The overall responsibility for the activities of the Association is held by the International Committee (IC). The International Committee selects a chairperson from among its members as well as an Executive Sub-Committee (EC) which is responsible for the conduct of IAUPE’s activities between conferences. For the purpose of organizing the conference, the IC appoints a President from among IAUPE members. The Association elects its Secretary-General (SG) and Treasurer (T)

Officers of the Association and Members of the International Committee, 2023-28

(* = Members of the Executive Committee)


  • *Ingo Berensmeyer, Munich, Germany

Secretary-General and Treasurer

  • *Kathleen Harrington, Secretary-General (since July 2023)
  • *Christoph Ehland Treasurer (since July 2023)

Chair of the International Committee:

  • *Lawrence Warner, King’s College (UK)

Members of the International Committee elected in 2019:

  • *Ingo Berensmeyer, Munich (Germany)
  • Katharina Böhm, University of Passau (Germany)
  • Regenia Gagnier, Exeter (UK)
  • *Grace Ioppolo, Reading (UK)
  • *Takami Matsuda, Keio (Japan)
  • Lawrence Warner, King’s College (UK)

Members of the International Committee elected in 2023

  • Dorothee Birke, Innsbruck University (Austria)
  • Tita Chico, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Youngmin Kim, Dongguk University (South Korea)
  • Stefania Nuccorini, University of Roma Tre (Italy)
  • Susana Onega, Univ of Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Andrea Faris Trocha-Van Nort, United States Air Force Academy (USA)

Last updated March 1, 2024. 

Presidents of the Association

  • 1950-51: C. L. Wrenn (Oxford)
  • 1951-53: A. H. Koszul (Paris)
  • 1953-56: E. M. W. Tillyard (Cambridge)
  • 1956-59: G. Bonnard (Lausanne)
  • 1959-62: W. L. Renwick (Edinburgh)
  • 1962-65: M. Praz (Rome/Venice)
  • 1965-68: J. J. Hogan (Dublin)
  • 1968-71: A. V. Turhan (Istanbul)
  • 1971-74: W. Matthews (UCLA)
  • 1974-77: J. Fisiak (Poznan)
  • 1977-80: A. Rutherford (Aberdeen)
  • 1980-83: R. Haas (Hamburg)
  • 1983-86: J. Berthoud and D. Pearsall (York)
  • 1986-89: I. J. Kirby (Lausanne)
  • 1989-92: E. Orsten (Trent)
  • 1992-95: A. Zettersten (Copenhagen)
  • 1995-98: J. R. Watson (Durham)
  • 1998-2001: W. Viereck (Bamberg)
  • 2001-04: P. Stanwood (Vancouver)
  • 2004-07: M. Thormählen (Lund)
  • 2007-10: P. Vassallo (Malta)
  • 2010-13: Li Cao (Tsinghua) and Li Jin (Beijing)
  • 2013-16: Jane Roberts (University of London)
  • 2016-19: Liliana Sikorska (Poznan)
  • 2019-2022: Paul Giles (Sydney)

Secretaries-General / Treasurers of the Association

  • 1959-71: P. H. Butter (SG&T)
  • 1971-95: J. J. Lawlor (SG&T)
  • 1995-2013: I. J. Kirby (SG&T)
  • 2013-2019: Thomas Austenfeld (SG&T)
  • 2019-2023: Murray McGillivray (SG&T)
  • 2023 (Interim) Kathleen Harrington (SG)
  • 2023 (Interim) Ingo Berensmeyer (T)
  • 2023 – present, Kathleen Harrington (SG)
  • 2023 – present, Christoph Ehland (T) 

Honorary Members of the Association

At the discretion of the International Committee, members who have made an outstanding contribution to IAUPE may be offered Honorary Membership in the Association.

  •  Waldemar Zacharasiewicz (awarded July 2023)
  • Thomas Austenfeld (awarded July 2023)
  • Ian Kirby (awarded posthumously July 2023)
  • R. W. Zandvoort
  • Simonne d’Ardenne
  • J. J. Lawlor

History of the Association

In 1948 the editors of English Studies, Professors R. W. Zandvoort (Groningen), Simonne d’Ardenne (Liège), Olof Arngart (Lund), C. A. Bodelsen (Copenhagen), Lorentz Eckhoff (Oslo), and Henry Lüdeke (Basle), together with Professors Kemp Malone (Baltimore), Mario Praz (Rome), Bohumil Trnka (Prague), and Fernand Mossé (Paris), addressed to professors of English in British universities a request to convene an international congress of English Studies.

A conference of British professors of English, to which Professors d’Ardenne and Zandvoort were invited, was held in Edinburgh at Easter 1949. It was then decided to convene an international conference at Oxford in August 1950.