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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.

Histories Revisited in Doctorow's Ragtime

Organizer: Marwan Abdi

This article offers a postmodern reading of   E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime which is labeled as a Historiographical Metafiction. It highlights some of the avant-garde strategies Doctorow utilize... more

Anti-colonial Aesthetics and the Global Cold War

Organizer: Jini Kim Watson

In recent years, the Cold War has been theorized as a global process that coincided with and intercepted decolonization, resulting in the very creation of the Third World or Global South (Westad 2005... more

Collaborative Intellectual Labor Today

Organizer: Gabriele Lazzari

In recent decades, the practice of collaborative intellectual labor has had an unexpected resurgence, both among writers and artists, and within scholarly and academic spaces. Drawing on a rich... more

Unjust Philologies in the “Modern” University

Organizer: Tanvi Solanki

In this seminar, we wish to examine how people of different positionalities vis a vis the ‘center’ and ‘peripheries’ of modern research universities, practice comparative literary studies within... more

The elusive woman

Organizer: christina kkona

Scholarly interest in portrayals of female errancy has mainly focused on works of previous eras, from Ariosto’s women wanderers to Francisco López de Úbeda’s La picara Justina (1605) to Frances... more

The Cultures of Global Post/Socialisms

Organizer: Claudia Sadowski-Smith

Our panel seeks work on cultural productions that contribute to comparative assessments of the globality of state socialism and its legacies, which we designate in the term post/socialism (Chari and... more

Mobilizing Creativity in the Humanities

Organizer: Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Every inventive nature continuously produces one shape from another. Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary and adopt a new form.  Ovid, Metamorphoses This... more

Counter media, counterpublics, resistance

Organizer: Tatjana Aleksić

Unlike the term counter culture, which roughly designates opposition to mainstream cultural trends, the term counter media has received little engagement, and then almost exclusively in relation to... more

Fantasy and Global Cities, 1830-1930

Organizer: Klaudia Lee

Despite the claims of critics such as Rosemary Jackson and Stephen Prickett that modern fantasy is, in part, a reaction to industrialization, few projects have explored nineteenth- and early-... more

Voice: Enunciation, Meaning, Representation

Organizer: John Un

Voice has been a privileged term for many literary explorations. The term implies subjectivity, a source of discourse, and a particularity to enunciation; voice thus designates not only speech, but... more

World Literature and Moral Injury

Organizer: Renee Randall

The term “moral injury” entered our vocabularies in 1994. Responding to his experience treating US military veterans of the war in Vietnam, psychologist Jonathan Shay nuanced what had until then... more

Entangled Waterscapes in Asia

Organizer: Kwai-Cheung Lo

Waterscape appeals to scholars interested in the entanglements between waters and politics in Asia. Modern capitalism and imperialism were enabled by the sea which liberated politics and economy from... more

Comparative Migration

Organizer: Maya Aghasi

This panel aims to compare flows of migration, broadly conceived, in and around Asia. Migration includes international migration, for instance, South-East Asians or Arabs migrating to countries in... more