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Marjorie Boulton Fellowships Awarded

29 June 2021


Guilherme Moreira Fians and Edwin Michielsen are the 2021 recipients of the Marjorie Boulton Fellowships of the Esperantic Studies Foundation.

Guilherme Moreira Fians (Brazil) received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2019 and is currently Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Brasília. He is co-editor of the journal Esperantologio / Esperanto Studies and serves on the board of the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems (CED).  His research project builds on the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation, an ethnographic study of the Esperanto movement in France, and seeks to understand how languages and digital media have an impact on the way people develop and convey political perspectives. “My project will explore how right-wing nationalists mobilize hashtags, bots, languages and other discursive mechanisms to make online political discussions more dynamic and, at the same time, confrontational,” comments Dr. Fians. “Investigating these themes from an original perspective that accounts for these phenomena’s cross-border manifestations, my work will take Brazilians who speak Esperanto as its focus.”

Edwin Michielsen (Netherlands and Canada) holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Leiden in Japanese studies and has recently (2021) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto with a dissertation on “Proletarian Arts and Internationalism in East Asia.” He has served as Visiting Research Fellow at Waseda University and Visiting Junior Fellow at Seoul National University and has done additional research work in China (Tsinghua University) and Japan (Tokyo University). His Marjorie Boulton Fellowship will take him back to Waseda University and to the Japanese Esperanto Institute to examine the early history of Esperanto in Japan and China and particularly how Esperanto was utilized by proletarian writers in the first half of the twentieth century to assemble a linguistic solidarity worldwide against imperial languages and linguistic oppression.

The Boulton Fellowships are named for Marjorie Boulton (1924-2017), a leading poet and scholar in Esperanto over many years and well known also as an educator and scholar of English language and literature. Author of a series of eight popular books on literature beginning with The Anatomy of Poetry (1953), Dr. Boulton also produced the standard biography of the founder of Esperanto, L.L. Zamenhof, in both English and Esperanto editions. In Esperanto she wrote original poems, essays and plays. She held a doctorate from Oxford University and was a member of the Esperanto Academy.

“We are delighted to be able to assist these two young scholars in their examination of the way in which the movement for the International Language Esperanto intersects with larger political and linguistic forces,” commented Charles O. Mays, executive director of the Esperantic Studies Foundation, “We are honored to welcome them into the ESF research community.”


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Tivadar Soros Lecture Series

Through support provided by the Soros family, the Esperantic Studies Foundation recently sponsored the Tivadar Soros Lectures, presented at the City University of New York. We are now able to make available these interviews with four of the lecturers.

Esther Schor

Ulrich Lins

Ulrich Becker

Michael Gordin

Esperanto history and its place in society

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2020 ESF Update

by Grant Goodall (in Esperanto)

Have you ever wondered why left-wing activists in France learn a language called Esperanto to discuss politics across national borders, or why young people are linking linguistic justice with activism for open-source software?
If your answer is yes - this book is for you!
If you answer is no - well, the time has come.

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Cambridge University confers an Honorary Degree to António Guterres - 3 November 2021
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Final Report on the Symposium: "Language and Migration: Experience and Memory"

Held by the Migration Lab, Princeton University and The Study Group on Language and the United Nations

April 19 - May 1, 2021

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2020 End of Year Message

Read ESF's 2020 year-end message from President, Humphrey Tonkin by clicking here.

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Update on and PIV 2020

by Bertilo Wennergren (in Esperanto)

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