Organized by the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, this summer school will offer intensive training in the principles and practices of comparative literature. Following the success of the inaugural CHASE summer school in comparative literature in June 2018, this second iteration will build on the first event while taking its intellectual focus in a new direction. The programme is designed for humanities students working on comparative research projects who wish to broaden their knowledge of the discipline, and their use of comparative methodologies, in the light of both classical comparativism and more recent theoretical frameworks within the emerging discipline of world literature and the rise of the global South. The summer school will bring together postgraduate students working in the various fields of comparative/world literature, introducing them to leading specialists in the discipline and offering them a valuable opportunity for both intellectual training and institutional networking.

The training programme will be delivered through seminars spread across three days. On the morning of the first day, students will be asked to give brief introductions of their current projects; on the afternoon of the third day, they will give full presentations on how these projects can be enriched by including lessons learned from the summer school. Days one and two will conclude with keynote lectures by figures of international standing, conceived as case studies in the theory and practice of comparative/world literature.
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Student profile
Applications are invited from postgraduate students, either currently undertaking a PhD or about to start a PhD, working in the field of comparative literature broadly defined. The school is fully funded by CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities in South-East England); accommodation costs and tuition fees of successful applicants will be covered. Students will stay on campus for the duration of the school (3 nights) and will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of the programme.

Application process
Suitably qualified students should submit a brief CV and a one-page outline of their project to: Deadline for submissions is 12 April 2019; admission decisions will be communicated by early May. Up to 15 students will be admitted. Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr Patricia Novillo-Corvalán

Programme Directors
– Ben Hutchinson: Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent, Member of the Executive Committee of the BCLA, and author of Comparative Literature: A Very Short Introduction (2018)
– Patricia Novillo-Corvalán: Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent and author of Modernism and Latin America: Transnational Networks of Literary Exchange (2018)
– Francesca Orsini: Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, Member of the Executive Committee of the BCLA, Editor of Comparative Critical Studies, and PI of ERC project ‘Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies’

Keynote Lecturers
– Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), Kolkata.
– Jessica Berman, Professor of English; Language, Literacy, and Culture; and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.