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BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception 2014 to be Held at the University of Leeds

Call for papers now closed. See the BCLA Spring Postgraduate Reception event page for details.

We are pleased to announce that the BCLA will be hosting a Postgraduate Reception in the afternoon of 5 March 2014, Wednesday at the University of Leeds. This is the first time a BCLA Postgraduate Reception is held outside of London! We do hope to make this a regular event so that every year the autumn receptions are held at an institution based in London and the spring receptions are held elsewhere in the UK.

This spring, the BCLA Postgraduate Reception is organised in conjunction with the lecture David Damrosch will be delivering at the University of Leeds. Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and past President of the American Comparative Literature Association, David Damrosch kindly agreed to be present throughout the Postgraduate Reception and respond to the papers. Following the BCLA Postgraduate Reception, he will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Tupi or Not Tupi: The World in the Nation’.

We have two or three slots available for postgraduates to give a 10-15 minute paper on any aspect of the relationship between Comparative Literature and Postcolonialism. Papers addressing David Damrosch’s contribution to the field of Comparative Literature or issues raised by his book entitled What is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003) are particularly welcome.

Our Postgraduate Receptions are friendly seminars that offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics and are followed by a wine reception.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) should be sent using the form below, or alternatively emailed to bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com by 20 February 2014, Thursday. We may be able to be flexible if you indicate your interest but are not able to write an abstract before then. The call is open to all postgraduate students whose research falls within Comparative Literature; however, preference may be given in making a decision to those who are members of the BCLA. We are able to reimburse travel expenses of speakers who are based outside Leeds; if you would like to be considered, please indicate this at the end when sending your abstract.