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BCLA Response to Compulsory Redundancies in ML at Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has proposed severe cuts to staffing in the School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies (CLAS) at the University of Nottingham, as a result of a Portfolio Review in the Faculty of Arts. The Review proposes a savage reduction in staffing levels in CLAS. (See the open letter from the staff in the Department of German Studies, University of Nottingham)

In response, Marina Warner, the President of the BCLA, has commented on the plans, which are ‘startlingly ill-judged and short-termist’. In her letter to Professor Greenaway, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, she warns against such a dangerous step:

‘The BCLA represents and supports the interests of research and teaching in comparative literary and cultural studies in the UK in multiple languages, and our members […] wish to protest in the strongest possible terms against such proposals.’

CFP: BCLA 14th Triennial Conference

The Fourteenth Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association  will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, UK from 12-15 July 2016.

 The theme of the conference is ‘Salvage’, a concept at the very heart of much literary and cultural activity. Translation, reception, re-reading – the vital substance of comparative literary research – all refer to processes by which literature’s significance is activated or released in acts of salvage, acts of saving and, indeed, salvation.

Paper and panel proposers are invited to consider incorporating this and other anniversaries into their abstracts where a convergence between the anniversary in question and the theme of Salvage can be credibly established.

Deadline for individual paper proposals: 30 December 2015

Deadline for panel proposals: 30 December 2015

Please see the conference website for further information.


2016 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture by Jacqueline Rose

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 15.29.10This year’s Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, Proust and music, politics and flesh, will be delivered by Jacqueline Rose. The lecture will take place at 2:30 pm on 30 January 2016, at Room B04, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD London.

The lecture is open to the public; however, spaces will be limited. Book a free place on Eventbrite.

For more information, see Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture Series.


The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) invites submissions of monograph and edited volume proposals for its series of Studies in Comparative Literature, published on behalf of the Association by LEGENDA, the joint imprint of Maney Publishing and the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA).

Studies in Comparative Literature take a global approach and range widely across comparative and theoretical topics in literary and translation studies, accommodating research at the interface between different artistic media and between the humanities and the sciences.

Subject to editorial approval, LEGENDA are in a position to publish relatively quickly. Books deriving from doctoral dissertations can be accepted on the basis of examiners’ reports, but authors are asked to indicate how they propose to revise their theses into a book which will make a contribution to their fields of study. Publication requires a subvention of £1,000, for which authors and editors are requested to seek the assistance of their institution; the BCLA may also be able to offer publication support.

If you have a manuscript that corresponds to our comparative concerns, please write to LEGENDA’s Managing Editor, Dr Graham Nelson and to the Editorial Committee Secretary, Dr Dorota Goluch. If the book derives from a PhD thesis, please attach examiners’ reports and indicate how examiners’ suggestions have been addressed in the book proposal, or why those suggestions have been declined. Further guidelines on submission are available from the Legenda website.

The series has published over thirty titles to date. A full list is available from the website.

Please see the PDF for more details.