BACLS Event Endorsement


BACLS routinely accepts applications to support academic events run by its members. Applications can bid for sums up to and including £500 per event. All proposed events must address contemporary literary studies.

Members may apply for funding to help with a range of event-related costs including, but not limited to, venue hire and PG or ECR bursaries. Events can take the form of symposia, workshops, or conferences already advertised or in the planning stage.

Applications should be no more than two pages and include:

  • 300-word description of the event
  • 100-word description of how the event speaks to BACLS General Principles
  • Event budget
  • Event planning timeline
  • Brief biographies of all event organisers
  • Details of any other financial support or funds already in place, or being applied for

All events must be in alignment with BACLS’s General Principles as listed below.

BACLS-WHN General Principles

  • Events should reflect the diversity of our field and foster inclusive, collegiate practices
  • The work of BACLS is not restricted to Anglophone literary studies; ‘British’ refers to the location of scholars who founded the organisation, rather than the range of the association, or our broader scholarly networks
  • BACLS subscribes to a ‘rolling sense’ of the contemporary. The association is dedicated to a fluid and hybrid understanding of the contemporary ‘moment’ as an ever-evolving experience of the contemporary
  • BACLS should be open to scholars working on the contemporary in literature and cognate disciplines, including comparative and world literatures, postcolonial studies, translation studies, linguistics, performance studies, media theory, comics studies, video games studies, adaptation studies, the study of popular music, cultural studies, critical theory, and digital humanities
  • BACLS is committed to supporting postgraduate research and professional development in our field
  • BACLS is especially concerned to encourage and enhance representation and participation from those who are under-represented and marginalised in academia, and are proactively working to reduce physical, social, and economic barriers to participation and to develop an environment rooted in a belief of equal respect for all.