The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society promotes a global perspective in the study of literature, culture, and their social context. ICLS offers programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Highlights

Political Concepts Conference

The Political Concepts conference returns to Columbia University. The project is guided by one formal principle--the posing of a Socratic question "what is x?"--and by one theatrical principle--the concepts defined should be relevant to political thought and, more broadly, to thinking about the political. Learn more »

Listen to past events on iTunes U

ICLS has two channels on iTunes U for free downloads, Rethinking the Human Sciences and ICLS Events. Visit our past events for direct links. Learn more »

The Humanities and the Sciences

ICLS Director Stathis Gourgouris discusses the sciences and the humanities, and the new Medicine, Literature, and Society major, in this Spectator article: http://eye.columbiaspectator.com/?q=article/2013/05/02/culture-clash Learn more »

Announcements
News

An interdisciplinary, graduate student conference at The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Columbia University, New York 4 APRIL 2015... Read more »

Events

Felicia McCarren in conversation with Barbara Browning and Madeleine Dobie... Read more »

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