"Conflict in the Periodical Press": Keynote speakers


- Zahra Mustafa Awad

Zahra Mustafa Awad is currently Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Jordan, Amman. 
She graduated with a doctorate in Foreign Language Instruction and Applied Linguistics from the State University of New York in 1987. Since then, for at least 28 years, she has been working in higher education and academic research inside and outside Jordan. 

She is an expert in foreign language instruction, discourse analysis and intercultural communication. She teaches a wide variety of courses at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Her research focuses on English for specific purposes, Computer assisted language learning, foreign language learning and teaching, cross-cultural communication and discourse analysis. She has published extensively in these fields in international journals, and co-authored two textbooks on ESP. 

Zahra has been involved in local, regional and international academic and research activities inside and outside Jordan through leading research teams, organizing and participating in conferences, workshops and seminars; and serving on research committees, scientific committees and editorial boards of international journals. She served as the vice president of the Association of Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities, Chair of the organizing and Scientific committees of Power to Connect in a Changing World: International Conference on Linguistics, Literature and Translation, member of the research committee for The Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, Tokyo-Japan (2003), member of the organizing and scientific committees of several conferences, and a member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Arabic-English Studies, and Voices in Asia Journal

Zahra has long been involved in developing tertiary education and university administration inside and outside Jordan. She served as Chair of The Royal Subcommittee for Improving English Language Skills of University Students in Jordan, Dean and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Jordan, Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Amman AL-Ahliyyeh University, Coordinator of the Faculty of Science and Arts at Abu Dhabi University and Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science and Arts at the University of Science and Technology in Jordan. 

Zahra is a recipient of several grants and awards including a Fulbright Post Doctoral Research Grant, a DAAD Scholarship, and a TCT Award, Research Award and Teaching Excellence Award from Abu Dhabi University, in addition to other fellowships and scholarships from SUNY at Stony Brook as a graduate student.

Area of Expertise: foreign language learning and teaching, English for Specific Purposes, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Discourse Analysis and Cross-Cultural Communication.


- Anna Baldini

Dr. Anna Baldini graduated at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (2001) and got a PhD in Italian Literature at the University of Siena (2005). In 2008 she published the book Il comunista. Una storia letteraria dalla Resistenza agli anni Settanta, in which she reconstructs the history of Italian literature between WWII and the 1970s through an analysis of the literary treatment of Communist characters.

In her book Dr Baldini draws on Bourdieu’s sociological theory in order to investigate theoretical questions such as the life-span of cultural innovations, the behaviour of the social actors involved, the figure of the politically engaged writer and the relationships between narrative creativity and politics or the publishing industry. She also explores these issues in the “Introduction” to a special issue on Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of literature on the journal Allegoria.

She pursues a long-term interest in Jewish Studies and in particular in Primo Levi’s work, about which she published numerous essays.

She is currently Research Fellow at the Università per Stranieri di Siena and she is working on a history of the XXth century Italian literary field. Her current research is part of the Firb project “History and Digital Maps of German Literature in Italy in the 20th Century: Publishing, Field Structure, Interference”.



- Andrew Thacker

Professor Thacker's main area of research is upon all areas of modernism and modernist culture, with a particular emphasis upon institutions of modernism such as magazines and bookshops. He has published many books and articles on modernism, including the monographs, Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism (2003) and The Imagist Poets (2011), and the edited / co-edited volumes, James Joyce's Dubliners (2006) and Geographies of Modernism (2005). He was co-director of the AHRC-funded Modernist Magazines Project which resulted in three volumes of essays for OUP, The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. He is currently working on three projects: a monograph on Modernism, Space, and the City for Edinburgh University Press; a cultural history of the modern bookshop; and a new series of volumes on global modernist magazines.
Professor Thacker has received research funding from the AHRB, AHRC, and British Academy. Currently he serves on the Executive of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) and was its first elected Chair.
He is an editor of the long-running interdisciplinary journal, Literature & History and a member of the Centre for Travel Writing Studies at NTU.

Selected publications
- The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines vol.3: Europe. Thacker A, Bru S, Weikop C and Brooker P, 2013, Oxford University Press
- The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines vol.2: North America. Thacker A and Brooker P, 2012, Oxford University Press
- Texts and Editions of Jean Rhys: Another Voyage in the Dark. Thacker A, Women: A Cultural Review, 2012, 23 (4), 510
- The Imagist Poets. Thacker A, British Council / Northcote House, Writers and Their Work Series, 2011
- The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Thacker A, Brooker P, Gasiorek A and Longworth D, 2010, Oxford University Press
- The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines vol.1 Britain and Ireland, 1880-1955.Thacker A and Brooker P, 2009, Oxford University Press
- Geographies of Modernism: Literature, Cultures, Spaces. Thacker A and Brooker P, 2005, Routledge
- Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism.  Thacker A, 2003, Manchester University Press.