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.

Keynote Speaker

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

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).

Heritage Communication: Articulating the Great Civilization of the Nation

Professor Dr. Abdul Mu’ati @ Zamri Ahmad

Universiti Putra Malaysia

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.

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.

Simon Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor and Chair of English at Princeton University. Before that he was Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English at the University of Michigan and the director of the Program in Comparative Literature. He was the first vice-president of the MLA in 2018 and became the association’s president in 2019. He served as editor of PMLA, the official journal of the MLA, from 2011 to 2016.He is the author of many books and articles, including Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature; Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism; and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, a Choice Outstanding Academic Publication for 2004. His book Slavery and the Culture of Taste was winner of the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Award; winner of the Melville J. Herskovits Award, given by the African Studies Association for the most important scholarly work in African studies; and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He is the editor of The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean since 1950, volume 11 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English. His current research projects are on slavery and modernity, African philology, and cultures of the novel.

Graham Huggan is Professor and Chair of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds, UK. He has a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, and has taught in the US (Harvard University) and Europe (LMU Munich) before joining the University of Leeds.

Learning Oriented Assessment in Virtual Classroom Contexts

Associate Professor Dr. Hossein Farhady

Department of English Language Teaching, Yeditepe University, Turkey

Hossein Farhady is an associate professor of applied linguistics who received his MA in TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in 1978 and 1980, respectively. His major area of interest is research on various aspects of language testing and assessment. He has taught courses on language testing, research methods, and ESP at the MA and PhD levels for the last four decades in Iran, Canada, Armenia, and USA. He has worked as a senior scholar and project manager for organizations such as Ordinate and Lidget Green Corporations in California, Avant Assessment, and Second Language Testing, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as the Associate Dean of the Department of English Programs at the American University of Armenia. He has directed projects related to the scoring of Pearson’s new automated language proficiency test and validating Versant test, and received grants from Pearson, ETS, and ILTA.

Norzizi Zulkafli is a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She received her Diploma in Theatre from ASWARA, Bachelors in Screen Arts (Hons) from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Master of Fine Art(MFA) Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and Doctor of Philosophy from University of Wollongong, Australia. She is also an actor and theatre director. She won Best Director in BOH 10th Cameronian Arts Award and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in BOH 13th Cameronian Arts Award. Norzizi is currently the Head of Theatre Program in Faculty Film, Theatre and Animation, Universiti Teknologi MARA.

A special workshop for postgraduate students

Theory into Practice: Are conceptual and theoretical frameworks important?

Associate Professor Dr. Noritah Omar
Universiti Putra Malaysia

Noritah Omar received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.  She is currently an Associate Professor with the English Department of the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her areas of specialisation are in literature and English studies, critical theory and methodology, narrative inquiry, and gender studies.  She has also conducted research and published articles and book chapters on gender and Islam, Malaysian and Singapore Literature, Islam and modern Malay literature, Islam and contemporary popular culture, issues in higher education, methodology in literary research, and ethics in research.  Her current work focuses on new forms of intellectualism and its trajectories in literature, and addresses questions of literature’s intellectual place in the world. 

And an evening to kick back and relax … with a cuppa in the comforts of your own home


Delegates are invited to watch a special screening of “Zoom-Ed! A Musical Showcase”, the first virtual play production project by the Year 3 English Literature students of the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. The play will be screened continuously over 48 hours on You Tube, from 8.00 pm, 23 March to 8.00 pm, 25 March.

The link is here. Enjoy the show !!!

Disclaimer: This event is strictly for viewing only. Downloading is prohibited due to copyright issues.


Abstract Submission Deadline31 January 2021
Registration Deadline for Presenters31 January 2021
Submission of Conference Proceedings 31 January 2021
Conference Dates (Online Conference)23-25 March 2021
Submission of FULL paper 31 May 2021

REGISTRATION FEES (Revised) – Registration is now closed.

We have revised our fees as the conference has been moved online.

Presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents) RM750

with workshop
Non-presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents) RM750
with workshop
Non-presenter (Malaysians and Local Residents) FREEwithout workshop
Presenter (International delegates) USD250
with workshop
Non-presenter (International delegates) USD250
with workshop
Non-presenter (International delegates) FREEwithout workshop

Please complete registration and pay fees by 31 January 2021 to get your presentation scheduled and your free passes to the workshops. Registration is now closed.

CONTACT emails and phone numbers

If you have a specific question for a specific committee, please email them directly. Otherwise you may direct your email to the secretariat and your query will be redirected accordingly.

Treasurer micollactreasurer2020@gmail.com
Abstract Committeemicollac_abstract@upm.edu.my
Conference Proceedings micollacproceedings@gmail.com

If you wish to speak to someone, please call

+6-03-97698778 (Ms Nurfitriyah, Department Secretary)

+6-03-97698712 (Dr Chan Mei Yuit, MICOLLAC 2020 Secretariat)

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