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

Anarchism and Culture

Organizer: Ania Aizman

Inviting interlocutors from a range of backgrounds and scholarly traditions, this seminar might consider canonized authors or anonymous zines, cult films or unknown archives, and works of art from... more

The Glissant Variations

Organizer: Seulghee Lee

This seminar seeks to delineate the continued influence of Edouard Glissant in critical thought. Our aim is to approach Glissant’s various conceptual keywords—“opacity,” “relation,” “detournment,” “... more

World Theory

Organizer: Jeffrey Di Leo

Disciplines from literary studies to environmentalism have been undergoing of late a spectacular reorientation whose result has been the refocusing of entire fields, methodologies, and... more

The Global Lyric Project

Organizer: Andrew Hui

The lyric is back (or perhaps it never went away). Consider the fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins’s Lyric... more

Economies of Entitlement and Complicity

Organizer: Anirban Gupta-Nigam

[This seminar proposal merges seminars originally entitled "Economies of Entitlement: From Droit du Seigneur to White Nationalism" and "Complicity"] This seminar investigates the intersections and... more

The Short Story's Global Dimensions

Organizer: Gavin Jones

The genre of the short story can seem compounded into a national narrative of emergence, theorization, and outsized importance in the United States. As Michael Collins has noted, the formal closure... more

A Glam Shame: Camp and Stigma

Organizer: Ian Fleishman

In celebration of WorldPride NYC, last month The Met published a two-part celebratory blog series on their ongoing exhibition, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Pushing back, as have so many others, against... more

Poetics from the Global South

Organizer: Nathan Suhr-Sytsma

“What if we posit that, in the present moment, it is the global south that affords privileged insight into the workings of the world at large?” Jean and John Comaroff, Theory from the South “... more

Baroque Temporalities: Form and Afterlives

Organizer: Nicholas Fenech

The purpose of this seminar is to develop new insights into the Baroque from the perspective of how it casts temporality. This is a critical dimension of what we now refer to as the historical... more

Genres of Climate Violence

Organizer: Joshua Clover

Despite the conventional association of “green” activism with pacific political action, and of climate policy with at most something like “slow violence,” the last year has made visible the more... more

Queer Pragmatics

Organizer: Adam Sax

In Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz argues that “Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.” Muñoz’... more