7th Conference

Dr. Trần Kiên


Tran Kien is a lecturer in laws at the School of Law, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He earned both his PhD and Master degree at the University of Glasgow, Britain in 2015 and 2010 respectively. Prior to his postgraduate studies overseas, he had completed his first law degree at Vietnam National University, Hanoi (2007).
At the School of Law, his teaching is primarily focused on private law including but not limited to Roman law, Civil law, and Intellectual property law at both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. However, Kien’s research is more diverse and interdisciplinary. His research on child support, family and marriage law, immigrant workers, human rights and constitution has been published on a number of domestic as well as international journals and books. At this moment, his research interests lie in the reform and development of law of Vietnam in the context of transition, post-socialist. He is also interested in understanding how other fields of social science such as history, art, economics can inform or influence our perception about law.  

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School of Law, Vietnam National University Hanoi

Dr. Jamie Gillen


Dr. Jamie Gillen has been an assistant professor of geography at the National University of Singapore since 2011.  His primary research and teaching is focused on tourism in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Vietnam. Jamie published a short book in 2016 that summarizes his research on the intersection of entrepreneurialism and tourism in Vietnam. Vietnam is also the centerpiece of other recent publications on topics like the urban-rural binary, the various uses and symbolisms of the motorbike, and the tools used to undertake fieldwork. His current projects include collaborative studies on Asian smallholders and Asian futurities.

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National University of Singapore

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung

Ngoc Hung

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung is currently the Director of the TESOL Center at Hanoi University of Business and Technology (HUBT). He had held senior positions at the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam before joining HUBT. Dr. Nguyen also worked at Hanoi University (formerly known as University of Foreign Languages) as an English language lecturer and trainer for many years.
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung is interested in the role of ICTs in education in general and in English language teaching and learning in particular. His expertise and interests also include interpretation and translation studies, and testing and evaluation.

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HUBT, Vietnam

Professor Pham Sy Tien

Sy Tien

Professor Dr.  Pham Sy Tien is Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Hanoi University of Business and Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Pham held key positions at University of Transport and Communication in Hanoi and was Director of Project 322 and General Director of Graduate Education, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. His expertise includes teaching and conducting research in mechanical engineering and higher education policy. 

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Hanoi University of Business and Technology

Tran Quang Duc

Quang Duc

Tran Quang Duc is an independent researcher, educated in Vietnam and China. His first book "Ngàn năm áo mũ - Lịch sử Trang phục Việt Nam giai đoạn 1009 - 1945" (Thousand years of Vietnamese clothing: A history of Vietnamese clothing between 1009 and 1945) published in 2013 was a great success. He is currently teaching Han-Nom (Sino-Nom) as well as working on his next book focusing on Vietnamese past.

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Independent Researcher

Dr. Trần Trọng Dương

Trọng Dương

Dr. Tran Trong Duong worked as a lecturer at Hanoi University of Culture from 2004 to 2007, as a visiting lecturer at Vietnam Academy of Buddhism from 2010 to 2016, and has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Sino-Nom Studies since 2007 and as an advisor at Vietnam Graduate Academy of Social and Sciences since 2015. He received Young Nom Scholar Award from The Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation (USA) in 2011. His research on graphology (Nom studies), textology, etymology, Vietnamese historical linguistics, medieval Vietnamese history, Buddhist culture, Sinitic Literacy… has been published in books and in a number of domestic as well as international journals. His publications include: A Study on Nom Script and Vietnamese Language in the Translations of “Khoa Hu Luc” (Hanoi: Encyclopaedia Publisher, 2012), A Study on One-Pilar Pagoda in Ly Dynasty, (Tp. Ho Chi Minh: Hong Duc Publisher, 2013), A Dictionary of  Nguyen Trai’s “Quoc am thi tap” (Nguyen Trai quoc am tu đien, Hanoi: Encyclopaedia Publisher, 2014), The Heritage of Chem Temple (Hanoi: The Gioi Publisher, 2015).
He is currently writing a monograph on Vietnam’s dragon as a cross-cultural symbol.
Affiliation:  Institute of Sino-Nom Studies (Vietnam Academy of Social and Sciences- VASS).
Trần Trọng Dương, tiến sĩ Ngữ văn chuyên ngành Hán Nôm, hiện công tác tại Viện NC Hán Nôm, Viện Hàn lâm Khoa học Xã hội Việt Nam, giảng sư thỉnh giảng Học viện Phật Giáo Việt Nam. Các mối quan tâm chính: ngôn ngữ học lịch sử (tiếng Việt), từ nguyên học, văn tự học chữ Nôm, lịch sử cổ trung đại Việt Nam. Đã công bố một số bài viết trên các tạp chí chuyên ngành và một số sách vở khoa học: Chữ Nôm và tiếng Việt qua các bản dịch Khóa hư lục (2012), Kiến trúc một cột thời Lý (2013), Nguyễn Trãi quốc âm từ điển (2014), v.v.

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Institue of Sino – Nom Studies (VASS)

Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner


Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages at Hanoi University, a.k.a. Vietnam National University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, with a B.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and British Literature. She was an East West Center degree fellow (2000-2003) while doing graduate study in American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As an East West Center student representative, she was actively involved in many student community activities and was awarded with a Distinguished Service Award (2001). In 2011, her dissertation won the annual prize from the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dr. Turner had extensive experience in Vietnam as an English instructor, educational advisor, and pre-departure trainer to young Vietnamese scholars preparing for the study in the U.S. or Australia. Between 2006-2009, she worked as a lecturer of U.S. diplomatic history at the Faculty of International Studies, Hanoi University.
Since her immigration to the U.S. in 2009, Dr. Bich-Ngoc Turner has worked as a Vietnamese lecturer at Yale University and also as an instructor of Vietnamese language and culture at the U.S. Department of State. She earned her PhD in 2011 with a specialization in U.S.-Vietnam postwar relations. Currently, she is a lecturer of Vietnamese language and literature at the University of Washington.

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University of Washington

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy

Thi Thanh Thuy

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and the Head and Senior Lecturer of Division of Americas Studies of Faculty of International Studies (FIS), University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), which is a member of Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi), and a former Deputy Dean of FIS, USSH, VNU. She holds a Ph.D. degree in world history. She was awarded the Harvard-Yenching Institute Scholarship to pursue her graduate studies at Cornell University, receiving an M.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1999. She has been involved in the American Studies Program in the Faculty of International Studies at USSH, VNU, concentrating in U.S. foreign policy/relations. In association with American Studies Program at FIS, she had opportunities to visit a number of American Studies models in China, Japan and the United
States under the sponsorship of the Asia Foundation and the US State Department. In 2003, she participated in an “International Visitor Program” on the theme of “American Studies”, visiting various American universities, offices of state and local governments, civilian centers, museums in Washington D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Fairfield, CT; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Iowa City, IA; New Orleans, LA; Santa Fe, NM; and San Fransisco, CA, under the sponsorship of the US State Department. She was also offered travel grants by The Mellon Foundation, The Asia Foundation, The American Studies Association, the Canada’s International Development Research Centre to attend a number of international and Vietnamese workshops and conferences on United States-associated Studies and Canada-associated Studies. Dr. Thuy is the author of more than forty papers and three books on aspects of U.S. foreign policy/relations.

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USSH, VNU - Hanoi

Trieu Thanh Le

Thanh Le

Trieu Thanh Le is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. A Master of Art graduate from Stockholm University, Le has joined in setting up and teaching cooperative USSH media education programs with Stirling (UK) and Deakin (Australia) universities. She also has coordinated multimedia training programs sponsored by U.S. Department of State and British Council, including “Improving Journalism Curriculum in Vietnam”. Le has coauthored an online media course book and currently leads a USSH project addressing English-language programs for journalism students. She is completing her doctorate from the Institute of Journalism and Propaganda in Ha Noi.

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A/Prof Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen


Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communications, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Ha Noi. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Ha Noi National University and a Ph.D. in Public Relations from Sogang University, Korea. Although PR is her academic specialty, Huyen is in charge of managing the journalism undergraduate program at USSH-Ha Noi. Among other media research trends, she studies theoretical and practical issues on information access by journalists in the global and Internet era and the relationships between journalists and information sources.

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