The International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE) is at the time of writing in the middle of preparations for the celebration of its Jubilee.
Membership of IAUPE is open to university professors of English and other scholars of distinction.
The UNESCO subventions we have received over the years have enabled us to ensure the presence at our conferences of five or six colleagues from such countries: and by establishing an IAUPE subsidy fund to which ordinary members contribute as part of their dues we expect to be able to invite eight or ten more.
What it means is that an Association such as IAUPE, which once had professors of English, or of English Language and Literature, now has professors of English Historical Linguistics, Gender Studies, Shakespeare, Eighteenth-Century Literature, and so on and so forth; and it is increasingly the case that professors in one area have relatively little to do with those in another.
Since taking over the responsibilities of Secretary-General and Treasurer of IAUPE from the late and much missed John Lawlor, I have been able to make two changes to our practices which have proved very valuable.