The theme of the conference is “Decolonization in the Arts and Humanities.” Decolonized practice aims to be equitable among all cultures, to be precise in language and in historical context, to respect all ways of knowing and being, to better represent past knowledge, and to generate new knowledge based on these values. This year’s conference will focus on research and art that challenge colonialist academic structures and paradigms, that tell stories in their authentic historical contexts, and that celebrate indigenous ways. Artists, researchers, educators, and visionaries from all cultures and disciplines will share and discuss research of local significance; technological innovation designed to empower, include, and decolonize; listening practices (in culture, history, language, environment, and perception studies); and interrelations among old and new practices.
Speech title : “Literary (Re)Vision: Decolonization and the Myths of Nation-making” Grace V. S. Chin is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Much of her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Southeast Asian literatures, with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and diasporas. Starting with her PhD dissertation on censorship and silence in the fiction works of Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese women writers, Dr. Chin later expanded her research field to include the literatures of Brunei and Indonesia. She has received several grants for her work, and was awarded senior fellowship in 2016 by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden. Her articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, including Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, World Englishes, Postcolonial Text, and Journal of International Women’s Studies, as well as in books published by Springer, John Benjamins, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She is co-editor of a recently published volume titled The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity, and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines (2018), and has a forthcoming edited volume titled Appropriating Kartini: Colonial, National and Transnational Memories of an Indonesian Icon, which will be published by Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).