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Anyone who would like to organize a seminar for our 2023 Annual Meeting (Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Illinois, March 16-19, 2023) must first post a call for papers here. Calls for papers will be accepted through September 30, 2022.

Symbolic Animals: On Representation

Organizer: Alya Ansari

In a germinal essay of literary study, W.J.T. Mitchell observes that the human, “for many philosophers both ancient and modern, is the “representational animal,” homo symbolicum, the creature whose... more

ACLA 2023

Organizer: Nwankwo Nwaezeigwe

STRENGTH, SPIRITUALISM AND ROMANCE IN ACHEBE’S THINGS FALL APART Nwankwo Tony. Nwaezeigwe                 ... more

The Short Story's Global Dimensions

Organizer: Gavin Jones

The genre of the short story can seem compounded into a national narrative of emergence, theorization, and outsized importance in the United States. As Michael Collins has noted, the formal closure... more

Creative Nonfiction

Organizer: Dibakar Pal

Creative writing is based more on manifestation rather than on expression. It does not inform, rather it reveals. So it bears no reference. The best creative writing is critical, and the best... more


Organizer: Liza Michaeli

Kafka. All this agitation should be controlled Weil.  May this body move or be still, with perfect suppleness or rigidity, in continuous conformity to thy will Peter 4 : 7. Be ye therefore... more