Comparative Literature Research Centres and Associations

ACLALS – Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
The ACLALS promotes and coordinates Commonwealth Literature Studies through multiple activities in the academic field, including a triennial conference.  The Association was officially accredited to the Commonwealth in 2005, and is eligible to apply for funding from the Commonwealth Foundation, and participate in civil society organisations and other consultation.  Membership of ACLAS is offered through its local branches in the Commonwealth countries. all contact details for these may be found on the website.

CLAROC – Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China
The activities sponsored by the CLAROC include an annual national comparative literature conference in Chinese, and an international comparative literature conference in English held every four years. For contact details, go to this page.

English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writer’s association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries, whose core mission is to defend readers and writers in the UK and around the world from threats to freedom of expression. PEN promotes a residency programme, hosts events, an online magazine and collection of contemporary works in translation, and awards grants and prizes for the translation and promotion of world literature.

ISNFR – The International Society for Folk Narrative Research
The ISNFR is a scholarly and professional organisational organisation of international specialists in the areas of folk narrative, popular literature, folklore and all aspects of narrative. The Association has four special Committees, and the next ISFNR Congress will be held in Zagreb, Croatian from 21 – 26 June, 2020.

Literature Across Frontiers: European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate, based in Mercator International/Mercator Rhyngwladol in Wales, aims to develop intercultural dialogue through literature and translation, highlight Europe’s literary diversity to new audiences, and also highlight less translated literatures.

MLA – Modern Language Association of America 
The MLA offers numerous resources and activities related to the study and teaching of language and literature, including the MLA International Bibliography, four major periodicals, more than 50 membership committees in all the specialism, and a book publication programme.

The Royal Society of Literature organises over twenty literature-related events per year, and administers a number of awards and prizes for writing and services to literature, together with schools outreach programmes.