European Society for the Study of English 2016 Conference, Galway Ireland

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European Society for the Study of English (ESSE)

National University of Ireland, Galway, looks forward to welcoming you to the 13th ESSE Conference in Galway, Ireland, Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 2016.

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• For Parallel Lectures (nomination by National Associations): 15 May 2015 (new extended deadline)
• For Seminars and Round Tables (proposals from prospective convenors): 15 May 2015 (new extended deadline)
Please note that proposals for round tables are particularly welcome.
• For posters and individual papers at seminar and PhD students' sessions: 28 February 2016 (new extended deadline)
• Registration will begin on 1 March 2016


ESSE members are invited to submit proposals for seminars and round tables on topics related to our fields of study: English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural Studies (broadly defined). Proposals for seminars and round tables should be submitted directly to the Academic Programme Committee (APC) at National Associations are invited to nominate potential lecturers. Suggestions for lecturers should be sent to the Presidents or representatives of the National Associations, who will send the nominations to the APC.

Programme Format


Proposals for seminars on specialised topics within our field should be submitted jointly by two ESSE members, preferably from two different National Associations. The degree of international appeal will be one of the selection criteria used by the APC. Proposals will not be entertained if they come from two people in the same institution. In exceptional cases, the APC may permit one of the two convenors not to be an ESSE member (e.g. because they come from outside Europe), if it is argued that their presence is especially important for the seminar. Seminar proposals must include the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of the convenors and a 100-word description of the topic. Unlike round tables, seminars are not pre-constituted events and will therefore be included within the APC's future call for papers, although convenors may take an active role in approaching potential participants. The seminar format is intended to encourage lively participation on the part of both speakers and members of the audience. For this reason, papers will be orally presented in no longer than 15 minutes rather than read. Reduced versions of the papers will be circulated beforehand among participants. Further directions will follow in the call for papers.
NB: proposals for individual papers should NOT be submitted at this stage. The deadline for individual papers will be the 31 January 2016.


The aim of round tables is to present topics and problems currently seen as shaping the nature of the discipline. At a round table a pre-constituted panel discusses issues of fairly general scholarly or professional interest in front of (and subsequently with) an audience. In other words, round tables are not sequences of papers, but debate sessions. Proposals should include a 100-word description of the topic and the names and affiliations of at least three participants (including the convenor), who must be drawn from more than one national association. The maximum number of speakers will be five.


A number of distinguished keynote speakers, including at least one representing each of the three main fields covered by ESSE (English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural Studies), will give plenary lectures by direct invitation of the organisers. In addition, there will be approximately 12 parallel lectures given by ESSE members nominated by their National Associations. These parallel lectures are expected to have a wide appeal and to reflect recent developments in scholarship in one of the three areas mentioned above. They will be fifty minutes in length. National Associations should forward a description of their nominee's proposed topic together with a brief summary of his or her CV. Each national association can propose up to three lecturers, each of them in one of the three main fields mentioned above, so that the APC can have a wide range of options for the final selection. Please note that ESSE will not finance the parallel lecturers' costs of attending the conference, but that their conference fees will be waived.


Posters will be devoted to research-in-progress and project presentations. The aim is to provide additional opportunities for feedback and personal contacts. Further details will appear in a future issue of the Messenger and the deadline for posters will be the 31 January 2016.


Young scholars who are writing their PhD theses in English studies may apply to make a brief presentation of their work-in-progress at one of three workshops in the fields of English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural Studies respectively. These presentations should deal with the issues/hypotheses addressed in the thesis, the results so far obtained and above all the methodology applied, with the purpose of getting feedback from peers and established scholars in the field. Each workshop will be coordinated by two international experts, who will select from the applications and convene the corresponding sessions. Enquiries about this feature should be addressed to Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, NL and ILTEC, PT): . Further details will appear in a future issue of The Messenger. The deadline for the submission of applications will be 31 January 2016.


• Professor Patrick Lonergan (National University of Ireland, Galway) (Chair)
• Professor Lieven Buysse (University of Leuven, Belgium)
• Professor Claire Connolly (University College Cork, Ireland)
• Professor Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin, Ireland)
• Professor Irene Gilsenan Nordin (Dalarna University, Sweden)
• Dr Aoife Leahy (Independent Scholar, Ireland)
• Professor Biljana Mišić Ilić (University of Niš, Serbia)
• Professor Nóra Séllei (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
• Associate Professor Slávka Tomaščíková (P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia)

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