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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 Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Anachronisms

Organizer: Fredrik Rönnbäck

In his essay “Anachronism and the Conflict of Times,” published last year in Diacritics, Jacques Rancière revisits his defense of anachronism against the attempts by historian Lucien Febvre,... more

Comparative and/ World Literature/s in India

Organizer: Rajnandini SHAW

This is to propose a seminar on Comparative and/ World Literature/s in India. It is aimed to focus at the more recent trends in Comparative and/ World Literature/s in India, especially over the... more

The Place of Podcasts in the Humanities

Organizer: Laura Perry

Podcasts have left the garage and entered the university. This seminar considers the ever-expanding place of podcasts and podcasting in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship. Are podcasts... more

Arabic Literature in a Global Context

Organizer: Sattar Izwaini

Arabic Literature in a Global Context Organizer: Sattar Izwaini Co-organizer: Imed Nsiri The Arabic language and literature have long been present in different venues at the global level where... more

Hayao Miyazaki: the Auteur of Animation Films

Organizer: Yu-Yun Hsieh

When Hayao Miyazaki, the world-famous founder of Studio Ghibli, received the Golden Lion award for life achievement in 2005, he was lauded as one of the greatest directors in Japanese cinema for... more

Fragile Ecologies and Discontinuous Modernities

Organizer: Dr. Rupsa Banerjee

In cosmogonical texts like the Navajo Myth, the search for an ecology of inter-species relations is threatened by the meeting of the horizons of the sky and the earth which unhinges the stable cosmos... more

Theory and the Novel

Organizer: Athanassia Williamson

What does a novel do? Recent theoretical work on the novel has tended to emphasize the novel’s facility for world-making—for the organization of all its different elements within a global whole (... more

Gender and Solidarity in African Literatures

Organizer: Sanja Nivesjö

Solidarity builds upon the formation of imagined collectives across difference, necessarily bringing into play relations of hierarchy and power. Such collective action raises questions about how... more

Politics, Philosophy and Narratives of the Body

Organizer: Claudia Zucca

This seminar seeks to understand the ways contemporary society, with its reliance on technology and the spread of the pandemic have changed perceptions of the body. Virtual reality has become a... more

Asian-Indigenous Relations

Organizer: Yan Lu

Connections between Asians and Indigenous communities have long been formed through Asian migration around the world. Asian diaspora, from indentured labourers to new immigrants, have centuries of... more

Poetics of Authenticity

Organizer: Ron Ben-Tovim

What does “authenticity” denote in the study literature? Is there a way of writing authentically, reading authentically, or is authenticity just the effect of certain kinds of literary tension or... more

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