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ESSE Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

The Board of the European Society for the Study English expresses its shock and dismay at the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine and the devastating escalation of violence. We fully support the statements published by UNESCO and by FILLM, the Fédération Internationale des Langues et Litératures Modernes, of which ESSE is a member association. We would like to convey our sympathy and solidarity to the people of Ukraine.

TransCanadian Networks – ESSE Workshop (ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme)

TransCanadian NetworksES – SE Workshop
(ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme)
November 9-11, 2022
Universidad de las Islas Baleares

Event Report

The workshop took place in the terms articulated in our original application for funding. Designed for the research team of the funded project TransCanadian Networks (RED2018-102643-T) to meet with a selected group of European scholars in the field of contemporary Literatures and Cultures of Canada and articulate the research axes of a new application for a larger grant, the workshop had three key objectives: a) to expand the size of the present research team, inviting prominent Europe-based Canadianists, b) to define, refine and organize the work around crucial areas of research within the field and c) to write the first draft of the application for the larger grant. These objectives were fully achieved. The event was highly successful and provided the necessary time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of this new expanded project. 

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5-year lecturer (postdoc) position in English Linguistics (teaching and research) at the University of Salzburg, Austria

5-year lecturer (postdoc) position in English Linguistics (teaching and research) at the University of Salzburg, Austria (GZ A 0235/1-2022) 

The Department of English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg intends to appoint a postdoctoral lecturer (teaching and research) in English Linguistics with a specialization in (Variationist) Sociolinguistics.  

  • Salary: € 4,061.50 before tax (14 times a year) 
  • Closing date: 7 December 2022 
  • Start date: 1 March 2023 (if desired 1 October 2023) 
  • Duration of contract: 5 years 
  • Hours per Week: 40 
  • Reference: GZ A 0235/1-2022 

Duties will include: Independent research in English Linguistics; contributions to departmental administration and grant writing in the area of English Linguistics; independent teaching in English Linguistics (4 hours per week), especially in (Variationist) Sociolinguistics 

Person specification – essential: Doctorate/PhD in (English) Linguistics; record of publication/research in (Variationist) Sociolinguisticsexperience in the acquisition of external or internal project funding; good record of teaching in the core areas of English Linguistics, particularly Sociolinguisticsexcellent English proficiency

Person specification – desirable: 

Experience abroad; experience and interest in Educational Linguistics (in the widest sense), particularly regarding diversity, inclusion, gender, interculturality and multilingualism; evidence of the ability to successfully engage in collaborative work as part of a team; reliability and commitment  

Further details: 

For more information, please contact Erik Schleef at erik.schleef@sbg.ac.at

Closing date: 7 December 2022 

Unfortunately, the University of Salzburg does not pay for interview-related travel and accommodation; however, an online interview may be arranged. 

Please quote reference code GZ A 0235/1-2022 when applying and send your application to bewerbung@sbg.ac.at. Please include a cover letter, your CV, BA and MA certificates, a writing sample and name and address of two academics who may be contacted for letters of recommendation. 

Conference Report: “The ‘Second World’ in Contemporary British Writing”

Conference Report: “The ‘Second World’ in Contemporary British Writing” International Conference at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)
16-18 September 2022

Florian Gieseler
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

The main objective of the conference (https://secworld.anglistik.uni-halle.de/) was to investigate contemporary British writing published after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but imaginatively located in Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War – the so-called ‘Second World’. A particular focus – and relatively new angle within the larger context of global Cold War literature and postsocialist perspectives – was the retrotopian potential of such narratives, as conceptualised by Zygmunt Bauman. Scholars from the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany attended to investigate whether more recent British writing was indeed expressing, as the CFP had proposed, “the apparent desire to review and imaginatively revisit past ‘utopias’ […] as retrotopia, the desire to retrieve – through creatively engaging with ‘genuine or putative aspects of this past’ – the utopian potential that it represented”.

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BRILL DQR Studies in the Lyric Book Series

A leading academic publisher in the humanities, Brill gladly invites authors to contribute to their book series DQR Studies in the Lyric (www.brill.com/DQRL / http://www.brill.com/DQRL). Headed by a diverse editorial board, representing the most fruitful schools of thought on the theory of poetry, lyric and verse, this series welcomes bold investigations which deepen or revise traditional approaches and especially encourages studies that advance fresh, transdisciplinary frameworks. DQR Studies in the Lyric is a subseries of DQR Studies in Literature, a longstanding book series which covers the field of Anglophone literature(s) in its historical, cultural, national and ethnic complexity.

Authors are cordially invited to submit book proposals or enquiries to the Acquisitions Editor at BRILL, Masja Horn (Masja.Horn@brill.com).

L’Epoque Conradienne

L’Epoque Conradienne, the academic review of the French Société Conradienne, invites papers (normally 5000 to 8000 words) on all aspects of Joseph Conrad’s writings.

The articles published in L’Epoque Conradienne will be submitted to blind peer-reviews.

Published yearly by Pulim (Presses Universitaires de Limoges), the journal is indexed in EBSCOhost.Papers should be sent to the general editor: nathalie.martiniere@unilim.fr or nmartiniere@gmail.com

L’Epoque Conradienne vol. 43
Energy in Conrad and Hardy

Nathalie Martinière & Peggy Blin-Cordon eds. (+ introduction), 
Limoges: Pulim, 2022, 116 pp.
ISBN10 : 2-84287-854-2
ISBN13 : 9782842878542

The age of Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad saw the discovery of many new forms of energy: steam, gas and electricity contributed to reshaping the environment as well as the social and economic organization of the world. How did these new energies compete or interfere with older ones, like those of the human body and of nature in general? And how did the two writers accommodate, or render in prose or verse the power of these new energies, the fascination/repulsion for their chemical/physical impulses? Aside from pure epistemology, can the notion of energy help us read the two authors differently?

This volume contains papers given in the panel “Energy in Conrad and Hardy” during the 15th ESSE International Conference held online (Lyon, France) on 01-02 September, 2021. 

Table of contents
In Memoriam – Claude Maisonnat (1945-2019)

Introduction 

– I – Energy 

  • Dynamis and Energeia in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes 
    Yann THOLONIAT
  • Degeneration and regeneration in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent 
    Catherine DELESALLE-NANCEY
  • “There is, from that point of view, a deplorable lack of concentration in coal”: New Energies and the Crisis of Adventure in Conrad’s Insular Fiction.
    Julie GAY
  • Energy and “the stillness of the stones” in Tess of the d’Urbervilles
    Annie RAMEL
  • “Trimming”, Fellatio and Cross-Dressing: Sexual Innuendo and Subversive Energy in Thomas Hardy’s “The Distracted Preacher” 
    Jane THOMAS

– II – Varia 

  • Defending Duplicity: Reading Against Writing in Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer” 
  • Ludmilla VOITKOVSKA
  • « Falk » : un proto-Koh-ring
    Patrick TOURCHON

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, edited by John G. Peters, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Broadview Press, 2019, 240 p.P
Price: 18 euros (+ shipping fees) 

The volume may be ordered from:

Nathalie Martinière
Société Conradienne française – FLSH
39E rue Camille Guérin
87036 Limoges Cedex
nathalie.martiniere@unilim.fr

Journal of American Studies of Turkey (JAST), Spring 2023 General Issue

Spring 2023 deadline: December 31, 2022

An international biannual print and online publication of the American Studies Association of Turkey, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey operates with a double-blind peer review system and publishes work (in English) on American literature, history, art, music, film, popular culture, institutions, politics, economics, geography and related subjects.

The Editorial Board welcomes articles which cross conventional borders between academic disciplines, as well as comparative studies of the United States. 

The Journal of American Studies of Turkey is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, TÜBİTAK/ULAKBİM TR Dizin, and the Classificazione ANVUR delle riviste scientifiche (Italy). It also appears in the Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory and the MLA Directory of Periodicals. It can be accessed online, in print, and through the EBSCO and Dergi Park databases.

The copyright of all material published will be vested in the Journal of American Studies of Turkey unless otherwise specifically agreed. This copyright covers exclusive rights of publication of printed or electronic media, including the World Wide Web. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material for which they do not own copyright.

Please see our submission guidelines for more information: https://www.asat-jast.org/index.php/jast/submission-guidelines

Spring 2023 deadline: December 31, 2022

All general submissions and correspondence should be directed to:

Editor-in-Chief
Defne Ersin Tutan 
Başkent University, Turkey
defneersintutan@gmail.com

Editor
Selen Aktari Sevgi
Başkent University, Turkey
saktari@baskent.edu.tr

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The death of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

Queen Elizabeth II
(1926-2022)

The European Society for the Study of English mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022, aged 96. She was the longest serving monarch the United Kingdom has ever seen. Her death ended a rule of 70 years that saw 15 prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson and, finally, to Liz Truss, whom she formally invited to become prime minster only two days before her death. Her son Charles succeeds her on the throne and will now be known as King Charles III. In a statement, he called the death of his mother “a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” adding that “her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.” ESSE is saddened by the news and wishes to express its deepest condolences to the Royal Family, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

2022 Book Awards Shortlists and Winners

ESSE Book Awards 2022

For books first published in 2020 and 2021 (date on imprint page of published book)

  • Category A is open for all books
  • Category B is for the first book only

ESSE Book Awards Ceremony

Monday, August 29, 2022, 14.00,  Mainz
ESSE-16 Conference opening 13.30

Shortlists

The lists below are in alphabetical order with the winners highlighted in bold. Details here .

1. English language and linguistics

Category A

  1. Calle-Martín, Javier. 2020. John Arderon’s De judiciis urinarum: A Middle English Commentary on Giles of Corbeil’s Carmen de urinis in Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 328 and Manchester University Library, MS Rylands Eng. 1310. Liverpool University Press.
  2. Perez-Llantada, Carmen. 2021. Research Genres across Languages. Cambridge University Press.
  3. Pilliere, Linda. 2021. Intralingual Translation of British Novels: A Multimodal Stylistic Perspective. Bloomsbury Academic.

Category B 

  1. Bouso, Tamara. 2021. Changes in argument structure. The transitivizing Reaction Object Construction. Peter Lang.
  2. Fernández-Pena, Yolanda. 2020. Reconciling Synchrony, Diachrony and Usage in Verb Number Agreement with Complex Collective Subjects. Routledge.
  3. Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2020. On Invisible Language in Modern English: A Corpus-based Approach to Ellipsis. Bloomsbury Academic.

2. Literatures in the English language

Category A

  1. Haschemi Yekani, Elahe. 2021. Familial Feeling. Entangled Tonalities in Early Black Atlantic Writing and the Rise of the British Novel.  Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Lynall, Gregory. 2020. Imagining Solar Energy. The Power of the Sun in Literature, Science and Culture. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  3. Martínez García, Ana Belén. 2020. New Forms of Self Narration. Young Women, Life Writing and Human Rights. Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Schwanebeck, Wieland. 2020. Literary Twinship from Shakespeare to the Age of Cloning. Routledge.
  5. Talairach, Laurence. 2021. Animals, Museum Culture and Children’s Literature in 19th century Britain. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Category B

  1. Dinter, Sandra. 2020. Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel. Routledge.
  2. Gebauer, Carolin. Making Time: World Construction in the Present-Tense Novel. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2021.
  3. Gill, Josie. 2020. Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel. Bloomsbury Academic. 
  4. John, Stefanie. 2021. Post-Romantic Aesthetics in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. ‎ Routledge.
  5. Pelayo Sañudo, Eva. 2021. Spatialities in Italian American Women’s Literature: Beyond the Mean Streets. ‎ Routledge.

3. Cultural and area studies in English

Category A 

  1. Borham-Puyal, Miriam. 2020. Contemporary Rewritings of Liminal Women. Echoes of the Past. Routledge.
  2. Katsarska, Milena. 2021. Parapositions: Prefacing American Literature in Bulgarian Translation 1948-1998. Plovdiv University Press.

Category B

  1. Bowers, Will. 2020. The Italian Idea: Anglo-Italian Radical Literary Culture, 1815–1823. Cambridge University Press.

Applications invited for a full-time PhD position in literary studies

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Faculty of Languages and Humanities, Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, is looking for a four-year full-time PhD researcher in the field of literary studies as part of the FWO funded research project “Broadcast Biographies. Innovations in Genre and Medium (1945-2020)”.

1. Project

This project is situated at the intersection of life writing, literary radio studies and cultural memory studies. It examines the literary radio biography in Britain and (West-)Germany in the period 1945-2020 along three complementary lines: its production and reception history, its genre and media conventions and its cultural memory function. Despite the rich history of biographical writing on and for radio, little research exists on the radio biography as genre, let alone on its role as a potential catalyst for genre and media innovation. Neither the vast scholarship on life writing nor the field of radio studies have paid systematic attention to biographies created specifically for the radio. Still, as this project aims to show, the radio biography gives us a unique insight in the ongoing mediation of life narratives and the history of radio itself. By writing lives for the radio, literary authors such as Alfred Andersch, Martin Esslin, Gerhard Rühm, Angela Carter and Tom Stoppard also chronicle the life of radio itself, reflecting on the possibilities and limits of both genre and medium.

In this project, we mainly focus on productions by (post)modernist and neo-avant-garde authors. We aim to study the genre and function of the broadcast biography, including its role in the transnational exchange between the two central national broadcasting cultures.

2. Position description

We offer a four-year full-time PhD position (subject to annual positive evaluation). The successful candidate will carry out the project as a doctoral researcher in close collaboration with the two supervisors at the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) at VUB. The candidate will write a doctoral dissertation on the subject of the literary radio biography, carry out archival work on selected authors and productions (in the UK and Germany), (co-)publish the results of the research in academic articles and books, present at national and international conferences and co-host scientific meetings. The candidate will complete the doctoral training programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at VUB and is expected to defend their doctoral dissertation in 2026. Please be aware that the position requires you to be present in the department on a regular basis (3 days per week). 

3. Profile

  • You hold a master’s degree in (literature in) English, (literature in) German, comparative literature (or a comparable degree) or you will have obtained this by the start date of this position.
  • You demonstrate excellent study results. Previous academic experience (publications, conference presentations, etc.) will be considered an asset.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in twentieth-century and/or contemporary literature, life writing, biography studies, literary radio studies, sound studies, media history or cultural memory studies. Previous experience with archival research will be considered an asset.
  • You are an enthusiastic researcher, capable of conducting research both independently and in team.
  • You are willing to conduct research stays abroad in function of archival research and academic exchange.
  • You act in accordance with the rules regarding scientific integrity, as described in the VUB charter for researchers: https://www.vub.be/en/violations-of-scientific-integrityinbreuken-op-wetenschappelijke-integriteit#information-in-english`
  • You have excellent English-language skills (oral and written) at an academic level. A good command of the German language is highly desirable. 

4. Offer

  • We offer a four-year full-time doctoral position (requiring enrolment as a doctoral student at VUB), subject to an annual positive evaluation.
  • The planned starting date is 1 October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • You will receive a salary in one of the grades defined by the Belgian government. Depending on previous professional experience, the monthly tax-free salary varies from approx. € 2541 to max. € 2704 (EU staff) / approx. € 2318 to max. € 2466 (non-EU staff). In addition, you are provided with a shared office space and a work laptop, library access, social and health benefits, and free access to Belgian public transport for your commute to campus.
  • As an employee of VUB, you will work in a dynamic, diverse, and multilingual environment. For this function, VUB’s Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Etterbeek) will serve as your home base. Our campus is a green oasis in the capital city of Flanders, Belgium, and Europe, and boasts an excellent restaurant and extensive sport facilities. It is within easy reach (twenty minutes by public transport) of the city centre of Brussels and has a direct train connection to Brussels National Airport. Childcare facilities are to be found within walking distance.
  • For more information on what it is like to work at VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs.

5. Application procedure

Applications should include (in one PDF file):

  1. cover/motivation letter;
  2. your academic CV with details about your Bachelor and Master qualifications (including grades) and your previous academic experience (if applicable);
  3. short text on how you envisage your contribution to the project, especially the doctoral dissertation that you would be working on (max. 1000 words). Please mention your approach, research question and case studies (i.e. the authors and/or works you would like to work on);
  4. the names of two referees.

Also include (in a separate PDF file) a writing sample (e.g. your MA thesis, a research paper or academic article). Clearly mention your name on your writing sample. 

Please send your application by e-mail to both supervisors, Prof. dr. Inge Arteel (Inge.Arteel@vub.be) and Prof. dr. Birgit Van Puymbroeck (birgit.van.puymbroeck@vub.be). The deadline is 16 August 2022 (midnight, CET). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week of 29 August 2022 on the Humanities Campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel or online.

If you have any questions, please contact Inge.Arteel@vub.be or birgit.van.puymbroeck@vub.be

Lecturer position offered at Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

The FB06 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germersheim Campus) is seeking a Lecturer with a specified function, part-time (75%), for our faculty’s British Studies (Anglistik) programme. We are looking for a lecturer who is a native speaker of English, with a focus on foreign language learning, translation and cultural studies (permanent position, from 01.10.2022). The deadline for applications is 10th July 2022. Details of the position and how to apply can be found here:
https://stellenboerse.uni-mainz.de/HPv3.Jobs/jgu/stellenangebot/24983/Lehrkraft-fur-besondere-Aufgaben-m-w-d-im-Fach-Englisch

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, Debrecen University Press, and
The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen

announce

a New Series of Peer Reviewed, Open Access scholarly books by HJEAS Books to be published by the Debrecen University Press in English.

The series will debut 21 June 2022 with It’s Time: What Living in Time Is Like by Donald E. Morse, Oakland University, USA and University of Debrecen. 

To be followed by: “A wretchedness to defend”: Reading Beckett’s Letters by Erika Mihálycsa, Babes Bolyai University, Romania in November 2022, Negotiating Age: Aging and Ageism in Contemporary Literature and Theatre edited by Maria Kurdi, University of Pécs, Hungary in April 2023, and Central European Immigration to Canada, edited by Balazs Venkovits, University of Debrecen.

Future books will include: “COVID19: The Crisis in Care,” edited by Eszter Ureczky, University of Debrecen, “Perceiving-Thinking-Writing: Merleau-Ponty and Literature” by Donald Wesling, University of California, USA. Other titles in preparation include:Coetzee and Dostoyevsky,” “The Female Detective,” “Ecocritism,” “American Free Verse,” and “Contemporary Irish Literature.”

All HJEAS Books are Open Access and are Peer Reviewed.

HJEAS Books will feature monographs, single author studies, and edited editions.

For further information see the HJEAS website: https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/hjeas/aboutbooks Send all proposals to the relevant editor: https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/hjeas/bookseditorialteam

Book Announcement: Cécile Cosculluela, “The English Verb Equation”

Title: The English Verb Equation – An Easy Six-Step Logic to Get Your Verb Forms Right
Author: Cécile Cosculluela, Ph.D. (University of Pau, France)
Publisher: ESL Academy
Date of publication: 2022 (April)

Link to the book online (paperback, hardcover, and ebook): https://www.amazon.fr/English-Verb-Equation-Six-Step-Logic-ebook/dp/B09ZPW3TM6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1653391299&sr=8-1

How to get your verb forms right in English?
By understanding the simple and fundamental logic inherent in all verb forms.

This book shows that any time we put a verb in a sentence, we intuitively follow a basic six-step process that can be referred to as the English Verb Equation. It consists of a short sequence of operators that combine to create all possible verb forms in English. The Equation is simple because it is logical, and it is fundamental because it is at the core of any verb form. Once we know what the Equation is, we know for sure whether any of the verb forms we produce is correct or not, and it also gives us the keys to turning any incorrect verb form into a correct one. Applying the Equation is all it takes: either the verb form matches it, or we make it match it by following the steps.

The English Verb Equation is the fruit of more than two decades of research and practical applications with students of E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) in French Universities. It has been designed with and for those language learners who want to get clarity on how to give a form to a verb in order to produce only correct verb forms. It is also a didactic tool devised for teachers and professors of E.S.L. who lead their students towards understanding how to deal with verbs. Indeed, the Equation is a tool that exposes at a glance the simple logic behind any verb form in English, thereby offering a synoptic overview of the creation of any possible verb phrase. It is an easy-to-grasp fundamental logic summed-up in a holistic six-step formula that presides over the creation of finite verb phrases in English.

The English Verb Equation is ready for you to master your verb forms! Are you ready for it?

The English Verb Equation is book 1 of an English verb triad of books.
Book 2: The English Verb Formulas
Book 3: The English Verb Matrix

For further information, contact Cecile Cosculluela at semeiolinguistics@gmail.com
and watch her videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Lbn96dGFgOsicCRuGva1Q/playlists

InScriptum: A Journal of Language and Literary Studies

InScriptum is a bi-disciplinary, multi-lingual online journal welcoming research on a broad spectrum of topics in literature and linguistics. Papers are published in English, Italian, Polish, Spanish, German, French, and occasionally other languages. Uncommon in its assay, the journal aims at inclusiveness and promotes cross-specialty enrichment. InScriptum is published by the Jan Kochanowski University Press with the support of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (USA), the University of Bergamo (Italy), and Jan Kochanowski University (Poland). Full text versions of articles published in the journal are freely available courtesy of the publisher in the open-access mode.

If you would like to publish your research with us, do send your contribution directly to inscriptum@ujk.edu.pl, or at either magdalena.ozarska@ujk.edu.pl or mozarska@gmail.com preferably by the end of June 2022, or – if you wish your paper to be considered for publication in subsequent volumes – at a later date. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within two or three days, feel free to resend the material.

Information for Authors is to be found at

Information on our double-blind peer review policy:

For more information, see https://inscriptum.ujk.edu.pl.

Job Announcement: two full-time tenure-track faculty positions in English language and linguistics

Contact person: Cristiano Broccias <c.broccias@unige.it>
Subject: Assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy


University or Organization: University of Genoa
Department: Modern Languages and Culture
Job Location: Genoa, Italy
Web Address: https://lingue.unige.it/
Job Title: Assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics
Job Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Required Language(s): English (eng)
Deadline for applications: 16th May 2022 at noon

Prospective candidates must have:

  • a PhD in English linguistics or a related field:
  • at least 3 years’ experience as a post-doc or at least three years’ experience as an assistant professor;
  • a strong research record and an excellent potential for future research 
  • a basic competence in Italian.

Job Announcement: university lecturer in English Language (Universitetslektor), Åbo Akademi University, starting from September 1, 2022

Åbo Akademi University wishes to appoint a university lecturer in English Language (universitetslektor), including linguistics, starting from September 1, 2022, or as agreed.

Description of the position
The university lecturer will have a wide ranging responsibility for teaching, including courses in sociolinguistics, English linguistics, and applied linguistics, as well as in the social and historical context of English-speaking countries. Teaching tasks will also include courses in spoken and written skills. Additionally, the lecturer supervises and examines Bachelor’s and Master’s theses on language-related topics. Depending on the competences of the candidate, teaching duties may also include participation in courses that are provided jointly for all students in the faculty.

The university lecturer will be expected to participate in a variety of administrative tasks, such as coordination of the students’ language practice and exchange programmes with overseas universities.

A university lecturer may be given the opportunity to conduct research for a maximum of one third of the contract hours. The university lecturer will participate in departmental research seminars and contribute to the research activities of the subject.

The university lecturer has a total working time of 1,612 hours per year, and the work tasks will be defined in detail in an annual work plan. A trial period applies to all new employees.

Qualification requirements and evaluation
In accordance with the University Board’s decree, a university lecturer is required to have a doctorate in the subject they are teaching or in a closely related discipline, as well as pedagogical competence.

Application
The application should be submitted electronically in the University recruitment system (www.abo.fi/rekryteringno later than 23 May 2022 at 3 PM (Finnish time) with the following enclosures:

  1. An application letter including an account of the key experience and skills relevant for the task (max. 2 pages)
  2. CV, according to the model of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity, TENK: https://tenk.fi/sites/default/files/2021-06/TENK_CV_template_2020.pdf
  3. A full list of publications, with the three most important publications supporting the applicant’s research competence marked; please include links to these three publications or upload them in the recruitment system
  4. A teaching portfolio https://web.abo.fi/befattningar/Pedagogical_portfolio2021.pdf
  5. A copy of the diploma of a doctoral degree relevant to the position,
  6. A copy of other diplomas and certificates (for example, for language proficiency or pedagogical studies),
  7. Research plan (max 3 pages),
  8. Contact information for two referees.

The full announcement is posted at https://abo.rekrytointi.com/paikat/index.php?jid=544&key=&o=A_RJ&rspvt=p0bmodttrascsggcscck0wkcwg4gosg

Book Announcement – Digital Genres in Academic Knowledge Production and Communication

Digital Genres in Academic Knowledge Production and Communication
Perspectives and Practices

By María José Luzón and Carmen Pérez-Llantada

 

Finally a definitive guide to academic genres online! Covering an impressive range of digital practices, this insightful and inspiring book masterfully demonstrates the connection between the affordances of digital media and the exigences of scientific communication.

– Christoph A. Hafner, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 This book presents an overview of the wide variety of digital genres used by researchers to produce and communicate knowledge, perform new identities and evaluate research outputs. The book explores what researchers can do with these genres, what meanings they can make and what language(s) they deploy in carrying out all these practices.

 María José Luzón is Senior Lecturer at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her research interests include genre analysis, digital genres, academic discourse, and English for Academic Purposes.

Carmen Pérez-Llantada is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her research interests include genre analysis, English for Academic Purposes, academic writing, and rhetoric and composition.

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Conference Report – 29th CDE Conference, “Critical Theatre Ecologies”

29th CDE Conference
“Critical Theatre Ecologies”
June 03-06, 2021, University of Augsburg, Germany

The 2021 CDE conference officially opened with the welcoming words by the conference organiser Martin Middeke (University of Augsburg), followed by a welcome by Christiane Fäcke, the Dean of the Faculty of Philology and History at the University of Augsburg. The President of the society Ute Berns thanked the conference organisers for their work and commitment. Martin Middeke and Martin Riedelsheimer then introduced the conference theme.

The evening continued with the conference’s first keynote: London-based playwright Ella Hickson in interview with theatre critic Aleks Sierz (London), chaired by Martin Middeke and followed by Q&A. Hickson spoke about her path to becoming a playwright, and the provenance of her 2016 play Oil.

The second day of the conference started with the first panel (chaired by Ute Berns). Helen Gilbert (Royal Holloway, University of London) spoke on “Climate Change Theatre and the Conundrum of Time”. She traced instances of plays chronicling climate change in the Antarctic, such as the large-scale E. M. Lewis’s Magellanica (2018) on the one hand and the microdramatic short plays emerging from Chantal Bilodeau’s Climate Change Theatre Action project (2015-ongoing). Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway) then spoke on “Staging the Great Acceleration: Carly Churchill’s Far Away on Spike Island, 2017″, suggesting to see the final act of the play as the current stage of the Anthropocene, and the first two acts as a kind of archaeology of how we arrived there.

The panel was followed by the second keynote, by Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow), who spoke on “Ecologising Theatre” (chaired by Martin Riedelsheimer) in the context of agency, politics and ethics.

In the afternoon, the second panel was chaired by Dorothee Birke. Christian Attinger (University of Augsburg) spoke on “An Ecology of Plants: the Post-Manufacturing Age in Philip Ridley’s Shivered and David Eldridge’s In Basildon“, discussing the way in which theatre points at the corporate social and ecological responsibilities of transnational corporations and might offer counter-reactions to the “Capitalocene”. Julia Rössler (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) then spoke on “Embodiment, Atmosphere, and Materiality: Ecological Aesthetics in the Theatre of Adam Rapp”, giving an overview of Rapp’s body of work by historically deriving it from Gertrude Stein and Richard Schechner and then focussing on Rapp’s 2004 play Faster.

The third panel (chaired by Anette Pankratz), brought together Kerstin Howaldt (University of Erfurt), Anna Street (Le Mans University) and Ramona Mosse (FU Berlin). Howaldt spoke about “Diffracting ‘Stabilized/Stabilizing Binaries’ of Climate Change Theatre (Plays)”, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London and Richard Bean’s The Heretic in the context of Karen Barad’s Meeting the Universe Halfway. In their paper “To Be Like Water – Material Dramaturgies in Unthinkable Environments”, Street and Mosse used three case studies of performing water to argue for fluidity and connectivity relate to notions of the unthinkable.

The day closed with the conference’s third keynote, chaired by Martin Middeke: London-based playwright Martin Crimp in interview with Aleks Sierz, followed by Q&A. Crimp spoke on theatres as an ecology, as a trans-European network.

The CDE Annual General Meeting took place in the morning of the third day.

The conference’s fourth panel took place in the afternoon and was chaired by Merle Tönnies. Leila Vaziri (University of Augsburg) spoke on “Alienation and Disgust – The Capitalocene in Contemporary Eco-Drama”, referring to Dawn King’s 2011 play Foxfinder and Tanya Ronder’s Fuck the Polar Bears (2015) to draw a line from Kristevan abjection theory to the human-animal divide and the alienating effect on the connections between humans and nature. Jill Gatlin (New England Conservatory) then spoke on “Performing Reception Justice: Audience Disturbance and Ecological Toxicity in Cherrie Moraga’s Heroes and Saints“, outlining how the play invites audiences to evaluate their privilege and potential allied action.

The fifth panel followed immediately afterwards (chaired by Clare Wallace). Linda Heß (University of Augsburg) spoke on “Playing the Petrocene: The Toxicity of National Discourse in Leigh Fondakowski’s Spill (2014) and Ella Hickson’s Oil (2016)”, arguing, alongside Judith Butler’s concept of grievability and Timothy Clark’s notion of scale, that both plays allow spectators to explore their own capacity for empathy and their entanglement into the ecological crisis on a global scale. Chukwuemeka Rowland Amaefula (Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike) then spoke on “Eco-Drama, Multinanational Corporations and Climate Change in Nigeria”, exploring the effects of climate change on the country through the lens of Greg Mbajiorgu’s ecodrama Wakeup Everyone (2011).

This panel was followed by the conference’s fourth keynote, by Theresa May (University of Oregon), who spoke on “Kinship and Community in Climate Change Theatre” (chaired by Martin Riedelsheimer). Referring to Marie Clements’ Burning Vision (2002), Chantal Bilodeau’s Sila (2015), and her own play Salmon Is Everything (2018), she argued for ecodramaturgy as a praxis, presenting theatre as a crucial tool of democracy for the Anthropocene.

Sunday morning saw the conference’s fifth keynote, chaired by Martin Middeke. Vicky Angelaki (Mid Sweden University) spoke on “Writing in the Green: Imperatives towards an Eco-n-temporary Theatre Canon”. Angelaki suggested in-betweenness as a key element towards understanding humanities’ contemporary role and responsibilities.

The keynote was followed by the conference’s sixth and last panel (chaired by Eckart Voigts). Jamie Harper (De Montfort University) spoke on “Performing Resilience”, comparing the neoliberal approach to the concept with the one taken by ecological sciences and exploring radical transformation through evaluation of a research residency at a community orchard. Solange Ayache (Sorbonne University) then spoke on the merging of the brain, the stage, and the forest in her paper “‘It’s the Intricacy of the Forest … That’s the Treasure’: Devising Ecological Theatre with Simon McBurney’s The Encounter“. Simon Bowes (University of Greenwich) then gave a paper on “Embodiment, Occupation and Solidarity: Theatre Environment as Territory in three Tim Spooner Performances”, in which he outlined Spooner’s refashioning of the theatre environment as ‘territory’ in his performances The Voice of Nature (2018), Cuteness Forensics (2018), and Dead Nature (2019). Bowes proposed that Spooner occupied nature and, by extension, the theatre.

The conference closed on Sunday mid-day. The next conference will take place in Paris (organised by our sister organisation RADAC) on 23-26 June, 2022.

Book Announcement – Analyzing Multimodality in Specialized Discourse Settings

Analyzing Multimodality in Specialized Discourse Settings

Innovative Research Methods and Applications

Veronica Bonsignori, Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli, Denise Filmer (Eds.)

Contemporary society has witnessed radical changes in the field of communications in terms of how messages and meanings are disseminated. Digitalization and the Internet have signalled an exponential rise in the circulation of multimodal texts in which different semiotic resources are orchestrated together to construct meaning in all areas of social life, across languages and cultures, and in diverse specialized discourse domains. This has foregrounded the need to examine the semiotic functions, affordances, and issues at stake in a range of multimodal discourse forms, while simultaneously highlighting the importance of critical multimodal literacy in audiences and learners.

This volume develops and extends pioneering research on the intersection between multimodality and specialized discourse. Eight newly commissioned studies offer innovative perspectives on multimodal research methodologies and applications in a variety of ESP (English for Specific Purposes) contexts for practitioners and scholars alike. The volume offers a glimpse at future directions in this dynamic and ever-evolving area of investigation focusing on the synergy between verbal and non-verbal modes of communication in the digital age. Each chapter explores an original area of application: academic, economic, scientific, marketing, legal, medical, political, and tourism. The contributors approach multimodality from a range of theoretical and methodological viewpoints including synchronic and diachronic corpus-based and corpus-aided studies, critical discourse analysis, and systemic functional linguistics. Analytical tools such as multimodal (critical) discourse analysis, multimodal transcription, and multimodal annotation software capable of representing the interplay of different semiotic modes – speech, intonation, direction of gaze, facial expressions, gesturing, and spatial positioning of interlocutors – are employed. The diversity of research strands contained in the volume illustrates just some of the vast areas of multimodal knowledge dissemination that are still unmapped. As a cornerstone of communication, multimodality needs exploring in all its facets. These contributions aim to further that cause.  

ISBN: 978-1-64889-103-8

https://vernonpress.com/book/1128

HJEAS Books, New Series

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) will launch a series of books to be published by Debrecen University Press beginning in 2022 that will reflect scholarship in the areas covered by the Journal, which include but are not limited to the literature, film, art, history, and religion of the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. All books will be published as Open Access ebooks and as printed using Print on Demand. They will be kept in print. Continue reading “HJEAS Books, New Series”