History & Officers

Prof. Paul Stanwood

Paul Stanwood
2001-04

Prof. Marianne Thormahlen

Marianne Thormahlen
2004-07

Prof. Peter Vassallo

Peter Vassallo
2007-10

Prof. Li Cao

Li Cao
2010-13

Prof. Li Jin

Li Jin
2010-13

Prof. Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts
2013-16

Prof. Liliana Sikorska

Liliana Sikorska
2016-19

History of the Association

In 1948 the editors of English Studies, Professors R. W. Zandvoort (Groningen), Simonne d’Ardenne (Liège), Olof Arngart (Lund), C. A. Bodelsen (Copenhagen), Lorentz Eckhoff (Oslo), and Henry Lüdeke (Basle), together with Professors Kemp Malone (Baltimore), Mario Praz (Rome), Bohumil Trnka (Prague), and Fernand Mossé (Paris), addressed to professors of English in British universities a request to convene an international congress of English Studies. A conference of British professors of English, to which Professors d’Ardenne and Zandvoort were invited, was held in Edinburgh at Easter 1949. It was then decided to convene an international conference at Oxford in August 1950.

The Oxford conference was attended by about 150 professors of English from various countries, who resolved to hold a second conference at Paris in 1953. An international consultative committee was also set up, which in 1951 established the International Association of University Professors of English, affiliated to the International Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM), thereby obtaining support from UNESCO.

Since then, triennial conferences have been held at Cambridge (1956), Lausanne (1959), Edinburgh (1962), Venice (1965), Dublin (1968), Istanbul (1971), UCLA (1974), Poznan (1977), Aberdeen (1980), Hamburg (1983), York (1986), Lausanne (1989), Peterborough, Canada (1992), Copenhagen (1995), Durham (1998), Bamberg (2001), Vancouver (2004), Lund (2007), Malta (2010), and Beijing (2013), and London (2016). The next conference will be held in Poznan (2019).

Presidents of the Association

  • 1950-51: C. L. Wrenn (Oxford)

  • 1951-53: A. H. Koszul (Paris)

  • 1953-56: E. M. W. Tillyard (Cambridge)

  • 1956-59: G. Bonnard (Lausanne)

  • 1959-62: W. L. Renwick (Edinburgh)

  • 1962-65: M. Praz (Rome/Venice)

  • 1965-68: J. J. Hogan (Dublin)

  • 1968-71: A. V. Turhan (Istanbul)

  • 1971-74: W. Matthews (UCLA)

  • 1974-77: J. Fisiak (Poznan)

  • 1977-80: A. Rutherford (Aberdeen)

  • 1980-83: R. Haas (Hamburg)

  • 1983-86: J. Berthoud and D. Pearsall (York)

  • 1986-89: I. J. Kirby (Lausanne)

  • 1989-92: E. Orsten (Trent)

  • 1992-95: A. Zettersten (Copenhagen)

  • 1995-98: J. R. Watson (Durham)

  • 1998-2001: W. Viereck (Bamberg)

  • 2001-04: P. Stanwood (Vancouver)

  • 2004-07: M. Thormählen (Lund)

  • 2007-10: P. Vassallo (Malta)

  • 2010-13: Li Cao (Tsinghua) and Li Jin (Beijing)

  • 2013-16: Jane Roberts (University of London)

  • 2016-19: Liliana Sikorska (Poznan)

Secretaries-General / Treasurers of the Association

  • 1959-71: P. H. Butter

  • 1971-95: J. J. Lawlor

  • 1995-2013: I. J. Kirby

  • 2013-present: Thomas Austenfeld

Honorary Members of the Association

  • R. W. Zandvoort

  • Simonne d’Ardenne

  • J. J. Lawlor


Officers of the Association and Members of the International Committee, 2016-19

(* = Members of the Executive Committee)

President

  • Liliana Sikorska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan*

Past President

  • Jane Roberts, University of London

Secretary-General and Treasurer

  • Thomas Austenfeld, Fribourg*

Chair of the International Committee:

  • Sabine Volk-Birke, Martin-Luther-Universit√§t, Halle*

Members of the International Committee elected in 2016:

  • Robert DeMaria, Vassar*

  • Danuta Fjellestad, Uppsala

  • Kathleen Harrington, US Air Force Academy*

  • Yangsoon Kim, Korea University

  • Igor Maver, Ljubljana

  • Chantal Zabus, Paris XIII

Members of the International Committee elected in 2013:

  • Elisabeth Jay, Oxford Brookes

  • Michiko Ogura, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University*

  • Liliana Sikorska, Adam Mickiewicz

  • Sabine Volk-Birke, Halle-Wittenberg*

  • Klaus Stierstorfer, Münster

  • Thomas Austenfeld, Fribourg

* Last updated August 8, 2016. *