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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.

Seduced Heroes, Seduced Readers

Organizer: Alexandra Schamel

Leo Tolstoy might have captured some metafictional truth about the profession of literature when he remarked at the beginning of Anna Karenina, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is... more

Religion in/as High and Popular Culture

Organizer: Ryan Siemers

Organized by the American Religion and Literature Society, this seminar proposes to examine religion in (or as) high and popular culture. While religion has garnered increasing attention in both... more

Making Sense of Digitality

Organizer: Jacqueline Chia

Making Sense of Digitality   Erich Hörl defines the technological condition as a site where we make sense of the world today. Sensing—ways of seeing and being, and that which ultimately... more

Trauma Theory and Beyond

Organizer: Leonie Ettinger

An essential consideration for psychoanalysis has been the period of latency in traumatic experience since Sigmund Freud’s investigation of war neuroses in Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920). The... more

The Lyric Self and Courtly Traditions

Organizer: James Redmond

A new preference for the production and consumption of lyric forms of poetry, over that of more narrative options like the epic, often coincided with a governing body’s establishment of courtly norms... more

Literary Translation as Scholarship: A Workshop

Organizer: Kate Costello

This seminar poses literary translation as an integral part of our work as comparatists. Recognizing the dearth of opportunities to discuss translation practice, this ACLA seminar will take a... more

Literary Diagnosis and the Anti-Medical Humanities

Organizer: Melanie Jones

With Health Humanities programs on the rise and medical memoirs flooding our bookshelves, it is easy to forget that the alliances forged between literary representation and medical discourse are new... more

The Storytelling of the Disaster

Organizer: Hiroki Yoshikuni

According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed... more

Rethinking and Revaluing the Rhythmic

Organizer: Thomas Wisniewski

Rethinking and Revaluing the Rhythmic For John Dewey, writing in 1910, the history of philosophy was to be understood in terms of a rhythmic ebb and flow of theory and practice: one would recede in... more

Teaching Empathy through Literature

Organizer: Mukti Mangharam

This seminar asks: Is it possible to teach empathy towards those perceived as different from ourselves? Scholars have variously affirmed or denied this possibility. Lynn Hunt most famously argued... more

Beyond Subject/Object: Posthumanism in Latin America

Organizer: Dana Khromov

The humanities have taken a turn in the last quarter century toward the posthuman, a shift founded on a decentering of the Cartesian subject and a concomitant reconsideration of how the human is... more


Organizer: Lisa Tucker

The purpose of this literary presentation is to highlight from quadril-disciplinary perspectives—gender studies, cultural studies, psychological studies and historical studies--the silenced victims... more

The Exhaustion of Humanitarianism?

Organizer: Luis Fernando Restrepo

Although in Humanitarian Reason  Didier Fassin argued that humanitarianism is a defining element of the present era, articulating concerns for vulnerable populations worldwide, there are... more