Institute for World Literature – Harvard University (1 - 25 July 2019)

The British Centre for Literary Translation, on behalf of CHASE, is pleased to announce two sponsored places at the annual Institute for World Literature (IWL), to be held at Harvard University in summer 2019.

The Institute will hold its ninth summer school session 1 - 25 July 2019 at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), USA.  This ambitious four-week programme includes a total of fourteen two-week seminars taught by leading names in world literature today, together with outstanding guest lectures and the opportunity for participants to share their work in colloquia, as well as panels on publishing and the job market. The programme will be supplemented by informal outings to build community beyond the boundaries of the formal sessions.  Participants will have the chance to examine critically the latest challenges of this comprehensive and rapidly developing field, from its theoretical concepts and the history of the discipline to its forms of practice today embedded in a world market.

The programme includes several plenary lectures offered by special guest speakers Homi Bhabha and Stephen Owen, and by IWL faculty.

In addition to attending seminars, participants will give a paper or present a work in progress or a recent project within one of twelve colloquia groups organised around broad themes: World Literature and Production, World Literature and Circulation, World Literature and Translation, Postcolonialism and World Literature, World Cinema and World Literature, Premodern Literature and World Literature, Politics, Poetics and World Literature.  Meeting once each week with their peers under the leadership of one of the postdoc or faculty participants, they have the opportunity to share their work and receive valuable feedback from scholars all over the world working on similar topics, and develop new projects including future ACLA seminars.  Participants’ work will benefit from using the resources of the Harvard libraries.

Applications are welcomed from current PhD students at all CHASE institutions (NB: the scheme is not restricted to students who are already CHASE-funded).  If you are interested in attending IWL 2019, please email BCLT ( no later than 25 January, including a copy of your CV and a 300-word statement describing current scholarly interests and plans, as well as specific suggestions as to how the IWL might further those interests and plans. The statement should also include information about any relevant courses taken and/or taught in comparative and world literature and theory.  BCLT will assess the applications and select those most likely to benefit from the experience.

The successful applicants will be responsible for their own travel, room and board, and incidental costs. They are also initially responsible for paying the tuition fee (at a discounted rate) but will then claim reimbursement of the tuition fee through CHASE.

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