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Professor Galin Tihanov

Comparative Literature

Queen Mary University of London



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. Galin has published widely on German, Russian, and East-European cultural and intellectual history. He is the author of four books and (co)editor of nine volumes of scholarly essays. Some of his books and articles have been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Slovene. His current research is on world literature, cosmopolitanism, and exile. Amongst his recent authored and edited books are Narrativas do Exílio: Cosmopolitismo além da Imaginação Liberal (2013) and Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism (2011, ed. with David Adams). Galin is also the 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 (2011). He is Honorary President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, member of Academia Europaea, Honorary Scientific Advisor to the Institute of Foreign Literatures at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University. Galin has held visiting appointments at Yale University, St. Gallen University, the University of Sao Paulo, Peking University, Seoul National University, and the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), and research fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, AHRC, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Collegium Budapest. His new book, Regimes of Relevance, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2019. He is currently writing Cosmopolitanism: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press.