Keynote Speakers

An international conference hosted by the
Centre for Translation and the Translation Programme,
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

In collaboration with the
Genealogies of Knowledge Project, University of Manchester, UK

7-9 April 2020



Keynote speakers


Daryn Lehoux

Transmission, Translation, and Trans-temporality in the Epistemology of Science: A Test Case in the History — and Historiography — of Ancient Greek Astrology


Daryn Lehoux is Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author of Creatures Born of Mud and Slime: The Wonder and Complexity of Spontaneous Generation (Johns Hopkins, 2017), What Did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking (Chicago, 2012), and Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World (Cambridge, 2007), as well as the co-editor of Lucretius: Poetry, Philosophy, Science (Oxford, 2013). He has published extensively on the history and philosophy of science and works at the intersections of epistemology and historiography.

Tony McEnery

The Road to Brexit: A Discourse Historical Analysis of 5 Decades of News Reporting on Europe in the Times Newspaper


Tony McEnery is the Founding Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS). He is also Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK. He was the founding Director of Research at the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (2005-2008) and later was Director of Research (2016-2018) and interim Chief Executive (2017-2018) of the UK Economic and Social Research Council. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2008-2012) and Head of Department of the Department of Linguistics and English Language (2000-2005) at Lancaster University. He has authored a large number of books on the use of large bodies of language data, so called corpora, to study language and has used them to explore a range of languages. His published works include Corpus Linguistics: Theory Method and Practice (CUP, 2011), Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: The Representation of Islam in the UK Press (CUP, 2013) and Aspect in Chinese (with Richard Xiao, John Benjamins, 2004).

Tejaswini Niranjana

Tejaswini Niranjana is currently Professor and Head, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is also Visiting Professor with the School of Arts and Science at Ahmedabad University, India. She is co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, which offered an innovative inter-disciplinary PhD programme from 2000-2012. During 2012-16, she headed the Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and was Indian-language advisor to Wikipedia. She is the author of Siting Translation: History, Post-structuralism and the Colonial Context (Berkeley, 1992), Mobilizing India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad (Durham, 2006), and Musicophilia in Mumbai (forthcoming in 2019). Among her edited volumes is Genealogies of the Asian Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Delhi, 2015), with Wang Xiaoming.

Seteney Shami

Transdisciplinary Knowledge Circulations and Knowledge Connections: Academia, Activism and Critique in the Arab Region


Seteney Shami is an anthropologist and serves as Founding Director of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), a regional non-profit organization based in Beirut, as well as Program Director for the Middle East North Africa and InterAsia programs at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Her fieldwork has focused on Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and the North Caucasus, and her research interests include ethnicity and nationalism in the context of globalization, urban politics and state‐building strategies, and population displacement and transnational mobility. She recently co-edited Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (with C. Miller-Idriss, SSRC and NYU Press, 2016), and co-authored Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities make Knowledge in a Global Era (with M. Stevens and C. Miller-Idriss, Princeton University Press, 2018). She has taught at Yarmouk University, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago and Stockholm University and has been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. She has served on the editorial boards of Central Asian Survey, The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Cultural Anthropology, Maghreb-Machrek and others.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Epistemologies of the South: Abyssal Lines, Translation and Ecologies of Knowledges


Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from McGill University. He is Director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum, in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German and Chinese. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico (2010) and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association (2011). His most recent project, ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences, was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. Webpage:

Wang Hui

The Birth of Heavenly Principle (Tianli,天理): A Genealogical Study of the Concept of Tianli in Song Confucianism


Wang Hui (汪晖) is Distinguished Professor in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsinghua University, Changjiang Scholar, and Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He started his career as a scholar in modern Chinese literature and moved to Chinese intellectual history after achieving his PhD in 1988 at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Between 1996 and 2007, he served as co-editor of Dushu magazine and organized a series of significant intellectual debates in China. Since 2002, he has taught at Tsinghua University, where he conducts research on Chinese intellectual history, modern Chinese literature and social theory. His publications include The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (four volumes), The Depoliticized Politics, The ‘Tibetan Question’ between East and West, From an Asian Perspective: Narrations of Chinese History, and The Short Twentieth Century: The Chinese Revolution and the Logic of Politics. Many of his works have been translated into different languages. These include China’s New Order, The End of the Revolution, The Politics of Imagining Asia, China from Empire to Nation-State, and China’s Twentieth Century. The full Korean translation of his four-volume book The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought will soon be available. In 2008, he was nominated as one of ‘The Top 100 Public Intellectuals’ in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect and, again, among ‘The Top 65 World Thinkers’ by Prospect. He is the winner of several prizes, including the 2013 Luca Pacioli Prize (2013) and the Annelies Maier Research Award (2018).