In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman

Farewell words for Professor Martin A. Kayman

Fernando Galván and Hortensia Pârlog [1]

Professor Martin A. Kayman (Cardiff University) stepped down a few weeks ago, with the publication of issue 22.1 (April 2018), as Editor of the European Journal of English Studies, EJES, the official journal of ESSE. Our Society is not yet 30 years old, and Martin A. Kayman has been active serving it for more than 20 years, i.e. over two thirds of ESSE’s life. He has been working hard for more than two decades, initially editing The European English Messenger (or The Messenger, as all of us call it), and later, our journal EJES, which is certainly not a minor task, as anybody with an experience in editing academic journals knows very well. Continue reading “In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman”

ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme

The deadline for applications to the ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme has been extended to 20 April 2018!

The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 4,000 Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.

ESSE Book Grants

Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.

Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, applications will be kept to the minimum necessary and restricted only to books that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Books that are not held by the applicant’s university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan.
  • Books that need to be available to the applicants over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan.
  • Books whose price would place a strain on the applicant’s available financial resources, for example, because of the high cost of the books concerned.

ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.

Eligibility

  • Grants will be made only to members of ESSE, or to PhD students whose supervisors are members of ESSE.
  • Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research. However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.

Dates

The application deadline is 1 May 2018. Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Books included in the application must be bought at the personal expense of the applicant between the application deadline and 30 June 2018.

After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (alberto.lazaro@uah.es). The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases are electronic).

Grant money will be transferred to recipients’ accounts before 15 July 2018.

Selection Committee

 Applications

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee using the form attached.

 ESSE Book Grants APPLICATION FORM

ESSE Book Grants

Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.

Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, applications will be kept to the minimum necessary and restricted only to books that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Books that are not held by the applicant’s university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan.
  • Books that need to be available to the applicants over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan.
  • Books whose price would place a strain on the applicant’s available financial resources, for example, because of the high cost of the books concerned.

ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.

Eligibility

  • Grants will be made only to members of ESSE, or to PhD students whose supervisors are members of ESSE.
  • Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research. However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.

Dates

The application deadline is 1 October 2017. Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Books included in the application must be bought at the personal expense of the applicant between the application deadline and 30 November 2017.

After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (alberto.lazaro@uah.es). The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases are electronic).

Grant money will be transferred to recipients’ accounts before 15 December 2017.

Selection Committee

Applications

Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Bursaries Committee using the form available here.

New ESSE Board members and national representatives

Dr. Titela Vilceanu, University of Craiova (Romania) – President of RSEAS (the Romanian Society for English and American Studies) and national representative for Romania.

Professor Terry Walker, Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall (Sweden) – President of SWESSE (The Swedish Society for the Study of English) and national representative for Sweden.

Details about the Board of ESSE can be found here: http://essenglish.org/board/

ESSE Travel Bursaries

In 2017, like every year, ESSE offered funding of up to €19,000 to help cover costs associated with a research trip.

TWO types of travel bursaries are offered:

Type A: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars in need of support to pursue a project or programme of research leading to the writing of their PhD dissertation.
Type B: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars already holding a doctorate or its equivalent.

The list of successful applicants for 2017 is now available on the ESSE website (follow Research and Support / Bursaries).

The rules for 2018 will be available in September after the next Board meeting. The rules for 2017 have been left available for information.

ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme

The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 4000 Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.

Details here: http://essenglish.org/workshop-scheme/

ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme

The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 4000 Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.

More information at http://essenglish.org/workshop-scheme/

The ESSE Doctoral Symposium

 

The Symposium

The ESSE Board has decided that as of 2017 an ESSE Doctoral Symposium will be organized every year. The first ESSE Doctoral Symposium will take place in Thessaloníki, Greece on 28-29 August 2017. (The second will form part of the ESSE Conference to be held in Brno, Czech Republic in 2018; the third will be organized in Wrocław, Poland in 2019; the fourth will form part of the ESSE Conference to be held in Lyon, France in 2020.)

The Symposium gives more concrete and recognizable form to the biennial ESSE Doctoral Sessions that were organized as part of the ESSE Conferences in Istanbul (2012), Košice (2014) and Galway (2016).

The Symposium is designed to provide a platform for young scholars to present their work, specifically for PhD students who are writing their theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of their doctoral studies at the time of the Symposium in question. They are invited to make a brief presentation of their work in progress in one of three areas, known as strands: English Language & Linguistics, Literatures in English, and Cultural & Area Studies. These presentations should deal with the issues addressed or hypotheses tested in the doctoral research, the results so far obtained, and above all the methodology applied, with the purpose of gaining feedback from peers and established scholars in the field. Each presentation will last no longer than 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes’ discussion. Participants are expected to attend all the presentations in their own strand and to take part in the discussions. There will also be extensive opportunities for informal contact with other participants and with the academics present.

Applying to participate

Note that each PhD student can submit an application to only one strand of the ESSE Symposium and should specify in the application which strand they wish to be placed in. Applications must include a letter from the student’s PhD supervisor giving the (working) title of the dissertation and confirming that the student is working under his/her supervision and has completed at least his/her first year of PhD studies.

The application should also include a summary of the project (of no more than 300 words), indicating:

  1. The main topic and issues, including the thesis proposed/hypothesis defended;
  2. The methodology (theoretical tools and standpoints);
  3. Where relevant, the corpus under consideration;
  4. The results obtained so far.

Each strand of the Symposium will be coordinated by two experts (to be known as Convenors). One will be chosen from the ESSE Board, while the other will come from the host university (in 2017, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). They will make a selection from the applications received, respond to the presentations and chair the discussions.

Applications (also including the letter from the applicant’s supervisor) should be sent, no later than 28 February 2017, to the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) at lachlan_mackenzie@hotmail.com. The selection of submissions by the Convenors will be completed and announced by 15 March 2017.

Applying for financial support

Those applicants who have been selected for participation can apply to ESSE between 15 and 31 March 2017 for financial support, to a maximum of €500 per applicant. Eligible expenses are airfares, ground transportation costs and accommodation. Applicants for financial support are required to be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE, except for those whose associations do not consider PhD students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisors or the department to which they are affiliated must be ESSE members. Applications for financial support will be considered during April by a Committee consisting of the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium and the three Convenors from the ESSE Board; the Committee’s definitive decision will be communicated to all applicants by 30 April 2017.

Applications for financial support should be sent, no later than 31 March 2017, to the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) at lachlan_mackenzie@hotmail.com. Each application for financial support should include three documents (in attachment to the e-mail of application):

  • the applicant’s CV;
  • a letter detailing the applicant’s eligibility clearly and fully explaining the need for financial support, including a provisional budget for travel costs and/or accommodation expenses;
  • a signed statement from the applicant’s supervisor, including a declaration that it is impossible for the applicant to draw on private means or any other sources of funding, including funding earmarked for the ongoing doctoral project, for the purpose of participating in the ESSE Doctoral Symposium.

    Please note that ESSE’s decisions about selection for participation and about financial support are final and not subject to appeal.

Other activities

Further details of the programme of the Symposium will be made known as and when these are determined. Among the possibilities being considered are a welcome from the President of ESSE, Prof. Liliane Louvel, a reception for all participants, a plenary lecture on a relevant subject and an excursion to the city of Thessaloniki.
The possibility is being examined of including a selection of papers arising from the ESSE Doctoral Symposium in future issues of the ESSE Messenger.

Travel and accommodation

Thessaloniki is served by Makedonia International Airport (code: SKG). Buses and trains are available from Athens. Long-distance buses are available from starting points in Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey.
Information about accommodation in Thessaloniki will be forthcoming in later versions of this announcement.

General enquiries

General enquiries should be addressed to the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) at lachlan_mackenzie@hotmail.com.

EJES – 20th Anniversary

ejes-logoCelebrating 20 Years of EJES (The European Journal of English Studies)

2016 brings the publication of the 20th volume of the European Journal of English Studies (EJES). To mark this occasion, the Editors have curated a special collection of articles which not only showcases the breadth of scholarship that has been a feature of the journal over the last two decades, but also hopes to inspire contributions for future issues. The anniversary collection features an article from each volume of EJES, free to read, with a commentary from the Editors. It also includes an insightful introduction from Professor Kayman which is designed not only to look back on previous content, but also to inspire contributions for future themed issues.

You can see the Virtual Special Issue on the Taylor & Francis website here: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/neje-20th-anniversary-vsi.

pdf-1 NEJE 2016 ESSE Flyer

ESSE Book Grants

esse-logo-postsRecognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects. Deadine: 1st October 2016.
The rules have just been posted at http://essenglish.org/book-grants/

New SAES President

esse-logo-postsSAES (La Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur), the French association affiliated to ESSE, has a new President, Professor Wilfrid Rotgé (Université Paris-Sorbonne), a distinguished linguist. Professor Rotgé’s election followed after Professor Pierre Lurbe stepped down as president of SAES after a four year term, following two years as vice-president.

A Word from the ESSE President

esse-logo-postsThe time has come to embrace our changing world and its new technologies: with this in mind, the board of ESSE, convened last year in August in Braga, decided that The Messenger should finally go electronic. Our Newsletter was traditionally sent to you twice a year from Portugal, sometimes with real difficulties and at a considerable cost. The move to an online and electronic version seemed a most effective move, not to mention a timely one, considering The Messenger is now well beyond the age of the majority (being 25 in 2015 as we advertised in its last Winter issue).

This was a difficult decision to take, as quite a number of our members, I am sure, still hold their paper copies in great esteem as they reminded them of the presence of ESSE in their lives. We were fortunate to find in Adrian Radu (Romania) – in cooperation with Jacques Ramel, our website webmaster – a ready individual to undertake the challenging task of transferring The Messenger into its new format. I want to thank here the former editors of the paper version who performed a brilliant (often difficult) task; in particular Dr. Hortensia Parlog who helped make the transition and was in charge of the last edition of The Messenger.

We still have our academic scholarly Journal of English studies, EJES, in paper form and let me say that The Messenger will not compete against it or play the same role. Having realized that our website plays the role of a Newsletter with all kind of information published quickly and easily, The Messenger, as of January 2016, will be our new online Journal. It will retain part of its former duty as newsletter continuing 25 years of tradition of spreading information, but also publishing poetry and book reviews; it will also be an online journal publishing articles dedicated to professional issues, as well as more academic papers (such as the best papers given by doctoral students during our – now as of 2016 – yearly PhD sessions).

This year will be a year of transition, as The ESSE Messenger will move from paper version to the electronic format. It will continue its policy of offering a variety of contributions, some of which will be selected by the new editor, Adrian Radu, for peer-reviewing following the established tradition of this publication.

Let me add that it seems of the utmost importance that The Messenger should have a wider international spread for we know that today this the sine qua non condition for us, working in the field of humanities, to be read and to have our results quickly shared in our academic community and beyond.

Let me then wish The Messenger a fruitful further 25 years of good services in the interest of us all.

Liliane Louvel
Emeritus Professor,
Poitiers University
ESSE President