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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.

The Shifting Temporalities of Documentary Film

Organizer: Maria G. Arenillas

Traditionally, documentary has been associated with memory, the fragmentary, and with remnants of the past. By foregrounding these temporalities, many filmmakers engage in a dialogue between past and... more

Modernism and Disability Aesthetics

Organizer: Rafael Hernandez

Recent work in the field of disability studies by scholars like Ato Quayson (2007), Tobin Siebers (2010), Maren Linett (2016), and Suzannah Biernoff (2017) has considered modernism’s appropriation of... more

World Literature: Noise and Silences

Organizer: Luiza Moreira

Current accounts of world literature repeatedly call attention to the decisive power of  major literary languages to determine the structure of the system. However illuminating or accurate... more

Comparative Realisms

Organizer: Aaron Bartels-Swindells

It’s a commonplace to say that realism is having a moment again, or that realism has never left. This seminar recognizes both that realism is always important and that realist critical projects have... more

Configuring Trauma and Ideology in Representation

Organizer: Min Yang

Despite considerable research devoted to expanding our understanding of trauma beyond the unspeakable, which was conceptualized by trauma theorists in the mid-1990s, the nexus between trauma and... more

Revisions of Fascism II: Comparative Fascisms

Organizer: Sanders I Bernstein

In The Anatomy of Fascism, Robert Paxton reminds us that fascism has always proved difficult to define. Fascism “seemed to come from nowhere.” Though it “took on multiple and varied forms” and “... more


Organizer: Shirl Yang

To feel something is “awkward” is to verge on—without exactly arriving at— a judgment: it notes that a situation is uncomfortable without diagnosing what is responsible for that social impasse. (Here... more