English Scholars Beyond Borders


ESBB is a strictly not-for-profit academic circle of international scholars. One of its core values is that no member may benefit financially in any way from ESBB events or activities. The website (http://www.englishscholarsbeyondborders.org/) is financed only by small and voluntary personal contributions of its members. The site is deliberately kept as simple as possible and we do not seek any sponsorship or financial support of any kind for its maintenance.

The academic aim of our organization and our conferences is to assemble scholars from across the globe to share ideas and expand epistemological horizons. ESBB therefore emphasizes new contributions to existing knowledge and looks for connections between disciplines. While the broad background theme is always linked to English Scholarship Beyond Borders, this can be understood in the broadest possible sense as our intention is to embrace diversity in English education and research. ESBB provides guest speakers from a broad variety of locations and cultures and can also assist in consultancy work.

ESBB embraces non-blind peer review. It publishes an annual journal issue. All conference presenters are welcome to submit a paper, but must be prepared to fully engage in dialogic review of their own paper and participate in the review of one or two other papers. There is an initial screening prior to full non-blind dialogic review. There will be a presentation about this at each event and conference. Please contact rogercnunn@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

Next Conference – Toyama, Japan, 23 -25 March, 2018.

Information about our 5th annual conference in Japan is now available at our conference link

A special thank you to Naeema Hann and her team for organizing our 4th conference at  Leeds Becket University, in the UK (29 June – 1 July, 2017). Delegates enjoyed a broad variety of presentations from across the globe. Plenaries included Mike McCarthy (UK), Zumbarlal Patil (India), Roger Nunn (UAE), Sivakumar Sivasubramaniam (South Africa), Vivian Wu (Taiwan), John Adamson/Naoki Fujimoto Adamson (Japan), Biljana Cubrovic (Serbia) and John Unger (USA). An important feature of  ESBB conferences is the interaction between academics from different academic and cultural backgrounds. We enjoyed particularly stimulating discussions this year that we hope to continue through our dialogic non-blind review process leading to our 2018 online journal publication.

ESBB co-organizes an annual conference, each event in a different international location. We have agreements with hosts until 2019. Following our conference in the UK hosted by Leeds Becket University (June 29 – July 1, 2017), our next conference is scheduled for  March, 23-25 2018 in Toyama, organized by ESBB member Dr Theron Muller and his local committee, im cooperation with a local JALT chapter. We will be meeting in Jalandhar (India) in February 2019. Offers beyond 2019 are under consideration with South Africa (Cape Town) a possible destination. We also host occasional smaller conferences and symposiums.

Previous Conferences

The third ESBB international conference took place from May 19 -22, 2016. It was hosted by the Department of English Language, Providence University, in Taichung, Taiwan, jointly organized by Professor Wen-chi Vivian Wu of Providence University and Dr Gloria Shu Mei Chwo, Associate Professor at Hungkuang University in Taichung.

Details of the program can be found at the link below: 




 ESBB practises its own non-blind review approach. Any participants at one of our events may submit a paper PROVIDING THE PRESENTATION PROPOSAL WAS PROCESSED AND ACCEPTED BY THE ESBB CONFERENCE REVIEW COMMITTEE prior to the conference.

Papers  submitted for the third  issue of English Scholarship beyond Borders are now under review following initial screening.  Accepted papers  will be published in February, 2017 on this site.

Papers submitted after August 1, 2016 will be considered for issue 4 (2018).

Please note:

  1. All papers submitted will be subject to an initial screening by a small ESBB committee. At this stage we may decide not to review a paper. We will always explain this decision to authors.
  2. ESBB does not seek indexing for its publications. All publications are open access and will be displayed on this site.
  3. ESBB practices (and researches into) NON-Blind review. Authors who submit must be prepared to participate in a small review team supervised by an ESBB editor in which dialogic review will be practised using google docs. Members of each team (3-4 authors) will be both authors and reviewers of other papers authored by members of the small team.
  4. The final decision about acceptance is taken by the ESBB editor but will be fully discussed with the author and reviewers.
  5. Papers which require more time to process may be published in a later issue.
  6. Participation in the process is dependent on agreement for all review documents to be used in ESBB research into non-blind review. Any comments that are included in published research papers will only be included with the author of the review comments consent. 
  7. ESBB issues are not conference proceedings and conference attendees do not have the automatic right to have a paper published in our journal issues, but are always welcome to submit.
  8. Local organizers may publish their own volume of conference proceedings, but must not include any papers submitted for ESBB’s own journal publications, unless ESBB decides not to publish a submitted paper. 
  9. ESBB will not participate in the editing of proceedings published by local organizers and a paper published in the proceedings does not count as an ESBB publication.

The first issue of English Scholarship Beyond Borders that includes keynote papers from the 2014 conference was launched on February 5th 2015 (first day of the Bangkok conference) on this site by Dr. Aurapan Weerawong, Vice President for International Relations at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok and Dr Ahmet Acar, of Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir (the host of the first ESBB conference in 2014). The  issues are available at the dedicated links at the top of this page.



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