Research

The Centre for World Literatures is the base for a number of research groups and projects, in collaboration with our internal and external partners. Our principal international partner is Stockholm University.  In 2015 and 2016 we will be collaborating with our colleagues in Sweden on a series of visiting lectures and conference panels on the theme of cosmopolitanism and world literatures, funded by an International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA). We are also collaborating with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on a project entitled 'Imagining Asia'. 

The Centre is the home of International Writers at Leeds, a programme that hosts public readings by writers from around the world in conjunction with Leeds Central Library.

Early-career researchers and graduate students in the Centre run a research group entitled Reading the Fantastic, organised in collaboration with the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.

Individual members of the Centre are involved with various other research groups and projects, including the following:

Professor Claire Honess and Dr Matthew Treherne are Co-Directors of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, which promotes the study of Dante through a variety of collaborations and public engagement activities:

Professor Stuart Taberner is principal investigator on a Leverhulme Trust Major Research entitled 'Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism, and Nation-Building in Contemporary German and South African Literature', 2015-2018’ and on a related British Academy project on ‘Contemporary Literature from Germany and South Africa: Critiquing the Narrativization of Trauma as Nation-Building’, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cape Town. Further information about these projects and a wider network of research projects on the circulation of traumatic memories can be found on the Transnational Holocaust Memories website: here.

Dr Richard Hibbitt is a member of Writing 1900, an international network of scholars researching cultural history around 1900. The network aims to rethink the circulation of authors and texts in the period known either as the Fin de Siècle or Early Modernism, investigating notions of nationhood, cosmopolitanism and cultural capital.

The Centre for World Literatures also works together with the following research groups at the University of Leeds:

Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS)

Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS)