Please find below the calls for papers for the 3 seminars co-hosted by GERAS members & GICs at the next ESSE Conference, which will be held in Lyon Aug 31-Sept 4, 2020 (more info). The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2020.

S4: English for Specialised Purposes & Humour

Despite research on humour specific to certain ESP disciplines (e.g. medical gallows humour, lawyer jokes, ‘headlinese’, etc.), a methodological approach to related lines of enquiry, such as ESP pedagogy, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies, corpus linguistics and fictional representations in specialised environments, remains rare. Numerous cognitive, social and psychological paths invite research in specialised humour. Yet, the richest field is probably the insider/outsider theme which typically permeates specialised communities. Other lines of enquiry may bear on the ethics of ESP humour and the correlated notion of acceptability. While specialised humour is often a means of bonding and stress-reduction, it also breeds sexism, harassment and even racism in ESP teaching, disciplinary or workplace contexts.


Miguel Ángel Campos-Pardillos (University of Alicante, Spain),

Shaeda Isani (University Grenoble-Alpes, France),

Katia Peruzzo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy),

Michel Van der Yeught (Aix-Marseille University, France),

S6: ESP and professional domains

Recent discussions have highlighted the intersections between professional domains and discourses and the field of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (Bhatia and Bremner 2014; Charret-Del Bove et al. 2017). This seminar invites speakers to contribute to describe and characterize professional specialization from theoretical and applied linguistic perspectives. Papers are welcome using any of the suggested research perspectives and methodologies (but do not need to be restricted to these):- The definition of “professional specialization” through the lens of linguistics; – The characterization of professional discourses domains and cultures;
– Technolects and terminology;
– Interdisciplinarity or multi-specialization of professional discourses;- Methodological approaches to professional discourses and domains (ethnomethodology; corpus analysis, genre analysis, storytelling, etc.);
– Intercultural and translation issues;
– English for professional purposes, course design and certification;- Endowing ESP instructors with professional knowledge.


Fanny Domenec (Université Paris Sorbonne – Université Panthéon Assas, France),

Cinzia Giglioni (Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy),

Philippe Millot (Université de Lyon, France),

S7: English for Specific Purposes: what theoretical frameworks for what teaching and research outcomes?

English for Specific Purposes has historically been a practitioner-driven field, with its research anchored in applied linguistics. ESP thus concerns the language strand of the conference, as opposed to literature or culture. In many European universities, however, ESP courses are taught by teachers with a background in literary or cultural studies. This seminar asks those involved in research into the teaching and learning of ESP to reflect on the theories which inform their work. Such theories may relate to the ESP content discipline, to different areas of applied linguistics (e.g., corpus linguistics and specialised translation, teacher education, English Medium Instruction for internationalisation), or to other branches of education and the humanities.


Shona Whyte (Université Côte d’Azur, France),

Cédric Sarré (Sorbonne Université, France),

Barbora Chovancova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic),

Patrizia Anesa (University of Bergamo, Italy),