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Part-Time & Retired - British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
Part-Time & Retired


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Part-Time & Retired Membership

Retired, emeritus and part-time lecturers and researchers at a UK or international higher education institution, or any other establishment whose work is related to scholarship in comparative literature and related fields. Lecturers and researchers employed on fixed-term or zero-hours contracts are also eligible; Freelance authors and scholars are also welcome to apply.


BCLA’s peer reviewed house journal, Comparative Critical Studies

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

Reduced registration and accommodation rates for the British Comparative Literature’s international conference, held once every three years.

Access to sponsorship

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

Members may also 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.

Membership of the International Comparative Literature Association (AILC-ICLA)

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. Please consult the AILC-ICLA website for further information.

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Part-Time & Retired Membership subscription for one year is: £25.00

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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