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First Chinese Scholar Elected as President of the International Comparative Literature Association

Prof Zhang Longxi
Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation
Department of Chinese and History

Professor ZHANG Longxi, Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation in the Department of Chinese and History was elected President of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) in July 2016. The ICLA was founded in Paris in 1955 and now has thousands of members around the world. In its 60-year history, Professor Zhang is the first Chinese person to be elected President, after a succession of distinguished European and American scholars.

As President, Professor Zhang’s most important task is to supervise preparatory work for the ICLA 2019 event to be held in Shenzhen. For that, he has already been working closely with Shenzhen University and the organising committee. Since the early 1980s, comparative literature has steadily developed in China and the Chinese Comparative Literature Association (CCLA) has grown into a strong organisation with a very large membership. They expressed a desire to host an ICLA Congress in China, feeling that along with the country’s economic strength and greater role in global politics, Chinese scholars should have more of a voice in the international academic community.

The 22nd ICLA Congress 2019 in Shenzhen will be an opportunity to showcase Chinese scholarship, while also inspiring participants to higher levels of achievement.

Professor Zhang’s election as ICLA President has been warmly received by colleagues in China and around Asia and is seen as a great source of encouragement. He will continue to play a leading role in promoting comparative world literature beyond the well-established areas, particularly in East-West comparative studies.

The ICLA is open to anyone with an interest in comparative literature, including writers, artists, graduate students and early-career scholars. It encourages exchange and cooperation between individuals and through the collaboration of various national associations. For more information about the ICLA, please visit: www.ailc-icla.org