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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.

Technology & Poiesis, East and West

Organizer: Timothy Murray

The conjunction of “Technology & Poiesis” stems from Western philosophies of technology, from Heidegger to Stiegler, Lyotard Nancy to Conley and Hansen, where techné contrasts the poiesis of... more

Trauma, Censorship, and Narratives of Discomfort

Organizer: Nidhi Shrivastava

The recent scrapping of Mahashewta Devi’s short story “Draupadi” and the works of Dalit writers Bama and Sukhartharini from Delhi University Syllabus draws attention to the politics of erasure and... more

(Re)Mapping Gender

Organizer: Tegan Zimmerman

Climate change, the pandemic, forced migration, military incursions, hardened human rights policies, lack of access to self-determination, and other retrenchments remind us of the interconnectedness... more

Soma Studies

Organizer: Norma Cantu

Organizers propose Soma Studies, a mode of analysis that centers the intelligent body a primary social actor as recently argued in Stephanie Fetta’s Shaming Into Brown: Transactions of Race in Latina... more

Political Botany

Organizer: Jan Mieszkowski

“To what end do the trees of the primeval forest struggle with each other? For ‘happiness’? For power. . .” Taking as its point of departure Nietzsche’s suggestion that a “will” might be discoverable... more

Aesthetic Practice and the Political Imagination

Organizer: Cynthia Gao

The anti-imperialist and revolutionary struggles of the Long 60s tend to be posed in contradistinction to social movements that have organized in response to neoliberalization. This distinction runs... more

Feminist Textualities in the Urban Novel

Organizer: Geetha Ramanathan

This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the relationship between the urban environment and women], as portrayed in fiction. We are interested in works written by women that could properly be... more