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Membership of the British Comparative Literature Association is open to academic members of universities and other institutions of higher learning, as well as to graduate students and to other persons with appropriate scholarly interests, both in the UK and abroad. From May 2022, all BCLA members also hold the automatic right to membership of the International Comparative Literature Association (AILC-ICLA) which confers a wide range of benefits, and enables members to form part of a network of thousands of comparatists around the world.
All academics working in the field of Comparative Literature, and related fields such as Translation Studies and Creative Writing at any level in their careers, are welcome to apply for membership, as are postgraduate students completing masters and doctoral degrees, together with members of research centres, museums and any other relevant organisation. We also strongly welcome independent researchers, freelance translators, lecturers and tutors.
The BCLA has four categories of membership
For more detailed information, please consult the links below:
Members registered for a postgraduate degree, masters or doctorate at a UK or international university, higher education or scholarly institution.
Use Of Membership Fees
The income from the BCLA’s membership fees is distributed for the purpose of a wide range of activities which are of advantage to the discipline of Comparative Literature. These benefits include conference and travel bursaries, discounts for attendance at the BCLA’s triennial conference; sponsorship of conferences and workshops organised by members, and participation in the governance of the BCLA. The Association maintains close links with departments through the election of leading scholars in the field to its executive.