European Society for the Study of English

Founded in 1990, the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) is the largest and most comprehensive organization for university teachers and researchers in English Studies, including literature, linguistics, and cultural studies, throughout Europe. The Society has more than 7,000 members.

National associations

ESSE is an alliance of the following European national associations: Armenian Association for the Study of English (Armenia), Austrian Association for University Teachers of English (Austria), Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (Belgium), Bulgarian Society of British Studies (Bulgaria), Hrvatsko drustvo anglistickih studija (Croatia), Cypriot Society for the Study of English (Cyprus), Czech Association for the Study of English (Czech Republic), Nordic Association for English Studies (Denmark and Norway), Finnish Society for the Study of English (Finland), Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur (France), Deutscher Anglistenverband (Germany), Hellenic Association for the Study of English (Greece), Hungarian Society for the Study of English (Hungary), Associazione Italiana di Anglistica (Italy), Lithuanian Association of University Teachers of English (Lithuania), Zdruzenie na Anglisti na Makedonija (Macedonia), Association for the Study of English in Malta (Malta), Netherlands Society for English Studies (Netherlands), Polish Association for the Study of English (Poland), Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos (Portugal), Romanian Society for English and American Studies (Romania), Russian Association for English Studies (Russia), Udruzenje anglista Jugoslavije (Serbia and Montenegro), Slovenska asociacia pre studium anglictiny (Slovakia), Slovensko Drustvo za Angleske Studije (Slovenia), Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos (Spain), SWESSE (Sweden), Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (Switzerland), English Language and Literature Research Association (Turkey), Ukrainian Society for the Study of English (Ukraine), and The Council for College and University English (United Kingdom).

President, Executive, and Board

The past Presidents of ESSE have been Piero Boitani (1990-95), Helmut Bonheim (1995-2001), and Adolphe Haberer (2001-07). The current President is Prof. Fernando Galván (University of Alcalá). The President leads an Executive which also includes a Secretary (Slávka Tomáščíková) and Treasurer (Tim Caudery). The Executive meets regularly with the ESSE Board, which consists of representatives from each of the national organizations.


The activities of ESSE include providing a network for communication between individuals working in English Studies, publication of journals, allocation of bursaries and prizes, and regular international conferences.


ESSE publishes a biannual journal, "The European English Messenger", edited by John A. Stotesbury, and is closely associated with the "European Journal of English Studies", published by Routledge.


The Society holds a biennial conference with approximately 400-700 participants. The conference consists of seminars, round tables, lectures and other events covering all aspects of English Studies including literature, linguistics and cultural studies. ESSE conferences have taken place in Norwich (1991), Bordeaux (1993), Glasgow (1995), Debrecen (1997), Helsinki (2000), Strasbourg (2002), Zaragoza (2004) and London (2006). [] The Ninth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE-9) will take place at the University of Aarhus in 2008, with guest speakers including Steven Connor, Nigel Fabb, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toril Moi, Mark Turner, and Jenny Uglow. []

Further reading

ReflistEngler, Balz, and Renate Haas, eds. "The European History of English Studies: Contributions towards the History of a Discipline". Leicester: The English Association, for ESSE, 2000.The European Society for the Study of English and The British Council. "A Survey of English Studies in Europe at the Turn of the Century". Comp. Martin A. Kayman with the assistance of Filomena Mesquita. "The European English Messenger" 14.1 (Spring 2005): 15-30.

External links

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