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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.

Theater Studies/Political Theory

Organizer: Martin Harries

Much of the time theatre people who say they are thinking about politics are really thinking about social issues. And for much of the same time political theorists who appear to be talking about... more

Al-Mutanabbi, Arabic literature, and World Literature

Organizer: Omar Khalifah

Despite the increasing interest in, and studies about, the location of Arabic literature within world literature, pre-modern Arab poets and prose writers haven’t been adequately represented in world... more

Translating the Midwest

Organizer: Yopie Prins

This seminar seeks to foreground a concept of the Midwest as a complex multilingual space, decisively shaped both by the great migration from the American South and by successive waves of immigration... more

First Person/Third Person

Organizer: Theo Davis

Basketball players know when they get the hot hand—when making a basket increases the likelihood of making the next. Yet as the authors of “The Hot Hand in Basketball” (1985) demonstrate, “there is... more

Cruel Encounters

Organizer: Philip Armstrong

Seminar: Cruel Encounters 2020 ACLA Convention Organizers: Philip Armstrong (Ohio State University) and Ashley Pérez (Ohio State University)   This seminar invites participants to consider... more

"Beyond the Facts": Photography and Form

Organizer: Tavid Mulder

When questioned on the simplicity of his photographs of a changing landscape in what he called the New West, Robert Adams answered that “photographs are only convincing if the photographer pays... more

Women and Sex and Talk

Organizer: John Paul Ricco

Over 20 years since Candace Vogler’s important essay “Sex and Talk” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 1998), and in the midst of the #MeToo movement and what has been referred to as the "#MeToo novel," this... more

Runaway Genres: the Global Afterlives of Slavery

Organizer: Sangeeta Ray

Title: Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery  In Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery, Yogita Goyal argues that slavery has emerged as the defining template through which... more

Up in the Air: Atmospheres in the Anthropocene

Organizer: Dora Zhang

The concept of atmosphere and its cognates - milieu, ambiance, mood, Stimmung - are increasingly, so to speak, in the air. Although it is a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives and our warming... more

The University We Want

Organizer: Ian Butcher

The University We Want This seminar asks when we let ourselves engage in utopian thinking, what do we want the university to be? We recognize that the university needs to change, but what... more