The Nominations Committee of the ESSE Board seeks applications for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer, which fall vacant in January 2020. The usual term of office is three years. Candidates, who should preferably have been involved in ESSE affairs or have had similar positions in their national associations, should submit, as e–mail attachments:
a letter of application
a short (2–3 page) CV
letters of support from two national associations.
Each national association can also nominate candidates for any of these two positions (only one candidate for each position). In this case, national associations will submit, as e–mail attachments:
a letter, signed by the association’s President, describing the candidate’s competence for the specific office
a short (2–3 page) CV of candidate(s) proposed
a letter, signed by another association’s President, seconding this proposal
a letter in which the candidate will express his/her agreement with the candidacy.
Applications and nominations must be submitted electronically, by 30 April 2019 at the latest, to the members of the Nominations Committee:
From the applications and nominations received, the Committee will select the best candidates (maximum of three for each office). The two officers will be chosen by vote at the ESSE Board meeting in Wroclaw, 29–30 August 2019.
Developing Mediation Skills for Teaching Legal English
By Patrizia Anesa & Barbora Chovancova
4-5 October, 2018 Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Sistemas Informáticos, MADRID
The project proposal was presented by Patrizia Anesa (University of Bergamo, Italy) and Barbora Chovancová (Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czech Republic). Members of the project are: Ismael Arinas Pellon (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Shona Whyte (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France) and Halina Sierocka (University of Białystok, Poland).
The workshop gave the participants the chance to discuss the project proposal and offer a definition of the first operational steps. Some of the sessions were also open to members of the Comm&Learn Research Team based at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (in particular Carola Álvarez-Bolado Sánchez, José Luis Llavona Arregui, Luis Dochao Moreno, and Éva Jakusné Harnos). The workshop also allowed us to discuss future strategies and potential forms of cooperation, as well as to share ideas about how project findings can be presented and circulated to colleagues internationally.
The term mediation can denote both a tool to reach a consensus in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and a language skill which enables communication over a linguistic barrier. The project intends to address both aspects. It also aims at defining good practices in the field of mediation to be developed for the legal profession, identifying educational needs and gaps in the area (emerging across different countries), and producing flexible programmes for legal English in a globalized, fast evolving legal world. The approach is not limited to linguistic features but will be contextualised by information offered by practitioners and teacher educators.
The complexity of mediation dynamics encompasses phenomena such as the popularization of information and its recontexualization, especially in teaching and training contexts. Thus, mediation will also be observed from a communicative perspective as a skill which has been relatively overlooked in ESP teaching (Chovancova 2016). The project will investigate practices which can be implemented in the teaching of Legal English in light of the importance of such discursive practices in making informed decisions. Thus, the analysis also aims to evaluate to what extent mediation may be defined as a crucial skill in legal language instruction and teacher education, and will provide practical applications of the integration of mediation into the legal English syllabus. In particular, legal language learning is inherently linked to content construction in Content-Based Instruction (CBI) and English Medium Instruction (EMI). Thus, a syllabus focusing on technical mediation material, interactive teamwork, and communication skills is crucial for efficient teaching and learning. Practical examples of qualitative and quantitative results from courses involving different types of technology-mediated teaching and learning in different universities will also be considered.
The overall objective is thus to offer insights into ways of enhancing and modernizing legal English teaching and learning by taking into account skills which are often ignored in traditional materials, but which in turn represent essential abilities in specific professional contexts.
This workshop represented a great opportunity to discuss the strengths and weakness of the project and exchange ideas with other experts in the field. We would like to express our gratitude to ESSE, which supported it and made it possible.
Women on the Move: Body, Memory and Femininity in Present-Day Transnational Diasporic Writing Edited by Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, Julia Tofantšuk
Published by Routledge 266 pages Hardback: 9781138321991 eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429452291
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Disturbing Transitions: Critical Inner Landscapes of Migration, Jill Lewis
Introduction: The Female Body and Self in the Glocal: Plights and Opportunities for Contemporary Diasporic Women, Silvia Pellicer-Ortín and Julia Tofantšuk
SECTION 1: Unbelonginess and Displacement in the Diaspora: Finding a Voice Through Narrative
1 Ceìdric Courtois: The Travelling Bodies of African Prostitutes in the Transnational Space in Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail (2006) and Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street (2009)
2 Merve Sarikaya-Şen: A Traumatic Romance of (Un)Belonginess: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names,
SECTION 2: Globality, Locality and Cosmpolitanism
3 Beatriz Pérez Zapata: Dancing Across Nations: The Transnational and the Glocal in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time,
4 María Rocío Cobo-Piñero: Taiye Selasi and the Afropolitan Daughters of the Diaspora,
SECTION 3: Defining Feminine Spaces: Home, Self, Identity and Food
5 Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato: Corinne Bigot; “By Way of Their Fingers”: Making Sense of Self and Home in Selected Short Stories by Edwidge Danticat, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6 Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato: In the Kitchen with Monica Ali: Flavouring Gender and Diaspora
SECTION 4: Femininity, Spatiality and Liminality
7 Maria Amor Barros-del Río: Recalling Female Migration in Contemporary Irish Novels: An Intersectional Approach
8 Selen Aktari-Sevgi: Liminality and Affective Mobility in Anne Enright’s The Green Road
9 Julia Tofantšuk: Movement, Places and Knotted History in Charlotte Mendelson’s Almost English
SECTION 5: Crossing Borders: Female Bodies and Identities in Transit
10 Paul Rüsse and Maialen Antxustegi-Etxarte: Travelling the US-Mexican Border, Challenging Chicanidad
11 Carolina Sánchez-Palencia: Under the Skin of British History: Bodies in Transit in Andrea Levy’s Small Island
12 Silvia Pellicer-Ortín: Short Stories on the Move: Mapping Memory and Constructing the (Jewish) Diasporic Female Self in Michelene Wandor’s False Relations
Silvia Pellicer-Ortín is a Lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Julia Tofantšuk is Associate Professor of British Literature and curator of Liberal Arts in Humanities programme at Tallinn University, Estonia.
The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 8,000Euro 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.
The proposed workshop should be designed to explore a collaborative research project that falls within the subject area of ESSE. The main purpose of the workshop should be to plan or facilitate grant writing for a larger award, although other activities connected to the development of the project may be involved.
Applications should be submitted jointly by two full ESSE members from two different national associations.
Other participants in the proposed workshop may be drawn from the same institutions or associations, but international diversity and collaboration across associations will be one of the criteria for assessing applications. Proposals can include postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers. Any participants who are not members of their national associations will be expected to join where possible following a successful application.
The ESSE Board members are excluded from proposing or taking part in the workshop.
The grant will only fund workshops of the type described above; it does not support other types of events, such as conferences, symposia, colloquia, seminar series or guest lectures.
The grant may be used for reasonable expenses only: these include travel, accommodation and subsistence. Costs of meeting room bookings should be met by the hosting institution.
The grant is designed to support a two-day meeting, and budgets should be designed to reflect this structure unless there is good reason for an alternative.
The grant will be of a maximum of 4,000 euro per application.
Successful applicants are expected to submit a full financial report with a detailed overview of expenses, including receipts and invoices. They will also be required to report back to ESSE on how the workshop objectives have been achieved and what plans are in place for the follow-up bid. Workshop participants may also like to write up their meeting for the ESSE Messenger.
Successful applicants should acknowledge support received from ESSE in subsequent publications or publicity for the project. The ESSE logo should be included where appropriate in printed or electronic materials related to the project.
Applications should include the following:
Workshop participant details: name, affiliation, position and email address for all participants, and indication of their contribution to the project (maximum 150 words for each participant)
Project topic: outline of the proposed project with research questions and brief bibliography (maximum 1,000 words)
Funding plans: details of funding body, scheme and amount of award to be applied for, where possible.
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.
Applicants for book grants must themselves be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE, with the exception of PhD students from the Serbian Association for the Study of English, which does not consider doctoral students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisor must be a member of an association affiliated to 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.
The application deadline is 1 May 2019. 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 2019.
After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 2019.
In 2019, ESSE will offer funding of up to €19,000 to help cover costs associated with a research trip.
ESSE will again offer TWO types of travel bursaries:
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.
Applications are invited from all member countries. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit.
Only one application per person is allowed.
Bursaries may not be used to support research trips begun before the Bursary Committee has announced the outcome of the competition.
Applications for Type A and Type B Bursaries will not normally be entertained from candidates who have previously been successful in that competition.
In the case of both competitions A and B, winners are expected to make a short-term visit to a country where they, for example, identify an outstanding holding, collection or other type of material relevant to their research, or where they gather corpus materials or conduct an experiment. Conference participation is not supported by these bursaries; award winners may extend their visit at their own expense to attend a conference in the country concerned, but no part of the conference expenses will be covered by the bursary. Bursaries must be utilized and the study trips completed by the application deadline for next year’s bursaries, i.e. 1 March 2020.
After completing the research trip, winners will be asked to send a financial report to the Treasurer of ESSE and a report about their results to both the Treasurer and the Chair of the Selection Committee. This latter report may be published in ESSE Messenger.
Applicants for the first type of bursary are required to be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE with the exception of the Serbian Association for the Study of English which does not consider PhD students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisors must be ESSE members.
Applicants for the second type of bursaries must be registered members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE for at least one year (membership starting on 1 January of the previous year – this is to say, January 2018).
The deadline for applications for both types of Bursaries is 1 March 2019.
Notification to the applicants should be sent (electronically) by 15 April 2019. Applicants should send electronically to the chair of the Selection Committee:
the completed application form (see below) with sections on personal information, a list of the applicant’s most important publications, a research plan, and a provisional budget proposal;
a scanned or electronically generated letter issued by the president or the secretary of the appropriate national organization to certify the membership of the applicant (or his/her supervisor in Serbia);
for Type A bursaries, a letter of recommendation, sent directly via email to the Chair of the Selection Committee by the supervisor of the PhD candidate.
Note: the names of the bursary winners and their projects will be published on the ESSE website.
Reading and Writing the World: Perception and Identity in the Era of Climate Change
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, 5-6 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2019 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1904/
Health and Healing in Culture and Literature: International Başkent Conference
Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 13-15 March 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1903/#health
Brexit and Beyond: Nation and Identity: 2019 SAUTE conference
Department of English, Universität Basel, Switzerland, 3-4 May 2019
Deadline for proposals: 13 January 2019 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1905/
ESSE organizes an annual Doctoral Symposium, which continues a tradition dating from 2012 and is designed to provide a platform for young scholars to present and receive feedback on their work. The Symposium is open without charge to PhD students who are writing their theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of work on their doctorate at the time of the Symposium. To be eligible, either their supervisor or they themselves must be known to the Treasurer of ESSE as a member of an ESSE-affiliated Association (or, in relevant countries, of a Department that belongs to an ESSE-affiliated Association) at the moment of application. The next Symposium will take place in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wrocław (Poland) on 27 and 28 August 2019.
The multilingual context we live in leads to constant interaction between languages. As a result, there are various language contact phenomena that have become common practice among speakers and that are constantly shaping the individual’s language use and identity. This issue of the ESSE Messenger invites scholars to send their articles on topics related to micro-sociolinguistics (borrowing, code-switching, translanguaging, polylingual languaging, metrolingualism, translingual practices), macro-sociolinguistics (language shift, language maintenance), and how these phenomena influence the speakers’ linguistic practices and identity.
Place, Space, Region and Cultural Identity in Anglophone Literatures, Arts and Cultures
Prešov, Slovakia, 20-21 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#place
Charlotte Gould, Artangel and Financing British Art: Adapting to Social and Economic Change
154 pages, 35 B/W Illus.
The Artangel Trust has been credited with providing artists with all the money and logistics they need to create one-off dream projects. An independent art commissioning agency based in London, it has operated since 1985 and is responsible for producing some of the most striking ephemeral and site-specific artworks of the last decades, from Rachel Whiteread’s House to Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave. Artangel’s existence spans three decades, which now form a coherent whole in terms of both art historical and political periodisation. It was launched as a reaction to the cuts in funding for the visual arts introduced by the Thatcher government in 1979 and has since adapted in a distinctive way to changing cultural policies. Its mixed economic model, the recourse to public, private and corporate funds, is the result of the more general hybridisation of funding encouraged by successive governments since the 1980s and offers a contemporary case study on broader questions concerning the specificities of British art patronage. This book aims to demonstrate that the singular way its directors have responded to the vagaries of public funding and harnessed new national attitudes to philanthropy has created a sustainable independent model, but also that it has been reflected more formally, in their approach to site. The locational art produced by the agency has indeed mirrored new distinctions between public and private spaces, it has reflected the social and economic changes the country has gone through and accompanied the new cultural geographies shaping London and the United Kingdom. Looking into whether their funding model might have had a formal incidence on the art they helped produce and on its relation to notions of publicness and privacy, the study of Artangel gives a fresh insight into new trends in British site-specific art.
Charlotte Gould is Assistant Professor of British Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, France.
Table of Contents
1. Post-Consensus Cultural Policies and the Hybridisation of Funding: A British Model
2. Artangel, Producing Art in the Post-Consensus Age
3. The Public Art of Artangel
4. Dissemination, the New Sites of Art
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.
Blues in the 21st Century: Myth, Social Expression and Transculturalism
Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, Italy, 23-24 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#blues
Dikes of Courage: Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Movement and the Aesthetics of Protest
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal, 23-24 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 8 September 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#dikes-of-courage
Feminism and Technoscience: Third Biennial European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Women’s Network Symposium
Thessaloniki, Greece, 6 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1904/#feminism
Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies exists to facilitate a dialogue among researchers who work in any field related to queer studies. Its purpose is to offer scholars working in queer studies, in and out of academia, a place to share their work, to reach like-minded readers, to initiate collaborations, to make things happen. We aim to foster a diverse and mutually respectful community among scholars of different backgrounds, research interests, methodological allegiances and disciplinary affiliations.
Each issue of Whatever will include a general section, which will host papers dealing with any and all aspects of queer theories and studies, and several themed sections, each curated by an independent editorial team. A list of the themed sections for the second issue, including deadlines and submission guidelines, can be found at https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/announcement/view/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”→
Martin Mühlheim, Fictions of Home: Narratives of Alienation and Belonging, 1850-2000
Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten (SAA), Vol. 143
2018, 384 Pages €[D] 78,00 ISBN 978-3-7720-8637-3 eISBN 978-3-7720-5637-6
This study aims to counter right-wing discourses of belonging. It discusses key theoretical concepts for the study of home, focusing in particular on Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic contributions. The book also maintains that postmodern celebrations of nomadism and exile tend to be incapable of providing an alternative to conservative, xenophobic appropriations of home.
In detailed readings of one film and six novels, a view is developed according to which home, as a spatio-temporal imaginary, is rooted in our species being, and as such constitutes the inevitable starting point for any progressive politics.
”[A] thoroughly impressive, productive and useful work. [… T]he writing is admirably lucid and engaging.” – Randall Stevenson, Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature, University of Edinburgh
”[E]ach chapter is insightful and [… the] use of a very wide range of theorists to provide different angles of vision is deftly and impressively handled.” – Pam Morris, author of Realism (New Critical Idiom series) & Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism
Intersectionality: Theories, Policies, Practices. 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries (GKS)
Grainau, Germany, 14-17 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 31 May 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1902/#intersectionality
Revisiting Multiculturalism and Interdisciplinarity in Today’s Academic Communication
University of Social Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 6-7 December 2018
Deadline for proposals: 23 September 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1812/#PTLS
Sapphic Vibes: Lesbians in Literature from the Renaissance to the Present
Université de Haute-Alsace, France, 14-15 March 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1903/
As already known, Professor Fernando Galván, the former ESSE president, has been awarded the O.B.E order of the British Empire by the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
On 25th April 2018 the British ambassador in Madrid, Mr Simon Manley, held a reception at his residence (some 60 guests attended) in order to formally impose Professor Galván the medal of Officer of the Order of the British Empire conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2017. Many academics from half a dozen universities in Spain (University of Alcalá, Complutense University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, National Open University, and University of Salamanca), as well as some educational authorities, diplomats and members of the British Council in Spain were present.
Click on the Picture Gallery, then on Start Slide Show to see the pictures taken at the ceremony.
Standardising English: Norms and Margins in the History of the English Language
Edited by Linda Pillière, Wilfrid Andrieu, Valérie Kerfelec, Diana Lewis (Université d’Aix-Marseille, France)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press Print Publication year 2018 Online publication date: March 2018 Online ISBN: 9781108120470
Table of contents
Contents pp v-vi
List of Figures, Maps and Tables pp vii-viii
List of Contributors pp ix-xi
Acknowledgements pp xii-xii
Part I – Norms and Margins: Ideology and Concepts pp 1-62
1 – Norms and Margins of English pp 3-2: Linda Pillière, Wilfrid Andrieu, Valérie Kerfelec, Diana Lewis
2 – Approaching Norms and Margins on Different Levels: Going beyond the Standard/Non-Standard Divide pp 22-42: Sandrine Sorlin
3 – Prescriptive Grammar and the Rationalist Cultural Model of Standardisation pp 43-62: Natalia Guermanova
Part II – Norms and Margins: A Historical Perspective pp 63-190
4 – Norms and Rules in the History of Grammar: French and English Handbooks in the Seventeenth Century pp 65-88: Valérie Raby, Wilfrid Andrieu
5 – The End of Toleration? Language on the Margins in Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English: Language pp 89-105: Lynda Mugglestone
6 – Eighteenth-Century Pronouncing Dictionaries: Reflecting Usage or Setting Their Own Standard? pp 106-126: Véronique Pouillon
7 – Setting a Standard: Authors and Sources in the OED pp 127-143: Charlotte Brewer
8 – Conflicting Linguistic Norms in the Letters of Virginian Soldiers during the American Civil War pp 144-170: Gaëlle Le Corre
9 – Correcting English: Josephine Turck Baker (1873–1942) and the Early American Usage Guide Tradition pp 171-190: Viktorija Kostadinova
Part III – Norms and Margins: Moving into the Twenty-First Century pp 191-276
10 – The Grammatical Margins of Class pp 193-212: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
11 – Concepts of Correctness and Acceptability in British English: Exploring Attitudes of Lay People pp 213-233: Carmen Ebner
12 – Maori English in Maori Literature: Standardising the Margin into a Norm pp 234-250
13 – Imposing a Norm: The Invisible Marks of Copy-Editors pp 251-276: Linda Pillière
The summer school will be organised for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and will be held at Landau (Germany) from August 20th to 24th 2018 focusing on the topic: “Political Masculinities in Europe: New Definitions, Methods and Approaches”. The Summer School will feature four key-note speakers and is organised by Kathleen Starck (University of Koblenz Landau) and Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna).
The Reception of Contemporary French Thought Through the Prism of Translation: TRACT Conference
Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, France, 12-13 October 2018
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1810/#TRACT
(Re-)Mobilizing voters: electoral strategies and practices in the English-speaking world, 1867-2017
Université Grenoble Alpes, France, 8 February 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2018 https://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1902/#voters