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.

Recent event

Upbeat? Emotions and Gender in the Contemporary Techno and Electronic Music Scene – with Thomas Meinecke and Maya Medvesek

Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 14 November 2018

Are techno clubs a sanctuary? How are some marginalised people excluded from electronic music scenes? How can music create and evoke certain emotions in the club? Does the euphoria of the crowd hide the negative emotions of individuals?

Read more and listen to Maya’s tracks

New MLitt programme in Contemporary Studies