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

Comparative Perspectives on the Nobel Complex

Organizer: Michael Ka-chi Cheuk

The Nobel Prize in literature is the world’s most prestigious and recognized literary prize. Observers have coined the term “Nobel complex” to describe the sustained efforts and emotional investments... more

Magister Mundi? Hermann Hesse’s Global Impact

Organizer: Neale Cunningham

There is a ‘universal’ element to be found in Hermann Hesse’s works. Hesse is ‘global’ as a writer in the sense that his texts reach and affect individual readers transculturally in a way that they... more

Anthologies: the making of canons and beyond

Organizer: Gaultier Roux

The notion of anthology is little, or even not studied, by literary theory. Largely ignored by researchers in both a theoretical and a comparative perspectives, anthologies are mostly taken in... more

Duration and Deceleration in Film and Theory

Organizer: Patricia Keller

This seminar explores the concept of deceleration in relation to cinematic production, cinematic experience, and critical theory. The poetics of deceleration can be traced back to early cinema when... more

The Philology of Affect: Comparative Perspectives

Organizer: Claudio Sansone

In the first of what we hope will be a series of world-philological seminars—bringing together experts working on disparate cultures and languages—we want to explore the relation between philology... more

Technology & Poiesis, East and West

Organizer: Timothy Murray

The conjunction of “Technology & Poiesis” stems from Western philosophies of technology, from Heidegger to Stiegler, Lyotard Nancy to Conley and Hansen, where techné contrasts the poiesis of... more

Trauma, Censorship, and Narratives of Discomfort

Organizer: Nidhi Shrivastava

The recent scrapping of Mahashewta Devi’s short story “Draupadi” and the works of Dalit writers Bama and Sukhartharini from Delhi University Syllabus draws attention to the politics of erasure and... more

(Re)Mapping Gender

Organizer: Tegan Zimmerman

Climate change, the pandemic, forced migration, military incursions, hardened human rights policies, lack of access to self-determination, and other retrenchments remind us of the interconnectedness... more

Soma Studies

Organizer: Norma Cantu

Organizers propose Soma Studies, a mode of analysis that centers the intelligent body a primary social actor as recently argued in Stephanie Fetta’s Shaming Into Brown: Transactions of Race in Latina... more

Political Botany

Organizer: Jan Mieszkowski

“To what end do the trees of the primeval forest struggle with each other? For ‘happiness’? For power. . .” Taking as its point of departure Nietzsche’s suggestion that a “will” might be discoverable... more