III. Plenary Speakers

Young-Sun Ha (Seoul National University)

Young-Sun Ha is the Chairman of the board of trustees at the East Asia Institute. He is also a professor emeritus of the department of political science and international relations at Seoul National University. Currently, Dr. Ha is serving as a member of the Presidential National Security Advisory Group and the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation. He was the Co-chairman of Korea-Japan Joint Research Project for New Era, the Director of the Center for International Studies and American Studies Institute at Seoul National University, the President of the Korea Peace Studies Association, and a research fellow at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Stockholm. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University, and holds a Ph.D. in international politics from the University of Washington. His recent books and edited volumes include: Trustpolitik 2.0 on the Korean Peninsula: Complex Policy of Deterrence, Engagement, and Trust (2014), Toward 2020: Ten Agendas for South Korea’s Foreign Policy (2013), A New Era for Korea-Japan Relations: Seven Tasks for Bilateral Cooperation (2013),Young-Sun Ha on International Politics: A Collection of Columns from 1991 to 2011 (2012), The History of Social Science Concepts in Modern Korea I & II (2009 /2012), Complex World Politics: Strategies, Principles, and a New Order (2012), Young Pioneers in Korean History (2011), The Future of North Korea 2032: The Strategy of Coevolution for the Advancement (2010), The Emergence of Complex Alliances in the 21st Century (2010), and A New Era of Complex Networks in Korea-Japan Relations (2010).

Shirley Geok-lin Lim (UC Santa Barbara)

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim is currently Research Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught as Professor from 1993 to 2012 and served as chair of Women's Studies from 1993 to 2002. She received her Ph.D. in British and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1973, and has also taught internationally at the National University of Singapore, NIE of Nanyang Technological University, and most recently as Chair Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Prof. Lim was Fulbright Scholar and Wien International Fellow and has been awarded Multiethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, the UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award, University of Western Australia Distinguished Lecturer award, Fulbright Distinguished Lecturership, and J.T. Stewart Hedgebrook award. Prof. Lim’s research interests include Asian-American and post-colonial cultural productions and ethnic and feminist writing. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including Crossing the Peninsula (Heinemann Writing in Asia Series, 1980), which was the Commonwealth Poetry Prize winner; three collections of short stories; two books of criticism, Nationalism and Literature: Literature in English from the Philippines and Singapore (New Day Publishers, 1993) and Writing South/East Asia in English: Against the Grain (Skoob Pacifica, 1994); a book of memoirs, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (Feminist Press, 1996), which received the American Book Award; two novels, Joss and Gold (Feminist Press, 2001) and Sister Swing (Marshall Cavendish, 2006). She has served as editor/co-editor of numerous scholarly works, including The Forbidden Stitch (1989), Approaches to Teaching Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1991), and Transnational Asia Pacific (1999). She is currently at work on a study of gender and nation in Asian American representations.

Zilá Bernd (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul & Centro Universitário La Salle)

Zilá Bernd is full professor of Comparative Literatures, Francophone and Brazilian Literatures, Canadian and Cultural Studies at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, senior researcher at National Council for Science and Technology (CNPQ); she also contributes to the Post-Graduation Program of the Centro Universitário La Salle (Canoas, RS), Brazil) in Post-Graduation Studies in Social Memory and Heritage Studies. She has been president of the Brazilian Association of Canadian Studies (1999-2001), president of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)(2003-2005) and editor of the official journal of Brazilian Association of Canadian Studies (ABECAN), Interfaces Brasil/Canada (2000-2003; 2010-2014). She obtained her PHD from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Department of Comparative Literature of the University of Montréal. She has often been a guest professor in France, in Argentina, and in Canada (Laval, UOttawa, UQAM). Dr. Bernd has authored several books, including: L’identitaire et le littéraire dans les Amériques, edited in collaboration with Bernard Andrès (Nota Bene, 1999); Unforeseeable Americas: questioning cultural hybridity in the Americas, edited in collaboration with Rita De Grandis (Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2000); Glossaire des mobilités culturelles (edited with Norah Dei Cas Giraldi (by Peter Lang, Bruxelles, 2014); Américanité et transferts culturels, (Presses de l´Université Laval, 2009); Por uma estética dos vestígios memoriais (traces) (Belo Horizonte; Fino Traço, 2014). She is in 2014-2015 running an international Project with Patrick Imbert (Universite of Ottawa): “Gérer les rencontres transculturelles Brésil-Canadá” (financed by Fapergs: Research Foundation of Rio Grande do Sul Brazil). In addition, she is Officier of the Ordre National du Quebec et Officier of the Palmes Academiques (French governement).

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