Call for roundtables and seminars

The call for roundtable and seminar proposals is now closed. Information about contributing to a seminar can be found here.

ESSE members are invited to submit proposals for seminars and round tables 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 roundtables and seminars should be submitted by the convenors directly to the APC by 15 June 2023 at esse2024[at]

Proposals for posters should be submitted directly to the APC by 31 January 2024 at esse2024[at]


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 should rather be approached as 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.


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 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.

The call for individual contributions to seminars will open in September 2023. Details can be found here.