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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 Elemental and the Formless

Organizer: Oliver Aas

This seminar departs from the idea that we need a clearer understanding of elemental forms—traditional and non-traditional—that are in different stages of becoming formless (loss, disappearance,... more

Period Genres

Organizer: Cheng-Chai Chiang

Genre has been marshalled by scholars in recent years to unscript and rewrite literary histories, whether by tracking the stability and mutations of formal conventions to historicize the present, or... more

Literature and Global Responsibility

Organizer: Stefano Bellin

Many of the problems of today’s world are global in nature and scope, and thus need to be approached in a global fashion. Yet, as the reaction to the current pandemic shows, we struggle to think and... more

The Enigma of Karl Lagerfeld

Organizer: Christophe Koné

It’s not even been three years since Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld died in February 2019 and already several serious biographies by respected journalists have come out in France: Kaiser... more

Experimental Form, Experimental Thought?

Organizer: Aili Pettersson Peeker

Today, experiments about how humans think usually take place in a lab, allowing researchers to locate thought processes in the brain with unprecedented precision. However, writers have experimented... more

Free Education, Comparatively

Organizer: Rei Terada

Over two sessions, this panel asks how to think and learn otherwise than through the contemporary university's financial structures and myriad forms of unfreedom. More than ten years down the line... more

The “Geo” turn in Translation Studies

Organizer: Saswati Saha

Space and spatiality have been significant coordinates in the study of translation in the West. The concept has long been included in humanities and social sciences too by scholars like Edward Soja (... more

Orientation in and through Texts

Organizer: Reinhard G. Mueller

Orientation in and through Texts Organized on behalf of the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation How do we orient ourselves to texts? And how do texts orientate us? How do texts shape the... more