In the media

Honors, awards

  • Marie-Hélène Huet was named to the Comité d’honneur of the Société Jules Verne. The society, and its sister organizations in other countries, promotes interest in Jules Verne and his writing.
  • Emma Teng was appointed by Mass Humanities to its Board of Directors Executive Committee, and to Chair the Nominations and Membership Committee. Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts.


  • Takako Aikawa published “Are we ready to be friends with Machine Translation?” in The Proceedings of the 30th Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference, London, ON, Canada, pp. 11-20.
  • Sabine Levet published “Effects of Presence in Videoconference Exchanges” in Screens and Scenes: Multimodal Communication in Online Intercultural Encounters in Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication, edited by Richard Kern and Christine Develotte, 230-255, 2018
  • Paul Roquet published “Peripheral Visions” in the online web magazine Real Life (July)
  • Emma Teng published “華語語系研究與批判性混種研究(CMRS)之交織性:從邊界立場重新探討”華人”族群認同” [At the Intersections of Sinophone Studies and Critical Mixed Race Studies: Re-Examining the Boundaries of Chineseness] in Jindai zhongguo funushi yanjiu [Modern Chinese Women’s History] published by the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, vol. 31 (June), pp. 159-175.
  • Jing Wang‘s new book manuscript, “China’s Gray Zone: Non-Confrontational Activism on the Social Web,” was accepted for publication by Harvard University Press.

Lectures, seminars, conference presentations

  • Takako Aikawa gave two presentations in August: “Are we ready to be friends with Machine Translation?” at the 2018 Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) Annual Conference in London, ON, Canada; and “Impact of VR/AR on our future language education” at the 2018 International Conference on Japanese Language Education (ICJLE) in Venice, Italy.
  • Nilma Dominique co-organized the symposium on Teaching Portuguese for Native Speakers, Heritage Speakers, and as a Foreign Language at the II International Congress on Languages, Cultures and Literatures in Dialogue, held in Brasilia, Brazil, between August 16-18, 2018.
  • Jane Dunphy presented a seminar on “Strategic Communication: Hierarchies & Domain Expertise” in August for the Center for Transportation and Logistics” at MIT. In July she gave a week-long series of seminars at MIT on “American Culture 101” for visiting faculty and students from the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China. Also in July she gave a seminar at MIT for nuclear engineering faculty and graduate students from the University of Aix-Marseille, “Designing and Delivering Effective Sponsor Talks.” In June she gave a talk on “Toward a Pedagogical Mapping of Tasks, Channels & Language Use” at the Consortium on Graduate Communication Summer Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. She also gave a workshop in June at MIT on “Leading Recitations 101” for Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) tutors, OEOP, School of Engineering, MIT. MITES is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors, many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
  • Masami Ikeda-Lamm presented a paper, “An Independent Study Project for Promoting Learner Autonomy in Upper Level Japanese Class,” at the 27th Koide Japanese Pedagogy Annual Conference at International Christian University, Tokyo, on June 30, 2018. Her paper is published in the proceedings of the conference. Masami also led a roundtable discussion titled “Supporting and Evaluating Diverse Learners in Japanese Classroom: The Future of Japanese Classes Containing Self-Taught Learners,” with Tomoko Ikeda (McGill University) at CAJLE (Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education) 2018 Annual Conference, Huron University College in London, Ontario, on August 21, 2018. The presentation and outcomes from the roundtable discussion will be published in the proceedings of conference.
  • Haohsiang Liao was invited to deliver a plenary speech, “The Implementation of FACT and ACT in Global Chinese Language MOOC Education,” at The Fifth International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language, by the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language on September 13. He also presented two papers this summer: “From Quantity to Quality: Pedagogical Advancements in Chinese Language Online Education,” at The Fourth International Conference for Chinese Heritage Education, National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools, Detroit, MI; and “Global Chinese Language Pedagogy in the Era of MOOCs,” at the 2018 International Conference The Future of Education, Florence, Italy.
  • Paul Roquet’s summer and fall presentations included: “Peripheral Visions: Ambient Media from Muzak to Mixed Reality,” invited talk at Tokyo University of the Arts (July); “Japan’s Mixed Realities: Urbanizing AR/VR,” delivered as part of Beijing Normal University Media/Anime/Digital Industries Summer School, Tokyo University of the Arts (July); and “From Headphones to the Head-Mounted Display: Towards an Audiocentric History of Media Immersion,” Sound Culture Studies and Modernity in Asia Conference, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (September).
  • Emma Teng participated in two conference roundtables: “Forgotten Geographies” and “The Future of AAS-in-Asia Conferences”  hosted by the Association for Asian Studies-in-Asia Conference, Ashoka University, Delhi, India.

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