I hope you will join me in congratulating Kazuo Ishiguro on winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Thanks to Professors Jane Roberts, Richard North and the organizers of the 2016 IAUPE conference, Kazuo Ishiguro was our guest speaker in London. Today, we are all thrilled that the writer of such eminence, whom we hope we can count on as one of our friends, was awarded the highest recognition in the literary (and not only) world. He truly deserves the prize and we can all hardly wait for the promised new (science-fiction?) novel.
The International Association of University Professors of English Triennial Conference
Poznań, Poland, 22–26 JULY 2019
What is IAUPE?
IAUPE is the International Association of University Professors of English established in 1951. It is affiliated with the International Federation of Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) and supported by UNESCO. Every three years it organizes conferences of members in different countries, offering a forum for discussion amongst scholars working in the area of English Studies. Past conferences were held by universities around the world, from Cambridge (1956), Vancouver (1999), and Lund (2007) to Malta (2010), Beijing (2013) and London (2016). Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań) hosted the conference in 1977. In 2016 in London, Professor Liliana Sikorska was elected President of the organization and Poznań won the organization of 2019 Conference.
The mission of IAUPE as an organization whose members are well established scholars has always been to bring together scholars from various fields of English Studies, in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and cooperation as well as foster and encourage the spirit of dialogue.
IAUPE conferences take account of all aspects of English Studies, from Anglo-Saxon to New Literatures in English. The theme of the 2019 Poznań Conference is "... a way with words..." so as to account for the specificity of the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University and its multifaceted research in language and literature. After all, as humanists who work with and in the English language we all have "a way with words".
Apart from the scholarly aspect of the conference, the IAUPE conferences include a cultural and social programme - concerts, excursions, informal gatherings - to promote further intercultural communication.