Conference Speakers

We are very pleased to present to you our distinguished keynote and invited speakers for the 5th Engaging with Vietnam Conference. The keynote speakers will speak in four plenary panels, and the invited speakers will be part of other featured panels.

Keynote Speakers 

Distinguished Guests and Invited Speakers




A/Prof Pham Quang Minh

Associate Professor Pham Quang Minh, Vice President, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Vietnam National Univeristy Hanoi, is a truly mobile scholar, who has had the opportunities to study in Vietnam, the former Soviet Union and Germany. He received a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Humboldt University in Germany in 2002. He is the co-ordinator of several international projects such as “Vietnam’s access into WTO” supported by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and “Renovating the Undergraduate Teaching of International Relations/Studies in Vietnam” supported by the Ford Foundation. His dessertation was on land reform in Vietnam from 1950s to the 1980s, which is still a topic of debate in the modern history of Vietnam, and was published in Germany in 2002. He is author of many articles published both in Vietnam and abroad. Among his current interests and concerns are international relations and politics.

Dr. Phan Le Ha


Dr Phan Le Ha is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia and holds honorary positions at universities in Vietnam. She also holds a Visiting Professorship appointment at the Institute of Education, the University of Reading, UK. She is the co-convenor of the Disruptive Notions Seminar Series with the Monash Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), that engages in notions impacting the changing landscape of higher education globally. Her teaching and research interests include language, culture and identity studies, international education, knowledge mobilization, cultural politics of education, English as an international language, and writing. Phan Le Ha is also well published in these areas.

Phan Le Ha has been supervising research projects at Honours, Master's and PhD levels on a wide range of topics, including identity studies, English language education, Australia's offshore education, and the internationalisation of education in the Asia Pacific region.

Phan Le Ha is the founder of the ‘Engaging with Vietnam: An interdisciplinary dialogue’ Initiative. Over the past years, the Initiative has received generous scholarly and moral support from the academic community and government bodies in different countries. She looks forward to your helping the Initiative to blossom and sustain itself as a continuing dialogue:

A/Professor Liam C. Kelley

Liam Kelley is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa. His research and teaching focuses on mainland Southeast Asian history, and premodern Vietnamese history in particular. He has published a book on envoy poetry (thơ đi sứ) and articles on Confucianism and intellectual change. His current research includes such topics as the invention of traditions in medieval Vietnam and spirit writing (giáng bút) in early twentieth century Vietnam. He has also just completed English translations of the outer annals (ngoại kỷ) of the Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư and the Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mực.


Professor Ilene Crawford

Ilene Crawford is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Professor Crawford has been researching intensively into the areas of Vietnamese women’s foreign language literacy over the past years. She has also been involved in other research projects focusing on Vietnam’s higher education reforms and the impacts of the National Foreign Language Project 2020 on female teachers’ identity formation in the country. Ilene was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of English, University of Pedagogy-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2010.

Professor Charles Jeurgens

Charles Jeurgens is professor of archival studies at Leiden University and teaching archival science at University of Amsterdam. In the past he was the head of the appraisal and selection division of the Dutch National Archives and was for more than ten years director of a Dutch heritage institute on archives, archaeology and monuments. His research focuses on the role of colonial heritage in postcolonial societies (especially Indonesia) and on mechanisms of cultural ‘meaning making’. He is co-editor of Colonial Legacy in Southeast Asia. The Dutch Archives (2012) and is currently involved in several mutual heritage programs between the Netherlands and South- and Southeast Asian countries.  
Charles Jeurgens
Leiden University/University of Amsterdam

Dr Pham Quynh Phuong

Pham Quynh Phuong graduated from Faculty of History, Vietnam National University. In 2005 she received her PhD in anthropology from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. After 2 year postdoctoral research in National Universty of Singagore, she has returned to work in Vietnam as a senior researcher at the Institute of Cultural Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.  She has done several researches on popular religions, cultural changes, gender issues among ethnic communities, and transgender in Vietnam. She has also involved in teaching anthropology and cultural studies.

Dr Nguyen To Lan

Dr. Nguyen To Lan is a researcher in The Institute of Sino - Nom Studies, Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences. Her doctoral study focused on Vietnamese traditional performances. Dr. Nguyen has given lectures at universities in China, Taiwan, and Hongkong on this topic. She received an  ASIA Fellows Award in 2010 to carry out a comparative study of Vietnamese Tuong and Chinese Yueju in Southern China for nine months. She is interested in interdisciplinary research: Theatre literature- Folk performance - Traditional customs; The interactive relationship between Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea from arts and customs perspective and related subjects.

His Excellency Hugh Borrowman

Ambassador Hugh Borrowman
Hugh has been Ambassador to Vietnam since July 2012.  Before this, he was Head of the South East Asia Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. 
In this role he was responsible for oversight of Australia’s bilateral relations with all ASEAN member countries and East Timor, and for Australian relations with regional organisations including the EAS, ASEAN and the ARF.
Before that, Hugh was head of the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising Prime Ministers Howard and Rudd from 2004 until 2009.
Hugh has served overseas in London (1999-2003), Stockholm (1993-1996) and Brussels (1989-1993). 
In Canberra, he has been Head of Public Diplomacy, Director of Staffing, and Director of Ministerial and Parliamentary Liaison. 
Hugh joined the Commonwealth Public Service in 1981.  He has a degree in Asian Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Law from the ANU.


A/Professor Jonathan London

Jonathan D. London is a professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies and Programme Leader of the Masters in Development Studies at the City University of Hong Kong, where he also serves as a Core Member of the Southeast Asia Research Center. His broad interests concern the political economy of East Asia, though he has focused mostly on Viet Nam. London’s scholarship  examine numerous aspects of social life in contemporary Viet Nam within the context of continuity and change in that country’s political, economic, and welfare institutions. His scholarship on education in Viet Nam include Education in Viet Nam (2011, ISEAS Press) as well as numerous scholarly articles in book chapters. London has also served as a consultant on education-related projects for the United Nations Development Program in Viet Nam and Unicef in Viet Nam. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A/Professor Dang Van Minh

Associate Professor Dang Van Minh, Vice-President of Thai Nguyen University, receives his PhD from University of Saskatchewan, Canada and his MSc from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. He has extensive teaching experience in the field of agronomy, soil science and rural development. He is also an expert in agro-forestry and agriculture livelihood for mountainous people. He has experienced working in various rural development projects located in mountainous regions though out Vietnam, especially in the Northern Mountainous Region. He has been also a short-time consultant and participated in monitoring and evaluation activities for various rural development projects in Vietnam funded by GOs and NGOs, such as FAO (1996), Radda-Barnen (Save for Children of Sweden) and CIDSE (1995-1997), ADB (2003), Oxfarm Britain (2003), WB (2005), Danida (2009). He also has experienced in community based development with participatory approach. He has conducted a lot of work in VDP and CDP training and development. He can do a good job in not only field survey in agriculture, but also in education and infrastructure evaluation in rural development projects.

Dr Pham Hoa Hiep

Dr Pham Hoa Hiep is currently a lecturer in the English Departmentat Hue University of Foreign Languages. He has also worked as a teacher educator for various projects in Vietnam. Dr Pham has an EdD from the University of Melbourne, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His professional interests include teacher education, educational mobility and translation. He has published widely in international journals.

Professor Ben Kerkvliet

Ben Kerkvliet is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Political and Social Change, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, Australian National University (ANU). Prior to working at ANU, he worked at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for almost 20 years. Professor Kerkvliet has produced numerous works on agrarian politics in Southeast Asia and is currently doing research on local reactions to major recent national policies in the Philippines and Vietnam. His is the author of The Power of Everyday Politics: How Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005) and the co-editor of Beyond Hanoi: Local Government in Vietnam (Singapore and Copenhagen: ISEAS Publications and NIAS Press, 2004) and Getting Organized in Vietnam: Moving in and around the Socialist State (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2003).

A/Professor Peter Zinoman

Peter Zinoman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include the cultural, social, and political history of modern Vietnam and the history of 20th century Vietnamese literature. His works include The Colonial Bastille: A History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001) and a translation (with Nguyen Nguyet Cam) of the colonial-era novel, Dumb Luck (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002). He is currently writing a book on Vu Trong Phung and the emergence of modernism in Vietnam. Professor Zinoman is also one of the co-founders and the former Editor-in-Chief of theJournal of Vietnamese Studies.

Professor Philip Hirsch

Philip Hirsch is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sydney. He is Director of the Mekong Research Group and chairs the Executive Committee of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Professor Hirsch has research interests in natural resource management and land issues, rural change and the politics of environment and development in Southeast Asia, notably Thailand, Cambodia Laos and Vietnam and the wider Mekong Region. He has been involved with collaborative field projects in each country. He has published widely on environment and development in Southeast Asia and is involved in research and teaching networks among geographers and others in a number of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. Professor Hirsch is fluent in spoken and written Thai and Lao, speaks and writes intermediate Vietnamese and elementary Khmer

A/Professor David Del Testa

David Del Testa is an Associate Professor of History at Bucknell University. He is the author of ‘Paint the Trains Red’: Labor, Nationalism, and Vietnamese Railroad Workers in French Colonial Indochina, 1898 – 1945 (forthcoming), and such articles as “On the Intimate Edge of Empire: Challenging Representations of Colonial Vietnam’s Métis Community,” “Automobiles and Anomie in French Colonial Indochina,” “Vinh, the Seed that Would Grow Red: The Making of a Revolutionary City in French Indochina,” and “S’adapter pour ne pas être expulsé: les manifestations paysannes de Vinh en 1905” [Conformity over Eviction: Peasant Protest in Vinh in 1905]. He is currently engaged in a project that will utilize a GIS (Geographical Information System) to re-examine the 1930-1931 uprising known as the Nghe Tinh Soviets.

Professor David Ericson

David P. Ericson is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Educational Policy Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Prior to joining the Faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992, he was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1979 – 1992) and a professor at Virginia Tech (1977 – 1979).  In the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he has served as chairperson in two departments (Department of Educational Foundations and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction), as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and as director of the Office of International Education.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Philosophy and Education for five years.
With research and scholarly interests in philosophy of education, educational policy analysis, and comparative and international education, he has published widely on education issues, the logic of social science research methodology, and educational policy and reform issues in the U.S. and Asia.  He is particularly noted for his work on the structure and behavior of national educational systems in the U.S. and Asia.  Currently, he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award holder (2007 – 2012), an award that has enabled his research efforts on educational reform issues in lower and higher education in Denmark and China.
Contact Information
David P. Ericson, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Foundations
College of Education
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1776 University Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
TEL: 1-808-956-4243
FAX: 1-808-956-9100

Dr. Bao Dat

Bao Dat has worked with Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, Cornell University in the US, the National University of Singapore, the Assumption University of Thailand, and presently lectures in Monash University, Australia. His expertise includes curriculum development, intercultural communication, classroom silence, creative pedagogy, and visual pedagogy in language education. He has over thirty academic publications and is the author ofUnderstanding Silence and Reticence (forthcoming with Bloomsbury, London).

A/Professor Pierre Asselin

Pierre Asselin is associate professor of history at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.  He is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (North Carolina, 2002).  Recent publications include “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the 1954 Geneva Conference: A Revisionist Critique” in Cold War History (2011); “Revisionism Triumphant: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Nixon Era” inJournal of Cold War Studies (2011); and “‘We Don’t Want a Munich’: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy, 1965-1968” in Diplomatic History (2012).  His current book project tentatively entitled “Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-65” is forthcoming from the University of California Press

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