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Departmental Membership

Departmental membership ensures that departments are further linked to key networks and events in the field in the United Kingdom, and to related societies internationally in Europe. All University and Higher Education departments with a teaching and research interest in comparative literature and its related fields are welcome to apply.

The fees for departmental membership are adjusted to the size and scope of each department, its programmes and staff cohort. There is no online form to complete: to apply for this category of membership, departments are invited to contact the BCLA with a list of staff members and postgraduates they would like to be eligible. A 20% discount will then be applied across the board,, of £36.00 per annum for full-time members of staff, £20.00 per annum for part-time members of staff and per annum £14.00 for post graduate members, and the department invoiced by the BCLA. Please contact the Treasurer at for more information.


BCLA’s peer reviewed house journal, Comparative Critical Studies

Three copies each year of the British Comparative Literature’s peer reviewed house journal, Comparative Critical Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Full time members receive printed copies, Postgraduate members receive online copies. 

Besides open submission academic articles representing leading research in the field, the journal also features sections dedicated to the keynote lectures of the triennial BCLA conference, the Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lectures, and selected themed papers from BCLA conferences and workshops.

BCLA’s monthly newsletter

A monthly newsletter via e-mail featuring up-to-date news and events relevant to our members’ interests.

Reduced registration & accommodation rates

Full Time members receive reduced registration and accommodation rates for the British Comparative Literature’s international conference, held once every three years.

Access to sponsorship

Full Time members receive the right to apply for monetary sponsorship towards a workshop or other type of conference: the BCLA usually sponsors four such conferences a year.

entry to the John Dryden Translation Competition

One free entry to the John Dryden Translation Competition sponsored jointly by the BCLA and the British Centre for Literary Translation. Winners are also eligible for free membership of the BCLA for one year.

participation in the Association’s AGM

Full Time members may participate in the BCLA’s governance through participation in the Association’s Annual General meeting, and, in general, participate in the exchange of innovate and scholarly ideas in the field of comparative literature, through online networks, and attendance at the wide range of events hosted or sponsored by the BCLA.

travel bursaries

Postgraduate members receive the opportunity to apply for one of the travel bursaries awarded twice annually towards attendance at conferences and research events.

Arthur Terry Prize

Postgraduate members can contribute an entry for the annual Arthur Terry Prize awarded for an essay written in English on any aspect of Comparative Literature.

Postgraduate days & seminars

Postgraduate members receive the opportunity for attendance at regular half days and seminars for postgraduate students, led by top scholars in the field together with besides a BCLA-sponsored postgraduate reception and one-day conference, held at regular intervals.


Postgraduate members receive other opportunities for networking, including through dedicated social media, with the national and international community of postgraduate students and collaboration with all scholars in the field who share an interest in comparative literature and related fields.

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Become a Member Today

University and Higher Education departments with a teaching and research interest in comparative literature and its related fields are welcome to apply. 

To express an interest in becoming a member, please complete the application form below, which will receive a response in not more than two working days. Further information on payment and correspondence concerning membership will be provided by the Treasurer of the BCLA, once a completed and valid online application form has been received.

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