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. The conference will border on the Anglistentag, the annual conference of The German Society for the Study of English. A special reduced fee will be available for those wishing to attend both events. Registration will start in March 2022. The full fee for participation in ESSE-16 will be € 120 (reduced rate € 60).

The ESSE academic programme will follow the usual format of plenary papers, round tables, parallel lectures, seminars, poster sessions and a Doctoral Symposium. Its current state can be found here.

We are very pleased to be able to present three distinguished plenary speakers:

  • Professor Claire Connolly (University College Cork, Ireland, Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and Member of the Royal Irish Academy), author of A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Co-Editor (with Marjorie Howes) of the six volume series Irish Literature in Transition, 1700-2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • Professor Christian Mair (Chair of English Linguistics, University of Freiburg, Germany), author of Twentieth-Century English: History, Variation and Standardization (Cambridge University Press, 2006): Global English: 21st century linguistic and cultural trends (click on the link for the abstract)
  • Professor Karen O’Brien (Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University, United Kingdom, formerly Head of the Humanities Division, Oxford University, United Kingdom, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts), author of Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University, 2009): 

Academic Programme: Important Links

  • The 13 parallel lectures provide a survey of research in English Language, Literature, and Culture in many European countries. They can be found here.
  • The full annotated list of the seminars, poster sessions and round tables can be found here.
  • This table contains information about the slots, sessions and room numbers for each seminar, the round tables, the doctoral symposiums and the parallel lectures.
  • Finally, follow this link for the schedule for all seminars, round tables and doctoral symposiums.

About Mainz and Johannes Gutenberg University

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. Its most famous son is Johannes Gensfleisch, also known as Johannes Gutenberg, one of the inventors of the printing press, to whom an exciting museum in the city is dedicated. The region is also famous for its wines, which is sold at reasonable cost in many of its restaurants and wine bars.

We look forward to welcoming you there!

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