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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.

History and the Time of Speculative Ecology

Organizer: Kurt Cavender

A decade ago, Dipesh Chakrabarty declared in “The Climate of History: Four Theses” that understanding climate change required a transformation in our concept of history. This seminar poses... more

Anticommunist Imaginary

Organizer: Alla Ivanchikova

While most cultural theorists, since Edward Said, have been attuned to the dangers of Orientalism, they are less conscious of the long-term othering strategies that originated in the Cold War that... more

Cold War Humanism

Organizer: Peter Kalliney

This panel addresses the aesthetic trends, cultural institutions, and literary movements that emerged in the Third World during the Cold War. Decolonization in Africa and Asia ushered in a new period... more

Dreaming within/beyond the Crisis of the Present

Organizer: Geordie Miller

What happens to a dream defeated? The dream in question is as old as modernity: the dream of an alternative to capitalism. Current and looming crises would seem to make a mockery of the question. For... more

Latinx Modernisms

Organizer: John Cutler

This seminar proposes to explore Latinx modernism(s) as a set of challenges both to modernist studies broadly construed and to Latinx literary studies internally. A handful of Latinx studies scholars... more

New Directions in Style: Beyond Form

Organizer: Michael Dango

The past decade has seen an outpouring of work on form. Relatively little, by comparison, has foregrounded style.  What is the relation between form and style? How does style get us leverage on... more

Global Slaveries

Organizer: Laura Murphy

Despite its utterly inhumane contours, slavery is a wholly human endeavor, an exploitative relationship between an extractor of labor and a producer of labor. At the same time, as an institution... more

SF in/of China

Organizer: Cara Healey

This seminar seeks to create a cross-cultural dialogue on China in SF (speculative fiction / science fiction / science fantasy) and Chinese SF.  An imagined “China” has been and continues... more

World Literature: Circulations Outside the Modern

Organizer: Alexander Beecroft

The theory and practice of world literature has often seemed to depend on a notion of modernity. Sometimes, this has been explicit, through a focus on forms of circulation and influence which have... more

Legal Forms

Organizer: Geoff Baker

What is the relationship between legal history or juridical concept, on the one hand, and aesthetic form or genre history, on the other? At least four decades after the beginnings of “law and... more

Impersonal Intimacy in an Expanded Field

Organizer: Aleksandr Prigozhin

As critics like Leo Bersani and Tim Dean have shown, there’s much to be gained for criticism by decentering the self in addressing questions of intimacy. In their critiques of the sovereign ego,... more

Sound Waves

Organizer: Julie Beth Napolin

“Voice” is both a key metaphor and a key medium of politics. Political participation is figured as “having a voice”; the word vote has its origins in the Latin vovere, “to vow.” But what of the sonic... more

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