Professional Associations and Research Centres

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Professional Associations and Research Centres

This page is a searchable database and resource listing national and institutional professions and research centres linked to Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. These are listed in alphabetical order, with links to dedicated websites and associated journals and publications.
 

A

Country:
Argentina


Link:
https://aaliteraturacomparada.wordpress.com


Languages:
Spanish


Publication:
XIII Jornadas Nacionales


Description:
The Argentine Association of Comparative Literature (AALC) is a non-profit organization, whose main objective is to promote research and dissemination of Comparative Literature studies, and to convene researchers in the area to establish academic dialogue by means of conferences organized by the AALC as well as in the publications published by the same.

Country:
Russia


Link:
http://en.imli.ru


Languages:
Russian


Publications:
Periodicals of IWL RAS


Description:

IWL RAS is the central research institution in the field of literature and folklore studies in Russia.
Its programme includes coordinated studies of Russian and international literary heritage and folklore, and development of the fundamental base for source studies, textology, hermeneutics and comparative studies utilizing interdisciplinary techniques, analytical methods and digital technologies.

The aim of the research currently conducted in IWL RAS is to substantially broaden the perception of literature in its development and to formulate a novel conception of literary process of nations of the world.

 

Country:
pan-Africa


Link:
https://africanlit.org/


Languages:
English, French


Publications:
JALA – Journal of the African Literature Association 

Description:
The African Literature Association is an independent non-profit professional society open to scholars, teachers and writers from every country. It exists primarily to facilitate the attempts of a world-wide audience to appreciate the efforts of African writers and artists. The organization welcomes the participation of all who produce the object of our study and hopes for a constructive interaction between scholars and artists. The ALA as an organization affirms the primacy of the African peoples in shaping the future of African literature and actively supports the African peoples in their struggle for liberation.

Country:
United States of America


Link:
American Comparative Literature Association (acla.org)


Languages:
English


Publications:
Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies


Description:

The American Comparative Literature Association, founded in 1960, is the principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures as well as the premises of cross-cultural literary study itself.
In its largest sense, comparative literature promotes the study of intercultural relations that cross national boundaries, multicultural relations within a particular society, and the interactions between literature and other forms of human activity, including the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and cultural artifacts of all kinds.
The members of the ACLA are thus joined not by a national, linguistic, or methodological investment held in common, but by the shared condition of teaching and writing across nations, languages, and cultures–and hence by their lively interest in comparison as both a theoretical and a practical matter.
The ACLA sponsors two scholarly journals – Comparative Literature and Comparative Literature Studies.

Country:
Argentina


Link:
https://aaliteraturacomparada.wordpress.com


Languages:
Spanish


Publication:
XIII Jornadas Nacionales


Description:
The Argentine Association of Comparative Literature (AALC) is a non-profit organization, whose main objective is to promote research and dissemination of Comparative Literature studies, and to convene researchers in the area to establish academic dialogue by means of conferences organized by the AALC as well as in the publications published by the same.

Country:
Italy


Link:
https://www.sigismondomalatesta.it


Languages:
Italian


Publication:


Description:
This is the website of the Associazione Sigismondo Malatesta, a private cultural institution founded in 1988 which promotes and organizes initiatives in various Italian cities in the following fields: literature, theatre, cinema, economics, historical and social sciences.

Country:
Azerbaijan


Link:
http://www.azcla.org


Languages:
Azerbaijani


Publication:


Description:
The main purpose of the Azerbaijan Association of Comparative Literary Studies (AzCLA) is to study various aspects of Azerbaijan, as well as world literature, literary criticism and culture, including historical, philosophical, religious, sociological and other studies of local and international theories in this direction, implementation of various projects related to the problems of literature and culture. One of the main goals of the association is to promote Azerbaijani literature and culture both in our country and abroad, and to study examples of world culture in our country.

B

Country:
Brazil


Link:
www.abralic.org.br


Languages:
Portuguese


Publication:
Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada


Description:
The Brazilian Association of Comparative Literature – ABRALIC is a non-profit civil association of a cultural character which brings together university professors, researchers and scholars of Comparative Literature nationwide. The fundamental objective of our association is to foster comparative studies in undergraduate and graduate courses in the humanities through the promotion of seminars, symposia and courses for the academic public. Since its foundation, ABRALIC has maintained publications specializing in Comparative Literature and disseminated scientific and literary works in this area of interest, as well as stimulating cultural exchange with other similar national and international associations.

Country:
United Kingdom


Link:
British Centre for Literary Translation


Languages:
English, Any


Publication:


Description:
The British Centre for Literary Translation is a research centre within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. It is a national and international focus for literary translation reserach, hosting regular research events, and works in partnership with the BCLA to support the annual John Dryden Translation Competition. The BCLT’s Resources page is also an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to funding, residencies, networking, publishing and events.

C

Country:
Canada


Link:
https://complit.ca


Languages:
English/French


Publication:
The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature


Description:
The Canadian Comparative Literature Association was founded in 1969 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 at the UBC Congress. The CCLA gathers together scholars across Canada interested in Comparative Literature and organizes yearly meetings at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. CCLA members are also members of the International Comparative Literature Association and receive the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue canadienne de littérature comparée (founded by the association in 1974).

Country:
Republic of China


Link:

CLAROC 中華民國比較文學學會 | Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China


Languages:
Mandarin, Cantonese


Publication:
Comparative Literature in China


Description:
The activities sponsored by the CLAROC include an annual national comparative literature conference in Chinese, and an international comparative literature conference in English held every four years. For contact details, go to this page.

Country:
Portugal


Link:
http://cec.letras.ulisboa.pt/en/


Languages:
English/Portuguese


Publication:
Textos e Pretextos


Description:
The Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC) is a scientific unit of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. Its activities encompass the comparative analysis of literatures, arts and cultures, using interdisciplinary methodologies and highly theorised approaches. CEC’s scientific identity is strongly grounded in the fields pertaining to Comparatism within the Humanities (Culture Studies, Literary and Artistic/Interart Studies, in dialogue with the Social Sciences). Spatial questions and approaches articulating these with the aesthetic and cultural dimensions of time, history and memory are common to all groups, notwithstanding the variety of approaches and methodological procedures adopted. CEC promotes the necessary discussion about the epistemological challenges raised by Comparatism, continually refocusing the reflection on this field of knowledge. The comparatist practice, situated at an interdisciplinary and interdiscursive focal point, depends on that inward gaze that is the first condition of its possibility.

Country:
Commonwealth


Link:
ACLALS – The Association for Commonwealth Literature And Language Studies


Languages:
English, Portuguese


Publication:


Description:
The ACLALS promotes and coordinates Commonwealth Literature Studies through multiple activities in the academic field, including a triennial conference.  The Association was officially accredited to the Commonwealth in 2005, and is eligible to apply for funding from the Commonwealth Foundation, and participate in civil society organisations and other consultation.  Membership of ACLAS is offered through its local branches in the Commonwealth countries. all contact details for these may be found on the website.

Country:
India


Link:
http://www.clai.in/


Languages:
English


Publication:


Description:
The Comparative Literature Association of India (CLAI) is the national association for scholars and students of Comparative Literature in India. It is actively engaged in propagating the case for a more holistic study of literature and culture using the tools of comparative literary studies.

Country:

Europe


Link:
Cultural Literacy Everywhere (cleurope.eu)


Languages:
English/Any


Publication:
Naomi Segal and Daniela Koleva, From Literature to Cultural Literacy. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014


Description:

Cultural Literacy Everywhere (CLE) is an international, research-led association. The aim is to promote high quality, interdisciplinary research into the relationship between literacy, culture, educational policy and social change and in so doing, to raise public awareness of what it means to be ‘culturally literate’ in a globally divided, technologically dominated world.

The Association brings together academics, educators, artists, policy makers and members of the culture industries through conferences, workshops, special events, funded projects, special interest groups and international partnerships leading to the dissemination of on-line publications, work in progress and up to date information on cultural issues.

CLE welcomes the participation of individual researchers, project coordinators and cultural actors from a range of disciplines and culture-related professions in Higher Education and the public sector.

CLE also has two Special Interest Groups:
Cultural Literacy and Social Futures
and
Intersemiotic Translation and Cultural Literacy

CLE also offers small grants of £100-£250 to members. These can be used for research trips, conference attendance, or organisation of events.

D

Country:
Germany


Link:
https://dgavl.de


Languages:
German


Publication:
Komparatistik


Description:
The German Society for General and Comparative Literature Studies (DGAVL) is the professional association of comparatists in the German-speaking area and is affiliated with the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA).

e

Country:
Spain


Link:
https://www.selgyc.com/index.php/es/


Languages:
Spanish


Publication:
1616, Anuario de Literatura Comparada


Description:
The Spanish Society of General and Comparative Literature was founded in Madrid in 1977, in order to promote the study of literature in all its manifestations.

Country:
Greece


Link:
http://gcla.phil.uoa.gr


Languages:
English/Greek/French


Publication:
ΣΥΓΚΡΙΣΗ


Description:
The Greek General and Comparative Literature Association, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1987 with the purpose of supporting and directing research and teaching in the field of General and Comparative Literature in Greece. We take the term “General and Comparative Literature” to mean, broadly speaking, the study of literature from a viewpoint transcending national, linguistic, cultural or other barriers; more specifically, it signifies the comparative study of literary history and literary theory, as well as the comparative analysis and criticism of literary texts. The Association aims at implementing its goals through the organization of international or national conferences, symposia and colloquia; through the publication of the proceedings of those events as well as the publication of the literary journal Comparison-the sole existing scientific journal in Greece on the subject of the comparison of Greek literature to foreign literatures and arts; through the publication of the “Studies and Inquiries” series; and also through its collaboration with the International Comparative Literature Association and other such national Associations world-wide.

Country:
Europe


Link:
https://escl-selc.eu/


Languages:
English


Publication:
Complit: Journal of European Literature, Arts, and Society


Description:
ESCL/SELC aims to provide a European space for interdisciplinary dialogues about culture, literature and literary studies and to facilitate exchanges of ideas and information among scholars, promoting international collaborative research and teaching, generating relevant debates through publications and international conferences, enabling the circulation of students and staff, and generally supporting and internationalising the work of regional, national, cross-national associations of comparative literature.

F

Country:
Finland


Link:
Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura | (finlit.fi)


Languages:
Finnish/Sami/English


Publication:
SKS Publishing House


Description

he Finnish Literature Society (SKS) promotes the advancement of a diverse Finnish culture. The work of SKS is based on an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the roots of the culture and the contemporary profile of a multicultural and multilingual Finland.

SKS is a learned society and non-governmental organization founded in 1831, which stores, preserves and studies Finnish culture, andis Finland’s largest scholarly and non-fiction publisher in the field of the humanities. The Society also provides grants for the export of Finnish literature, and provides information about oral and written Finnish cultures and their study.

 

G

Country:
Georgia


Link:
http://geclaorg.ge/5-simp-engl-list.htm


Languages:
English/Georgian


Publication:


Description:
GCLA was founded in 2008 and boasts over 100 researchers. The aims and objectives of the Association are to facilitate: Integration of Georgian science in the international scientific sphere, creation of constructive, creative environment for researches in the field of science and culture, the promotion of achievements in the field of Humanities in Georgia and abroad, the preparation and implementation of the programmes concerning scientific exchange, and the publishing of methodological and additional course-books.

H

Country:
Hungary


Link:
Hálózatok és Komparatisztika.


Languages:
Hungarian


Publication:


I

Country:
India


Link:
http://www.clai.in/


Languages:
English


Publication:


Description:
The Comparative Literature Association of India (CLAI) is the national association for scholars and students of Comparative Literature in India. It is actively engaged in propagating the case for a more holistic study of literature and culture using the tools of comparative literary studies.

Country:
Italy


Link:
http://www.anglisti.it


Languages:
English


Publication:
Textus


Description:

Country:
International


Link:
International Comparative Literature Association (ailc-icla.org)


Languages:
English/French


Publication:
Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research

Description:

Founded in 1955, the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) offers a home to all comparatists in the world and encourages exchange and cooperation among comparatists, both individually and through the collaboration of various national comparative literature associations. To that end the Association promotes literary studies beyond the boundaries of languages and national literary traditions, between cultures and world regions, among disciplines and theoretical orientations, and across genres, historical periods, and media. Its broad view of comparative research extends to the study of sites of difference such as race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and religion in both texts and the everyday world.

The Association aims to be inclusive and is open to anyone with an academic interest in comparative literature, including writers and artists. It welcomes the participation of graduate students and early-career scholars.

The Association organizes a world congress every three years. It also oversees and supports research committees that reflect the membership’s current interests and meet more regularly to pursue agenda leading to publications in journals and books. The Association’s annual journal Recherche littéraire / Literary Research contains essays and reviews a wide range of scholarship in the field.

 

J

Country:
Japan


Link:
http://www.nihon-hikaku.org/index.html


Languages:
Japanese


Publication:
比較文学


Description:
The Society aims to promote research on comparative literature and culture, cooperate with related organizations and researchers inside and outside Japan, and contribute to the development of the university, and in order to achieve this purpose, the following projects will be carried out.

K

Country:
South Korea


Link:
http://www.kcla.org/index.asp


Languages:
Korean


Publication:


Description:
The KCLA is a 60 year association created to establish Korea’s literary status with relation to world literature

L

Country:
Luxembourg


Link:
http://www.sllgc.lu


Languages:
English/French


Publication:
Revue luxembourgeoise de littérature générale et comparée


Description:
The Luxembourgish Society of General and Comparative Literature (SLLGC) was founded in 1980. Aiming to promote an awareness of the potential for comparative studies in Luxembourg’s multilingual and multicultural environment, the society approaches literature in an interdisciplinary frame across genres and boundaries. We explore intersections with visual arts, architecture, philosophy, cultural studies, music, anthropology, literary theory, politics etc. The society organizes readings, lectures, conferences

Country:
Italy


Link:
http://www.compalit.it/


Languages:
Italian


Publication:


Description:

M

Country:
United States of America


Link:
Home | Modern Language Association (mla.org)


Languages:
English


Publication:
PMLA


Description:
The MLA offers numerous resources and activities related to the study and teaching of language and literature, including the MLA International Bibliography, four major periodicals, more than 50 membership committees in all the specialism, and a book publication programme.

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P

Country:
United Kingdom


Link:
English Pen


Languages:
English


Publication:
The World Bookshelf


Description:
English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writer’s association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries, whose core mission is to defend readers and writers in the UK and around the world from threats to freedom of expression. PEN promotes a residency programme, hosts events, an online magazine and collection of contemporary works in translation, and awards grants and prizes for the translation and promotion of world literature.

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R

Country:
United Kingdom


Link: Home | Royal Society of Literature (rsliterature.org)


Languages:
English


Publication:
Only Connect


Description:
The RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature.  The Scociety organises over twenty literature-related events per year, and administers a number of awards and prizes for writing and services to literature, together with schools outreach programmes.

S

Country:
Slovenia


Link:
http://sdpk.si/


Languages:
Slovenian


Publication:
Primerjalna književnost


Description:

Country:
Italy


Link:
http://www.sicl-italia.it


Languages:
Italian


Publication:
Studi Comparatistici


Description:
La SICL si occupa di comparatistica letteraria nel senso più ampio, comprendendovi indagini di fenomeni comparatistici tra autori, opere, movimenti, scuole ecc. appartenenti a differenti aree linguistico-culturali (prevalentemente di ambito europeo: ma si tratta di una limitazione di fatto, non di principio), ma anche confronti con altre forme di espressione artistica, quali musica, cinema, arti figurative.

Country:
France


Link:
https://sflgc.org/


Languages:
French


Publication:


Description:
La Société française de littérature générale et comparée (association loi 1901) représente l’ensemble des enseignants et chercheurs dont l’activité porte sur l’étude de la littérature comparée en France, ainsi que celles et ceux qui préparent ou ont obtenu un doctorat en littérature comparée. Elle a pour vocation de coordonner les activités comparatistes, afin de développer l’enseignement et la recherche dans les domaines qui en relèvent, et de nourrir la réflexion sur l’évolution vivante de la discipline en France. Elle organise notamment la participation fran (…)

Country:
North America


Link:
https://complit-scla.org/


Languages:
English


Publication:
Comparatist


Description:
The aim of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts (formerly Southern Comparative Literature Association) is to support and strengthen Comparative Literature and Arts studies. The society strives to foster an interest in literature as a form of artistic expression beyond national and linguistic boundaries, to help acquaint the community at large with the aims and values of comparative literature studies, and to help place young scholars in academic positions where they may be effective as teachers and scholar-critics. In order to achieve these goals, the society holds meetings for the purpose of presenting and discussing studies in comparative literature and arts and cooperates with other organizations interested in the attainment of these objectives.

Country:
South Africa


Link:
http://www.lasa.org.za/en/


Languages:
English


Publication:
Journal of Literary Studies (co-owned)


Description:
The Literature Association of South Africa (LASA) aims to promote the study of literary theory and comparative literature. Membership to the organisation is open to any researchers and lecturers who work in the broad field of literary studies (in any language).

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