Department of English and Comparative Literature

London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS)








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 currently include University College London, King’s College London, and Goldsmiths.

Some of our MA CLS students gave papers at the 2011 LINKS conference which took place at UCL, receiving very useful feedback and comments from other students on Comparative literature programmes in London and beyond.

The 2012 LINKS MA conference will take place at Goldsmiths on Friday 8 June.

If you would like to get involved, either to give a paper (MA students) or to chair a session (MA and MPhil/PhD students), or to help with the organization (all students), please contact Dr Lucia Boldrini (

The main activity so far has been the LINKS MA conference in the summer term, but we would like to extend the collaboration to new initiatives. If you have suggestions and would like to take the lead on any activity, please get in touch!




LINKS – London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies

3rd Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature




Comparative Literature in a Fast-Changing Global World


New Academic Building, LG02

Goldsmiths, University of London


Friday 8 June 2012

9.00 am – 6.30 pm

LINKS conferences foster a space to discuss and re-think intercultural ‘links’, and to approach literary and non-literary texts from a comparative perspective. For the third time, students and staff in comparative literature departments across London have joined forces, providing MA students in comparative literature with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, and develop their networking, presentation and discussion skills.



Round Table

Friday, 8 June, 2 pm – 4 pm

New Academic Building, LG02


Dr Florian Mussgnug (University College London)

Dr Carole Sweeney (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dr Kiera Vaclavik (Queen Mary, University of London)

Prof Javed Majeed (King's College London)

Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths, Chair)

Globalization brings with it large-scale movements of people (whether by forced displacement or by choice), increased, sometimes forced, multilingualism, and ever faster forms of communication. What impact does this have on our ideas about literature and literary communication, on our understanding of linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries? Does “comparative literature” still have a place, or should it be replaced by “world literature”, or by other categories and groupings? Is literary translation, its role and practices, changing too? What is the impact of the new media, with their privileging of bite-size texts, on literature, and on the ways we write and read? This round table, organized within the context of LINKS, brings together scholars of literature and culture workign at the University of London in order to reflect on the challenges of comparative literature in the global world: the challenges it faces, the challenges it poses. 



LINKS 2012 Call for Papers

MA students in Comparative Literature from anywhere in London and beyond are warmly invited to send us proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of comparative literary study. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

Cultural Identities / Self and Other / Literatures in the Global World

Gender, Corporeality, and Writing / Literary Criticism and Theory

Forms and Genres / Themes, Myths, and Archetypes

Literature and Other Arts / Reception Studies and Translation


Proposed titles and abstracts (max. 300 words) should be sent to Dr Lucia Boldrini by Monday 21 May 2012 (deadline extended from Thu 10 May)





9.00 - 9.15 Arrival and Welcome
9.15 - 10.30 Session 1: On the (Im)Possibility of Writing
  Chair: Beth Guilding (Goldsmiths)
  Kathleen Hughes (Goldsmiths): “Illness in the Work of Franz Kafka.”
  Paul Dallman (UCL): “Eschatology and Apocalypse in Derek Walcott’s White Egrets.” [title TBC]
  Meiping Zhang (Goldsmiths): “Impossible Death and Subversive Writing: On the Hegelian Motifs in Blanchot.”
10.30 - 10.50 Coffee 
10.50 - 12.30 Session 2: Spaces of Selfhood and Otherness
  Chair: Johanna Schmidt (KCL)
  Megha Agarwal (Goldsmiths): “Variations in the Depiction of the Underworld.”
  Ana Berdinskikh (UCL): “Rewriting Apocalypse: A Study of Recent Canadian Fiction.”
  Rumeysa Ozcan (KCL): “Dancing Alhambra: Poetics of Cross-Genre Representations of Space and the Aesthetics of Duende.”
  Louis Zvesper (Goldsmiths): “The Otherness of Other Worlds.”
12.30 - 13.15 Lunch 
13.15 - 14.50 Round Table: Comparative Literature in a Fast-Changing Global World
  Chair: Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths)
  Prof Javed Majeed (King's College London)
  Dr Florian Mussgnug (University College London)
  Dr Carole Sweeney (Goldsmiths)
  Dr Kiera Vaclavik (Queen Mary)
14.50 - 15.10 Coffee
15.10 - 16.25 Session 3: In/Stability in an Open World
  Chair: Tanguy Harma (Goldsmiths)
  Marissa Farahbod (KCL): “The Role of Divinity in the Iliad and Shahnameh.”
  Federica Chiocchetti (UCL): “Photo-Textualities: A Challenge for Comparative Literature.”
  Emily Holman (KCL): “The Relevance of the Universal: New Criticism Revisited.”
16.25 - 16.35 Short break
16.35 - 17.50 Session 4: Migration, Expulsion, Exile
  Chair: Rachel Thompson (Goldsmiths)
  Kahleelah Jones (KCL): “Local Lives, National Spaces: Do Conceptions of National Identity Change Because of Migration?
  Mary Farrelly (UCL): “Urban Aliens: Exiles and the Subversion of Metropolitan Structures in Samuel Beckett’s Murphy and Cristina Peri Rossi’s La nave de los locos.”
  Will Kemp (Goldsmiths): “Making an Exception Out of Kafka: The Man Who Disappeared Reconsidered in the Light of Giorgio Agamben’s Recent Legal Theory.”
 17.50 - 18.00 Closing remarks




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