Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

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Dear colleagues, you will be reading this column in deep mid-winter, while I am still writing it with very recent (and happy) memories of our 2014 ESSE Conference in Kosice, a major event (as the pictures on our website testify). Of course, nothing this momentous could have happened without the dedication, the energy and the generous work of Slavka Tomascikova and the whole organizing committee, members of the Department of British and American Studies and of the Faculty of Arts, and, last but not least, the University's MA students, whose efficient presence--signalled by unforgettable yellow tee-shirts--was appreciated by all. The department's PhD students were also a tremendous help, designing materials and posters and welcoming visitors. All of these people deserve to be lauded and thanked here. Special thanks go to Prof. Pavol Stekauer who came up with the brilliant idea of holding the 13th ESSE Conference in Kosice when he founded the department in 2006.

Everyone attending our conference in Kosice will remember how much we enjoyed our hosts' generosity and dedication. We were offered two dinners, each with music and dancing, and all free of charge. Over 700 delegates registered. Together we shared ideas and met up with friends from across Europe and from much further afield, too, for there were delegates from almost all the continents. In this way we renewed and prolonged links among the scholars in our community, all to the good of advancing English Studies in Europe.

The conference was a success in many respects. The Doctoral Sessions--first implemented in Istanbul under the aegis of the then President Prof. Fernando Galvan and now organized by Prof. J. Lachlan Mackenzie--are well underway, having become a well-established feature of our Conferences. In light of this success and the clear need for such a facility, the Board of ESSE has decided to organize doctoral sessions annually as of 2017, following those to be organized during our 2016 Conference in Galway. They will be held in conjunction with our ESSE Board meetings. In this way, every year young scholars will have the opportunity to meet and exchange views on their favourite topics. None of this would be possible without our federation.

The Book Awards Ceremony was held on the penultimate day, during our General Assembly, and was very well attended too. It was a very moving ceremony, with most of the successful candidates present. We were thus able to make a personal award of the First Prizes and the Honourable Mentions. Please refer to the ESSE website to find all the information about the Awards Ceremony and to enjoy the brilliant pictures taken by our webmaster Jacques Ramel, who works wonders and very regularly updates our website.

On the day before the Conference and on the morning before the official opening, the ESSE Board met as usual to deal with the main decisions to be taken. We appointed various committees: the Bursary Committee and the Nominations Committees for the election of the ESSE President and of the editor of the Messenger. Kindly note that this year for the first time the Bursary Committee will not just award bursaries, but also book grants. I gladly take this opportunity to thank all the members of our ESSE Board for their dedication, their commitment and the valuable time they give to serving on the Board's various committees, often travelling far from home just to contribute to ESSE's work. …

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