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 (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)