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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.

Nizar Qabbani: The Poet and The Critic

Organizer: Hicham Kharroub

This seminar attempts to start a book project on the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998), one of most prominent Arab literary figures of the 20th Century. It proposes to be a comprehensive book on... more

Para-academic Genres

Organizer: Jennifer Wang

In September 2021, poet and professor Cathy Park Hong was featured on the front cover of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People” annual issue. Comedian Ali Wong’s review of Hong’s book... more

The New Waves

Organizer: Aleksander Sedzielarz

Various “new waves” traverse and connect film, music, and fashion around the world. This panel invites contributors to rethink established new waves, discuss research on emerging new waves, and... more

Human Capital

Organizer: Ben Baer

Although human beings have been bought and sold for millennia, the question of what a human life is worth, on average, in a calculable monetary metric, emerges with the beginnings of modern political... more

Debating World Literature through National Literature

Organizer: Naghmeh Esmaeilpour

This seminar seeks papers that reflect on how national authors attempt to introduce and present their countries through the lens of the literature to the world readers, on the one hand, and how the... more

Cultural Narratives of the War on Drugs

Organizer: Fernando Esquivel-Suarez

The 1980s became a period of inflection. The enforcement of international prohibitionist policies known as the “War on Drugs” (WoD) produced endless cycles of violence. One clear outcome has been... more

Resistance and Incarceration in Global Contexts

Organizer: Juyoun Jang

Critical prison studies and literary scholars such as Dylan Rodríguez, Joy James, Dennis Childs, and Patrick Elliot Alexander make connections between contemporary imprisoned men and women’s... more


Organizer: Yuji Kato

One of the most appropriate topics for this coming conference would be the interactions and convergences of different identities and cultures in films, novels, poems, video clips, and other cultural... more

The Making and Unmaking of the Asian Body

Organizer: Anna Cheng

The Making and Unmaking of the Asian Body Mask-wearing for entering indoor aeras, symptom monitoring every day, and self-testing every seven days—all these extreme procedures have become the new... more

Home and the World in Postcolonial Travel Writing

Organizer: Abrona Lee Pandi Aden

Home and the World in Postcolonial Travel Writing Travel, in the conventional sense of the term, suggests movement from the space of the home to the world outside. The home and the world thus make... more

Martin Scorsese's Neglected Films

Organizer: Phillip Sipiora

Martin Scorsese's Neglected Films Phillip Sipiora, Coordinator Gary D. Rhodes, Co-Coordinator   Martin Scorsese entered the ranks of promising American filmmakers in 1967 with his film,... more

Asian Fun

Organizer: Seulghee Lee

A new wave of Asian cultural representation currently saturates the globe. In the United States, it presents nothing less than a watershed moment in and for Asian American life. Regardless of what... more

De-Centering Magic Realism

Organizer: Carlo Stranges

Over the years, many novels and authors have been classified under the category of Magic Realism. The name comes from the German art movement of the nineteen-twenties but has been used to define a... more