European Society for the Study of English Conference 2022 Mainz

The ESSE conference 2022 will take place at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, from 29 August to 2 September 2022.

ESSE-16 will be held on-site in Mainz, Germany, from August 29 to September 2, 2022. We are also retaining the option of holding parts or all of the conference online. The conference will be merged with the Anglistentag, the annual conference of the German Society for the Study of English. Depending on the eventual shape of the conference, there will be different categories of fees – from no fees for ESSE members in case of a completely online conference to a combined fee for those who wish to participate in all (live) events.

The ESSE scientific programme will follow the usual format. We will be open for proposals for Parallel Lectures (nomination by national associations) and proposals for Seminars and Roundtables (proposals from prospective convenors) from March 2021.

NB: Proposals for individual papers should NOT be submitted at this stage. The call for individual papers for the various Seminars, the Doctoral Symposium, and the Poster Session will be sent later in 2021, with a deadline in early 2022.


ESSE members are invited to submit proposals for seminars and roundtables on topics related to our fields of study: English Language (including Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies), Literatures in English, and Cultural and Area Studies. Proposals for seminars and roundtables should be submitted directly to the Academic Programme Committee (APC). The email address is National Associations are invited to nominate potential lecturers. Suggestions for lecturers should be sent to the presidents or representatives of the national associations, who will send the nominations to the APC.


Please click on this link to download a PDF containing all the latest announcements as well as CfPs and deadlines for ESSE 2022.

Call for Papers for Posters, Round Tables, and Seminars (Deadline: 31 January 2022)


Mainz is the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and the seat of the largest university in the West of Germany, Johannes Gutenberg University, with around 32,000 students from 120 countries. The university was founded in 1477 and newly founded after the Second World War in 1946. English Studies is a large department of around 3,000 students and 100 members of staff. Mainz is easily reached by air via Frankfurt Airport (around 25 minutes by local train), train, or road. It boasts Roman ruins, an intact medieval old town with a large Romanesque cathedral, and an enviable location on the river Rhine. The region is famous for its wines.

We look forward to welcoming you there – and we hope that the encounter will be live!

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