Dear colleagues in the Henry Sweet Society,

(even if you can’t attend the conference, do please see points 2 & 3 below!)

1.       Just a final reminder that our Annual Colloquium will be taking place as part of the Connecting Cultures conference being held this July 2-5 at the University of Nottingham. The “Henry Sweet Society Day” is Thursday July 4th, and the Annual General Meeting will take place on that day, but you are welcome to attend as much or as little of the conference as you’d like. You can register here (for anything from one day to the whole day):

Important: If you require accommodation, please register by June 9th, as I cannot guarantee there will be accommodation after that. Registration remains open after the 9th, but I can’t guarantee there will be a bed on campus for you!


I’m attaching the updated programme and campus map. There are some further practical details about getting to Nottingham at the end of this email under 4..


2.       EVEN IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND, you can be with us in spirit. We will have a book display area, so we would like to encourage you to ask your publisher to send any fliers and/or display copies of your publications (or others that you/they think will be of interest to our conference delegates). Please don’t be shy – we would love to have a display of your own work, to promote the exchange of ideas. (You can of course also bring along display copies of your own, including article offprints – the only rule is that you don’t need it back at the end….). Please ensure that any such display books and/or fliers for inclusion in conference packs  (ca. 100) are sent to the following address, to reach us by Monday June 30th at the latest:


German Studies

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS)

University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK


We look forward to riches aplenty!


3.       For those of you wondering where the May issue of Language & History is … it’s at the proofs stage, and we hope to have it out very soon. Apologies for the delay. Ironically it’s a themed issue “guest-edited” by me and Richard Smith (who are both “actual” editors). So we have only ourselves to blame. We humbly apologize and trust you will think it worth the wait.


4.       Practicalities for attending the conference. Arriving on July 2nd or 3rd: Registration will be open from 11am on 2nd, and ad hoc on the 3rd, in the Law and Social Sciences Building, where the conference takes place, and tea and coffee will be available. It's about a 15-minute walk from the accommodation in Cavendish Hall to the conference venue. On the attached map Cavendish Hall is near the bottom left of the map (near number 55). The conference venue, the Clive Granger Building, is number 16 on the map.

Parking: if you have booked accommodation, this includes free parking on campus. Otherwise, you will have to pay to use one of the Visitor car-parks – the main one is adjacent to the Clive Granger Building. Security staff always check you have paid and displayed your ticket, so don’t “try your luck” ….

Further travel information about how to get to the campus: see here:



Best wishes,


Nicola (and Richard)


Nicola McLelland and Richard Smith
Coordinators, AHRC Research Network Project,  'Towards a History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning':

Dr Nicola McLelland
Head of Department, German Studies
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) University of Nottingham 

NG7 2RD, UK 

Tel. +44 (0)115 951 5822 

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Dr Richard Smith
Centre for Applied Linguistics
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)24-7652-4987
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Dr Nicola McLelland

Head of Department, German Studies

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS)

University of Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Tel. +44 (0)115 951 5822

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Project website: History of modern foreign language education in the UK and Europe:


Editor, Language & History,  the ISI-indexed journal of the Henry Sweet Society:


Latest book: J.G. Schottelius's Ausführliche Arbeit von der Teutschen Haubtsprache (1663) and its place in early modern European vernacular language study (Oxford: Blackwell)


Words of the world: See Deutsch, Achtung, and the rest.


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