Expanding the horizons of comparative literature

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A Goldsmiths academic has committed to broadening the horizons of comparative literature’s leading global organisation, which she has been elected to head.

Portrait of Lucia Boldrini

Professor Lucia Boldrini

Professor Lucia Boldrini was recently elected President of the prestigious International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA).  

And she has committed to expanding the inclusivity of the Association under her mandate, which lasts until July 2025.  

A Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of English and Creative Writing and the Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature, Lucia said: "It is a huge privilege to have been elected. Comparative Literature is expanding and evolving world-wide, and one of my priorities is to help make the ICLA more inclusive – in its membership, its geographical, linguistic and cultural reach, the research it supports, and in the diversity of fields it encompasses as a discipline."  

The ICLA brings together more than 30 national or regional associations of Comparative Literature as well as hundreds of individual scholars worldwide, for a total membership of over 5,000 members. 

Lucia, who was formerly Vice-President, was elected President at the last congress of the ICLA in Tbilisi, Georgia.