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Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey - September 4-8, 2012
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ESSE 10 Conference, Torino

24-28 August 2010 - Academic Programme

The 10th Conference of the European Society for the Study of English will be hosted by the University of Torino in the first capital city of Italy, which will celebrate 150 years as a nation in 2011.

Graced with a crown of hills and peacefully flowing rivers, Torino is set against a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks. Destroyed by Hannibal and rebuilt by the Romans, the city has had a long and important history, from ancient to modern times. Indeed, its city centre still preserves the gridiron street plan of Augusta Taurinorum, the army camp founded by Julius Caesar. A wealth of monuments, museums and art galleries bear witness to the various stages in this long and complex history. Yet the baroque palaces, royal residences (declared a Unesco World Heritage Site) and historic cafés are in a city which in the late twentieth century saw its transformation from a "one factory town", with massive internal migration from other parts of Italy, social tensions and urban terrorism, into a successful post-industrial social laboratory. Turin's role as an Olympic city in 2006, alongside a host of other attractions and an increasingly multi-ethnic scenario, complements its fame as the centre of one of the world's most celebrated wine regions; and its traditional cuisine has developed into a philosophy through the Slow Food movement, which started here.

The University of Torino is located in the heart of the city. With 67,000 students, 4,000 academics and administrative staff, 7,000 postgraduate and postdoctoral students, 55 departments and 52 research centres, it features a dynamic "city within the city", generating a constant stream of culture, research, innovation, training and employment, and facing all challenges with the strength coming from six hundred years of tradition. Founded in 1404, the University has played a key role throughout the centuries in the intellectual and political life of the nation. Its fame, beginning with the Degree in Theology conferred on Erasmus of Rotterdam in 1506, was recently confirmed by world-known political figures including Luigi Einaudi, Antonio Gramsci, Piero Gobetti and other Resistance heroes - and by Nobel prize winners: Salvatore E. Luria, Renato Dulbecco, Rita Levi Montalcini.

The academic programme for the conference will be supplemented by a range of pre- and post-Conference excursions, so that participants can make the most of the many attractions, both natural and cultural, located in and around the city, and explore the surrounding landscape.

Delegates are invited to visit the Conference website www.unito.it/esse2010. The site will be updated regularly over the coming months with details of the academic programme (including, in due course, the titles of papers to be discussed at the seminars listed below), registration procedures, a wide range of accommodation options, further information about Torino, and travel advice.

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