British Comparative Literature Association Postgraduate Conference 2022

The British Comparative Literature Association encourages postgraduates to organise conferences on comparative literature throughout the UK. Every year, the Postgraduate Representatives support various conferences on different themes.

The BCLA Postgraduate Conference  and Early Career Conference 2022, “New Pathways in Comparative and world Literature” will take place at Queen’s University Belfast, 17 – 18 November 222. Further information about the event can be found below.

BCLA Annual Postgraduate Conference 2022

‘New pathways in Comparative and World Literature'

17 – 18 November 2022
Queen’s University, Belfast

Keynote Speaker: Professor Maeve McCusker

The call for contributions has now closed: details on registration, accommodation and attendance will be released as soon as available.

The 2022 British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher conference aims to assess new pathways emerging in the broad and varied fields of Comparative and World Literature, interrogating the evolution of these disciplines. The open theme of this day-and-a-half conference seeks to ensure inclusivity and flexibility for prospective speakers, allowing for expanded opportunities for interdisciplinary networking among PGRs and ECRs. The Friday morning of the conference will comprise of a series of post-PhD workshops led by ECRs of the BCLA.

In the two decades since Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak provocatively declared the death of Comparative Literature, how has the field transformed? What impact has the sustained globalization and marketisation of literature had on Comparative and World Literary studies? In this present moment marked by global pandemics, climate change, multiple ongoing conflicts and mass migratory movements, what is the contemporary role of Comparative and World Literature? Indeed, what does Comparative and World Literature look like in this turbulent moment of the 21st century, and how can we begin to (re)define these disciplines? It is such questions that this conference hopes to address by examining the current state of Comparative and World Literature across a wide range of literary genres.

We invite Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers working in the fields of Comparative and World Literature, broadly defined, to submit abstracts for 15-minute papers. Papers may be presented on any form of literature from any cultural context, although the lingua franca of the conference will be English. Applicants need not be current members of the BCLA, although the opportunity to join will be available during the conference.

We welcome broad and creative interpretations of the title, including, but not limited to:

Emerging trends and new directions in Comparative / World Literature
The future of the discipline(s)
Alternative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to Comparative / World Literature
Comparative / World Literature in the Digital Age
Aesthetics and forms in Comparative / World Literature
Language politics in Comparative / World Literature
The politics and/or role of translation in Comparative / World Literature
Transnational Literature
Postcolonialism, eco-criticism and disaster narratives in Comparative / World Literature
The impact of Covid19 on Comparative / World Literature
Feminist and queer imaginings in Comparative / World Literature

Download the call for papers in pdf

Call for Flash Presentations

Showcase your research! We welcome proposals from MA and PhD students to present a snapshot of their research in five minutes, using one PowerPoint slide OR one creative method of their choosing. Presentations may be on any topic related to Comparative and/or World Literature. To express interest in giving a flash presentation, please email by Monday 25th July with a short biographical note.

In order to make this conference as accessible as possible, QUB Graduate School Travel Grants will be available to a small number of participants. If you would like to be considered, please state your interest in our grant scheme when sending your proposal, and where you will be travelling from. 


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