London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies
London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies - LINKS - is a new initiative that grew out of collaboration between Comparative Literature departments at King’s and University College London (UCL).
LINKS aims to promote dialogue and encourage cooperation between London institutions involved in the Comparative Literary Studies.
The first LINKS Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature was hosted at King’s in June 2010, enabling LINKS to work together to promote dialogue and coooperation. The conference provide opportunities for MA students to develop their netwroking, presentation and discussion skills, valuable tools for future studies at PhD level.
The second holding of the LINKS Graduate Conference took place on May 18 2011 at UCL, with record attendance of staff and students from across the University of London and student presentations of very high quality. Six King’s students presented papers based on their dissertation project, receiving comments and feedback from their peers from other Comparative Literature programmes in London and beyond.
A round table was organised by staff on ‘Comparative Literature Beyond the Crisis’. The discussants were Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths), Professor Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary), Professor Timothy Mathews (UCL) and Professor Robert Weninger (Kings). They asked some thought-provoking questions about the future and the public value of the discipline, leading to a stimulating discussion that continued at the Jeremy Bentham pub after the closing remarks.
A big thank you to Maha Abdeel Megeed and Daniel O’Connor, who represented King’s on the organising committee and worked throughout the year to set up the event.
We are now preparing for the 2012 conference at Goldsmith’s. If you would like to get involved, contact Dr Rosa Mucignat for further details.