George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature and Head of Department
(PhD, Sofia; DPhil, Oxon), MAE
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Comparative Literature and Intellectual History; Genealogies of Cosmopolitanism; Narratives of Exile and Diasporic Cultures; Cultural and Literary Theory; World Literatures; Constructions of European Identity; The Future of the Humanities
Galin Tihanov is the George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He was previously Professor of Comparative Literature and Intellectual History and founding co-director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures at the University of Manchester. His most recent research has been on cosmopolitanism, exile, and transnationalism. His publications include four books and nine (co)edited volumes, as well as over a hundred articles on German, Russian, French, and Central-European intellectual and cultural history and on cultural and literary theory. Some of his work has been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, and Spanish. Tihanov is winner, with Evgeny Dobrenko, of the Efim Etkind Prize for Best Book on Russian Culture (2012), awarded for their co-edited A History of Russian Literary Theory and Criticism: The Soviet Age and Beyond (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). He is Honorary President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory (since 2008), Member of Academia Europaea (since 2013), Honorary Scientific Advisor, Institute for Foreign Literatures, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS, since 2014), and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for World Literature (IWL) at Harvard. He sits on the editorial/advisory boards of fourteen journals (Arcadia; Bakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso (Sao Paulo); Bijiao Wenxue & Shijie Wenxue (比较文学与世界文学 [Comparative Literature and World Literature (Beijing)]; Comparative Critical Studies; Evropa; Filosofskie nauki; Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies; Literaturna misul; Primerjalna književnost; Psikhologicheskie issledovaniia; Slavonica; The Journal of English Language & Literature (Seoul); Voprosy literatury; Wiener Slavistisches Jahrbuch), and five publication series (Brill Balkan Studies, Brill, The Netherlands; The Real Twentieth Century, Academic Studies Press, USA; Language and Literature Series, Mercado de Letras, Brazil; Durham Modern Languages Series, Manchester UP, United Kingdom; New Comparative Criticism, Peter Lang, Switzerland/Germany/US). Tihanov held visiting appointments at Yale University (2007), St. Gallen University (2012), the University of Sao Paulo (2013), Peking University (2014), Seoul National University (2015), as well as research fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Collegium Budapest. In 2012, Tihanov delivered the Mihály Babits Lectures. He is member of one of the European Research Council Evaluation Panels, of the Academic Advisory Council of the Centre for Advanced Study (Sofia), and of the International University Forum for Curriculum Reform. He served on the sub-panel “European Studies” for the UK RAE (2008) and as an international member on the panel “Philosophy” for the Romanian RAE (2011) and on the international evaluation panel “Humanities” of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2014; 2015). He has evaluated grant proposals for the ERC, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the AHRC, the Newton Trsut, Kone Foundation, the Polish Science Foundation, The Icelandic Research Fund, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Centre for Advanced Study (Sofia), etc.
For a selection of my publications, please see the attached c.v.