Upcoming Events for 2020

As the BCLA Triennial Conference “Randomness”, 15-17 September 2020 at Queens University Belfast has regrettably been cancelled, a one-day event will be held in mid-September consisting of: one round table on the theme of Randomness, related to COVID-19 and the present and future situation of Comparative Literature; and a panel discussion on Precarity for and with early career scholars.

Full information on the date and theme of the event, will be presented on this page as soon as available.

For future reference, the full call for papers and further details on the conference theme, “Randomness” can still be downloaded here:
BCLA Triennial Conference Randomness CfP.

We have now written to all those whose proposals for panels and papers were accepted for the original schedule Triennial Conference. They may still submit their contribution to the BCLA journal Comparative Critical Studies: we normally issue a double-special issue with select papers from the Conference, and we can do so this time even without the conference. This would be issue 18:2-3 (2021), and we would need papers by 1 December 2020. We hope that as many as possible will submit their paper for consideration for inclusion in Comparative Critical Studies. If any early career researchers or postgraduate speakers would like informal advice about this, please feel free to contact our Early Career Representative, Dr Nicola Thomas via randomness2020bcla@gmail.com


Submit Your Proposals

This section will be open in due course for the submission of proposals for the events planned for September 2020.
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BCLA Triennial International Conference 2020

Keynote speakers

It is hoped that the invited keynote speakers below will be able to participate in our planned events for this September. The keynote lectures and a selection of papers intended for the original Triennial Conference at Queen’s University Belfast may still be published in a special double issue of Comparative Critical Studies.

Professor Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Aarhus University

“The Values of Imperfection”

Professor Kylie Crane

Potsdam University

“Decay, Ruin and Other (Un)becomings: Random Readings"

Professor Peter Arnds

Trinity College Dublin

“The Lost Art of Happenstance: Randomness in Travel Literature”

Professor Maghiel van Crevel

Leiden University

“No One in Control?”
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