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


Comparative Literature Research Day: Metaphors in Academic Discourse

December 11th 10am-4pm Buchanan Building 216


Professor Alice Jenkins: ‘Analogy, Metaphor and the Stuff Between’

Dr Michael Carroll: Metaphor, Cognition and the heuristic value of academic jargon’

And staff and PG students from Modern Languages, Chemistry, IR and Social Anthropology.

See full programme Comparative Literature Research Day2.