What is IAUPE?

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.

What does IAUPE do?

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.

Why is IAUPE important?

The fundamental purpose of IAUPE is to look after “English” all over the world. English-language research is becoming increasingly integrated with general linguistics, and English literature interacts with a number of disciplines, including comparative literature and culturally, historically, and philosophically oriented sciences. These developments entail both opportunities and challenges. If we want our discipline to develop in fruitful ways, we need meeting-places where we can form alliances and encourage each other. IAUPE provides such opportunities in ways, and on a scale, unmatched by any other organisation.

Membership in IAUPE

IAUPE welcomes new members, full professors as well as widely published younger scholars who may be in mid-career. IAUPE also welcomes distinguished researchers without professorial posts. Those interested in membership should contact Prof. Thomas Austenfeld, IAUPE Secretary General and Treasurer, at iaupe.secretarygeneral@gmail.com.

By IAUPE Presidents

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