Partnership FAQs

What is CLE?

The CLE [Cultural Literacy Everywhere] forum was established in 2015 – after an initial development in 2007 – under the name Cultural Literacy in Europe, to unite researchers, academics, educators, artists, policy-makers and members of the cultural industries aiming to promote the interdisciplinary field of ‘literary and cultural studies’ [LCS] and its relationship to other research fields and cultural sectors, to develop and extend the contribution of LCS to Europe and its challenges. Currently, CLE continues its work with the same ambitions, with the goal of expanding its engagement to the entire world – hence the change of name in 2020.

What is ‘cultural literacy’?

Cultural literacy is an ability to view the social and cultural phenomena that shape our lives – bodies of knowledge, fields of social action, individuals or groups, and of course cultural artefacts – as being essentially readable. Cultural literacy engages with interdisciplinarity, multilingualism and collaboration. It is a way of looking at social and cultural issues through the lens of literary thinking, employing communication, comparison and critique on a scale beyond that of one language or one nation-state, and avoiding abstraction. Furthermore, it is as much about innovation and creative practice – whether scholarly, artistic or social – as it is about analysis, and it often brings these two methods together.

What does CLE do?

The main events hosted by CLE are the Biennial Conferences (London 2015, Warsaw 2017, Lisbon 2019 ). Each conference has its own transdisciplinary topic and aims to offer different perspectives on it. Special focus is laid on the links to other sectors, such as education, cultural heritage and art practices. Special attention is paid to encouraging and enabling early-career researchers to participate.

In intervening years interim Workshops are held on a subject to be designated by the Core Group. Recently, because of problems of in-person meeting, Symposia have been held online: see CLE2020, CLE2021 and CLE2022. In CLE Symposia the stress is on short papers followed by long discussion.

A number of Special Interest Groups [SIGs] work on a permanent basis and hold their workshops at the conferences and between them. Within and among these groups, CLE members form networks to implement common initiatives and apply for funding.

How is CLE organised?

Following its initial establishment in 2015, the Core Group is elected, on a rolling basis, to act as CLE’s executive body. It consists of the Chair, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Membership Secretary, the Organiser of the next conference, the Web Manager, the Early-career representative, the SIG leaders and up to four other members.

The Steering Group meets between Core Group meetings to discuss urgent issues and to report to the Core Group; its members are the CLE Officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), the Membership Secretary, the Organiser of the next conference and one other CG member.

The Advisory Board is made up of distinguished colleagues who are committed to the work of CLE and advise the Core Group from time to time.

Who can be a Partner?

CLE is keen to develop relationships that play to common strengths and interests with a variety of partner organisations, both in Europe and beyond. It welcomes Partners of all sizes and structures, offering different types of support, as exemplified below.

Any institution, group or organisation in LCS and related fields of knowledge – such as memory studies, migration studies, body studies, digital humanities, etc. – and cultural and creative sectors – such as education, art, heritage, etc. – can become a Partner organisation of CLE.

What is the role of a Partner?

Partner names and logos are displayed both on the CLE website and on all publicity for its activities.

Partners may contribute in one or more of the following ways:
1. Communication and publicity:

  • communication: publish the link to the CLE website, disseminate Calls for Papers for CLE events;
  • publicity: invite a member of the Core Group to present the CLE Forum at your institutions/events;
  • endorsement of the CLE initiative and conference on your webpage and at your events.

2. Financial support:

  • send a funded delegate to a CLE event;
  • contribute to the programmes and expenses of CLE events, e.g. early-career bursaries programme, art and film performances, etc.;
  • contribute to the future developments of CLE: meetings of the Conference Committee and interest groups, publications, etc.

3. Logistical support:

  • host a Biennial Conference or interim Workshop;
  • host a meeting of a SIG or other CLE activity;
  • contribute to the maintenance of the CLE website.

How can we become a Partner of CLE?

Contact us on and one of the Partnership Officers will be in touch.