Welcome to the Graduate Center for Literary Research
The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) aims to enrich and enhance the experience of students and faculty involved in literary studies, by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and encounters at various levels. The Center is directed by Dominique Jullien (Professor of French and Comparative Literature) with an advisory board consisting of both faculty members and graduate students from different humanities departments.
Our activities currently include quarterly round tables, where students present their work in progress, and an annual interdisciplinary conference. The GCLR also co-sponsors a variety of literary lectures and conferences on the UCSB campus, and brings a distinguished visiting professor with broad interdisciplinary appeal, for an extended stay, to give a Graduate Literary Research lecture, teach a seminar and establish connections with our doctoral students.
We award travel grants to students giving papers at literary conferences and recruitment fellowships for doctoral candidates pursuing interdisciplinary approaches to literature.
The GCLR is also proudly affiliated with Harvard's Institute for World Literature and works with its partners at UCSB to send promising graduate students interested in world literature to the IWL's annual summer program.
In addition to the GCLR, the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a variety of resources that support diverse literary and interdisciplinary research interests. PhD students may opt to complete an emphasis in the following areas:
- Emphasis in Applied Linguistics
- Emphasis in Feminist Studies
- Emphasis in Global Studies
- Emphasis in Translation Studies
Scholars engaged in literary and interdisciplinary research also participate in the following departments, programs, centers, and organizations:
- Departments and Programs within the College of Letters and Sciences
- The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts maintains a list of centers that may be of interest to literary scholars
- The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC) hosts a variety of student-organized Research Focus Groups (RFGs); each RFG pursues work that is interdisciplinary in nature
The GCLR is sponsored by the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, John Majewski and administered by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.