（Tania Franco Carvalhal）
GREETINGS FROM ICLA
As President of ICLA for the term 2004-2007, I’m pleased to send to our Chinese colleagues our best greetings for their next Congress of Comparative Literature. I had the opportunity of being in Beijing in October 1995, for an International Conference on Cultural Dialogue and Cultural Misreading, and I then knew and appreciated the great capacity of organization of the regional Association – ALCC – and the good work done by our colleagues at the University of Peking. At that time, the central subjects were two important questions in the field of Comparative Literary Studies; more than two hundred academics from China and other parts of the world met in Beijing for this International Conference and their papers were published two years after (1997) in a volume organized by Mabel Lee and Meng Hua.
Based on these good results, I’m sure that the present meeting will be also a great success. I’m sure that Professor Yue Daiyun, former vice-president of ICLA, is going to insist in the important function that the discipline Comparative Literature can have in this moment all around the world. Its’ pluralistic discourse, historically situated, implies that differences can help people know each other much better and understand how to develop the relationship between the self and the other.
I would like to congratulate my good friend, Professor Yue Daiyun, and all the colleagues from China for giving once more the good example and I would like to invite other comparatists to this great country. Unfortunately, due to previous arrangements, I will not be able to attend the meeting at this time, but Professor Douwe Fokkema, former President of ICLA, can better than anyone represent our Association.
Have a nice and productive congress.
Tania Franco Carvalhal - President
July 27th, 2005