HPN Seeking New Leadership

The HPN Academy

We are looking for an enthusiastic EMA member to take over the management of the Humanities Professional Network. It’s a volunteer opportunity with loads of potential. Interested? Send a CV and motivation letter to

The shape of the Erasmus Mundus Association is changing as it goes legal and finds its path under Erasmus+. The Humanities Professional Network, after a long break, is also trying to find a way forward under these conditions.

Starting from scratch back in 2011, we had an amazing few years of development –two well-received international conferences, 11 editions of the HPN Review, an active social media presence (Twitter and Facebook), and a comprehensive website. The team of volunteers responsible for making this happen should be rewarded in this life and the next…

It was a shock to the system when our third scheduled conference was cancelled due to a melee of financial and logistical circumstances…

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Interviews, Projects

Окна Роста – Interview in the Academic Writing Center newsletter

Окна Академического Роста № 19 (76)

December 2013

“Proofreading: Expert Comments”

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Okna Rosta


British Council Conference: E-merging Forum 3, 1.3.13

The Business in Literature


Modern business, ESL, and literature – where in the world do these three meet? And what happens?

Of late, it seems that the first two are developing an increasingly intimate relationship, while the latter still hasn’t made the grade, although of innumerable quality.

This could be for a variety of reasons. Mainly, business and ESL aren’t sure if literature has anything to offer them – “You’re too complicated and obtuse,” ESL says. “How do you advance my academic or occupational goals?” business inquires. And, of course, literature’s background and culture is foreign and possibly intimidating to them both.

Despite these typical complaints from business and ESL, literature (depending on your definition) is often closer than most business executives know, or expect. In a parallel universe the cooperation of these three results in leadership development, better decision-making skills and greater empathy. Furthermore, employees retain language better and have increased motivation for reading, and therefore increased reading proficiency.

This talk will explore the consequences of these three characters developing deeper cooperation and possible approaches to their successful union in a business context.


Choo, Lim Meng, “A case for using literature to teach business English”, Reflections on English Language Teaching, 4 (2005), 27–45.
Coutu, Diane, “Leadership in Literature”, Harvard Business Review, March 2006.
McKay, Sandra, “Literature in the ESL Classroom”, TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Dec., 1982), 529-536.
Paul, Annie Murphy, “Your Brain on Fiction”, New York Times, March 17, 2012.

The Business In Literature Handout

British Council page