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Seminars

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 Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST.

Agamben's Later Works

Organizer: Frances Restuccia

This seminar will focus on the later works of Giorgio Agamben, mainly The Use of Bodies and studies published in English during or after 2015:  e.g., Pilate and Jesus, The Fire and the Tale, The... more

Political Implications of the Poetics of Philosophy

Organizer: Osman Nemli

Following world shattering social and political events in the 20th century, philosophy’s ability to be an adequate or efficacious discipline to change, let alone interpret, the world was brought into... more

Nature's Desire

Organizer: Tom Carlson

In “The First Elegy” written at Duino, Rilke tells us “Yes—the springtimes needed you. Often a star / was waiting for you to notice it.” The statement is exhilarating. Why? Could it be because we... more

Rabindranath Tagore and his Creative Genius

Organizer: Medha Bhattacharyya

Rabindranath Tagore was the first Nobel Laureate of Asia. He was a multi-talented genius. He experimented in several fields of creativity namely, song, dance, poetry, dramas, short stories, novels,... more

The Enemy Image of the Jew in World Literature

Organizer: Wisam Chaleila

This seminar seeks to examine the motif of the multiple enemy images of the Jew in American and European literatures / world literature. The enemy image of the Jew is usually illustrated as a... more

Oil & Water

Organizer: ​Délice Williams

Oil is everywhere, and that fact about the material world is generating more and more interest in a range of fields. Signs of the increasing visibility of oil as an object of study in the... more

Sexual Difference and Cultural Difference

Organizer: Yitian Zhai

Feminist philosophy rarely takes the non-Western ideas as its theoretical resources. Now that gender plurality has been dominating the feminist theories over the past decade, it is easy to... more

Latinx Life Writing: Past, Present, and Future

Organizer: Christine Fernandez

This seminar will bring together scholars engaging thematic and generic issues in Latinx Life Writing. Texts from life writing genres including memoir, autobiography, autoethnography, oral history,... more

Speculative Fiction Outside the Anglosphere

Organizer: Ian Campbell

This seminar will discuss works of SF, broadly defined, that were originally published in languages other than English. The question we will discuss is how a particular text uses diction, grammar or... more

Literature on Drugs

Organizer: Trisha Urmi Banerjee

Drugs can lead to addiction or exorbitant wealth, friendship or incarceration, championship titles or memory loss. Against the backdrop of fervent contemporary conversations spanning domestic and... more

Modernist Studies, Contemporary Problems

Organizer: Alexander Jones

In the past decade, modernist studies has been animated by the issue of periodization. As a concept, modernism has been projected backwards and forwards in space and time. Attempts to clarify the “... more

Cry, Beloved Homeland

Organizer: bharati jagannathan

Human beings have always moved from one place to another; the very dispersal of people across the globe is evidence of this historical transhumance. And yet, in much of recorded history, while some... more

Decay Theory

Organizer: Christopher Walker

Scholars have recently turned to processes of decay as a way to theorize what has been excluded or marginalized in totalizing formulations of capital, the Anthropocene, and the global. From within... more

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