International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature

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International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media
FocusEmpirical study of literature

The International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL: Internationale Gesellschaft für Empirische Literaturwissenschaft) is a learned society with the object of promoting empirical approach to the study of literature and culture.


The society was founded in 1987 by Siegfried J. Schmidt of the University of Siegen.[1] In 2010 IGEL became a registered society; it is registered as a Foundation in the Netherlands. The actual president is the psychologist Don Kuiken.[2]


The Society is led by a governing board. Members of the board are the president, a vice-president, treasurer, secretary, member at large, journal editor, and student representative. The board is elected at the bi-annual meeting usually held in August/September for a two or four-year term. Presidents of IGEL:


The Society holds biennial conferences, alternating between Europe and North America.

  • 1987: Siegen
  • 1990: Amsterdam
  • 1992: Memphis
  • 1994: Budapest
  • 1996: Edmonton
  • 1998: Utrecht
  • 2000: Toronto
  • 2002: Pécs
  • 2004: Edmonton
  • 2006: München
  • 2008: Memphis
  • 2010: Utrecht
  • 2012: Montreal
  • 2014: Torino[3]
  • 2016: Chicago[4]
  • 2018: Stavanger[5]


Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL) is the official journal of IGEL.[6] IGEL membership includes a subscription to SSOL.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "S.J. Schmidt, Empirical studies in literature and the media today : Welcoming speech to the participants of the first IGEL-conference University of Siegen (FRG), 9–12 December, 1987". Poetics 18,1 (1989), pp. 1-6. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Don Kuiken's Website". Website at the University of Alberta.
  3. ^ "IGEL 2014 Torino Conference". University of Torino. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ "IGEL 2016 Chicago Conference". University of Chicago. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ "IGEL 2018 Stavanger Conference". University of Stavanger. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. ^ "SSOL". Publisher’s Website.

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