Frequently Asked Questions
A: See our homepage.
Q: What does ESSE do?
A: Take a look at our aims and purposes.
Q: How long has ESSE been in existence?
A: ESSE was founded in Rome in January 1990. Its first Constitution was adopted in 1991. Changes were introduced in 1995 and since then it has been placed under Swiss law. See the 1995 Constitution.
Q: Is ESSE a service of the European Union?
A: No. Although academics in English studies in all current EU countries have, or soon will have, access to associations affiliated to ESSE, we are not in any way linked to the EU, and we welcome Associations from the whole of Europe in the geographical sense, from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Armenia. See the current list of the 33 National Associations that are part of ESSE.
Q: What is the current membership of ESSE?
A: About 7,200.
Q: Why can't you know for sure?
A: The membership of ESSE is the total membership of the 33 National Associations that form it. Not all National Associations send their updated lists of members at the same time, so that the exact figure is never known exactly. The Treasurer maintains a database of the whole membership, solely for the purpose of mailing The European English Messenger. This database is never made available to third parties.
Q: I am the Secretary or Treasurer of a National Association. How often should I send an update of the membership to the Treasurer of ESSE?
A: To ensure accurate dispatch of The Messenger, you should send an update in spring and autumn, with deadlines 15 March and 15 October. You are welcome to send more frequent updates if there are substantial changes to your list. This will ensure that our database is always as correct as possible for checking membership, for example in connection with conference attendance or book prize entries.
Q: Do all the National Associations have individual membership?
A: Almost all. The Nordic Association (= Denmark and Norway) and of the United Kingdom have departmental membership.
A: You do not join ESSE as such: you become a member of ESSE by joining your National Association of University (or Higher Education) teachers and researchers in the field of English studies. In most European countries, if you are a fee-paying member of your National Association, then you are a member of ESSE.
Q: How do I know if I am a member of ESSE?
A: All members of ESSE receive the ESSE newsletter, The European English Messenger, which is published twice a year.
Q: How do I know if such an Association exists in my country?
A: The list of National Associations that are members of ESSE is available on this site, with their postal addresses. Many of them run their own websites.
Q: What should I do if no such Association exists in my European country?
A: Get together with your colleagues and found one under the laws of your country. If this should prove impossible, then join the National Association of another country which accepts foreign members.
Q: How do I tell ESSE if my address or my name has changed or if I no longer wish to receive The European English Messenger?
A: You don't. You tell your National Association, which in turn will tell ESSE. Remember that you are a member of ESSE through your National Association.
Q: What do I do if I am a member of an ESSE-affiliated Association but have not received my copy of The Messenger?
A: Contact your National Association, and make sure that it has informed the Treasurer of ESSE of your current address.
Q: Can I subscribe to The Messenger without joining a National Association?
A: Yes. You should contact the Treasurer of ESSE. The subscription is Euro 30 p.a. for individuals and Euro 45 p.a. for institutions.
Q: Can I advertise in The Messenger?
A: Yes. Advertisements relevant to English Studies are welcome. Please look at the page of information for advertisers, and contact the Editor of The Messenger.
Q: Can I publish an article, review or conference report in the European English Messenger?
A: Submissions of articles, reviews and conference reports from ESSE members are always welcome. Please contact the Editor of The Messenger.
Q: Is it possible to have access to older issues of The Messenger?
A: Back numbers can be borrowed from two university libraries, one in Lyon, France, and one in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The index to all the issues published in the first twelve years - from issue I/1 (Autumn 1991) to issue XII/2 (Autumn 2003) - can be downloaded. The covers and tables of contents of all back issues can be viewed on the Messenger homepage.Q: Can I get hold of an electronic version of the articles published in The Messenger?
A: From issue XV/1 (Spring 2006), The Messenger can be downloaded in pdf format. This service, however, is restricted to member of ESSE who receive the printed edition of The Messenger. The pdf documents are protected by a password, which can be found in the corresponding printed issue of The Messenger.
A: Most of it (over Euro 5) goes to printing and posting The Messenger at the cheapest available rates. Most of the rest goes on ESSE bursaries and book prizes, and on the day-to-day expenses of the Executive and the Editor of The Messenger.
Q: Are the members of the ESSE Executive, the Editor of The Messenger, and the webmaster paid for their work?
A: No, but their expenses are fully covered.
A: ESSE acts for the general development of English studies in European Universities. More precisely:
A: There's a lot that you can do:
Q: Can I run for office in the ESSE Executive?
A: Yes, but you have to be proposed by your National Association and seconded by another National Association. You can also make suggestions to your National Association.
Q: What is a news feed?
A: A news feed, usually marked on websites with the orange RSS logo above, is a list of links that can be sent from a website and reproduced elsewhere. These links give information on what is carried in the website from where it is sent, and can redirect the user to the corresponding pages.
Q: I still do not undertand...
A: Let's take the example of the ESSE feed. The ESSE wesbsite carries the "calls for papers" (cfps) of conferences in the field of English studies throughout Europe. It is important that all colleagues in Europe are made aware of those cfps as they are issued. The ESSE website therefore publishes a list of the most recently announced conferences, which makes it possible to check what's new at one glance. This list is displayed on the ESSE website; but obviously, and understandably, most colleagues visit the websites of their national associations more often than they do the ESSE website. It therefore became necessary to find a way of displaying that list, drawn by ESSE, on the sites of national associations - which is made possible by the list taking the form of a news feed.
Q: Where can I find the ESSE feed?
A: For one thing, the ESSE feed is displayed on the ESSE website itself. Then, a number of national associations display the ESSE news feed on their own websites, so that you do not even have to visit the ESSE website to be aware of all the coming conferences all over Europe! Now you can also read the ESSE feed on your Smartphone or iPhone.
Q: What exactly does the ESSE feed show?
A: The ESSE feed has been restricted to the cfps of the fifteen most recently announced conferences in Europe. For each cfp, the ESSE feed displays the full name of the conference, the place where it is to be held, and its dates. The name of the conference is a link that takes you to the full call for paper as published on the ESSE website. The feed also gives the date when the announcement was put on line on the ESSE website: since the most recently announced conferences are at the top of the list, you can check at one glance if any new calls for papers have been added since your last visit.
Q: How often should I check the ESSE feed?
As often as possible. It is always convenient to be aware of cfps as early as possible. Late in July and early in August, there will probably be few or no new announcements, and the feed may remain unchanged for several weeks. On the other hand, there are times in the academic year when new cfps are posted almost daily, so that each individual cfp will remain posted on the feed for a limited number of days. Nevertheless, the full cfps always remain available on the site until well after the conferences have taken place, even after they have been removed from the feed.
Q: The website of my national association does not carry the ESSE feed: what can I do?
A: You can get in touch with your national association, preferably with the webmaster, or with the secretary, or with the representative of your national association on the ESSE Board, and suggest that the feed should be displayed. It is technically quite simple to display an existing feed; clear instructions are provided for webmasters who need them, and if there is a problem the ESSE webmaster can offer help.
Q: When I use the ESSE feed on the website of my national association, reading the cfps is not easy. What can I do?
A: Different websites use different formats. When you read the cfps after clicking on a link in the ESSE feed, you are actually displaying a page from the ESSE website within the format of the website of your national association, and, occasionally, the two formats might not agree. The definition of the computer monitor or screen that you use also plays a part. If you hold down the "Ctrl" (Control) key as you click on a link in the ESSE feed, this will open the cfps on a new page, which in some cases may make reading the page more comfortable.
Q: I know of a conference for which cfps have been issued - and yet I cannot find any trace of it on the ESSE website. Why?
A: Simply because the organisers of the conference have forgotten to tell ESSE. Please remember to tell ESSE if you organise a conference. Remind conference organisers that putting an announcement on the ESSE website ensures that their conferences acquire a European dimension. Obviously only conferences where English will be the only or the main working language are of interest to the whole ESSE community.
Q: How do I tell ESSE about cfps?
A: If you are a conference organiser, please send a call for papers for inclusion on the ESSE website, in the ESSE news feed, and in The Messenger.
Q: Are there other ways of having access to the ESSE feed?
A: If you use Firefox as a browser, you may be aware of the possibility of adding RSS feeds as bookmarks in your "Personal Bar". By doing this, you ensure that the ESSE feed is never more than one click away.
Another way of having access to feed is to display them on the desktop of your computer, rather than as part of an existing website. This implies using a programme called an "RSS news reader". More information about this can be found for instance on the BBC News website.
But remember that having access to the ESSE feed on the website of your national association gives you a great opportunity of keeping in touch with your national association: there is probably a lot more on its website than just the ESSE feed.