Conference 2016: Confirmed Speakers

Martial Arts Studies

Martial Arts Studies Conference 2016

Cardiff University, 19-21 July

The Martial Arts Studies Conference in 2015 brought together eighty researchers from a wide range of fields and from all over the world, for two and a half days of keynotes, special sessions, workshops and socialising. Many new relationships were formed and new collaborations initiated. The second conference in July 2016 seeks to build on these foundations, and to bring more martial arts studies scholars and more disciplinary perspectives together, into face to face dialogue and debate.

Confirmed Speakers in 2016 Include:

  • Kyle Barrowman – Cardiff University
  • Paul Bowman – author of Martial Arts Studies: Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries (Rowman & Littlefield International)
  • Alex Channon – University of Brighton
  • Jon C. Cole – University of Liverpool
  • Philip H.J. Davies -Director of the Brunel University Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Sara Delamont – Cardiff University
  • Martin Ehlen – sifu of the Gary Lam Wing Chun System
  • D. S. Farrer – University of Guam
  • Adam Frank – author of Taijiquan and the Search for the Little Old Chinese Man: Understanding Identity Through Martial Arts (Palgrave)
  • Carol Fuller – University of Reading
  • Tommaso Gianni – University of Suwon
  • Alexander Hay – Southampton Solent University
  • Robert Agar-Hutton – publisher of martial arts books
  • Neil R. Hall – Institute for Advanced Integrated Martial Arts
  • Tamiaho Herangi-Searancke – National Curriculum Director Sport Fitness Recreation & Cultural Traditional Weaponry Artforms, NZ University
  • Daniel Jaquet – editor of Acta Periodica Duellatorum, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (SNSF), Visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute for History of Science
  • George Jennings – Universidad YMCA, Mexico
  • Benjamin Judkins – author of The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the South Asian Martial Arts (SUNY)
  • Deborah Jump – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Anna Kavoura – University of Jyväskylä
  • Evelina Kazakeviciute – Cardiff University
  • Rich Kelly – The Living Seed, NY
  • Vera Kérchy – University of Szeged
  • Johnson Leow – Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Lipyeow Lim – University of Hawaii Manoa
  • William Little – University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Viki Lloyd – Chinese Internal Arts Association and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain
  • Alexandre Legendre – Paris Descartes University
  • Philip Loy – Singapore
  • Filip Marić – AUT Auckland
  • Martin Meyer – University of Vechta
  • Martin Minarik – Hamburg University
  • Daniel Mroz – author of The Dancing Word (a book on the use of Chinese martial arts in actor training and performance creation, Brill)
  • Janet O’Shea – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Craig Owen – St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Veronika Partikova – Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Scott Park Phillips – North Star Martial Arts
  • Catherine Phipps – University of Greenwich
  • Tamara Russell – Kings College London
  • Anna Seabourne – Manchester University
  • Benjamin Spatz – author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge)
  • Mario Staller – self-defence instructor, Germany
  • Neil Stephens – Brunel University
  • Qays Stetkevych – University of Iceland
  • Alex Stewart – University of Bedfordshire
  • Lan Tran – Cabrini College
  • Georganna Ulary – Marist College, NY
  • Anu Vaittinen – Newcastle University
  • Nancy Watterson – Cabrini College
  • Sixt Wetzler – University of Freiburg
  • Geoffrey Wingard – University of Maine
  • Wayne Wong – University of Hong Kong
  • Phillip Zarrilli – author of When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Pratices, and Discourses of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art (Oxford University Press)
  • Itamar Zadoff – Tel Aviv University
  • Gehao Zhang – Macau University of Science and Technology


Registration Options Include:

  • reduced rate for students
  • three nights in Cardiff University Halls
  • tea, coffee, refreshments, lunches
  • three conference dinners and evening social events
  • access to all keynotes, panels and workshops

Win A Free Registration!

  • For the chance to win free registration, students are invited to enter our short film making competition. See here for details.

Publication Opportunities:

  • The Cardiff University Press open-access academic journal, Martial Arts Studies ( invites participants to submit papers to be considered for publication.

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