Dr Wim Van Mierlo appointed Acting Director of the Institute of English Studies

Tuesday 4 June 2013

The School of Advanced Study, University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wim Van Mierlo as Acting Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES).

Dr Van Mierlo, who is Lecturer in Textual Scholarship and English Literature, will assume the Directorship in an acting capacity on 1 August 2013 following the retirement from the Directorship of the Institute's Founder, Professor Warwick Gould, after 14 years in the post.

Dr Van Mierlo has worked at the Institute for a decade. He is Executive Director of its T.S. Eliot International Summer School and Editor of Variants: the Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship. His research interests include textual editing, historical bibliography and book history, manuscript studies, reception history, and English literature, particularly the work of T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and W. B. Yeats. He teaches on such topics as ‘modern literary manuscripts’ and ‘new developments in textual scholarship’ on the Institute’s London Rare Books School and its MA in the History of the Book. A prolific scholar, Dr Van Mierlo is currently working on a scholarly-critical edition of The Arrow of Gold (with Robert Hampson) for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, a monograph on the creative practices from William Wordsworth to Ted Hughes, and a bibliography of T. Sturge Moore. 

Professor Roger Kain FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, commented: ‘Wim has long been admired in the Institute, recognised for his excellent scholarship, research facilitation and teaching. He has worked closely with Warwick over a good many years and has been instrumental in the highly successful development of the Institute’s research training in rare book studies, palaeography, and in its T.S. Eliot International Summer School, now in its fifth year.  I am grateful to Wim for taking on this interim role and I look forward to working more closely with him as he continues to build on Warwick’s exceptional achievements.’

Dr Wim Van Mierlo said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Institute for the next academic year. The IES has been my professional and intellectual home for the past 10 years, and I owe it and especially Warwick an enormous debt of gratitude.  In the coming year I hope to make a real and positive contribution to the Institute’s continuing development as a centre of excellence in English Studies and the History of the Book.’

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Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670 / 07808 102 735. Images available on request.

2. The Institute of English Studies, founded in 1999 out of the Centre for English Studies, is an internationally renowned research centre, dedicated to promoting advanced study and research in English studies in the wider national and international academic community. It provides a centre for excellence in English language, literature, palaeography and the history of the book.  Its activities include facilitating academic discussion and the exchange of ideas through its comprehensive events programme, hosting major collaborative research projects, providing essential research training in book history and palaeography, and facilitating scholarly communities in all areas of English studies. The Institute of English Studies is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

3. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together 10 research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights.