SDAŠ stands for Slovensko društvo za angleške študije, or the Slovene Association for the Study of English. The association was founded in March 1993 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the purpose of promoting the study and teaching of the English language, literatures in English and cultures of English-speaking peoples by means of communication and exchange with colleagues at home and throughout Europe. The members of SDAŠ are scholars involved in teaching and research at faculties and colleges of higher education in Slovenia. The association also welcomes post-graduate students.
Since its foundation, SDAŠ has been a member of ESSE, the European Society for the Study of English. The members of SDAŠ, who are automatically members of ESSE, are thus entitled to receive The European English Messenger, ESSE’s biannual bulletin, as well as to participate in ESSE’s major conferences organized every two years.
The main objective of the Association is to advance the exchange of knowledge and skills on the national, as well as on the international level. With this in mind, SDAŠ organizes scientific conferences and publishes an academic journal.
The First International Conference of SDAŠ, entitled English Language and Literature Studies in the Context of European Language Diversity, was held in Portorož from 6 – 9 May 2004. The Second International Conference of SDAŠ, entitled As You Write It: issues in literature, language, and translation in the context of Europe in the 21st century, took place in Maribor from 18 – 20 September 2008. And more recently (10 – 12 May 2012), the Association successfully organized the 3rd International Conference of SDAŠ, entitled The Changes in Epochal Paradigms and the Opportunities they Offer for English Studies.
At the SDAŠ 2002 General Assembly, the decision was made to launch a new journal. ELOPE (English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries) has been included in the MLA directory of periodicals and is also available through Google Scholar.
If you are interested in becoming a member of SDAŠ and consequently ESSE, I cordially invite you to join us. Please, write to our treasurer, Franja Lipovšek.
Smiljana Komar, Chair