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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.

Decolonizing Knowledge

Organizer: Maya Nitis

The 21st century can be characterized by efforts to address systemic racism, increasingly taken up in academic scholarship and praxis. Nevertheless, institutions of secondary education continue to... more

Literatures of the Palaeoanthropocene

Organizer: Evan Nicoll-Johnson

This seminar seeks papers that address perspectives on nature and the environment in the literatures of the Palaeoanthropocene. “Palaeoanthropocene” refers to “the time interval before the industrial... more

Teaching Fiction and Immigration

Organizer: Vivian Kao

This seminar invites proposals centered on the practice of teaching fictional texts that focus on immigration and immigrant experiences. Proposals may address the teaching of fictional texts of any... more

Center of the World: Africa facing the Indian Ocean

Organizer: Susan Andrade

We know that Africa is and has always been part of the world, yet recent institutionalized forms of world literature still represent African literature so parochially as to encourage some Africanists... more

Aesthetic Practice and the Political Imagination

Organizer: Cynthia Gao

The anti-imperialist and revolutionary struggles of the Long 60s tend to be posed in contradistinction to social movements that have organized in response to neoliberalization. This distinction runs... more

Feminist Textualities in the Urban Novel

Organizer: Geetha Ramanathan

This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the relationship between the urban environment and women], as portrayed in fiction. We are interested in works written by women that could properly be... more

Literature, Ecology, and Ethics

Organizer: Danny Luzon

“The ethics of the ecological thought is to regard beings as people even when they aren’t people.” –Timothy Morton, The Ecological Thought In The Ecological Thought, Timothy Morton positions... more

White Supremacy and/as Neoliberal Culture

Organizer: Patricia Ventura

From the French writer Jean Raspail’s infamous 1973 dystopian novel Le Camp des Saints (The Camp of the Saints) to William L. Pierce’s equally infamous 1978 novel of insurrection The Turner Diaries (... more

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