The Proceedings of 2011 ELLE Conference contain a selection of papers presented over the two-day event celebrating a decade of English Studies at the Partium Christian University of Oradea. Our ELLE is a less glamorous acronym for “English Language and Literatures in English” – an offhand designation for scholarly pursuits in the field of English Studies: language studies, British and American literatures, literatures in the English language, cultural, ethnic, gender, and postcolonial studies, multilingualism and multiculturalism, translation studies, ESP, etc.
Eclectic as it surely seems, this conference has at least a major virtue: in a mosaic fashion it seeks to promote diversity and plurality of views, border- and cross-field dialogue, within an institutional context. Scholars, young and old, working in various albeit related fields are encouraged to attend in body and soul, make presentations and eventually get published. Thus, besides its epistemic scope of producing, sharing, and disseminating knowledge, ELLE, with its attendant electronic journal and printed Proceedings, is meant to alleviate the ‘Publish or perish’ syndrome that is endemic in the academic world.