ESSE 2021

From 08/30/2021 to 09/03/2021

Lyon - France

Plenary speakers

Sheila Rowbotham
Sheila Rowbotham, who helped to start the women’s liberation movement in Britain, was influenced by the ideas of history from below associated with the History Workshops held at Ruskin College, Oxford. She has written widely on the history of feminism and radical social movements. Her most recent books are Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love (2008), Dreamers of a New Day (2010) and Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States (2016). Her memoir of the 1960s, Promise of a Dream, is to be reissued this summer by Verso in their Feminist Classics series.

David Britain
Dave Britain has been Professor of Modern English Linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland since 2010, having previously worked in New Zealand and the UK. His research interests embrace language variation and change, varieties of English (especially in Southern England, the Southern Hemisphere and the Pacific), dialect contact and attrition, dialect ideologies, and the dialectology-human geography interface, especially with respect to space/place, urban/rural and the role of mobilities. He is editor of Language in the British Isles (Cambridge University Press, 2007), co-editor (with Jenny Cheshire) of Social Dialectology (Benjamins, 2003), co-author (with Laura Rupp) of Linguistic perspectives on a variable English morpheme: Let’s talk about -s. (Palgrave, 2019) and co-author of Linguistics: An Introduction (with Andrew Radford, Martin Atkinson, Harald Clahsen and Andrew Spencer) (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2009). Dave was Associate Editor of the Journal of Sociolinguistics between 2008 and 2017.

Ali Smith
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of many works of fiction, including Hotel World (2001), shortlisted for the Orange Prize, How To Be Both (2014), winner of the Goldsmiths Prize for original fiction, the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, and the Costa Book Award for Best Novel; and the novels Autumn (2016), Winter (2017) and Spring (2019), the first three novels of her "seasonal quartet". She has also published Artful (2012), a series of lectures given at Oxford University in 2011, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, many collections of short stories, including Free Love and Other Stories (1995), Other Stories and Other Stories (1999), The Whole Story and Other Stories (2003), The First Person and Other Stories (2008) and Public Library and Other Stories (2015). Like Smith's earlier novels Hotel World (2001), The Accidental (2005) and How to Be Both, Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Besides her work as an author, Ali Smith also writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement.