The Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MICOLLAC) is a biennial conference organized by the Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Invited Speakers


Form and Formlessness in English Language Poetry

by Emeritus Professor Dr. Dennis Haskell

DENNIS HASKELL is the author of 8 collections of poetry and 14 volumes of literary scholarship. He is the recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the A A Phillips Prize, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, and Membership of the Order of Australia for “services to literature, … to education and to intercultural understanding”.

Plenary Speakers

Emeritus Professor Dr. Zoltán Kövecses

Zoltán Kövecses is Professor Emeritus in the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. His research focuses on conceptual metaphor theory, the language of emotions, and the relationship between metaphor and culture. His major publications include Metaphor and Emotion (2000, Cambridge UP), Metaphor in Culture (2005, Cambridge UP), Language, Mind, and Culture (2006, Oxford UP), Metaphor. A Practical Introduction (2002/2010, Oxford UP), Where Metaphors Come From (2015, Oxford UP), and Extended Conceptual Metaphor Theory (2020, Cambridge UP).

Professor Abdul Mu’ati @ Zamri Ahmad

Abdul Mu’ati @ Zamri Ahmad is a professor and former dean at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. His field of expertise is Communications and he has established Heritage Communication as a sub-discipline under the field of communication to uncover and disseminate information on cultural heritage to local and international communities.

Associate Professor Dr. Shamala Paramasivam

Shamala Paramasivam is associate professor specialising in discourse analysis, language, culture and communication, ESP and TESOL. She serves as associate editor on Asian ESP and actively reviews papers for other journals. She works keenly in educational and professional settings and has published widely on these topics. Her current projects are in oral communication and technology in higher education.

Kee Thuan Chye

Kee Thuan Chye is an actor, playwright and author of bestselling books. His plays and poems have been published in international anthologies and journals. Over the last 40 years, he has acted on stage, television and in Hollywood films. He has also been a judge and regional chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.


1 September 2019 First Call for Paper
30 October 2020Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission
(within 7-10 days of abstract submission)  
Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts
31 December 2020 Registration and Full Payment of Presenters
31 December 2020
20 January 2021
Deadline for Conference Proceedings Submission
22 March 2021  Pre-registration begins at Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
23-25 March 2021  MICOLLAC 2020 Conference
30 April 2021
Deadline for Full Paper Submission for Journal Articles

Registration Information


Presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents)RM750
with workshop
Non-presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents) RM750
with workshop
Non-presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents) FREE without workshop
Presenter (International delegates) USD250
with workshop
Non-presenter (International delegates) USD250
with workshop
Non-presenter (International delegates)FREEwithout workshop

Presenters should complete registration and payment of conference fee by 31 December 2020 for the paper to be scheduled in the conference.

Conference Venue (Online)

Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, UPM.

More details of the conference will be posted soon.

Email Contact Information:

If you know who to write to for your specific queries, please go ahead and email the specific portfolios. Otherwise, please email the secretariat, and we will direct you to the relevant person-in-charge.

Secretariat micollac_secretariat@upm.edu.my

Abstract micollac_abstract@upm.edu.my

Treasurer micollactreasurer2020@gmail.com

Registration micollacreg2020@gmail.com

Conference Proceedings micollacproceedings@gmail.com

Sponsorship florence@upm.edu.my or hasyimah@upm.edu.my

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