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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 Novel from Land to Sea

Organizer: Victoria Baena

In this seminar, we hope to rethink long-held associations between novel and nation-state in light of recent insights from oceanic studies, archipelagic studies, as well as transatlantic,... more

Postwar Asian Management and Its Mediated Forms

Organizer: Hannah Airriess

This seminar is interested in postwar media forms in the context of the period’s management theory as it became implemented as corporate practice in East Asia, during an era often said to be defined... more

Solidarities in the Global South

Organizer: Ali Kulez

This panel reflects on the political possibilities and limitiations of encounters in the global South. Emerging first as a post-Cold War alternative to the Three-World model, the term “South” has... more

Reparation, Reckoning, and Reconciliation

Organizer: Kim Rostan

More than a century old, reparations discourse in the United States resurfaced with renewed fervor following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others. The... more

Rhetoric of discourses on crises

Organizer: Barbara Sobczak/ Monika Wójciak

Many social and political crises in recent years have stemmed off global events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and local events such as the war in Syria or the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.... more


Organizer: Fredrik Rönnbäck

In his essay “Anachronism and the Conflict of Times,” published last year in Diacritics, Jacques Rancière revisits his defense of anachronism against the attempts by historian Lucien Febvre,... more

The Place of Podcasts in the Humanities

Organizer: Laura Perry

Podcasts have left the garage and entered the university. This seminar considers the ever-expanding place of podcasts and podcasting in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship. Are podcasts... more

Arabic Literature in a Global Context

Organizer: Sattar Izwaini

Arabic Literature in a Global Context Organizer: Sattar Izwaini Co-organizer: Imed Nsiri The Arabic language and literature have long been present in different venues at the global level where... more

Hayao Miyazaki: the Auteur of Animation Films

Organizer: Yu-Yun Hsieh

When Hayao Miyazaki, the world-famous founder of Studio Ghibli, received the Golden Lion award for life achievement in 2005, he was lauded as one of the greatest directors in Japanese cinema for... more

Fragile Ecologies and Discontinuous Modernities

Organizer: Dr. Rupsa Banerjee

In cosmogonical texts like the Navajo Myth, the search for an ecology of inter-species relations is threatened by the meeting of the horizons of the sky and the earth which unhinges the stable cosmos... more

Theory and the Novel

Organizer: Athanassia Williamson

What does a novel do? Recent theoretical work on the novel has tended to emphasize the novel’s facility for world-making—for the organization of all its different elements within a global whole (... more

Gender and Solidarity in African Literatures

Organizer: Sanja Nivesjö

Solidarity builds upon the formation of imagined collectives across difference, necessarily bringing into play relations of hierarchy and power. Such collective action raises questions about how... more