Iker Arranz Otaegui <firstname.lastname@example.org> has a Ph.D. in Basque Studies (emphasis in Philosohpy) by the University of Nevada, Reno; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy by the University of the Basque Country. He is currently in his third year as Lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at University of California, Santa Barbara. His main areas of specialization are cultural studies, food studies, minor/small literatures, film studies and Iberian literature. Currently also he is the co-editor of the book series “Cultural Ecologies of Food in the 21st Century” for University of Nevada Press. Forthcoming chief editor of the journal Territories: A Trans-Cultural Journal on Regional Studies.
Maija Burima <email@example.com> holds a PhD in comparative literature, is the corresponding member of Latvian Academy of Sciences, professor, dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Daugavpils University (Latvia) and a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art (the University of Latvia). She has published the books Ibsen in Latvia (2007) and Concepts of Modernism in Latvian Literature at the Beginning of the 20th Century (2011). Burima is the author or the co-author of more than 170 articles in Latvian, English, Russian, Estonian, and Lithuanian. The articles focus on Latvian literature as a representative of small literatures in the context of global literature process, Latvian literary modernism, translation strategies of small literatures, identity representation in small literatures, literary “icons” of small literatures and their typology within the world literature process, hybrid forms in literature, diaspora’s literature, literary anthropology (writers’ monuments studies), etc.
Albert Braz <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a professor of English at the University of Alberta, specializing in Canadian literature in both its national and inter-American contexts. He is the author of Apostate Englishman: Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths (2015) and of The False Traitor: Louis Riel in Canadian Culture (2003) and the co-editor of an issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature on Comparative Canadian Literature (2009) and of an issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture on Indigenous Literatures (2011). He is the retiring president of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association.
Anna M. Brígido-Corachán <email@example.com> got her PhD in Comparative Literature, New York University 2007 and Universitat de València 2008. She is assistant professor of English studies at the Universitat de València. Her research interests include Native/Indigenous American literature and media, minority literatures in Anglophone cultures, new social movements, and digital storytelling.
Cao Shunqing <firstname.lastname@example.org> is distinguished professor of Chinese Liberal Art and dean of the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University. He is the editor-in-chief of Cultural Studies and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature: East and West (English), and the head of Chinese Comparative Literature and World Literature Association. He has published books including The Comparison of Chinese and Western Poetics, Anthology of East Literary Theories, Discourse of Literary Theories of Ancient Chinese, The Course of Comparative Literature, The History of Comparative Literature, Chinese Culture, The History of Chinese-Foreign Literary Theories, Theories on Comparative Literature, and The Variation Theory of Comparative Literature.
Sreejit Datta is a writer, translator and singer. He divides his time between Kolkata and Shantiniketan, where he is working as a PhD scholar at the Centre for Comparative Literature in Visva Bharati. He writes poetry, short fiction and plays in Bangla and English. His engagement with small/minor literatures began with enquiries into epistemologies that are endangered by scriptocentrism. This led to readings and papers on orality which is sidelined in several literary cultures such as Tamil, Bangla, Nepali and in various African and Canadian communities by the written word. He is currently working on a body of 19th century Bangla religious lyrics known as Brahmasangeet as the greater part of his PhD thesis. He can be reached at email@example.com
Michel De Dobbeleer <Michel.DeDobbeleer@UGent.be>, PhD in East European Languages and Cultures, is a Slavist, Classicist and Italianist, who as a post-doctoral assistant currently examines the (re)presentation of East European literatures in 19th-century world literary histories (Ghent University, 2015-2018). So far, his world literature-related research dealt with, among others, mentions of foreign authors’ names in literary histories, Western comics adaptations of Slavonic classics, the typical preface in Soviet series of Western literary classics, and the theme of the siege in “world epics”. With respect to small/minor literatures, he has taught East-Central European (esp. Polish, Czech and Slovene) literature and has research interests in Balkan (esp. Bulgarian), Dutch, Afrikaans, and medieval (as ‘minor’) literature.
César Domínguez <firstname.lastname@example.org> is associate professor of comparative literature at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. His teaching and research focus upon theory of comparative literature, European literature, translation, cosmopolitanism, and world literature. His four most recent books are World Literature: A Reader (Routledge, 2013), Contemporary Developments in Emergent Literatures and the New Europe (USC, 2014), Cosmopolitanism and the Postnational: Literature and the New Europe (Brill–Rodopi, 2015), and Introducing Comparative Literature: New Trends and Applications (Routledge, 2015), whose translation into Spanish has just been published by Taurus. As for professional services, he is Vice-President of the Spanish Society of General and Comparative Literature, Chair of the ICLA Research Committee, secretary of the ICLA Coordinating Committee, member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History, and former President of the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies. He is the director of the Small/Minor Literatures & Cultures network.
Oana Dulabaru <email@example.com> is associate professor of literary theory at the University of Bucharest. She has taught courses and published on modern literary theory, comparative literature, and exile studies. She has been a member in several research projects in Romania and abroad and has delivered talks at universities in Italy, South Korea, Qatar, and Romania. Oana Dubalaru is a board member of the journals Romania Orientale (Italy), Dacoromania litteraria (Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca), and Annals of the University of Bucharest – Philology series.
Ishani Dutta is presently pursuing an M.Phil., at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her areas of interest include ‘Indian Literatures in Translation’, ‘Translation in Practice’, ‘Modern Nepali Literature’ and ‘Literatures of Canada’. She has been a translator and a Nepali language resource person for the Centre for Translation of Indian Literatures (CENTIL), Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University since 2015. She translates Modern Nepali Literature (which is to this day considered small/minor literature in the literary scenario of West Bengal in particular and India in general) into English. She has also authored, co-authored and presented papers dealing with the literatures of Indigenous women in Canada. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fabienne Gilbertz <email@example.com>, MA in German literature and history at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Luxembourgish Language and Literature at the University of Luxembourg. In her thesis she focuses on the professionalization processes of the Luxembourgish literary system in the second half of the 20th century. She is also a board member of the Luxembourg Comparative Literature Association (www.sllgc.lu). Her research interests include theories of small literatures and world literature, sociology of (small) literature(s) and literary multilingualism.
Jeanne E. Glesener <firstname.lastname@example.org> is associate professor for Luxembourgish Literature and head of the Institute of Luxembourgish Language and Literature at the University of Luxembourg. In her research on small literatures in Europe she focuses on literary historiographical questions and enquires after a possible generic structural-typological model for a literary history of small multilingual and/or intercultural literatures. A reflection on the potential of small literatures for questioning general literary theory is a further point of interest in her work.
Marie-Anne Hansen-Pauly <email@example.com> is lecturer at the Faculty for Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education at the University of Luxembourg. Well aware of the “smallness” of the literature of her own country, Luxembourg, she studied English and French philology in Switzerland, the UK and Canada. She has always had a particular interest in the tensions between dominant cultures and smaller communities. The focus of her teaching has been on the role of literature for identity formation and the creation of intercultural spaces in communities whose own literature is small but, especially linguistically, quite diversified. Presently retired, she is engaged in a project on the centrifugal and centripetal movements of writers originally from Luxembourg working between cultures and their multiple languages. The aim of the research is to establish a model of approach that foregrounds underlying language concepts and complex writing processes. For many years, she was President of the Luxembourg Comparative Literature Association. For more than 20 years, she has regularly attended the meetings of the Region and Nation Literature Association. The way “regional” is understood by this association is in many ways quite close to ‘minor’ or ‘smaller’. Most speakers tend to present works produced in regions that have important cultural traditions, or in so-called peripheral or diasporic contexts. See the website of the latest conference held at the University of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain in June 2016.
Andreas Leben <firstname.lastname@example.org> is professor at the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Graz. His research interests are Slovenian literature, polysytems, cultural transfer, Slovene minority in Austria, small literatures and world literature. He is head of a project about the bilingual literary practice in Carinthia and its position in the supra-regional sphere of Interaction.
Yordan Lyutskanov <email@example.com> is associate professor at the Institute for Literature, Section of Comparative Literature, of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His PhD (2006) was about Russian literary modernism and its imag(in)ing of Graeco-Roman antiquity and the Near East. He moved to issues of intercultural (non)communication within the wider Black Sea region (focusing on Russian-Bulgarian-Georgian issues of the nineteenth-twentieth centuries) and, gradually, towards theory of interliterary communities and small literatures. Intermediality and history and theory of non-Eurocentrism have been his recurrent topics of interest.
Alaaeldin Mahmoud <Alaaeldin.Mahmoud@acm.edu.kw> is assistant professor of English at the American College of the Middle East in Kuwait. Among his published, translated books (into Arabic) are Louis Couperus’s novel Eline Vere (2015); Other Renaissances: A New Approach to World Literature (2014); and Belzoni’s Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia (2005). His current research focuses on Arab Nahḍah, Harlem Renaissance, modern Arab literature, and travel writing. Recently, he developed special interest in the literature and the arts in Kuwait and the Gulf Region at large.
Gorica Majstorovic <Gorica.Majstorovic@stockton.edu> earned a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American literature at New York University, a M.A. at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a B.A. at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Born to a Croatian mother and a Serbian father, she left the country following the outbreak of the civil war in 1991. Her research concerns tropes of displacement (exile, travel, translation) and ways in which it intersects with comparative study of minor/small literatures and larger trans/national contexts. Her publications have appeared in Atlantic Studies, Studi Interculturali, Latin American Research Review, Symposium, Vegueta, ProFemina, MonTi, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Iberoamericana, A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, and several anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Stockton University (USA).
Jesús Revelles Esquirol <firstname.lastname@example.org> holds a BA in Literary Theory and the Humanities from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and earned a PhD at the same institution with the doctoral thesis “Direction Lisbon: Portugal in the Life and Work of Josep Pla.” He is the author of research articles on the concept of lusocatalanisme and Josep Pla’s work, and is currently working at the Universitat de les Illes Balears as an associate professor while studying and working on the subject of contemporary nonfictional Catalan prose.
Bergur Rönne Moberg <email@example.com> is associate professor at Department of Nordic Studies, University of Copenhagen. He has published several books and a large number of articles, in particular on Faroese and Danish-Faroese literature including reflections on minor and ultraminor issues. In collaboration with professor David Damrosch (Harvard University), he will co-edit a special issue of the Journal of World Literature on the topic of ultraminor literatures in different locations worldwide (2017). Moberg participates in the collaborative project “Denmark and the New North Atlantic”. In “Denmark and the New North Atlantic” research is carried out under the lines of “identity positions”, “cultural heritage”, and “natural resources”. The project is affiliated to Cross-regional Studies at UCPH and lead by Kirsten Thisted.
Charles Sabatos <firstname.lastname@example.org> is an associate professor (Doçent) in the Department of English Language and Literature at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. His primary research interests are in transnational contexts of Central European literary history, including exile writers and minor literatures. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Czech Literature (Prague) and the Institute of World Literature (Bratislava), as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and the Erasmus Mundus “Crossways” program at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. His book Between Myth and History: The Turkish Image in Central European Literature (Mit ve Tarih Arasında: Orta Avrupa Edebiyat Tarihinde Türk İmgesi, Bilge Kültür Sanat) was published in Turkish in 2014, and he has published articles in such journals as Middle East Studies, Comparative American Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, and World Literature Studies. He has translated a number of Czech and Slovak authors into English, and also speaks French and Turkish.
Büke Sağlam <email@example.com> studied high school at Galileo Galilei Italian high school in Istanbul, where she learned Italian as her second languge after English. She got her BA in English language and literature from Yeditepe University/ Istanbul in 2015. She finished the university one year earlier and during her last year one of her articles about Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment was published in a Russian magazine called Sputnikplus. Still in her last year she attended to Koc University’s Literary Conference (Istanbul) with her article on evil and sublime. In 2015 she started her master (Master Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives) and studied her first semester in Poznan (Adam Mickiewicz University), her second and third semesters in Bergamo (Bergamo University) and she is still studying the last semester of my master at Santiago de Compostela University and is writing herdissertation on unmotivated violence with the title “Crime as an Autonomous System”. She is also researching Balkan literature and Balkan War (and Srebrenica Massacre) which is relevant to her research topic.
Melisa Slipac <firstname.lastname@example.org> got her MA in English, Spanish and Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language and literature from the University of Vienna. Coming from a small country in the Balkans with lots of ethnic groups and minorities, she has always been interested in small/minor literatures. Most of her work focuses on minor or minority female writers. Her master thesis dealt with African-American writers and her doctoral thesis engages with Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian writers.
Katre Talviste <email@example.com> is part-time researcher at the University of Tartu, the managing editor of the journal Interlitteraria and an editor of school textbooks for literature at the Avita publishing house. Her main research interests are the history of translation and the pedagogy of literature, most recently with focus on the specific issues of small literary cultures.
Vicente Vázquez Vidal <firstname.lastname@example.org> has a BA in German Studies (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela) and is currently studying a MA in Iberian literatures (Basque, Cataland and Galician) at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. His field of research is interliterary relationships of peripheral Iberian literatures.
Frederik Verbeke <email@example.com> is assistant professor at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. He studied Romance Philology at the Universiteit Gent and at the Università degli Studi di Trento. After he took his doctorate degree at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, he completed a post-doctoral research stay in Bayonne. He’s actually professor of French at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. Interested by interactions and networks between so-called “minor” or “small” cultures, he focused his PhD research on the relationships between the Basque Country and Belgium. His current research interests concern the relationships between the Basque Country and contemporary French literature.
Abida Younas <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, UK. In her Ph.D. research, she is exploring Post-Arab Spring Middle Eastern literature with the aim to revise the theory of minor literature proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Her major interest lies in researching newer possibilities and she likes to explore new areas related to the current situation of postcolonial countries (South Asian and Middle Eastern Countries) and its effect on contemporary literature. Along with publications in different journals, she has also presented eight papers at different international and national conferences held at Pakistan, UK, and the USA.