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We are looking for colleagues to join our Higher Education Committee

We are looking for colleagues to join our Higher Education Committee

Posted by hl11 at Mar 12, 2018 12:35 PM |

The English Association invites nominations from the subject community to fill three new positions on its HE Committee. We are looking for new members with experience of leadership in the discipline, and demonstrable commitment to English Studies; this includes leadership shown by early career academics. A track record of teaching and research or scholarship in creative writing, world literatures, and /or modern and contemporary literature could be an advantage. We especially welcome applications from BAME colleagues.

The committee meets twice yearly. Travel expenses are covered. We work alongside University English and NAWE supporting and promoting English Studies in Higher Education. Tenure is for five years.

Please contact Professor Jennifer Richards if you have queries about the role:

Please send your cv and a short statement, 200 words, explaining what you might bring to the committee, to by Friday 20th April 5pm.

Patron Obituary

Patron Obituary

Posted by ch454 at Jan 09, 2018 12:10 PM |

Lord Randolph Quirk


Lord Quirk -  remembered by many simply as Randolph Quirk - was one of the most distinguished and respected academics in the field of English Linguistics of the past century. It is indeed fifty years since he became Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at UCL. Later, he was for a period Vice-Chancellor of London University. He was also the Patron of the English Association, and with his death just before Christmas, the EA has  lost a very good friend.

Never wanting to interfere in the running of the Association, but always interested in what was happening in school and HE English Departments, until very recently Lord Quirk would contact the EA office to ask what were the current pressing questions affecting the health of English teaching, and would use our responses as the basis for questions in the House of Lords, where he sat as a cross-bencher. Ministerial replies would then be fed back to Helen Lucas, and these often informed subsequent discussion in meetings of the EA’s committees.

The Trustees will consider possible successors to Lord Quirk at the next meeting of the EA Board. Meanwhile, a fuller appreciation of Lord Quirk’s career and achievements will be published in the next Newsletter.

January Conference: Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

Posted by jew27 at Jan 02, 2018 11:14 AM |

Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

18-19th January 2018 - Senate House, London

The Institute of English Studies in partnership with the School of English, Newcastle University is pleased to announce Thinking Big: New Ambitions for English and the Humanities

Humanities research is developing at a new scale and in new directions, requiring us to ‘think bigger’ (and differently) than before. How is English as a discipline adapting to these changes?

This two-day conference explores changes in English as a discipline, focussing on five strands: partnership working, public engagement, interdisciplinarity, digital innovation, and the international context for humanities research. Convenors for each strand include Professor Dinah Birch (Liverpool), Professor Sarah Churchwell (School of Advanced Study), Professor Rick Rylance (School of Advanced Study), Professor Martin Eve (Birkbeck), and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA).

The conference will provide ample time for provocation, discussion, and feedback. To learn more and to register, follow this link

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