Graduate students are highly encouraged to study research abroad as part of their dissertation. The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and it regularly welcomes scholars and students from institutions all over the world. The department also participates in a number of international research networks.

École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Every year, the department welcomes students from the ENS, one of Europe’s premier research and teaching institutions. As part of the department’s longest-running exchange program, students from the department go to Paris as boursiers étrangers. 

School of Criticism and Theory

Sponsored by a consortium of major universities in the U.S. and abroad, the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) is a summer institute focused on key conceptual issues and current debates across the humanities and social sciences. Every year, several graduate students and faculty in the humanities at Johns Hopkins participate in the SCT.

Principles of Cultural Dynamics Network, Berlin

Together with humanities departments at institutions across the world, the department forms the network Principles of Cultural Dynamics, which has been approved by the German Academic Exchange Service for a second funding period starting in 2017. In addition to providing opportunities for year-long exchanges, the network offers a yearly summer school and fellowships in Berlin.

Participating institutions:

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • HSE Moscow
  • Australian National University
  • Harvard University
  • University of California, Davis

PLOCO Network

The Ordinary Language Philosophy and Ordinary Conceptions in the Social Sciences (PLOCO) network is an international scientific network on ordinary language philosophy. As part of this collaboration, the department organized an international colloquium assembling all participating institutions in 2015; contributions to the colloquium were published in a special issue of MLN.

Participating institutions:

  • JHU Department of Comparative Thought and Literature
  • JHU Department of Philosophy
  • French research organization, CNRS
  • University of Paris-1
  • Tufts University
  • La Sapienza University Rome
  • University of Porto