The Centre hosts workshops, seminars, conferences and public lectures, including an Annual Lecture, to address matters of interest to comparative literature in its broadest sense.

We are delighted that Marina Warner has agreed to give the Centre’s inaugural Annual Lecture. We shall publish more details as the Covid19-related logistics become clearer.

In the meantime, please see below our upcoming and past events.

A range of further events are being planned in conjunction with theatres – notably our partner the Gate Theatre – museums and galleries, in the UK and abroad, as well as with the Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Culture 2022.

Our members belong to a range of networks and societies (for example, LINKS, the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies; EAM, the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies; MDRNOut of the Wings, the theatre collective of translators and theatre-makers; the Carl Einstein-Gesellschaft / Societé Carl Einstein; and many more), and regularly participate in or organise events with these networks.

All events and activities prioritize diversity and inclusivity, which is central to our ethos.

We pay special attention to the support of graduate students and early-career researchers. In particular, as members of networks such as LINKS, CHASE, Mnemonics, and the Emerging Translators Network, our staff regularly offer graduate and early-career training events.

Upcoming events


Margaret M. McGowan, Dance, Performance and Politics: A Study of how Choreography developed in Court Ballets to meet changing political needs. 

3 December 2021, 4.00 GMT, online. 

In this talk, Professor Margaret M. McGowan seeks to reveal what we know of early choreography: from Italian Renaissance dance handbooks to choreographed performances in seventeenth-century Court Ballets. The talk will dwell on the high status given to dance, especially as it played an important role in princely political strategies, and on how dance moved from large ballet formations representing harmony, through specialized performances denoting civil disorder to individualized virtuoso displays.

The event will be free, but booking will be essential. More information and how to book will be published soon.


Spectacular Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (1529-1683)

24-25 February 2022

Paper proposals (300 words) are invited by 29 October 2021. More information in the Call for Papers.

Annual Lecture

Marina Warner‘s Inauguration of our Annual Lecture series will be announced soon.

Past Events

7-22 September 2021 – Seminar series:

Remnants of the Iraq Wars: Iraqi Literature Twenty Years after 9/11. September 2021 

Two events organised by Hanan Jasim Khammas, Visiting Doctoral Scholar at the CCL:

Iraq: Corporeality & Memory. Iraqi literary production, twenty years after the 9/11 attacks.

7 September 2021, 4-6.15 pm BST, online. 


Aftermath Bodies: Corporeality in Contemporary Iraqi fiction. 

22 September 2021, 4-5.30 PM BST, online.


Click on the title of each of the events for more details on the speakers, papers, readings, and to watch the video recordings of the seminars (the video of “Aftermath Bodies” will be uploaded shortly).

4 December 2020 – Seminar:

In, on, around, across the Mediterranean: Displacement, ethics & the challenge of representation in fiction, drama, life writing & the arts. Online.

Click on the title of the event for more details on the speakers and papers, and to watch a recording of the seminar.