ESSE 2021

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

Lyon - France

Call for seminars, roundtables and parallel lectures

The local organizing committee looks forward to welcoming you to the 15th ESSE Conference in Lyon, France, from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2020.


– Submission of proposals for Parallel Lectures (nomination by national associations): 20 May 2019
– Submission of proposals for Seminars and Roundtables (proposals from prospective convenors): 20 May 2019

NB: Proposals for individual papers should NOT be submitted at this stage. The call for individual papers for the various Seminars, the Doctoral Symposium and the Poster Session will be sent later this year, with a deadline in early 2020.

ESSE members are invited to submit proposals for seminars and roundtables on topics related to our fields of study: English Language (including Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies), Literatures in English, and Cultural and Area Studies. Proposals for seminars and roundtables should be submitted directly to the Academic Programme Committee (APC) at National Associations are invited to nominate potential lecturers. Suggestions for lecturers should be sent to the presidents or representatives of the national associations, who will send the nominations to the APC.

Programme format

SEMINARS – Proposals for seminars on topics within the three fields mentioned above should be submitted jointly by two ESSE members from two different national associations. The degree of international appeal will be one of the selection criteria used by the APC. In exceptional cases, the APC may permit one of the two convenors not to be an ESSE member (e.g. because they come from outside Europe) if it is argued that their presence is especially important for the seminar. Seminar proposals must include the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of the convenors and a 100-word description of the topic. Unlike roundtables, seminars are not pre-constituted events and will therefore be included within the APC’s future call for individual papers, although convenors may take an active role in approaching potential participants. The seminar format is intended to encourage lively participation on the part of both speakers and members of the audience. For this reason, papers should be orally presented rather than read. Further directions will follow in the call for papers.

ROUNDTABLES – The aim of roundtables is to present topics and problems currently seen as shaping the nature of the discipline. At a roundtable a pre-constituted panel discusses issues of fairly general scholarly or professional interest in front of (and subsequently with) an audience. In other words, roundtables are not sequences of papers, but debate sessions. Proposals should include a 100-word description of the topic and the names and affiliations of at least three participants (including the convenor), who must be drawn from more than one national association. The maximum number of speakers will be five.

PLENARY LECTURES – A number of distinguished keynote speakers, including at least one representing each of the three main fields covered by ESSE (English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural and Area Studies), will give plenary lectures by direct invitation of the organizers.

PARALLEL LECTURES – In addition to the plenary lectures, there will be 16 parallel lectures given by ESSE members nominated by their national associations. These parallel lectures are expected to have a wide appeal and to reflect recent developments in scholarship in one of the three areas mentioned above. They will be forty-five minutes in length. National associations should forward a description of their nominee’s proposed topic together with a brief summary of his or her CV. Each national association can propose up to three lecturers, each of them in one of the three main fields mentioned above, so that the APC can have a wide range of options for the final selection. Please note that ESSE will not finance the parallel lecturers’ costs of attending the conference, but that their conference fees will be waived.