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2021 ACLA Conference Annual Meeting - April 8th - March 11th - Montreal

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Annual Meeting

The American Comparative Literature Association's 2021 Annual Meeting will take place at the Palais des congrès convention center in Montreal, April 8-11, 2021.

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Join us for the ACLA's 2021 Anual Meeting at the Palais des congres convention center in the heart of Montreal. Following the cancelation of the 2020 conference in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to reuniting in the thriving multi-cultural metropolis of Montreal. The convention center is walking distance from historic Old Montreal along with a variety of museums and restaurants. Attendees will be able to reserve through the ACLA room blocks at three local hotels that are a short walking distance from the convention center.



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.


To propose a seminar for the 2021 conference in Montreal, please return to our site this summer. The online portal will open mid-July 2020. See the full submission schedule below. In the meantime, we recommend reviewing our FAQ page as you plan your 2021 seminar.

Please note: If your seminar or paper was accepted to the 2020 conference in Chicago you are welcome to resubmit when we open the portal for 2021. The submission form will include a section where you can indicate that your seminar or paper was accepted to the 2020 conference. Although this will not guarantee acceptance into the 2021 conference, the Program Committee will take this information into consideration during the review process.

  • August 15 | First day to propose a seminar to the 2021 conference
  • September 30 | Last day to propose a seminar
  • October 1 | First day to submit a paper to a proposed seminar
  • October 31 | Last day to submit a paper to a propose seminar
  • November 1 | First day for seminar organizers to review papers proposed to their seminar
  • November 9 | Last day for seminar organizers to review papers proposed to their seminar
  • November 10 | The Program Committee will begin reviewing proposed seminars
  • Late November | Emails to go out for all proposed seminars and papers with a final decision


Check back this summer 2020 for information on how to reserve a room in the ACLA hotel blocks at the InterContinental Montreal, Hotel Monville, and DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal - all walking distance from the convention center.