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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.

Disciplines of Decolonization

Organizer: Anjuli Gunaratne

The primary question this panel poses is this: can we trace a global lexicon of decolonization? Our hope is to think, on a larger scale, about how the ideas that shaped the era of decolonization and... more

Europeanism or Euroscepticism: European Identity

Organizer: Nurettin Ucar

Europeanism or Euroscepticism: European Identity  In 2003, Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida published an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Libération, which enunciated... more

Poetics of Sovereignty

Organizer: Arif Camoglu

This seminar explores articulations of sovereignty in literature and/or theory marked by imperial, colonial, or national violence. How is sovereignty constituted or defied in texts, including those... more

Writing the Self and its Shame

Organizer: Chloé Vettier

Before the confessional booth appeared in the 16th century, one of the confessors’ main tasks was to decipher, based on confessants’ bodily attitudes, what they were really ashamed of and potentially... more

The Great Catastrophe

Organizer: Andrea Capra

The specter of the catastrophe haunts human history: from millennial eschatological visions of the end-times to scientifically fueled scenarios of nuclear apocalypse. In You Must Change Your Life... more


Organizer: Joel Duncan

No commodity has defined 20th century production and consumption more than the automobile. This seminar aims to explore the centrality of cars to artistic and literary experimentation, from the... more

Uljana Wolf Across Languages

Organizer: Brigitte Rath

Texts that do not fit comfortably into the literature of any one language prove to be especially productive for genuinely comparative lines of inquiry. Labelled with terms such as multilingual,... more

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

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