ESSE 2020

From 08/31/2020 to 09/04/2020

Lyon - France


Call for participation in the Doctoral Symposium

NB: PhD students are allowed to give one paper in a seminar and one presentation in the Doctoral Symposium

The doctoral symposium is designed to provide a platform for young scholars wishing to present and receive feedback on their work. It is open to PhD students who are writing their theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of work. To be eligible, either their supervisor or they themselves must be known to the Treasurer of ESSE as a member of an ESSE-affiliated national association (or, in relevant countries, of a department that belongs to an ESSE-affiliated association) at the moment of application.

Participants will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation of their work in progress in one of three strands: English Language & Linguistics, Literatures in English, and Cultural & Area studies. Their presentation should deal with the issues addressed or hypotheses tested in their doctoral research, the results so far obtained, and above all the methodology applied. Each presentation will last no longer than 10 minutes, followed by 15 minutes’ discussion. Participants are expected to attend all the presentations in their own strand and to take part in the discussions.

Note that each PhD student can submit an application to only one strand of the Doctoral Symposium and should specify in the application which strand they wish to be placed in. Applications must include a letter from the student’s PhD supervisor giving the (provisional) title of the dissertation and confirming that the student is working under his/her supervision and has completed at least his/her first year of PhD studies. The Treasurer of ESSE will check the eligibility of all applicants and their supervisors.

The application should take the form of a summary of the project of no more than 300 words, indicating:
– The main topic and issues, including the thesis proposed/hypothesis defended;
– The methodology (theoretical tools and standpoints);
– Where relevant, the corpus under consideration;
– The results obtained so far.

Each strand of the Symposium will be coordinated by two experts (to be known as convenors). They will make a selection from the applications received, chair the discussions and respond to the presentations.

Applications (including the letter from the applicant’s supervisor) should be sent, no later than 15 January 2020, to the coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands) at lachlan_mackenzie[at-sign]hotmail.com, to whom general enquiries can also be addressed. The eligibility check and the selection of submissions by the convenors will be completed and announced by 15 February 2020.

Applying for financial support for the Doctoral Symposium

Those applicants who have been selected for participation can apply to ESSE between 15 and 29 February 2020 for financial support, to a maximum of €500 per applicant. Eligible expenses are airfares, ground transportation costs and accommodation. Applicants for financial support must themselves be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE, except for those whose associations do not consider PhD students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisors or the department to which they are affiliated must be members of an association affiliated to ESSE. Applications for financial support will be considered during March by a committee consisting of the Coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium and the convenors of the relevant strand; the committee's definitive decision will be communicated to all applicants by 30 March 2020.

Applications for financial support should be sent, no later than 29 February 2020, to the coordinator of the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) at lachlan_mackenzie[at-sign]hotmail.com. Each application for financial support should include three documents (in attachment to the e-mail of application):
– the applicant’s CV;
– a letter detailing the applicant’s eligibility clearly and fully explaining the need for financial support, including a provisional budget for travel costs and/or accommodation expenses;
– a signed statement from the applicant’s supervisor, including a declaration that it is impossible for the applicant to draw on private means or any other sources of funding, including funding earmarked for the ongoing doctoral project, for the purpose of participating in the ESSE Doctoral Symposium.
Please note that ESSE's decisions about selection for participation and about financial support are final and not subject to appeal.