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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.

The Transpacific Metropolis

Organizer: Kevin Vennemann

Prof. Dr. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, The University of Tokyo, Japan Kevin Vennemann, Ph.D., Scripps College, Claremont, CA The Transpacific Metropolis The metropolis, a space as stimulating as it... more

Intra-Asian Feminisms: Then and Now

Organizer: Clara Iwasaki

In the late nineteenth century, along with the rise of anti-imperial networks of collaboration in Asia (as studied by Rebecca Karl and Prasenjit Duara, among others), many Asian feminists began to... more

Framing Fantasy for Pragmatic Purposes

Organizer: Julie Allen

In his 1947 essay "On Fairy Stories," J.R.R. Tolkien defends the importance and value of fantasy to a world skeptical of its relationship to rationality and observable fact. He argues that "Fantasy... more

Expanding Black and Indigenous Ecologies

Organizer: Bonnie Etherington

This seminar seeks to navigate the intersections of Black and Indigenous ecologies. Colonial epistemologies marginalize Black and Indigenous peoples and their knowledge  in discussions about... more

Translation in Future Contexts

Organizer: Carles Prado-Fonts

Translation today is conceptually and practically influenced by the globalized economies, transnational cultures, and communities in migration that proliferated in the late twentieth and early twenty... more

The Emergence of Black Italians

Organizer: Amanda Minervini

The Italian Netflix series Zero marked the historical moment in which Italy produced an international show whose cast is predominantly Black. The cultural work for this achievement had been laid down... more


Organizer: Benjamin Schreier

Much has been written about our discipline’s presumed post-theory age. Some lament the passing of theory, many celebrate it, and quite a few others have devoted their professional energies to... more

"US Literatures and World Literatures"

Organizer: Emad Mirmotahari

This seminar invites papers at any stage of their development whose aim it is to grapple with the connectivities and potential connectivities between US literatures (the definition of which is itself... more

Reproductive Dystopias

Organizer: Heather Latimer

In Spring 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic first hit major cities across the world, people started prophesying that we were living in end times. In the U.S., the Trump administration had already... more

Reimagining Postcolonial Literary Studies

Organizer: Praseeda Gopinath

Postcolonial literary studies is at a pivotal disciplinary moment. At its inception postcolonial studies was a radical intervention; it allowed for both a critique of imperial intersections of... more

Architectures, Experiences, Stories of Sameness

Organizer: Christian Parreno

Since the last decades of the twentieth century, several accounts have emerged to describe the modern built environment as a circumstance without “inside” nor “outside” and without “here” nor “there... more