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Seminars

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.

Agamben's Later Works

Organizer: Frances Restuccia

This seminar will focus on the later works of Giorgio Agamben, mainly The Use of Bodies and studies published in English during or after 2015:  e.g., Pilate and Jesus, The Fire and the Tale, The... more

Political Implications of the Poetics of Philosophy

Organizer: Osman Nemli

Following world shattering social and political events in the 20th century, philosophy’s ability to be an adequate or efficacious discipline to change, let alone interpret, the world was brought into... more

Latinx Life Writing: Past, Present, and Future

Organizer: Christine Fernandez

This seminar will bring together scholars engaging thematic and generic issues in Latinx Life Writing. Texts from life writing genres including memoir, autobiography, autoethnography, oral history,... more

Speculative Fiction Outside the Anglosphere

Organizer: Ian Campbell

This seminar will discuss works of SF, broadly defined, that were originally published in languages other than English. The question we will discuss is how a particular text uses diction, grammar or... more

The Shifting Temporalities of Documentary Film

Organizer: Maria G. Arenillas

Traditionally, documentary has been associated with memory, the fragmentary, and with remnants of the past. By foregrounding these temporalities, many filmmakers engage in a dialogue between past and... more

Modernism and Disability Aesthetics

Organizer: Rafael Hernandez

Recent work in the field of disability studies by scholars like Ato Quayson (2007), Tobin Siebers (2010), Maren Linett (2016), and Suzannah Biernoff (2017) has considered modernism’s appropriation of... more

Revisions of Fascism II: Comparative Fascisms

Organizer: Sanders I Bernstein

In The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert Paxton reminds us that fascism has always proved difficult to define. Fascism “seemed to come from nowhere.” Though it “took on multiple and varied forms” and “... more

Literary Diagnosis and the Anti-Medical Humanities

Organizer: Melanie Jones

With Health Humanities programs on the rise and medical memoirs flooding our bookshelves, it is easy to forget that the alliances forged between literary representation and medical discourse are new... more

The Storytelling of the Disaster

Organizer: Hiroki Yoshikuni

According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed... more

Rethinking and Revaluing the Rhythmic

Organizer: Thomas Wisniewski

Rethinking and Revaluing the Rhythmic For John Dewey, writing in 1910, the history of philosophy was to be understood in terms of a rhythmic ebb and flow of theory and practice: one would recede in... more

Teaching Empathy through Literature

Organizer: Mukti Mangharam

This seminar asks: Is it possible to teach empathy towards those perceived as different from ourselves? Scholars have variously affirmed or denied this possibility. Lynn Hunt most famously argued... more

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