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ROBERT FOX, PhD (USA)

He is a professor of Literature at the Southern Illinois University SIUC in Carbondale Illinois, USA. He earlier taught at the University of Ife in Nigeria and at Suffolk University in Boston. His current research primarily involves issues of post-coloniality, multiculturalism, black aesthetics, and “race.” He is also an author of several books.

RAZINAT T. MOHAMMED, PhD (Nigeria)

She teaches African Literature with specialization in Women Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Maiduguri. She is also a creative writer who made her debut in 2005 when her first book, a collection of short stories; A love Like a Woman’s and other Stories won the Maiden ANA/ Lantern Book prize. She has five novels to her credit.

NADIA EMBLENTON (UK)

A London-based researcher of identity politics and representation in contemporary Nigerian novels, her previous research focused on the arts and socio-political development across Africa, but more specifically in Nigeria and Ghana. Whilst her research is now in Nigerian literature, she is still very much interested in political and policy analysis across Africa.

Lusophone

FÉLIX AYOH’OMIDIRE (Nigeria)

A professor of Brazilian and Afro-Latin-American Studies in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His major research focus is on Yoruba Identity Studies in diverse societies including Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela and the USA.

KEYNA ELEISON (Brazil)

Curator, writer, researcher, heiress Griot and shaman, narrator, singer, ancient chronicler, Keyna is a member of the African Heritage Commission for laureation of the Valongo Wharf region as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO. Her areas of interests are: orientation of artistic processes, curating of exhibitions, art education; storytelling and oral knowledge.

Sinophone

DR. LI-RONG LILLY CHENG (China/USA)

A professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Executive Director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Cheng is the Managing Director of the Confucius Institute at SDSU. She is on the editorial board of several major professional journals. She has numerous professional publications and has lectured all over the world.

ROSA OVSHINSKY (Chinese)

With a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; she worked in Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 10 years before joining Energy Conversion Devices in Troy, Michigan. She has served as project leaders of various renewable energy projects; and was Vice President of Technology in Chevron-Ovonic Hydrogen Systems until her retirement in 2012.

LILY BIRMINGHAM (Taiwan)

After working for decades as a manager n Engineering, she has been a docent at the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) since 2013, giving tours regularly to adults and students on European, East Asian and South East Asian, American and Contemporary art. She has written, illustrated and published a children’s book about her childhood stories in Taiwan.

Francophone

VÉRONIQUE MAISIER, PhD (France)

She teaches French language, conversation and phonetics, as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her teaching also includes courses on French literature in translation, such as Masterpieces of French Literature, and Women in French and Francophone Literatures.

OLIVER ALFONSI (France)

Teacher and an art lover-patron, he taught Primary pupils at the French School of Lagos from 2004 to 2009, took a break; and resumed same jobsince 2016 when he returned to Nigeria. He worked at The French Cultural Center from 1997 to 1999, organising exhibitions & concerts. He has stayed in France, Nigeria & Gabon.

LUCILE HUGUET (France)

A journalist who works for a French public TV channel: Franceinfo, she did a Master Degree at the University of Caen, in English Literature and, a Master of Journalism in the France’s oldest school of Journalism ESJ Paris. She was part of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange in 2014.

Lusophone

CRISTIAN R. AQUINO-STERLING, PhD (Spain)

A researcher and teacher, he is currently examining 21st century innovations in (bilingual) teacher education theory, curriculum and pedagogies devised for preparing P-12 teachers capable of meeting the educational needs of minoritized linguistically diverse students attending mainstream or bilingual/dual language school contexts.

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