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Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS) 2020

“Trends in Research and Pedagogical Innovations in English Language and Literature”

Aerial photo of the UH Hilo campus down to Hilo Bay
Aerial photo of the UH Hilo campus down to Hilo Bay

The Department of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo organizes the Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS) with its theme “Trends in Research and Pedagogical Innovations in English Language and Literature” at UH Hilo main campus on March 13-14, 2020. The conference aims to provide an avenue for research scholars in the fields of English language and literature Studies to share their expertise with other scholars, researchers, and students from various international backgrounds, and to discuss among scholars and educators the new trends in research and pedagogy in English language and Literature.


The conference will cover the following topics:

English Language Studies

  • Applied Linguistics and English Language Education
  • English Language Curriculum and Teaching Materials
  • Cross-cultural communication and ELT
  • Discourse and Society
  • English Language Policy
  • Language and globalization
  • Language and Media
  • Language Learning and Acquisition
  • Language Testing and Evaluation
  • Multilingualism and Translation
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Technology and E-learning
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Translation and Media


  • English and American Literature
  • Literature and Media
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Stylistics
  • World Literature
  • Pacific Island Literature
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Gender and Literature

Abstract Submission Extended until December 1, 2019

The abstract should be:

  1. Between 200 and 250 words and a list of not more than five keywords.
  2. Must have a clearly defined theoretical framework or approach.

Please submit your abstract online on or before December 1, 2019. If you have questions about the abstract submission, please email Francis Dumanig at fdumanig@hawaii.edu.

Deadline: December 1, 2019
Abstract Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2019

Early Registration: (October 15, 2019 to December 20, 2019): $ 180.00
Regular Registration: (December 21, 2019 to February 15, 2020): $ 210.00
Student Registration: (October 15, 2019 to February 15, 2020): $180.00
Conference Registration Deadline: February 15, 2020


All presenters and participants are required to REGISTER ONLINE


Keynote Speakers

Prof. William O'Grady Prof. William O’Grady is a Professor at the Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a full member at the Center for Korean Studies, UH Mānoa Island Studies Program, and an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Faculty Member at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Prof. O’Grady has published a number of scholarly research papers and books, such as, Contemporary Linguistic Analysis, Contemporary Linguistics, Syntactic Development, How Children Learn Language, Principles of Grammar and Learning, Syntactic Carpentry, and Crime in Canadian Context.

His major interest within the field of second language studies involves the elaboration of an emergentist approach to language acquisition that relies on processing considerations to explain why and how language unfolds in the particular way that it does in the course of development.

Dr. Peter I. De Costa Dr. Peter I. De Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Through a joint appointment with the College of Education, Peter is also a member of the MSU Department of Teacher Education.

Before joining MSU, Peter taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Peter’s primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA). He researches other issues in educational linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research as well as language teacher and learner emotions. His areas of expertise are Second Language Acquisition, Language Policy and Planning, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Maya Khemlani David Prof. Maya Khemlani David is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, United Kingdom. As a sociolinguist, Prof. David has a special interest in discourse analysis, languages in Malaysian minority communities, and the role of language in establishing and maintaining national unity. Maya David is the Linguapax Prize Winner for 2007. Her publications include The Sindhis of Malaysia: A Sociolinguistic Account (2001, London, ASEAN) and co-written Writing a Research Paper (2006, Serdang: UPM). Her co-edited and edited publications are 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).

Dr. Kirsten Møllegaard Prof. Kirsten Møllegaard is Professor of English at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She received her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and has been teaching at UH Hilo since 2005. She specializes in oral tradition and folklore. Her research reflects a broad range of interests in literature and film, specifically the intersectionality of places, people, and stories past and present. She is co-editor of Narratives of Place in Literature and Film (Routledge 2019). She has contributed numerous book chapters on fairy tales, film, literature, and comics and graphic novels. Her research articles and book reviews have appeared in International Journal of Comic Art, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, Supernatural Studies, Western American Literature, and Folklore.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Leah Gustilo Dr. Leah Gustilo, an Associate Professor and a Research Fellow in the Department of English and Applied Linguistics in De La Salle University, is the current Vice President of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, an Article Editor of Sage Open Publications, and the Chief Editor of Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature. Formerly, she was the Director of De La Salle University’s Center for English and Lifelong Learning, Chief Editor of Philippine ESL Journal, and Associate Editor of Philippine Journal of Linguistics. She was involved in several research projects funded by the British Council, Fund to Assistance for Private Education, Philippines; Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippines; Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.; and University Research Coordination Office of De La Salle University. She has published articles on Philippine English, internet talk, use of technology in the classroom, language and gender, and ESL writing and assessment.

Dr. Junifer Abatayo Dr. Junifer Abatayo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Language Studies and Chairman at the Centre for Educational Development (CED), Sohar University, Oman. He is a trained Site Reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), USA and Regional Representative of the Association of Language Assessment in Asia. He is the founder of KSAALT (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers) Yanbu Chapter in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He used to be the Chairman of the Language Testing and Assessment Unit at the English Language Center at Yanbu Royal Commission. Dr. Abatayo presented his research works in various conferences and published some of his studies in international peer-reviewed journals. He also has conducted several seminars and workshops in Language Testing and Assessment.

Dr. Jayson Parba Dr. Jayson Parba holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Second Language Studies from the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His primary focus in both research and teaching is social justice in education. He specializes in second and heritage language teaching of Filipino in the U.S. context, particularly in Hawaiʻi. His research interests include critical pedagogy, language policy, planning, and practices, critical literacy in heritage and ESL contexts, and teacher/learner identities. He has published his research in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, International Journal of Multilingualism, and Linguistics and Education, among others.


Conference Organizing Committee

For more information

Contact the Conference Chair, Francis Dumanig
Assistant Professor, English, English Department
(808) 932-7936
(808) 932-7214
Francis Dumanig on LinkedIn
Kanakaʻole Hall (K), Room 216