International Association of University Professors of English

Triennial Conference 2016

Monday 25 - Friday 29 July 2016, Senate House

With a pre-conference medieval symposium, 22 - 24 July, at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

IAUPE is a global association of scholars and teachers dedicated to the study of English in all its facets. It was formed shortly after the Second World War with the idea of getting senior representatives of English as an academic subject together, irrespective of the ravages of war. The Association flourished, and currently has approximately 500 members, spread over six continents.

Once every three years, in summer, IAUPE members meet for a conference that lasts for a full working week, attracting hundreds of members from all over the world. Conferences normally alternate between English- and non-English-speaking countries. IAUPE conferences have a number of distinctive features. First, the academic programme is unusually comprehensive, ranging from Anglo-Saxons to the 21st century. Second, the conference builds community among scholars who, while all belonging to “English,” would not ordinarily come together. Owing to the broad international representation and the collegial atmosphere, IAUPE conferences provide opportunities for like-minded colleagues to meet. IAUPE meetings have an excellent though unwritten record of sowing the seeds of cooperative projects.

Third, IAUPE conferences always include special cultural and social events—concerts, excursions, and so on—intended to provide conference participants and their partners with opportunities to become acquainted with the best that the venue can offer.

Plenary papers will be delivered by:
Helen Cooper (Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge): 'Shakespeare's Medieval Reading'
Martin Halliwell (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Professor of American Studies, University of Leicester): 'Transformed States: American Literature, Testimony and the 1990s Health Crisis'







image above: Mr. William Shakespeare's comedies, histories, & tragedies: published according to the true originall copies (London: printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623) ‘The First Folio’. Senate House Library [S.L.] I [Shakespeare – 1623] fol. 

London organizing committee: Julia Boffey (Queen Mary University of London), Alan Downie (Goldsmiths' College), Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck College), Warwick Gould (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study / Royal Holloway University of London), Jennifer Neville (Royal Holloway University of London), Richard North (University College London), Jane Roberts (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study / King’s College London), Max Saunders (King’s College London), Anne Varty (Royal Holloway University of London).

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Two outings are available: a visit to the British Museum on Tuesday morning and to Sir John Sloane's Museum on Thursday afternoon. Both are within walking distance of Senate House. There will be a separate sign-up sheet ar the desk for people to register their interest in these visits. Please sign up as soon as possible. We need to know how many people will be attending, in order to prepare handouts. Some of you may, of course, choose to explore independently, and you will find suggestions in the London Attractions Handbook, available above.

Please note these outings are only available to persons accompanying the delegate speakers.


Section 1: Old English Language and Literature

Section 2: Middle English Language and Literature

Section 3: Early Renaissance Literature

Section 4: Shakespeare

Section 5: Late Renaissance and Milton

  • Chair: Elizabeth Sauer
  • Affiliation: Brock University, Canada
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  • Co-chair: Donald R. Dickson
  • Affiliation: Texas A&M University, USA 
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Section 6: Long Eighteenth Century

Section 7: Romanticism

Section 8: Victorian Literature

Section 9: Early American Literature

Section 10: American Literature after 1900

Section 11: Modern Literature

Section 12: Literary Theory

Section 13: The History of English

Section 14: Lexical Semantics

Section 15: Bibliography and Textual Studies

  • Chair: William Baker
  • Address: Northern Illinois University, USA
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  • Co-chair: Simon Eliot
  • Affiliation: University of London, UK
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Section 16: Digital Humanities

Section 17 (special section): English Literary Studies in Central Europe

This special section will focus on English literary studies over the last couple of decades in the 'New Europe' countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia; Bulgaria, Romania; Croatia).

Section 18 (special section): The First World War, Then and Now: Literature, Theatre, and the Arts

For this special session, we invite colleagues to explore the war through the discussion of works created during and immediately after the war OR recently produced works by artists who imagine and represent responses to the conflict and its impact on the long 20th century. These analyses may be comparative and need not be exclusively on literature in English. We encourage scholars to include drama, biography, editing projects (such as archives of letters or war diaries), commemorative events, film, and visual art in their papers.

The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.

Enquiries: Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; Email: