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.


Aging and its Tropes

A new ICLS/Heyman Center project on aging, focuses on the study of “aging” as a concern brought together at the interface of elderly experience, care, and questions of social justice, as it brings together the medical and the carceral. Learn more »

Crisis and Critique

An interdisciplinary, graduate student conference at The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Columbia University, New York 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: Learn more »


A conference organized by Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and New German Critique, co-presented with the Goethe Institute New York. Co-sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society... Read more »


Sponsored by Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University Seminars, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and Department of Political Science The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College Department of Politics, Department of History ... Read more »

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