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Centres and Institutes

Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature

ICCL - booksThe Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature (ICCL) sets out to redefine ‘the contemporary’ and ‘comparative literature’ for the twenty-first century. Launched in 2010, the Institute hosts seminars, workshops, symposia and larger conferences, visiting scholars and writers in residence, and operates in conjunction with a suite of new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. For more information, please visit the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature webpages.

Cultural Identity Studies Institute

IECISThe Institute, which ran its first Seminar series in 1998, was set up to create a centre for the study of the collective identities represented, expressed and modelled in the national cultures of the countries of continental Europe. We also refer to other culture-zones, particularly Latin America and French-speaking Africa - and to British culture. More information...

Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies

CRSEESThe Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at St Andrews was founded in 1990. Its aim is to promote Russian, post-Soviet and East European research and teaching by bringing together members of staff from various Schools and Departments across the university who share interests in this field. The Centre organises an annual conference, sponsors visiting speakers, runs informal colloquia and offers a package of taught postgraduate courses leading to higher degrees in Central and East European Studies. Members of the Centre also supervise individual PhD students in this area. For more information, please visit the CRSCEES web site.

CPI LogoCentre for Poetic Innovation

Contemporary poetry and poetry criticism are in a state of rapid development and diversification driven by: 1) interaction with other art forms (hybrid visual-poetic and musical-poetic forms); 2) trans-national exchanges and collaborations; 3) the dynamic of democratisation in the arts (poetry in public spaces and for social functions, the rise of performance poetry); 4) the potential of digital technology (electronic poetry). All theses developments have roots in the experimental and avant-garde traditions of the 20th century (modernist inter-art experiments, Futurist text works, concrete poetry, experimental and alternative poetry). The centre for Poetic Innovation addresses these areas creatively, critically and historically, promoting and studying poetic innovation in a broad sense of both terms. This extends beyond ‘poetry’ as traditionally understood to include poetic aspects of visual and material art forms (such as artists’ books), of pose writing (such as the New Nature Writing) as well as interactions with music, dance and digital / electronic poetry.

The key aims of the Centre are :

  • Public engagement and impact activities.
  • Joint Research Grant applications and research projects.
  • Support and development of doctoral and post-doctoral research.
  • Hosting speakers, workshops and conferences.

Further information is available on the Centre for Poetic Innovation web site.

The Poetry Forum

Poetry forumThe Poetry Forum, which ran its first Seminar series in 2006, was born as a discussion group entirely dedicated to the genre of poetry. The aim of our ongoing seminars is mainly to allow a wide audience that is not necessarily academically specialised in poetry, to take part in the discussion and appreciate a genre that is usually regarded as difficult and therefore reserved to the initiates. Further information, including details of the current seminar series, can be found on the Poetry Forum web site.