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Thank you to everyone who proposed a seminar for our March 19-22, 2020 conference in Chicago. The Program Committee has made final decisions about seminars and all acceptance letters have already been sent.

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The Long 60s: Age of Documentary

Organizer: Daniella Gitlin

The 50th anniversary of May ’68 inspired a wide array of readings of the events of that month and the years surrounding it, some of which confirmed Kristin Ross’ critique in May ’68 and its... more

China in World Literature: World Literature in China

Organizer: Yitzhak Lewis

China has long been a unique site of exploration, fascination, and exploitation in the imagination of writers and artists around the world. Whether as a symbol, a reference point, a poetic gesture,... more

Ab initio: On Openings, Incipits, & First Lines

Organizer: Kristina Mendicino

Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning, Every poem an epitaph.     T.S. Eliot   “In the beginning”—“bereshit”—“en archê”—“im Anfang”—“en tête”—: each... more

Legibility, Materiality, and the Weather

Organizer: Jayme Collins

“Architecture, fashion – yes, even the weather—are, in the interior of the collective, what the sensoria of organs, the feeling of sickness or health, are in the individual…They stand in the cycle of... more

Censorship and Dissent in South Asia

Organizer: Preeti Singh

The history of censorship in modern South Asia goes back to the Registration of Books Act (1867), used to track anti-state sedition; and to the various indigenous and British non-governmental... more

Abstraction's Forms

Organizer: Sam Fallon

Abstraction has long been a dirty word for literary critics, who tend to valorize the particular, the singular, the concrete. But criticism depends on general categories nonetheless, precisely... more

Literary Form and Potentiality

Organizer: Michael Swacha

This seminar will explore the relationship between literary form and the concept of potentiality. Through our papers and discussions, our hope is to come to a deeper sense of how form may hold... more

Women and Transnational Modernisms

Organizer: Camilla Sutherland

Responding to the recent ‘transnational turn’ in Modernist Studies, as well as the growing field signalled by the establishment of the Feminist Modernist Studies journal in 2018, this seminar will... more

Crisis, End, Lastness

Organizer: Patrick Dove

In his 1968 essay “The Ends of Man,” Jacques Derrida takes issue with those who would reduce the work of Martin Heidegger to just another form of humanism while also calling into question Heidegger’s... more

Forms of Attention

Organizer: Jennifer Reimer

Recent scholarship has placed renewed, and updated, focus on the question of aesthetic form. Building on that focus, this panel asks: how can aesthetic form produce or enable modes of attention, and... more


Organizer: Benjamin Schreier

Much has been written about our discipline’s post-theory age. Some lament the passing of theory, many more celebrate it, and quite a few others have devoted their professional energies to... more

Climates of Antiblackness

Organizer: Nicholas Brady

In her groundbreaking text In The Wake, Christina Sharpe describes antiblackness as a phenomenon that is “pervasive as climate.” Her emphasis on weather and climate reconceptualizes antiblackness as... more

Ramifications of the Literary Qur'an

Organizer: Mohammad Salama

Comparative scholarship on the Qur’an has often focused on affinities with its predecessors in the Abrahamic tradition: historical, linguistic, and eschatological. The literary and figurative aspects... more