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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.

The Other #MeToos

Organizer: Iqra Shagufta

Ever since the inception of #MeToo, conversations have largely circled around the movement as it evolved and exists in the United States. Despite multiple sessions on #MeToo at multiple conferences,... more

Creation Narratives: Ancient and Modern

Organizer: Eric Dodson-Robinson

Where did we come from? What is our place in the cosmos, and what is the meaning and purpose of life? This seminar invites comparative readings of creation narratives (broadly conceived)—ancient and/... more

Legibility, Materiality, and the Weather

Organizer: Jayme Collins

“Architecture, fashion – yes, even the weather—are, in the interior of the collective, what the sensoria of organs, the feeling of sickness or health, are in the individual…They stand in the cycle of... more

Ubu: Grotesquery in Political Theory

Organizer: Brendan McGillicuddy

Michel Foucault opened his 1974 seminars at the Collège de France - published as "Abnormal" - with a series of comments that link his theory of “governmentality” to the aesthetic category of the... more

Cinema as an instrument of social change

Organizer: Anwesha Arya

Human rights, gender and cinema intersect at the point of social responsibility. Does cinema have a role to play in how social responsibility grows and stands today in the twenty-first century. In a... more

Censorship and Dissent in South Asia

Organizer: Preeti Singh

The history of censorship in modern South Asia goes back to the Registration of Books Act (1867), used to track anti-state sedition; and to the various indigenous and British non-governmental... more

Abstraction's Forms

Organizer: Sam Fallon

Abstraction has long been a dirty word for literary critics, who tend to valorize the particular, the singular, the concrete. But criticism depends on general categories nonetheless, precisely... more

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