Institute of English Studies

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Institute of English Studies
Established 1999 (1999)
Type Graduate school
Parent institution School of Advanced Study, University of London
Location London, England, United Kingdom

The Institute of English Studies (abbreviated as IES) is a centre of excellence in the research, promotion and facilitation in the field English Literature and Language. With a specialisation in Book History, Palaeography and Textual Scholarship, the IES facilitates the advanced study and research of English Studies in the national and international academic community. The Institute, located in Senate House, London, is one of the ten institutes that together comprise the School of Advanced Study, University of London.


The Institute is partner in a number of important research networks and collaborations. In 2001 it helped establish the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, a collaboration between The British Library, St Bride Library, University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS), The English Department, University of Birmingham, School of English, University of Reading, Literature Department, Open University, The Shakespeare Institute, and The Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University. It also hosts and administers two prestigious and distinguished societies: The Bibliographical Society and The Malone Society.


The Institute is a leading organisation in the research of English Literary Studies where it hosts and manages a variety of research projects such as: A History of Oxford University Press, the T. S. Eliot Editorial Project, the Virtual Museum of Writing, Revising the Canon of Elizabethan Drama, A Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts, 1450–1700, an Old-Spelling Edition of the Works of John Ford and The Oxford Francis Bacon Project. Previous research projects have included the Reading Experience Database, DigCim: a Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (in collaboration with The British Library), "Between Two Worlds": Authors and Publishers 1870-1939 and The Irish Book in the Twentieth Century.


The Institute of English is home to the Yeats Annual, edited by Professor Warwick Gould, and published in association with Palgrave Macmillan.

Staff & Fellows[edit]

The intellectual and scholarly community of the Institute thrives due to the collaboration between IES Staff, Distinguished and Senior Research Fellows, Associate Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Students.

Among the Academic Staff at the Institute are:

  • Warwick Gould (Director)
  • Simon Eliot (Chair in History of the Book)
  • Michelle Brown (Chair in Medieval Manuscripts)
  • Wim Van Mierlo (Lecturer in Textual Scholarship and English Literature)
  • Marcus Dahl (Lecturer in Authorship Studies)

Senior Research Fellows of the Institute include:


The IES offers a membership scheme which allow members attend its many Research Seminars for free as well as receive a discount for IES conferences.


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