Magazine article European English Messenger

Liliane Louvel Is the New ESSE President

Magazine article European English Messenger

Liliane Louvel Is the New ESSE President

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Dear ESSE members, dear colleagues and friends,

In beautiful Istanbul, on September 3rd, the day before the official opening of our 11th ESSE conference, I had the honour of being elected by the board of ESSE to the position of president of ESSE. This is a great privilege and I will do my best to live up to my colleagues' expectations and trust and to serve all the members of our federation to the best of my abilities.

I want to thank here professor Galvan, who dedicated so much of his time and talents to our society, and the ESSE executive, Slavka Tomas?ikova (general secretary) and Tim Caudery (treasurer) who both helped make ESSE the present active and attractive association it is. They will both stay with me for one more year before the board elects two new colleagues to their positions during our next board meeting in Cluj, Romania, in August 2013. Under the guidance of Prof. Fernando Galvan and following in the wake of former president Adolphe Haberer, ESSE has now developed quite a number of concrete and exciting developments. Over the years and all along my different involvements with our federation and its people, I have seen it evolve and become stronger and stronger, thanks to its former and present-day presidents, and their boards. This is not paying lip service to them because if we look back to the late 90s and early 2000s we can see that great steps have been taken ensuring the cohesion of our federation and the multiple services it is now able to render unto its members.

With its almost 7400 members and 33 national associations ESSE represents quite a strong and unique organization. It has become a modern association well-suited to our times and demands. ESSE now has a whole range of wonderful tools: two types of bursaries, 6 book awards (senior and junior scholars) granted according to our different fields of research, the Messenger, EJES, a website, and as of ESSE-11 the PhD doctoral sessions which will guarantee the presence of our future young colleagues. Thus exchanges between European scholars are greatly facilitated thanks to our website and social network.

As for the future, I think that ESSE has a role to play both in the direction of our younger (even our potential, i.e. doctoral, students) researchers and in the direction of our European recognition. It is a great opportunity for a European-based association to play a part in the exchange of ideas and the circulation of our students and colleagues in the present-day difficult international context. It is of primary importance for the humanities (literature, cultural studies, linguistics and Teaching English as a foreign language) to be recognized by our different organizations, by academic and political powers as well. I will do my best to help our organizations to make their voices heard by bringing our support to their own actions when necessary. I base this assertion on my experience as President of the French association when I had to go and visit the Ministere to make our demands heard.

I will also try to maintain a link between our national organizations and ensure that they are informed of what is going on in Europe in terms of research and academic life. The Messenger is a unique bond between us and we must try and redefine its role both as a scientific tool and as means of information. I want to welcome here Aba Parlog who has just been elected as editor of the Messenger and to thank Marina Dossena who did the job in a most efficient way. …

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