2019 Program Overview



Every three years, IWL returns to its headquarters at Harvard. In 2019 we are meeting for our 9th session for a third time in Cambridge, MA, from July 1 through July 25, 2019. Our four-week program includes a total of fourteen two-week seminars taught by leading names in world literature today, together with outstanding guest lectures and the opportunity for participants to share their work in colloquia, as well as panels on publishing and the job market. The program will be supplemented by informal outings to build community beyond the boundaries of the formal sessions. Our participants will have the chance to examine critically the latest challenges of this comprehensive and rapidly developing field, from its theoretical concepts and the history of the discipline to its forms of practice today embedded in a world market. 

Our program includes also several plenary lectures offered by our special guest speakers Homi Bhabha and Stephen Owen and by our IWL faculty. 

In addition to attending seminars, our participants will give a paper or present a work in progress or a recent project within one of our twelve colloquia groups organized around broad themes: World Literature and Production, World Literature and Circulation, World Literature and Translation, Postcolonialism and World Literature, World Cinema and World Literature, Premodern Literature and World Literature, Politics, Poetics and World Literature. Meeting once each week with their peers under the leadership of one of our postdoc or faculty participants, they have the opportunity to share their work and receive valuable feedback from scholars all over the world working on similar topics, and develop new projects including future ACLA seminars.

Our participants’ work will benefit from using the resources of the Harvard libraries.