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Please select a seminar for which you would like to propose a paper. Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration. Abstracts must be received by Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST.

Literary Form and Potentiality

Organizer: Michael Swacha

This seminar will explore the relationship between literary form and the concept of potentiality. Through our papers and discussions, our hope is to come to a deeper sense of how form may hold... more

Women and Transnational Modernisms

Organizer: Camilla Sutherland

Responding to the recent ‘transnational turn’ in Modernist Studies, as well as the growing field signalled by the establishment of the Feminist Modernist Studies journal in 2018, this seminar will... more

Crisis, End, Lastness

Organizer: Patrick Dove

In his 1968 essay “The Ends of Man,” Jacques Derrida takes issue with those who would reduce the work of Martin Heidegger to just another form of humanism while also calling into question Heidegger’s... more

Forms of Attention

Organizer: Jennifer Reimer

Recent scholarship has placed renewed, and updated, focus on the question of aesthetic form. Building on that focus, this panel asks: how can aesthetic form produce or enable modes of attention, and... more


Organizer: Benjamin Schreier

Much has been written about our discipline’s post-theory age. Some lament the passing of theory, many more celebrate it, and quite a few others have devoted their professional energies to... more

Climates of Antiblackness

Organizer: Nicholas Brady

In her groundbreaking text In The Wake, Christina Sharpe describes antiblackness as a phenomenon that is “pervasive as climate.” Her emphasis on weather and climate reconceptualizes antiblackness as... more

Ramifications of the Literary Qur'an

Organizer: Mohammad Salama

Comparative scholarship on the Qur’an has often focused on affinities with its predecessors in the Abrahamic tradition: historical, linguistic, and eschatological. The literary and figurative aspects... more

Radical Inclusion: Reframing World Literature

Organizer: Marie Ostby

World literature remains an open problem: rather paradoxically, it encompasses all the literatures of the world, even as it operates through certain principles and practices of exclusion to refer to... more

Mistaken Identities: Passing and the (In)Human

Organizer: Takeo Rivera

Now that the “post-racial” mirage of the Obama years has definitively dissolved, revanchist forms of white supremacy have infused long-standing debates about identity politics with fresh danger and... more

Geography, Affect, and Diaspora

Organizer: Melody Yunzi Li

As Alison Blunt notes in her Domicile and Diaspora, “The term ‘diaspora’ is inherently geographical, implying a scattering of people over space and the transnational connections between people and... more

Rethinking the Human in Human Rights

Organizer: Alexandra Moore

At a time when global events and trends, from rising populism and xenophobia to climate disaster, would seem to call for redoubled commitment to fundamental principles of human rights, the category... more