BUC 2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference: English Language, Literature, and Information Technology


                                                  Date: 2-3 May 2015

Venue: Al Buraimi University College Campus


About Al Buraimi University College

Al Buraimi University College (BUC) is the first higher education institution in Al Burami Governorate, the Sultanate of Oman. Its establishment in 2003 was an immediate interpretation act and a true response to the supreme call of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed, to the private sector to start investing in higher education through establishing new private academic institutions committed to sustaining greater educational opportunities in diverse academic fields for the Omani prospective students.
The distinguished affiliation and partnership of BUC with California State University, Northridge (CSUN) gives the college various opportunities to benefit from CSUN’s advanced academic expertise in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, scientific research, community service, and quality assurance. Such affiliation with CSUN and the valuable administrative and technical assistance of the Ministry of Higher Education have considerably enabled BUC to embrace up-to-date teaching methodology, productive scientific research and purposeful community initiatives which have resulted in building competent human resources capable of delivering knowledge and promoting the welfare and progress of the country.


About BUC-IMC 2015

BUC-IMC 2015 is a manifestation of BUC’s vision to be a leading voice in the region. It is the second in a series of conferences that aim to be a platform for academicians from different disciplines to share and develop their research work through discussions with professionals from different countries and academic institutions. This year conference covers multidisciplinary fields in two major tracks: English Language and Information Technology Studies. It provides a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and scholars to present and discuss the most recent trends and concerns in the fields of English Language Studies (Literature, Linguistics, ELT and Translation) and Information Technology (Computer Science, Information System and Software Engineering). As is typical of a multidisciplinary conference, accepted submissions will be clustered around their common theme and presented within the domain of the related major track. Both senior and junior researchers from national and international academic institutions are cordially invited to participate in the conference.

BUC-IMC 2015 is supported by the Research Council.


Tracks and Themes

  • English Language and Literature Track

The English Language and Literature track focuses on new approaches and current issues in English language, literature, linguistics and ELT. Papers may include, but are not restricted to discussions on:

  • Theoretical linguistics
  • Interlanguage
  • Corpus-linguistics
  • Computational linguistics
  • Lexicography and lexicology
  • Language and globalization
  • Language and media
  • Language and mind
  • Language and Society
  • Stylistics
  • Ethnic and postcolonial literature
  • Environmental literature and ecocriticism
  • Comparative literature studies
  • Gender, race, and identity in literature
  • Literature and media
  • Translation and media
  • Multilingualism and translation
  • Culture studies in translation
  • Translation and the new technology
  • Terminology in translation
  • Cross-cultural communication and ELT
  • Technology and E-learning
  • Special needs education
  • Curriculum design
  • Task-based learning
  • Corrective feedback in ELT
  • ELT collaborative approaches
  • New trends and methodology in ELT
  • Information Technology Track

  • Cloud Computing and Networking
  • Multimedia Computing and Communications
  • Internet Services and Applications
  • Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Networks
  • Social Network
  • Communications and Information Security
  • Green Computing
  • E-Learning
  • Curriculum design and assessment
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data and web mining
  • Computer Architecture
  • Web 2.0
  • Lifelong learning
  • Game based learning
  • Ontology
  • Pedagogy
  • Data structures
  • Algorithms
  • Automated Software Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Data Communication
  • Image Processing
  • Data Encryption
  • Computer Education
  • Software Architecture
  • Mobile learning
  • Computer Ethics
  • Image processing

The Information Technology track focuses on the new advances in Computing and Information Systems Studies. Papers may include, but are not restricted to discussions on:


Submission Guidelines

Submitted proposals will be assessed through a process of double blind review according to relevance to the conference tracks, themes and sub-theme(s), and originality and significance of contribution.

For participation, please send an abstract of your paper (between 200-250 words) and the following information to: bucconf@buc.edu.om

  • Full Name:
  • Academic Affiliation:
  • Telephone Number:
  • Mailing Address:
  • Short Biography (about 50 words)
  • Title of the paper:
  • Content area of presentation (Please specify track and narrow area)
    •  English Language and Literature Track
      • English Literature / Linguistics / Translation / ELT
    • Information Technology Track
      • Computer Science/ Information System / Software Engineering

Important Dates

Task Deadlines
Abstract Submission 15 March 2015
Notification of acceptance Two weeks from receiving the abstract
(Full papers will be requested one month after the conference. Publication fees will be applied) 05 June 2015



The participation fee for presenters is 30 R.O (80 USD). The fee covers conference kit, conference certificate, refreshments, two night accommodation including meals, a conference reception, and a trip to taste Omani culture.

Method of Payment: 

Presenters can pay the registration fee in cash upon arrival.

For International Contributors:

For any questions regarding visa issuance, please send an email to: bucconf@buc.edu.om


Plenary Speakers

English Language and Literature Track

Dr. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi

Sultan Qabus University

Dr. Rahma Al Mahrooqi is an Associate Professor of English at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), where she has worked for 21 years.  Among many academic and administrative positions held, she has coordinated tertiary English courses and an ESP program for SQU's College of Science and for almost four years she was SQU's Language Center Director. Dr. Al-Mahrooqi has published widely on English language teaching and learning in Oman with major focus areas in teaching and reading, literature, and English communication skills. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for two major studies - one funded by the Omani Research Council and the other by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos' Trust Fund for Strategic Research.  The many journals for which she reviews include TESOL Quarterly, System, The International Students’ Journal, Gulf Perspectives, and The Arab World English Journal.


Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi Ali

Sharjah University

Prof. Abdul Saheb is currently Professor of Linguistics and Translationat at the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Sharjah, UAE, where hehas served twice as Chair of the Department (2000-2004 and 2011-2014). He also chaired the Department of Translation at Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad, for twelve years (1982-1993). He earned his Ph.D. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of London. Prior to that he had been awarded the Higher Diploma and MA in Applied Linguistics of the University of Reading (UK) in 1977.

Prof. Abdul Sahib’s primary research interests lie in poetry translation, contrastive linguistics and lexicography. He is the author of several books and many articles, including Encyclopedia of Translation Terminology (2007), A Dictionary of Translation and Interpreting (2002),A Linguistic Study of the Development of Scientific Vocabulary in Standard Arabic (London: KPI 1987) and ترجمة شعرية لأشهر القصائد الإنجليزية: دراسة تحليلية للشعر ولغته (جامعة الشارقة 2013). He is the translator of Thinking Arabic Translation by James Dickens, etal(2007) and Training Translators and Conference Interpreters by W. K. Weber, (1990). Prof. Abdul Sahib has also given readings of his own poetry at several universities.


Prof. Shamoon Zamir

New York University AD

Associate Professor of Literature and Visual Studies, Visual Arts Program Head, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities

New York University AD

B.A., University of London; M.A., Institute of United States & Latin American Studies, London; Ph.D., University of London

Shamoon Zamir works in the areas of literature, photography and intellectual history. His study of the African American writer W.E.B. Du Bois explored literature’s dialogues with philosophy and sociology and his new book, The Gift of the Face, explores the relationship of aesthetics and ethics in the work of the early twentieth-century photographer Edward S. Curtis and examines the ways in which image and text, art and science, pictorialist photography and anthropology come together in Curtis’s portraits of Native Americans. Prof. Zamir has in addition published on twentieth-century African American and Native American fiction and on modern poetry, and has translated short stories from Urdu. He was the co-founder of Talus, a small press and journal specializing in poetry, contemporary international writing and cultural studies and is series editor for American Studies: Culture, Society & the Arts.

His current projects include studies in twentieth-century American photography and literature. He is also the Director of Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYUAD. The center is developing a photographic archive, and also a conference and exhibition series devoted to photography, with a primary focus on the Middle East.

Prof. Zamir studied English and American literatures and American Studies at the University of London and has taught at the University of Chicago, York University and the University of London before joining NYUAD



Dr. Hannah R. Gerber

Sam Houston State University, Texas

Dr. Hannah R. Gerber is an assistant professor of literacy at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her research interests lie in the study of the changing face of literacy through new technological media. She has conducted multiple empirical studies on adolescents’ use of new media, such as video gaming, and has examined the influence that new media have on adolescents’ reading and writing practices. Currently, she serves as the chair of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Collaborative on Contemporary Literacies, Popular Culture, and Out-of-School Spaces. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator of two studies, one funded by the NCTE Assembly on Adolescent Literature Network Foundation on transmedia literature and adolescents, and the other funded by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers on teachers’ perceptions of videogames and literacy. Dr. Hannah has authored multiple books and has been published in journals such as English Journal, ALAN Review, and Educational Media International.Her research has been discussed in mainstream media venues, such as Wired Magazine.


Information Technology Track