MICOLLAC 2016 as a Platform for Interdisciplinary Research
MICOLLAC 2016 officiating ceremony. From left: Ybhg. Prof. Dr. Abdul Muati@Zamri Ahmad (Dean of FBMK), YBhg. Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris (Vice Chancellor of UPM) and Dr. Zalina Kasim (Chair of MICOLLAC 2016)
PENANG, 17 AUGUST – The Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM has organised the 9th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MICOLLAC 2016). Held from 16 until 18 August 2016 at Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, its main focus was on interdisciplinary research in languages, literatures and cultures.
The chair of the conference, Dr. Zalina Mohd Kasim said that the conference promoted the practice of sharing and disseminating knowledge across three main disciplines: languages, literatures and cultures.
“The main objective of MICOLLAC 2016 is to provide a platform for local and international academics, teaching professionals, researchers, policy makers and students to share and discuss the latest research findings that are capable to spearhead the development of knowledge in the fields of languages, literatures and cultures,” she said.
The conference was officiated by the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia, YBhg. Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris. In her opening address, YBhg. Prof Datin Paduka Dr.Aini Ideris stated that the conference’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity reflects UPM’s aspiration.
“The conference’s theme Engaging Threads and Trends is in line with UPM’s Strategic Plan 2014-2020. It supports the university’s mission which is to cultivate in the staff members and students the value of excellence, diversity, continuity and integrity,' she said.
One of the highlights of MICOLLAC 2016 was the abstract writing competition for local and international graduate students. Held in partnership with Taylor and Francis Asia, the winners of the competition were chosen from three different areas: linguistics, literature and cultural studies. UPM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris presented the prizes and certificates to the five winners of the competition. They were Teresa Ong Wai See (Griffith University Australia – Linguistics), Farhana Abdul Fatah (Warwick University, UK – cultural studies), Seng Hui Zeng (Universiti Putra Malaysia – Linguistics), Gurpreet Kaur (Warwick University, UK – literature) dan Andy Fung (Hong Kong Polytechnic University – linguistics).
The biennial MICOLLAC conference which began in 1999 has demonstrated its reputation as a comprehensive and exciting conference in the fields of languages, literatures and cultures at national and international level. 335 participants from 20 countries attended the conference, with a number of 246 papers presented during the three-day event.
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