The Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature (ICCL) explores current conceptions and practices of both ‘the contemporary’ and ‘comparative literature’, and works towards (re)definitions of these fit for the twenty-first century. Launched in 2010, the Institute hosts seminars, workshops and conferences, operating alongside a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Two Leverhulme grants related to the Institute have been secured: a Visiting Professor Award (Jan.-May 2015) and an International Network Award (2015-2018: see menu). A Writers in Residence programme was launched in 2017.

Forthcoming Events

New Writer in Residence: Laura Freixas will be writing blog posts for the Modlangs Writers and Translators in Residence Programme.



Award winning author, broadcaster and stand-up comedian A L Kennedy will give a public Masterclass on the craft of short story writing followed by a talk, “Principles of Prose”.

A L Kennedy will work live with the authors of four unpublished short stories, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the particular stories, helping the authors, and showing us how the genre works.


BYRE THEATRE JUNE 20TH 2018 6.30-8.30PM:  reserve place here (the event is free)

Access the four stories here:

Careers Advice by Victoria MacKenzie

Bird Man Dog by Sean Baker

Thrum by Suzy Kelly

Third Dimension by Sheila Scott

Seminar series


Comparative Literature and…

Friday 16 Feb. 2018, 5pm Buchanan 216: Thinking comparatively from the Mediterranean. Prof. Lucia Boldrini (English & Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths)

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 4pm Buchanan 216:  From duality to mobility: translation, comparison and transnational circulation. Prof. Loredana Polezzi (Translation Studies, Cardiff University) EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION

Wednesday 4 April 2018, 4 pm Buchanan 216. Planetary Figurations: World Literature, Indiscipline, and the Future of Higher Education. Dr Florian Mussgnug (Italian and Comparative Literature, UCL)

Wednesday 18 April, 4 pm Buchanan 216. Comparative Literature and Petroculture / Energy Humanities. Dr Graeme Macdonald (English & Comparative Literary Studies, Univ. of Warwick.

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 4 pm Quad 30. World-Literature in French: from travel to migration. Prof. Charles Forsdick (French, University of Liverpool)