticism
  • Literary Theories
  • The Interface of Language, Literature, Culture and Technology
  • Translation Studies
  • Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Studies
  • Travelogues and the Tourist Discourses
  • Multilingualism
  • World Englishes and the Internalization of Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Social Semiotics: Points of Growth
  • Decolonization of Epistemology
  • Digital Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature and Language Studies


Conference Brochure/Poster


Important Dates

Title Date
Abstract Submission: 25th August 2023
Abstract Acceptance: 30th August 2023
Fee Submission: 30th August 2023 - 15th September 2023
Conference Dates: 23rd-24th October 2023 (Time: 10:00am - 03:00pm)

Guests of Honour

Prof. Dr. Jette G. Hansen Edwards

Professor Dr. Jette G. Hansen Edwards is the Professor of Applied English Linguistics and Chair of the Department of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities and served as a Humanities Panel Member for the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) by the University Grants Committee (UGC). She has been a Fellow of CW Chu College since 2010.

Prof. Hansen Edwards has a diverse range of research interests including second language/ multilingual phonological acquisition, variation, and use; World Englishes (with a focus on Hong Kong English); and second language writing. At the heart of her work is challenging the hegemony of English as a global language in order to empower multilingual learners and users of English. Her research has primarily focused on learners and users of English in Asia, aiming to transform pedagogical practice in the teaching of English to multilingual speakers.

Professor Hansen Edwards has published widely in her research areas and is the co-editor (with M. L. Zampini) of Phonology and Second Language Acquisition (2008 & 2011, Studies in Bilingualism, John Benjamins), a seminal volume in L2 phonology. She has recently completed a book entitled The Sounds of English around the World: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (Cambridge University Press, 2022). This book is the first to place World Englishes and sociolinguistic variation at the centre of the discussion of English phonetics and phonology.

As part of her work on challenging linguistic hegemonies and transforming pedagogical practice, Professor Hansen Edwards has also developed open-access website entitled Telling stories: Linguistic diversity in Hong Kong. Funded by a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) grant, the project aims to: raise awareness of the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of Hong Kong as well as the cultural and linguistic richness found among ethnic minorities and members of the deaf community in Hong Kong.

Prof. Dr. Wasima Shehzad

Prof. Dr. Wasima Shehzad is an eminent researcher, scholar and academician. She is the founding Director of Pakistan’s first Corpus Research Center at Air University. She has served as Dean Faculty of Social Sciences at Air University Islamabad. She has been a Full-bright scholar and a significantly impactful researcher known both nationally and internationally. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Genre Studies, Discourse Studies, Academic/Technical Writing, Quality Assurance in Education, Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design, Language Planning and Policy, TESOL Teacher Training and Communication. Prof. Dr. Wasima with her impactful vision and research-oriented perspectives is influencing the hundreds of researchers. She has presented her research work in Asia, America and Europe. She has been the editor-in-chief of two significant research journals. She has served vibrantly and dynamically in Pak-US Exchange programs.

Dr. Maya Khemlani David

Currently Honorary Professor, Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya and Adjunct Professor 2017-2020 Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow. She is also an Associate member of the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (IMPUMA) University of Malaya and an Adjunct Professor with UCSI, Malaysia.
She is an Honorary fellow of Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK) and is an exco member of an international NGO -Foundation of Endangered Languages (FEL) based in London, and an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, UK. She received the Linguapax Award ( Barcelona) for her work on language maintenance and shift.
Maya Khemlani David is a former member of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FBL), University of Malaya and was Deputy Head of Postgraduate Affairs in FBL before serving as the Head of the Section Co-Curricular, University of Malaya (SKET) from 2006 to 2014.
Her intellectual interests centre on language planning, language choices, maintenance and shift and discourse analysis. She is the author of numerous books and her publications include works in the fields of Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural issues and Applied Linguistics. Publishers of her books include Peter Lang, Frankfurt, University of Amsterdam Press, University of Malaya Press, University Putra Press, University Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Strategic Institute of Research and Development Malaysia, and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Sociolinguist Maya Khemlani David is the author of more than 481 journal articles and book chapters and is on the editorial boards of many journals including The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL and the Philippine Journal of Linguistics-
Her publications have been cited over 1526 times (Research Gate- Research items 481). To date she has a h index of 30 on Google scholar and 22 on Research Gate and 13 on Scopus. Her publications include The Sindhis of Malaysia: A Sociolinguistic Account (2001, London, ASEAN) and she has co-written Writing a Research Paper (2006, Serdang: UPM). Her co-edited and edited publications are Language Maintenance, Revival and Shift in the Sociology of Religion (2020, Multilingual Matters), Politeness in Malaysian Family Talk (2008, Serdang: UPM), Language and Human Rights: Focus on Malaysia (2007, Serdang: UPM), Language and the Power of the Media (2006, Frankfurt, Peter Lang), Language Choices and Discourse of Malaysian Families: Case Studies of Families in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2006, Petaling Jaya, Strategic International and Research Development Centre), Teaching of English in Second and Foreign Language Settings: Focus on Malaysia (2004, Frankfurt, Peter Lang) and Developing Reading Skills (2002, Kuala Lumpur: Melta/Sasbadi). She has also guest edited International Journal of the Sociology of Language and Multilingua.
She is currently engaged in several research projects including a study on identity and ethnicity of a minority diaspora community and Politeness as manifest in the questioning discourse of western and Asian academics.
She has evaluated doctoral dissertations from Höng Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and Pakistan. She has evaluated doctoral dissertations from Höng Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and Pakistan.
She is also Master Trainer DEV1 BRECIL Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Laos PDR, Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mohd Muzafar Idrus

Dr. Mohd Muzhafar Idrus is an Associate Professor at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and received 2014 Outstanding E-Learning Award for his outstanding performance. He served as ESL Lecturer at Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, West Virginia University. His field of specialization includes popular culture, literature, and discourse analysis. He has been a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Literature and Arts and Environment and Social Psychology. Currently he is the editor for NUS Journal of Southeast Asian Ecocriticism, 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies and International Journal of Educational Sciences and Language Arts.

Dr. Azadeh Mehrpoyan

Dr. Azadeh is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Velayat University of Iranshahr. Dr. Azadeh Mehrpouyan received her Ph.D. in English Literature as a top graduate from the University of Pune, India. She is a member of the network of Women Scientists of the Islamic World (NWSIW) and Young Researchers and Elite Club (Brilliant Talents Membership). Her research interests are literary theory, feminism, ecofeminism, comparative literature, world literature, women’s studies, and interdisciplinary studies. She is an author and reviewer of around 50 books and scientific research articles on the above-mentioned fields in prestigious and indexed scientific journals and a speaker and referee at international conferences in different countries around the world. She is one of the top professors for specialized workshops in Iran. She is also a member of various scientific associations

Dr. Grace V. S. Chin

Dr. Grace V.S. Chin is the Senior Lecturer, English Language & Literature Studies, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. Grace V. S. Chin has published journal articles and book chapters on postcolonial Southeast Asian literature with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and diasporas. Her recent publications include two co-edited volumes, respectively titled "The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity, and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines" (Springer, 2018), and "Appropriating Kartini: Colonial, National and Transnational Memories of an Indonesian . Icon" (ISEAS Publishing, 2020).

Dr. Anastasia Valasopoulos

Dr. Anastasia Valassopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in World Literatures at University of Manchester. Her research is on the postcolonial literature and culture of the Middle East. She is also very interested in the wider cultural production and reception of Arab film and music. Recent publications include work on the role of cinema in the Palestinian resistance movement, anti-colonial feminism in North Africa, as well as film, revolution and music in the Egyptian context.

Dr. Iren Boyarkina

Dr. Iren Boyarkina got Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2014. She has done extensive research in the field of English and American science fiction, feminist literature and English/American Literature. She has published works dedicated to Olaf Stapledon, Doris Lessing, H.G. Wells, Anne Tyler, Henry James, James Joyce and Edith Whorton.

Dr. Paul Pule

Dr. Paul Pule’s work strengthens the synergy between people and places. He is dedicated to bridge the gap between men and nature through his personal and professional endeavours in support of a sustainable world. He has coauthored the book Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance.

Dr. Mohammad Umer Farooq

Dr. Mohammad Umar Farooq is a Professor and Head of the English Department at Capital University of Science and Technology. Dr. Umar is a PhD in Applied Linguistics with specialization in CALL, teacher development and open & distance learning. He has 30 years teaching experience at university level in Pakistan and abroad. He has published three books and more than 40 articles in international and Pakistani research journals. Dr. Farooq been an active member of many organizations like Higher Education Commission Pakistan, National Committee on English Pakistan, Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, TESOL Arabia, KSA Association of Language Teachers, etc. He has organized and presented at various ELT conferences in Pakistan and abroad.

Dr. Shafaat Yar Khan

Dr. Shafaat Yar Khan is an Associate Professor at Department of English, University of Central Punjab, Lahore. His doctoral research is in narratology of travelogues. He has a long and varied experience of teaching English literature and language, teacher training, and curriculum and syllabus development. He has earned a name as a teacher of English language papers of competitive examinations for which he developed three course packs.

Dr. Uzma Anjum

Dr. Uzma Anjum is an Associate Professor in English Linguistics at Air University, Islamabad. Her research interests include Sociolinguistics, Language and Gender, Language Documentation and Pragmatics. She is the Managing Editor of Erevna: Journal of Linguistics and Literature. Her PhD research was on a dying language spoken in Bandi shungli area of Mansehra district, with 500 speakers. Dr Uzma’s study became instrumental for enlisting this language in the linguistic map of Pakistan by Ethnologue, which is a World Wide Web for languages and linguistics diversity.

Dr. Inayat Ullah

Dr. Inayat Ullah is an Associate Professor of English and Head, Department of English (Graduate Studies) at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan. He has served at various prominent positions including Former Director Quality Enhancement Cell(QEC) at NUML, Former Head of Department of English (UGS) at NUML and Former Head of Quality Assurance Division at Taif University, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Osama Siddique

Dr. Osama Siddique is an award winning author and multidisciplinary scholar. He is an Associate Fellow at IDEAS and the Executive Director of Law and Policy Research Network (LPRN). He taught for many years as an Associate Professor and was the founding chair of the Law &Policy program at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Dr. Siddique has two decades of experience in research and policy work in the fields of justice, regulations, governance, rights and institutions. His book “Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice” (Cambridge University Press: 2013) was declared Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year at Karachi Literature Festival, 2014 and was awarded American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Annual Book Prize 2014-2015. Penguin Random House, India published his debut novel ‘Snuffing Out the Moon’ in 2017 under its prestigious Hamish Hamilton imprint.

Dr. Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti

Dr. Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti is a prominent researcher and writer. He holds a PhD in English and has authored a novel, Sasa, several short stories, and five books of academic and literary translation. He teaches Creative Writing, and World Literature in English at the Department of English and is currently the Head of Center for Language Teaching in the International Islamic University Islamabad. Presently, Dr. Sheeraz is a visiting scholar and Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada.

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Submit your Abstract as per template on the following email address gides@uow.edu.pk. Please do not resubmit your same paper twice.

Organizing Committee

Patron in Chief

  • Prof. Dr. Jameel-Un Nabi, Vice Chancellor UW

Chief Organizer

  • Prof. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, Dean Social Sciences


  • Department of English

Conference Chair

  • Prof. Dr. Asim Karim, Chairperson-English

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Conference Date: 23rd-24th October 2023

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