Dr. Eldad Tsabary (Co – Chair)

Keynote Topic: “The Arts as a Testing Ground for Democratic Education: The Internal and External Workings of Learning through Making Art”

Electroacoustic Studies, Music Department
Director, Concordia Laptop Orchestra
Concordia University,
Montreal, Canada

Dr. Eldad Tsabary is a professor of electroacoustic music at Concordia University (Montreal). He is founder and director of Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk)—a large electronic ensemble which specializes in interdisciplinary collaborative performances in which students function as co-creators/co-researchers. In the past decade, Eldad has also spearheaded research and development of a new sound-focused aural training method for electroacoustic musicians, which is inspired by perception studies and is based on a transformational, democratic educational model—primarily action research methodology. Eldad received his doctorate in music education from Boston University. He is the current president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC).


Prof. Dr. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi

Literacies and Translation
School of Languages,
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Topic: “Translation and its relevance as a tool for sensitizing culture and thought in the reader”

Dr. Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi is Professor in the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Dean of the school. She obtained her PhD (in Legal Translation) and M.A. in Translation (French-English) from University of Surrey, UK and B.A. (Cum Laude) from Linfield College, USA. Her experience is extensive both in administrative and academic capacities. To date, her administrative experience of 15 years includes service as Dean since 2013, and for 7 years as Director of the Centre for Languages and Translation, USM.  Her academic experience is vast covering graduate supervision, research and publication, postgraduate and undergraduate lecturing and teaching, curriculum and syllabus design, and as internal and examiner for doctoral theses, language consultancy, and as panel or member in national language-related committees. Tengku Sepora’s experience is particularly strong in postgraduate supervision, having successfully supervised over 20 PhD and 15 M.A. (by research) students mostly as sole supervisor in her field of expertise Translation Studies, and other fields including Critical Discourse Analysis, Applied Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, and Malay and English Language Teaching and Linguistics. Her postgraduate students come from many countries including Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Comoros Island (Africa), Morocco, Mauritania, Thailand, Indonesia and Oman. Many more postgraduate students are at different stages of their study under her supervision. Tengku Sepora has also published widely with many journal articles and 3 books to her name: Corpora in Translation: A Practical Guide (2010), Textwise in Translation (2006) and Build Your English (2005). Two more books are in print for publication in 2017. Her merits also include the designing of the school’s new M.A in Translation for Professionals recently offered in 2016, and language and culture intensive programs for international students, and establishment of a few international linkages.