Keynote Speakers

Pei-chia Lan

Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, and Director, Global Asia Research Center, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University




Professor Pei-Chia Lan received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at NTU. Prof. Lan’s fields of research include sociology of gender, sociology of work, and migration and globalization. Prof. Lan has also held a number of appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, New York University, and the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, and has published a number of works in highly regarded periodicals both in Taiwan and abroad. Prof. Lan’s first book, Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (and later revised Kuaguo huiguniang: dang dongnanya bangyong yushang Taiwan xin fu guzhe), has received numerous rewards and accolades, including the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, and Prof. Lan’s second book, Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US, was recently published in 2018 by Stanford University Press, and compares how Taiwanese families and those who have immigrated to the United States respond to and cope with different challenges in child-rearing brought on by globalization, cultural differences, and other factors.



Raewyn Connell

Professor Emerita, University of Sydney


Raewyn Connell


Raewyn Connell, usually cited as R. W. Connell, is an Australian sociologist. She gained prominence as an intellectual of the Australian New Left.She was appointed University Professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, and retired from her University Chair on July, 2014. She has been Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney since her retirement. She is known for the concept of hegemonic masculinity and her book, Southern Theory. She was a rank-and-file member of the Australian Labor Party until the early 1980s and a trade unionist, currently in the National Tertiary Education Union. Connell's sociology emphasises the historical nature of social reality and the transformative character of social practice. Her writing tries to combine empirical detail, structural analysis, critique, and relevance to practice. Much of her empirical work uses biographical (life-history) interviewing, in education, family life and workplaces. She has written or co-written twenty-one books and more than 150 research papers. Her work is translated into 16 languages.



Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

Diputació de Barcelona, Stichting IFLA Global Libraries Foundation Chair, Former Director of the National Library of Spain (BNE)


Gloria Pérez Salmerón


Glòria Pérez-Salmerón served as IFLA President from 2017 to 2019. She is also Past-President of FESABID, Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística (Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museum Associations). She works at Diputació de Barcelona and has held many leadership roles in her distinguished career including Director of the National Library of Spain (2010-2013) where she also was member of its Governing Board and Executive Committee (2008-2013). Under her management, the Library developed many innovative projects including the systematic digitisation of holdings, thanks to a partnership agreement withTelefónica, which foresaw the digitisation of 200,000 book titles. Glòria's involvement with IFLA is long-standing, being a former member of IFLA's Public Libraries Standing Committee (2005-2012) and member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of EBLIDA, European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (2008-2015). Gloria is an experienced public speaker and regularly gives professional lectures.




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