Distinguished Professors of English meet in Malta

About 180 distinguished University professors of English from prestigious Universities from 32 countries all over the world convened in Malta last week for the Triennial Conference of the International Association of Professors of English (IAUPE), organised in collaboration with the University of Malta


The Conference was convened by Peter Vassallo, Professor of English at the University and current President of the Association. The Conference, which was held over five days (July 19-23) at the Old University Building in Valletta, was addressed by distinguished scholars in this field of study. The plenary speakers were Prof. Dame Gillian Beer (Cambridge) and Prof. John Carey (Oxford).

The Conference programme, which included 18 different sections, was rich and varied and ranged from Anglo-Saxon literature to contemporary writers. Subjects included the literature of the Middle Ages; Shakespeare and the Renaissance; 17th and 18th century literature; the Romantics; the Victorians; the Moderns; Modern and Contemporary American Literature; Contemporary British Writers and Writers and the Mediterranean. The conference also featured four Sections on English Language Studies and Linguistics (including Semantics and Discourse Linguistics).

The Universities represented were: Oxford; Cambridge; Nottingham; Leeds; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Warwick; Harvard; Yale; Princeton; Cornell; Pittsburgh; Illinois; Innsbruck; Heidelberg; Munich; Cologne; Vienna; Uppsala; Toronto; British Columbia; Melbourne; Sydney; Moscow; St Petersburg; Helsinki; Lund; Gothenburg; Lausanne; Zurich; Geneva; Madrid; Zaragoza; Jerusalem; Tel- Aviv; Florence; Milan; Bologna; Venice; Montpellier; Paris; Lyon;  Beijing and Tokyo.