The Institute of World Literature, established in 1991, is a research and, at the same time, training centre that belongs to the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Its forerunner was the Institute of World literature and Languages SAS, which was founded by Mikuláš Bakoš, a significant personality in Slovak literary studies. The Institute focuses on research in field of various literary disciplines (theory and history of literature, comparative research, translatology). It deals with the history of foreign literatures, theoretical thinking and also connection with other social disciplines. At present, its main emphasis is on the sphere of literary, technical and medial translation, the history of the reception of foreign literatures in Slovakia, comparative research and the theory of literary studies. The Institute of World Literature cooperates on research projects and the organisation of conferences and scientific discussions with schools and research centres in Slovakia and in various countries all over the world.