The John Buchanan Masterclass

Our second John Buchanan Masterclass took place on the 16th-18th March 2016 in the Foresight Centre, one of Liverpool's most impressive Grade II listed buildings and now an attractive conference centre and part of the University of Liverpool. The Masterclass comprised sessions in language, literature and culture, and was open to students of the University of Liverpool and the public. 52 participants attended what was described as an "interesting and stimulating" event.

Professor Chris Harris, Head of Department, Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool sent an appreciative note following the event:

“Liverpool's commitment to Esperanto, and so to universal communication across all boundaries at a time of global conflict, is of immense importance in cultural, ethical, intellectual and humanitarian terms. The Liverpool Esperanto tradition is long and distinguished and dates back to Buchanan, Collinson and others. It is a source of pride and enjoyment for me that I have been privileged as Head of Department to work with yourself, Angela and Wim. You have produced first-class lectures, innovative linkages to our other linguistic and cultural areas of study, teaching of the highest standards possible, an annual masterclass that draws growing numbers of local and international participants, new publications, grant applications and more. And so I do not say the following lightly or without serious reflection: the interventions and contributions the three of you have made and continue to make are of historical significance within and beyond this tradition. The creative renewal and energetic resurgence of Liverpool Esperantism is testimony to your profound expertise, exemplary commitment and gargantuan efforts over a sustained and continuing period of time. I offer you my sincere and warmest admiration and congratulations for your achievements, as well as every good wish for the next stages of development as my Headship nears its end. My support, however, always remains.”

The 2014 Masterclass trialled material for a university-level course book in Esperanto language and literature (edited by Wim Jansen and Angela Tellier, in preparation). Materials used during the 2016 Masterclass will complete the book. 

Dr Paul Gubbins ... senior lecturer in journalism at Staffordshire University, highlighted the importance of research into Esperanto, and commended the University of Liverpool for its commitment to this endeavour:
"The masterclass confirms that the University of Liverpool is the leading institution for Esperanto research in this country." Languages at Liverpool ~ Modern Languages & Cultures' blog

Programme 2016.pdf53.54 KB
Raporto pri la Majstroklaso Buchanan 2016.pdf61.98 KB