About ESSE: what we do
created in Rome in
The Society is
federation of national higher
for the study
of English. The Society endeavours to reflect the cultural and
geographical diversity of Europe in its institutions.
The aim of the
Society is to
advance the education of the
public by promoting the European study and understanding of English
languages, literatures in English and cultures of English-speaking
The Society endeavours:
To arrange regular
conferences for those researching and
teaching English languages, literatures in English and cultures of
English-speaking peoples in Europe. eight have been held, ESSE-1 in
ESSE-2 in Bordeaux, 1993, ESSE-3 in Glasgow, 1995, ESSE-4 in Debrecen,
1997, ESSE-5 in Helsinki,
2000, ESSE-6 in
Strasbourg, 2002, ESSE-7 in Zaragoza, 2004, ESSE-8 in London, 2006,
ESSE-9 in Aarhus in 2008, ESSE-10 in Turin, and ESSE-11 in Istanbul in September
2012. The next conference will be held in Košice, Slovakia, in 2014.
To foster research-networks
in specialist topics which
bring together higher education teachers, scholars and writers and
facilitate intellectual cooperation. A scholarly journal, the European
Journal of English Studies (EJES),
published in cooperation with Routledge.
To provide an information
network, in the form of a
newsletter (The Messenger),
matters related to English studies in Europe, such as curriculum
developments, national conferences, specialised research projects. The
has also initiated the publication of supplements to its
newsletter, beginning with the report from the Berlin
meeting on Resources for Scholarship in Eastern Europe,
which can be downloaded in pdf format. Jan Rusiecki's report on Postgraduate
Studies in Europe, can also be downloaded here in pdf format. More
recently, Martin A. Kayman's A
Survey of English
Studies in Europe at the Turn of the Century was published in the
Spring 2005 issue of The Messenger.
In case you cannot read the pdf format, click here to
download the free programme Adobe Reader.
To provide information which
will facilitate faculty
student exchanges under international cooperation programmes,
especially those of the European Union.
ESSE offers a bursary
scheme to help
support young academics.
also awards prizes to
English studies. The first ESSE Book
Prizes were awarded in September 2006 in London, the second
Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2008. The thid ESSE Book Prizes will be
awarded in August 2010 in Turin.
The dates of all
Founders' meetings, Board meetings,
Executive meetings and ESSE Conferences are available on the new "History of ESSE