Alba García Martínez (Alba Refulgente) works and lives in Badalona, a residential city near Barcelona, which has influenced her artistic career. She studied fine arts at the University of Barcelona, where she completed her studies with a master's degree in artistic creation, both with honorable mention. She is currently doing a PhD on the game as an artistic medium at the same university with the FPU scholarship for young researchers and teaches. She has been awarded with several prizes such as the Werner Töni and the Microresidencia in the Cuauht of Azuqueca. She has permanent work at the U Arts Space of Chengdu (China) and La Doce de Boiro (A Coruña, Spain). She is curator of the winning negOCIO exhibition, and winner of the III Buit Blanc at the CC Las Cigarreras de Alicante (2018).
Carlos Ezquerra González is a doctoral researcher in theory of science, technology, and society (STS) at the Universitat de Barcelona. His work deals with the resolution of emergencies of the contemporary world, where he specializes in technoscience, politics and economics, the latter being the focus of his PhD project.
Born in Barcelona, he holds a BEng and a MEng in civil engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2008), a BA in philosophy at the Universitat de Barcelona (2012) and a MSc in economic analysis at the Universitat Autònona de Barcelona (2014).
He has worked as an environmental consultant (2014-2016) and now combines research and teaching activities at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universitat de Barcelona.
Elsie Albis works as a full-time college instructor at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Philippines where she teaches undergraduate courses on English and literature. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in language and literature in the same university. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in literature at University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila. Her research areas include postcolonial Bikol, Philippine poetry and fiction, gender and postmodern studies.
Fariha Asif is a teacher trainer, certified mentor, researcher, international presenter and coordinator-mentoring program/ESL lecturer at English Language Institute, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. She was awarded as an Emerging Scholar at both the Thirteenth International Conference of New Directions in the Humanities at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2015, and the Twenty-fifth International Conference on Learning in Athens, Greece in June, 2018. She has presented her research paper at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK on 21-23 March, 2018. She also has presented in the Applied Linguistics & Language Teaching Conference at Zayed University, Dubai, U.A.E. on 8-10 March, 2018. She was honored with a prestigious award of one-year Leadership Mentoring Program by TESOL Arabia, 2017. She was selected as a conference ambassador for TACON 2017.
Furthermore, She has attended China-Europe dialogue at Media Communication Studies Summer School, Switzerland in July, 2016, and presented her research paper there. In March 2014, she presented her research paper at Harvard University and Nevada University, USA. In July, 2013, she attended Nineteenth International Congress of Linguists, Geneva, Switzerland and met the father of linguistics, Mr. Noam Chomsky there.
Juan Diego García-Castro is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Granada. He is a lecturer from the University of Costa Rica who has been awarded a PhD scholarship. His research interests are social psychology of inequality, political psychology, ideology and psychometrics. He is part of the Social Psychology of Inequality Lab at the University of Granada.
Juan Manuel García Fernández is a PhD student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and fellow of the consortium of literatures and cultures at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his BA at the University of Granada, Spain, in translation and interpreting. He also obtained two different master’s degrees at the University of Salamanca and the University of Colorado, Boulder. His field of studies is the twentieth century Spanish literature and culture with a focus on its intersection with religion. His last project on the topic examines the portrayal of religious performance related to Catholicism in Spanish literature and film.
Keir Singleton is an assistant professor of English at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. She is a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a PhD in humanities where she specialized in African American literature and Shakespearean literature. Her research focused on the psychological, economical, and cultural implications that impact colonization in a post-colonial society.
She is a lifetime member of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society and an award recipient for academic excellence in national security studies, English and foreign language studies, and the Tuthill King Endowment.
She speaks fluent Mandarin, which afforded her the opportunity to work in China. In Keir’s spare time, she engages in extensive international travels and humanitarian work.
Cherie Acosta is an assistant professor of costume design at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She merges art, science and the performing arts through textile design. Currently her collaboration with pathologists from Johns Hopkins, Beautiful Affliction is on exhibit at the Museum of Medical Science in Houston. She also designs for performance collectives. Her work has premiered in Houston at the Rothko Chapel, The Contemporary Arts Museum, The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, MATCH, the University of Houston, Lamar University, Diverse Works, and Barnvelder. Internationally, her designs have premiered at The American University in Paris and Emily Carr University in Canada.
Originally from Boston, Ronit moved to Israel in 2006. She completed her BA at the IDC, Herzliya, in government. Her MA in English literature is from Tel Aviv University. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, The Victorian and The Journal of Critical Cultural Studies. She currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Tamara White is an adjunct professor in the department of English and modern languages at Clark Atlanta University, where she has been since 2011. She received a BA and MA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Currently, Tamara is a PhD candidate in humanities at Clark Atlanta University.
Her research interest intersects both Africana women studies and speculative fiction. Her work has been on challenging systematic and social constructs for women around the world, particularly women of color.
She is a Lettie Pate Whitehead scholar and a member of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society.
This scholarly experience provided the opportunity to gain enriching insights from scholars with diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives all over the world. I was able to build a strong professional network with experts in the field of humanities."
I am very proud to be one of the Graduate Scholars and grateful that I had chance to build relationships and also share my work. Hopefully, I am able to make the best use of this experience in the future."
Since it was my first conference undertaking this kind of administrative/support role, I learned a lot about the mechanics of this kind of large conference, including what is required for things to go smoothly and what kind of problems may arise."