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LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies)

The London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS), is a collaboration between London institutions involved in teaching and research in comparative literary studies, to promote dialogue and cooperation.

Participating institutions include University College London, King’s College London, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary, SOAS, Birkbeck and Royal Holloway.

The LINKS Research Seminar meets regularly during the Autumn and Winter terms at the Institute of Modern Languages Research at Senate House, to bring together scholars and graduates from London and beyond.

Events Calendar 2018-2019

9 October 2018 - Publishing in CompLit: Top Tips from Experienced Editors

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This panel brings together experienced editors active in major publications and presses in the field of Comparative Literature. The speakers will share their expertise on the nuts and bolts of publishing and on current publishing trends in Comparative Literature.


  • Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS), Editor of “Studies in Comparative Literature” book series at Legenda.
  • Emily Finer (St Andrews), Editor of “Studies in Comparative Literature” book series at Legenda.
  • Ben Hutchinson (Kent), Editor of Comparative Literature series at Palgrave.
  • Will McMorran (QMUL), Editor of Comparative Critical Studies.

Attendance free.

Please register here

6 November 2018 - Keywords in World literary Studies: The “Collective”

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Lecture by Pablo Mukherjee, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at University of Warwick and member of the Warwick Research Collection (WReC).

Attendance free.

Please register here.

19 February 2019 - Mourning Between Life and Literature

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 19 February 2019
IAS Forum, Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London WC1E 6BT

Is mourning a special case of the transformation of life into literature? What are the temptations, benefits, and potential pitfalls of turning the personal experience of grief into literary forms and images? How can literature help in the lived experience of mourning? What do we even mean by ‘help’ in this context? What other roles might literature have?

In this roundtable, chaired by Florian Mussgnug (UCL) we will address these questions through three papers. We will hear from Simona Corso (Roma Tre) on mourning diaries, including Roland Barthes’s posthumous contribution to this genre. The artist Zoe Papadopoulou will share with us her innovative approach to bereavement, which embraces literary and artistic works, encourages creative expression, and includes a specially converted Italian ambulance. And with Jennifer Rushworth (UCL) we will travel back in time to Petrarch’s narration of the death of Laura in a series of dramatic images.

This seminar is supported by the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS), by Comparative Literature at UCL, by the Institute of Advanced Studies (UCL), and by the UCL Cities partnerships Programme in Rome (CpP).

5 March 2019 - Masterclass and Roundtable with Rebecca Walkowitz

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: IAS Forum Room, ground floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Gower Street, LONDON WC1E 6BT

The London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS), the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), and Queen Mary University of London are proud to host Prof. Rebecca L. Walkowitz (Rutgers) in conversation with researchers in Comparative Literature. 

15.00 Masterclass with Rebecca L. Walkowitz 

This masterclass gives postgraduate and doctoral students the opportunity to discuss with Prof. Walkowitz a selection of her recent writings. Participants are encouraged to join the masterclass having read the following texts:

1. “This Is Not Your Language” (from Born Translated)

2. “Reading in a World of Wonderlands” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

3. “Future Reading” (ACLA State of the Discipline)

17.30 Roundtable: Thoughts on Born Translated

This roundtable discussion celebrates Prof. Walkowitz’s contribution to comparative studies, with specific focus on her award-winning monograph: Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature (2015). All are welcome.

Discussants: Florian Mussgnug (UCL), Tamar Steinitz (Goldsmiths), Francesca Orsini (SOAS), Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary University London) 

Respondent: Rebecca L. Walkowitz (Rutgers)

Chair: Adhira Mangalagiri (Queen Mary University London)

19.00 Drinks reception