Prof. Masami Usui
Doshisha University, Japan

Masami Usui received her BA and MA from Kobe College, Japan, and her second MA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1989.  After teaching at Hiroshima University, she is currently Professor of English at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.  She has been doing her research and writings on Virginia Woolf and women writers, Asian American literature and culture, and popular culture.  She published papers in Japan, England, Korea, USA, Germany, etc., and contributed to Virginia Woolf and War (1991), Asian American Playwrights (2002), Literature in English: New Ethnical, Cultural, and Transnational Perspective (2013), Virginia Woolf and December 1910 (2014), etc.  Along with MLA, International Virginia Woolf Conference, International Popular Culture Conference, American Studies Association Conference, she has presented her papers at Academia Senica in Taiwan, ASAK and KAFSEL in Korea, MESEA in Hungary, CISLE in Canada, International Conference on Asian American Expressive Culture in Beijing, China, International Conference: The Cultural Translation and East Asia, Bangor, England, The 20th Annual Conference of EALA in Taiwan, and International PC/ACS Conference in Poland, and the 2014 International Symposium on Cross-Cultural Studies, Taiwan, International Conference: English Studies as Archive and as Prospecting the 80th Anniversary Conference, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, The 3rd International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Culture 2014, Penang, Malaysia, Expanding the Parameters of Asian American Literature: An International Conference, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China, The CISLE 2015, Gottingen University, Germany, the MLA International Symposium in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies.

Prof. Keiko IKEDA
Kansai University, Japan

Professor Keiko IKEDA is Ph.D. from University of Hawai'i at Manoa specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, conversation analysis. Her research areas include (1) ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, and multimodal analysis of various social interactions such as political communication, human robot interaction, ICT enhanced classrooms, and (2) International Education (particularly Internationalization at Home).
Some of her most recent publications are the following:
Collateral damage: An investigation of non-combatant teasing by American service personnel in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. Co-authored with Bysouth, D., Jeloos-Haghi, S.  Pragmatics and Society.6(3):338-366. 2015
Interactions between a quiz robot and multiple participants: Focusing on speech, gaze and bodily conduct in Japanese and English speakers. Co-authored with Akiko Yamazaki,Keiichi Yamazaki Interactional Studies13(3): 366-389, 2014
Laughter and Turn-taking: Warranting next speakership in multiparty interactions In Glenn & Holt (eds.) Studies of Laughter in Interaction ,Co-authored with Bysouth, D., Bloomsbury.2013. Pp.39-64.

Assoc. Prof. Maryna Romanets
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Maryna Romanets is an Associate Professor of English/Women's and Gender Studies. She holds two doctoral degrees, from the former Soviet Union and Canada. Prior to coming to UNBC taught in the Departments of English at the Chernivtsi State University, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Lethbridge. Her research interests include Comparative Literature, Postcolonial and World Literatures; Women’s Literature; and Contemporary Critical Theory. She has published articles on contemporary Irish, British and Ukrainian literatures focusing on the issues of representation and gender, postcolonialism and intertextual relations, and politics and language, as well as on the mechanisms of textual production and translation theory and praxis in Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and USA. The author of Anamorphosic Texts and Reconfigured Visions: Improvised Traditions in Contemporary Ukrainian and Irish Literature (2007), she is currently working on a book project titled “Postcolonial ‘Erotomaniac’ Fictions and the Making of New Identities in Ukraine.”