As a thriving academic Association, the ICLA benefits from the creative energy that arises from its youngest members. Therefore, during the XXI Congress held at the University of Vienna in July 2016, the ICLA created the Committee for Early Career Development (ECARE) as a means to widen the communication between the Association and early career researchers and graduate students working in the field of comparative literature. The Committee aims at increasing the support for the development of early career scholars and graduate students in the field, while also asking how these members of our community are developing the landscape of the discipline through new and innovative forms of comparative inquiry, and how this impacts the work of the Association. More broadly, as the demands for hiring, tenure, and promotion in comparative literature are shifting as a result of new academic landscapes in the arts and humanities, ECARE aims to address the complexities of labouring in our transforming field and the changing nature of its early career constituency across the globe.

With this in mind, the ICLA especially invites graduate students and early career academics researching in the field of comparative literature to participate in our 2022 Congress in Tbilisi and in all future Congresses. They should be members of the ICLA either through a national association or through direct membership with the ICLA. For the first time, there will be a unique programme thread within the 2022 Congress focusing specifically on graduate students and early career researchers.  Events include:

*A special Welcome Reception for graduate students and early career researchers attending the Congress hosted by the ICLA Executive Council, the Officers of the ICLA, and the Congress Organising Committee from Tbilisi State University

*A meeting with the Rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Professor Giorgi Sharvashidze

*A meeting with the Chair of the National Science Foundation on the research environment and research perspectives in Georgia

*Meetings with established researchers and writers for the purposes of networking

*The Business Meeting of ECARE during the Congress where graduate students and early career researchers can bring forward ideas for how the ICLA can further support graduate students and early career researchers within the discipline of comparative literature

*A special sequence of seminars entitled NEXT GEN especially dedicated for papers presented by graduate students and early career researchers to give them an opportunity to present new ideas and new approaches in comparative literature based on their research.  Papers can address any aspect of the Congress theme.  A Call for Papers will be published on the ICLA Congress website especially inviting submissions from graduate students and those in the early stages of their academic careers

*Graduate students and early career researchers can also organise and submit a group session proposal, submit an abstract for another session, or submit an individual abstract.  Please see

*ICLA prizes are available for the best graduate paper at the Congress, a book subvention prize for a first monograph, and a best published translation prize specifically for graduate students and early career researchers. We look forward to meeting you in Tbilisi!

William Spurlin, Chair of the ECARE Committee



Important Dates:

Group session submission due:
31 August, 2021.
Acceptance of group sessions
announced by Chairs:
November 30, 2021.
Individual abstract
submission due:
31 December, 2021
Special session
submission due:
31 December, 2021
Acceptance announced
of individual papers
20 February, 2022
Registration deadline
June 1, 2022