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2020 ACLA Conference Annual Meeting - March 19th - March 22nd - Chicago

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Annual Meeting

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, March 19th-22nd, 2020.

The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample other seminars during the remaining time blocks. Depending on space availability, we may also consider accepting a limited number of one-day seminars, especially if they are innovative either in presentation format or in terms of theme. The conference also includes plenary sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, and other events.

Our online portal will open for seminar submissions in mid July, with a deadline of August 31, at 9:00 AM Eastern. Post your call for papers here. Individuals interested in participating in a particular seminar are encouraged to be in touch with the organizers over the summer; paper submissions through the portal will open August 31 and close September 23.


The ACLA has a block of rooms set aside at a reduced rate for participants in the conference. If you would like to stay at the Sheraton Grand, please reserve your room using the following link: Please note that the reservation MUST be made using this link and not through another site in order to secure the discounted rate.