Institute for World Literature: 2021 Program

Mainz, Germany | 28 June – 23 July 2021 | The program will move online if necessary


Since 2019, OSL is a member of the Institute for World Literature (IWL). The IWL is directed by David Damrosch (Harvard), and has several affiliated institutions all over the world; OSL is the only member institution for the Netherlands.

Every summer, IWL organizes a four-week program at one of its associated venues, featuring an outstanding line-up of leading scholars in comparative literature. In 2021, the IWL program is scheduled to take place in Mainz, from June 28th to July 23rd, although it will move online if necessary. Affiliated institutions have guaranteed places for two participants every year, who will also benefit from a 50% discount on tuition fees (please find more details here and here). NB: OSL will also refund the tuition fees for the two selected participants.

OSL PhD candidates can submit their application via this online form between 1 November 2020 and 1 February 2021. However, in order to facilitate the procedure, OSL will have a round of internal selection before that. To this end, if you are interested in applying please send us a cv + short letter of motivation (maximum 750 words) by Monday 20 January 2021. All applications should be sent to; please feel free to contact us for more information regarding the procedure.


Flyer of the 2021 Program


IWL 2020: Watch the videos of the plenary events with Orhan Pamuk and with Dubravka Ugrešić