ISLE Summer School

 ISLE Summer School 2019 – "Using the Past to Explain the Present"

The 2019 ISLE Summer School for Early Career Researchers (primarily doctoral students, but recent postdocs are also welcome!) is hosted by English Language and Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. 

The School will run between 24-28 June 2019, and will consist of series of masterclasses and supervised workshops on the overall topic: Using the Past to Explain the Present. A special focus will be on evidence for past states of English and Scots. The School will include sessions held in the University's Special Collections department, with its exceptional collection of medieval English manuscripts and printed books, and on the use of electronic resources in historical study; Glasgow is a world-leading centre of excellence for digital humanities applied to linguistic material, as witnessed by the award-winning Historical Thesaurus of English. Workshops will be held on participants’ own projects, leading to feedback from experienced supervisors, and there will also be sessions on academic development/career planning.

In addition to networking opportunities, there will be a social programme, including a guided trip to the Ruthwell Cross near Dumfries, famous for its runic inscription in Old Northumbrian. There will also be guided visits to the University’s historic campus, in the city’s west end:

A limited number of bursaries are available for early career researchers to support their attendance at part or all of the workshop. Expenses are available for those members of ISLE who might be interested in contributing to this topic. The School will be held at the Kelvin Conference Centre (which also includes accommodation), for which see:

Updates on the School will be sent to all ISLE members every month, with a finalised timetable for the event issued by early December 2018 at the latest. Announcements will also be posted on LinguistList and other venues.

 For English Language and Linguistics at Glasgow, see:

The School is led by ISLE's current president, Professor Jeremy Smith, for whom see

For initial queries, or expressions of interest in taking part in workshops as a leader or participant, please contact Jeremy Smith directly:

Previous ISLE Summer/Spring Schools

ISLE Summer School 2017 – "Variation in World Englishes: advanced issues in theory and methodology"

The ISLE 2017 Summer School took place in Regensburg, Germany from 4-7 October 2017.

ISLE 2017 Summer School website

ISLE Summer School 2016 – "Methods in English Linguistics"

The ISLE 2016 Summer School took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 13 to 16 June 2016.

ISLE 2016 Summer School website

ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 – "Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change"

The ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School 2013 took place in Freiburg, Germany from 15 to 19 April 2013.

ISLE 2013 Spring School website