Second Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2023)

HICELLS 2022 is postponed to March 10-11, 2023

“Research and Teaching 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 Second Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2023) with its theme “Research and Teaching in English Language and Literature” at UH Hilo main campus on March 10-11, 2023. 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

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 at Abstract Submission Form on or before September 1, 2022. If you have questions about the abstract submission, please email Francis Dumanig at
Abstract Notification of Acceptance: October 15, 2022

Registration Fee

Early Registration: (October 15, 2022 to December 15, 2022): $ 200.00
Regular Registration: (December 21, 2022 to February 15, 2023): $ 250.00
Student Registration: (October 15, 2022 to February 15, 2023): $200.00
Conference Registration Deadline: February 15, 2023

Conference Registration

Note: Non-US participants and presenters, please register only when your US visa is approved. Registration fee is non-refundable. For more information, email Francis Dumanig at

Note: The conference dinner will be at UH Hilo’s University Classroom Building (UCB) 127 on March 13, 2020.

HICELLS 2022 Guidelines for Oral Presentation (20 minutes)

  • The time allocated for each presenter is 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for question and answer). Please take note that the session chair will be strict in the timekeeping, so please stick to the time allotted in each presentation.
  • Below are some of the specific guidelines that presenters must be familiar:
  • If you are using the PowerPoint, make sure that you save it on a thumb drive.
  • If you are using videos or audio on your presentation, test them first before the presentation starts.
  • If you are using your own computer, please ask for assistance to connect before your presentation.

HICELLS 2023 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Richard R. Day Dr. Richard R. Day, Professor, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa, is the author of numerous publications, particularly on second language reading. His most recent publications are New Ways in Teaching Reading, and Teaching Reading. He is the co-author of Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom, and the co-editor of Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language. Professor Day is also the co-author of Impact Issues Books 1 – 3, and Cover to Cover, Books 1 – 3. He is the co-editor of the online scholarly journal, Reading in a Foreign Language, and co-founder of the Extensive Reading Foundation.

Dr. Peter Sayer Dr. Peter Sayer is a Professor of Language Education Studies at the Ohio State University. His work is in educational sociolinguistics, with a focus on how language ideologies and identities shape multilingual education. He has more than 60 publications, including the book Tensions and Ambiguities in English Language Teaching (Routledge, 2012), on topics such as translanguaging, linguistic landscape, and social class and language teaching. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is currently the editor of the TESOL Journal.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Willy Ardian Renandya Dr. Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a frequent plenary speaker at ELT conferences and has published extensively in the area of second language education. His publications include Language Teaching Methodology: An anthology of current practice (2002, Cambridge University Press), Student-centred cooperative learning (2019, Springer International), and a recently published book chapter The primacy of extensive reading and listening (2020, with Richard Day). He maintains a large language teacher professional development forum called Teacher Voices.
E-mail address:
Website: Willy’s ELT Corner
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Dr. Kris Roney Dr. Kris Roney is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH Hilo. She is a former Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Founding Dean, University College & Graduate Studies, at California State University - Monterey Bay, a position she has held since 2014. In 2016, she founded University College in partnership with and in support of faculty and staff within the then Office of Undergraduate Studies, and also led the creation of graduate and credential student-focused policies and procedures in academic and cross-divisional teams. At CSU – Monterey Bay, she led high-impact practice academic departments and student success centers serving students from matriculation through graduation. Prior to CSU - Monterey Bay, she served in other administrative and faculty positions at the University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College) from 2003 – 2014 where she partnered across a multi-campus environment of 16,000 students for core curriculum and learning support planning, assessment, faculty development, and strategic space use and allocations. Dr. Roney is the author of numerous student- and faculty-success grants, a participant in several Association of American Colleges & Universities planning groups, and the recipient of various awards and medals, including the 2019 CSU – Monterey Bay President’s Medal for Administrators.

Dr. Seri Luangphinith
Dr. Seri Luangphinith is a Professor of English and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is a former Chair of the Humanities Division and Chair of the English Department at UHH. She specializes in Post Colonial Literature and Theory, and Asian Film and Television. She has published some of her works and one of her latest publications is the book entitled, "The Paths We Cross: The Lives and Legacies of Koreans on the Big Island," published by Ka Noio ʻAʻe Ale, UH Hilo's Independent Press. She received a letter recently from the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in who expressed appreciation for her recent work. Her research started relatively modestly but evolved into a 201-page book in English and Korean with numerous historical photographs.

Dr. Stefanie Pillia Dr. Stefanie Shamila Pillai is a Professor at the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya (UM), and currently the Dean of the Social Advancement and Happiness Research Cluster at UM. Her areas of research include varieties of English, language use in multilingual contexts, language documentation, language revitalisation, and English language education. Her work in these areas has been published in journals like Asian Englishes, Education + Training, English Today, World Englishes, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and Language and Communication. Apart from this, Prof Pillai is involved in the Ministry of Higher Education's task force for the national higher institutions centres of excellence (HICoE) programme and the task force consortium for research excellence programme. She is also part of a team that trains selected deans from Malaysian universities in collaboration with the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy.

Dr. Kirsten Møllegaard Dr. Kirsten Møllegaard is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. She received her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees from the 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) and manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan. She has contributed numerous book chapters on fairy tales, film, literature, comics, and graphic novels. She has coauthored articles on literary analysis with students. Her research articles and book reviews have appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, Journal of American Culture, International Journal of Literary Humanities, Journal of Popular Culture, Supernatural Studies, Western American Literature, Modern Journal of English Language Teaching and Literature, and Folklore.

Dr. Sydney Villegas Dr. Sydney Villegas, is an English teacher at Lahainaluna High School. She is a former lecturer in the English Department and Filipino Studies at the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from De La Salle University-Manila. She also holds a Certificate in ESOL TKT from Cambridge University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in TESOL from SEAMEO Regional Language Centre in Singapore. She has extensive experience in English language teaching as a trainer, researcher, grant writer, and teacher. Her areas of expertise are in second language writing and developing students' voices in writing. She is a registered translator and interpreter at the Hawaii State Judiciary. She does the court, medical, academic, and immigration interpreting from English to Tagalog and from Tagalog to English. A certified in Simultaneous, Consecutive, and Sight interpreting. She translated books, pamphlets, brochures, and other materials for various agencies in Hawaii.


Conference Organizing Committee

For more information

Contact the Conference Chair, Francis Dumanig
Assistant Professor, English; Program Coordinator, TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
(808) 932-7936
(808) 932-7214
Kanakaʻole Hall (K)-216

HICELLS 2020 Publication

Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature cover HICELLS 2020 Publication at MJSELT - Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature

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