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Institute of English Studies Petition

Dear SDAŠ members,

Please consider signing the petition described below.


Dear All

You may have heard about the proposed closure of the Institute of English Studies which is part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. A Steering Group to oppose this has been set up, co-chaired by Professor Anne Varty (Head of the Department of English at Royal Holloway University of London) and Professor Gordon Campbell, DLitt, FBA (Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University).

The Steering Group (of which I am a member) has set up a website at in the form of a petition calling for this decision to be stopped. I am attaching a brief document that gives some further information on the subject and some links that may be of interest. We very much hope that you will be able to give us your support by signing the petition, by writing to the Vice-Chancellor and by passing this message on to interested parties.

Yours faithfully
Henry Woudhuysen
On behalf of the Save the IES Steering Group

Professor Anne Varty (Head of the Department of English Royal Holloway University of London)
Professor Gordon Campbell DLitt, FBA (Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester)

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ELOPE X – Autumn

Dear SDAŠ friends and members,

ELOPE Volume X – Autumn (2013): Studies in the English Language and Literatures in Slovenia (Eds. Smiljana Komar and Uroš Mozetič) is now available online (

If you’re a SDAŠ member and haven’t received your printed version of the journal yet, don’t worry – it’s on its way!

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ESSE Conference in Košice – Deadline Extension

The deadline for submitting abstracts of individual papers at seminar sessions and PhD students’ sessions and posters has been extended to 31 March 2014.

Other extended deadlines:
Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts by seminar convenors and PhD session convenors: 15 April 2014.
Applications for fee waivers: 1 April 2014 – 30 April 2014.

Registration will begin on 1 April 2014.
Early registration: 1 April 2014 – 31 May 2014.
Late registration: 1 June 2014 – 29 August 2014.

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Language/Writing Tip 16

Don’t start two sentences in a row with the same word.

An example:

“Yet despite his frustrations, he never established his own institution, even though his reputation would have allowed him to do so.
Yet since the 1990s, American education has been increasingly characterized by market-driven mentality.”

Go easy on “I” and “This” in the first sentence position:

Too much “I”:

“I will look at J.D. Salinger’s work in this diploma thesis. I will examine his life, along with the major experiences he had. I will then consider…”

Too much “this”:

“This diploma thesis looks at J.D. Salinger’s work. This body of writing will be examined with regard to his life. This approach…”

(This tips ignores stylistic and rhetorical repetition – such as that used in Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.)

More here:


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Language/Writing Tip 10

When mentioning time, note the difference between “only at” and “not until”:

“I can meet you only at four” does not mean “I can’t meet you until four.”

If you want to emphasize tardiness, use “not until”:

1) “He only got there at noon.” (neutral)
2) “He did not get there until noon.” (lazy!)

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Language/Writing Tip 3

“Express your most powerful thought in the shortest sentence” is pretty solid advice.

The above quotation is taken from:

Check it out. You will learn something. Or you might find the advice glib. But do consider it.

The advantage of short sentences for your main idea: no one will lose your thesis is a forest of other ideas.

The disadvantages: it can sound like brow-beating, a harangue or politicking. In other words, expressing complicated ideas in short, short sentences is often over-simplifying. Nobody can express nuance in a five-word sentence. As I hope to have shown in the “Check it out” series of sentences, a series of short sentences is death to rhythm.

On a side-note: keep your e-mails brief. If you want to ask me something, don’t hide the request within 150 words of fluff. Just ask. Be direct but not accusatory (stay tuned for more on this).

Also, check out last year’s series of language notes at:

101 English Tips: A Quick Guide to Avoiding “Slovenglish” is available at:

and (in a groovy page-turning form) at:


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Darja Hribar, Professor of English and American Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia, passed away in May this year. She was an accomplished scholar, a devoted teacher, an experienced literary translator, and, above all, a noble person. Apart from early American literature, her main areas of research and teaching were contemporary drama and theatre studies as well as literary translation, both from the point of view of literary stylistics. She was among the founding members of the Slovene Association for the Study of English. She participated in SDAŠ conferences and meetings and published in ELOPE. Her article about Harold Pinter in Slovene translation appeared in the first issue of this journal. To honour our colleague and friend, the Spring 2014 issue of ELOPE will be dedicated to her memory.
Submissions are welcome from all subject areas of English studies:
  • Linguistics
  • Literatures in English
  • Language Teaching
  • Translation
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  • and other related fields.
The papers should be sent as Word attachments to the following email address: For formatting and documentation, please refer to the notes for contributors available on the ELOPE web site ( The submission deadline is 15 January 2014.
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Redna letna skupščina SDAŠ

Spoštovani člani Slovenskega društva za angleške študije,

Vljudno vas vabim, da se udeležite redne letne skupščine SDAŠ, ki bo v  petek 27. 9. 2013 ob 15.00 v sobi 302 na Filozofski fakulteti, Aškerčeva 2, Ljubljana.

Dnevni red:


  1. Sprejem dnevnega reda, določitev zapisnikarja in dveh overoviteljev
  2. Poročilo predsednice o delovanju društva v letu 2013
  3. Poročilo o finančnem stanju društva (Andrej Stopar)
  4. Sodelovanje z ESSE

–          Board meeting v Cluju

–          Konferenca v Košicah 2014

5. Mandati predsednika, namestnika, tajnika in blagajnika SDAŠ

6. Imenovanje predstavnika SDAŠ v ESSE Board

7. Načrt dela za leto 2014

–          Konferenca Words and Music II, 11 – 12 April, 2014

–          ELOPE

–          Facebook profil in blog

8. Razno.

Prosim, da se skupščine zanesljivo udeležite.


Smiljana Komar

Predsednica SDAŠ

Ljubljana, 19. 9. 2013

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ESSE Bursaries for 2014

The rules for the ESSE Book Awards for 2014 (for books published in 2012 and 2013) have been issued: see the ESSE website for more information. The prizes will be awarded at the ESSE Conference in Kosice. Click here for more.


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Words and Music II 2014

In December, 2011, the first Words and Music conference was held in Maribor, Slovenia. Words and Music II will take place at the sunny Slovenian seaside. This conference will explore the relationship between words and music, and the place of that relationship in modern culture.

Conference Website:

Conference FB page: