Doctoral Sessions

Young scholars who are writing their PhD theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of their studies at the time of ESSE Conference in Galway are invited to make a brief presentation of their work-in-progress in one of the three doctoral sessions: English Language, Literatures in English, and Cultural and Area Studies. These presentations should deal with the issues addressed or hypotheses tested in the thesis, the results so far obtained, and above all the methodology applied, with the purpose of gaining feedback from peers and established scholars in the field. Each presentation will last 10 minutes, followed by 15 minutes’ discussion.

Each workshop will be coordinated by two international experts, who will act as co-convenors and will make a selection from the applications received. Note that PhD students attending the doctoral sessions may attend the full ESSE Conference at a reduced fee. Presentation in a doctoral session is not incompatible with participating and presenting a paper in one of the seminars.

Applications should be sent, no later than 28 February 2016, to the overall organiser of the doctoral sessions, Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, NL and ILTEC, PT) at

Note that each PhD student can submit an application to only one doctoral session. Applications must include a letter from the student’s PhD supervisor giving the (working) title of the dissertation and confirming that the student is working under his/her supervision and has completed at least his/her first year of PhD studies.


Literatures in English

Co-convenor Sean Ryder (Galway)

Co-convenor Katerina Kitsi (Thessaloniki)

Cultural and Area Studies

Co-convenor Teresa Botelho (Lisbon)

Co-convenor Nicolas Parsons (Cardiff)

English Language and Linguistics

Co-convenor Josef Schmied (Chemnitz)

Co-convenor Andreas Jucker (Zürich)


The application should also include a summary of the project (of no more than 300 words), indicating:
1) The main topic and issues, including the thesis proposed/hypothesis defended
2) The methodology (theoretical tools and standpoints)
3) Where relevant, the corpus under consideration
4) The results so far obtained.

Enquiries about this feature should be addressed to Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie (VU University Amsterdam, NL and ILTEC, PT):