International speakers

Dr Marcello Giovanelli

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature
Co-Director: Centre for the Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC) Aston University, UK.

Dr Giovanelli is a stylistician with interests in the application of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse. His interest in language and literature including applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts and the ways in which literature is discussed and studied in educational settings has led him to manage, with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University) the studyingfiction website.  He co-directs the Integrating English project with Dr Andrea Macrae (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University) with a view to  more integrated approaches to subject English. His book, Studying Literature, will be published by Routledge in 2020.
Dr Giovanelli will be delivering The Ken Watson Address.

Dr Jennifer Rowsell

Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies
Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies

This session is sponsored by Education Perfect.

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor of Literacies and Social Innovation at University of Bristol’s School of Education in the United Kingdom. Her research interests include multimodal, makerspace and arts-based research with young people; digital literacies research; digital divide work; and, applying posthumanist and affect approaches to literacy research. Dr. Rowsell has worked and conducted research in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has written, co-written and co-edited twenty-five books on a range of topics from handbooks on literacy studies to multimodality to Bourdieusian approaches to ethnographic fieldwork. She is a co-editor of the Routledge Expanding Literacies in Education book series with Cynthia Lewis (University of California – Santa Cruz) and she is the Department Editor of Digital Literacies for The Reading Teacher. Her most recent co-authored book with Dr. Kate Pahl (Manchester Metropolitan University) is entitled, Living Literacies: Rethinking literacy research and practice through the everyday (MIT Press).

Emeritus Professor Andrew Goodwyn

Head of school of education and English language
University of Bedfordshire

Andy is president of IFTE, is Head of School of Education and English Language at the University of Bedfordshire and is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Reading with longstanding experience of working as the Head of Institute of Education (University of Reading). He is an educationalist who has published extensively on English and English teaching. His expertise spans theory and practice of English teaching, literacy, media education, the development of expertise, expert teachers, policy and practice—national and international, and information and communications technology (ICT) for improving teaching and learning inclusive of digital literacies.
Emeritus Professor Goodwyn will be delivering The Garth Boomer Address,

Australian guest speakers

Professor Theo van Leeuwen

Theo van Leeuwen is Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. He has published widely on critical discourse analysis, multimodality, social semiotics and visual semiotics. His books include Reading Images-The Grammar of Visual Design(with Gunther Kress); Introducing Social Semiotics; Speech, Music, Sound; The Language of Colour and Discourse and Practice. He is a founding editor of the journal Visual Communication.

Emeritus Professor Wayne Sawyer

Professor Wayne Sawyer is Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney (WSU) and is a member of the Centre for Educational Research. Wayne is the author/editor of over 30 books on education for audiences of teachers and academics. His research interests are in secondary education, in particular secondary English teaching, literacy policy and effective teaching – the latter in particular in low SES contexts. His most recent book – co-authored with Geoff Munns, Bronwyn Cole and the UWS Fair Go team for Routledge, Exemplary teachers of students in poverty, highlights the work of a number of highly successful teachers in NSW from low SES communities. Wayne has a particular interest in the work of teachers-as-researchers.

Professor Katherine Bode

This session is sponsored by Education Perfect.

Katherine is Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian National University and is working on digital humanities, literary studies, book history, and reading and reception in the School of English, Languages and Literature . From 2011 to 2013 she headed ANU’s Centre for Digital Humanities Research. Her research explores the critical potential – and limitations – of quantitative and digital methods for literary studies, a topic that also leads me to consider such things as the nature of archives and the future of the humanities. Her latest book,  A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History, was published by University of Michigan Press in July 2018.

Professor Paul Giles

Paul Giles is Challis Professor of English at the University of Sydney. Among his works are American Catholic Arts and Fictions: Culture, Ideology, Aesthetics (CUP, 1992) and Transnationalism in Practice: Essays on American Studies, Literature and Religion (Edinburgh UP, 2010). His other books include Hart Crane (1986), Transatlantic Insurrections (2001), Atlantic Republic (2006), The Global Remapping of American Literature (2011), Antipodean America (2013), American World Literature (2019). His most recent book, Backgazing: Reverse Time in Modernist Culture (2019), offers a new approach to world literature and modernist studies that enables readers to understand modernism in a new light. The Planetary Clock: Antipodean Time and Spherical Postmodern Fictions will be published by OUP next year.

Professor Catharine Lumby

Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media Studies at Macquarie University. She is the author and co-author of seven books and has just completed a biography of the Australian writer Frank Moorhouse. Catharine writes a regular column for The Guardian and is also a longstanding social commentator on radio and television. Catharine delivers talks and workshops to schools for educators, parents and young people on social media, ethics and respectful relationships. Since 2004, Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players. 

Professor Brigitta Olubas

Brigitta Olubas is Professor of English. at the University of NSW. Her principal research areas include: Australian Literature and transnational writing, Australian modernity, literary and visual culture studies, gender studies and narrative ethics.

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience with a focus on learning, memory, and attention. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. Jared has published 5 books, over 30 research articles, and his work has been featured in numerous popular publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, and ABC’s Catalyst. He currently serves as Director of The Science of Learning Group: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents.

Brett Leavy

Brett Leavy, a descendant of the Kooma people of south west Queensland, is a digital story teller and innovator in virtual heritage programs. He has dedicated his life to finding ways to express his culture, history and heritage using new media technologies to immerse people into the stories and knowledge of First Nations people across Australia. Using cutting edge methods, he adapts knowledge from Traditional Owners, anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists and historians and gamifies this to create immersive and interactive 3D landscapes.

Paul Sommer

Paul Sommer’s current research with Curtin University, Western Australia, continues over 20 years of study, workshops and publication in the area of film study for English teachers. He lives in Japan and taught IB English for the past thirteen years at Osaka International School (of Kwansei Gakuin University). Paul is a past president of AATE and SAETA. He has presented the Garth Boomer Memorial Address (in Adelaide) and last year was conferred Life Membership of AATE.

Luka Lesson

This session is sponsored by Education Perfect.

Luka Lesson is a poet and rapper whose work engages with the Greek mythology of his family homeland. He has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, released his own musical albums and books, and has been published in a number international poetry collections. His education-based programs advocate social change both within Australia and abroad, and his work is currently being studied in English departments across the country. Luka holds a Masters of Sound Design (in Performance Poetry) from the Victorian College of the Arts as well as an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a First Class Honours in Indigenous studies from Monash University. Luka’s latest solo work, entitled Agapi & Other Kinds of Love will premiere in 2020.

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