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IDEA, the English Studies research group at the Université de Lorraine, is dedicated to the study of interdisciplinary theories and practices related to the language, literature and civilisation of English-speaking countries. The group focuses especially, though not exclusively, on English studies in France, which have traditionally been organised along strictly defined disciplinary lines (linguistics, literature and civilisation). In recent years, French scholarship has become increasingly open to interdisciplinary approaches, yet such interdisciplinarity has rarely been itself the object of scientific reflection. [click here for full mission statement]

Upcoming and Recent Events:

The conference “Voice(s) and Silence in the Arts” (projet “Voix et silence”) will take place on 15–17 June 2017 on the Nancy campus of the Université de Lorraine.

The young scholars conference “Book- and Text-Wrapping in the 17th and 18th centuries” will take place on 22-23 September 2017 at the Université de Lorraine on the Metz campus.

A one-day symposium, « ‘Commémorer Autrement et Ailleurs’  : nouvelles approches transversales et transnationales des commémorations : Célébrations littéraires, culturelles, historiques et politiques à travers et au-delà des Iles Britanniques », will take place on 20 October 2017 on the Nancy campus (in partnership with the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nancy).

The conference  “Illustrating Identity/ies” will take place on 9-10 novembre 2017 on the Nancy campus of the Université de Lorraine.

IDEA Doctoriale will take place on 24 November 2017 on the Nancy campus of the Université de Lorraine.


IDEA’s next AG will take place in Nancy on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (room  A349). A session of “Café Europe,” were members will be introduced to applying for H2020 projects,  will precede the AG by an hour or so, from 4 to 5:30 pm.

 IDEA is very proud of having become a research team that is present on two sites, and that is the only center for research in English Studies at the University of Lorraine. We have been working on a long and fruitful collaboration between anglicists based in Metz and in Nancy.