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Seminars

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 Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Entangled Waterscapes in Asia

Organizer: Kwai-Cheung Lo

Waterscape appeals to scholars interested in the entanglements between waters and politics in Asia. Modern capitalism and imperialism were enabled by the sea which liberated politics and economy from... more

The Transpacific Metropolis

Organizer: Kevin Vennemann

Prof. Dr. Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, The University of Tokyo, Japan Kevin Vennemann, Ph.D., Scripps College, Claremont, CA The Transpacific Metropolis The metropolis, a space as stimulating as it... more

Intra-Asian Feminisms: Then and Now

Organizer: Clara Iwasaki

In the late nineteenth century, along with the rise of anti-imperial networks of collaboration in Asia (as studied by Rebecca Karl and Prasenjit Duara, among others), many Asian feminists began to... more

Framing Fantasy for Pragmatic Purposes

Organizer: Julie Allen

In his 1947 essay "On Fairy Stories," J.R.R. Tolkien defends the importance and value of fantasy to a world skeptical of its relationship to rationality and observable fact. He argues that "Fantasy... more

Expanding Black and Indigenous Ecologies

Organizer: Bonnie Etherington

This seminar seeks to navigate the intersections of Black and Indigenous ecologies. Colonial epistemologies marginalize Black and Indigenous peoples and their knowledge  in discussions about... more

Translation in Future Contexts

Organizer: Carles Prado-Fonts

Translation today is conceptually and practically influenced by the globalized economies, transnational cultures, and communities in migration that proliferated in the late twentieth and early twenty... more

The Emergence of Black Italians

Organizer: Amanda Minervini

The Italian Netflix series Zero marked the historical moment in which Italy produced an international show whose cast is predominantly Black. The cultural work for this achievement had been laid down... more

"US Literatures and World Literatures"

Organizer: Emad Mirmotahari

This seminar invites papers at any stage of their development whose aim it is to grapple with the connectivities and potential connectivities between US literatures (the definition of which is itself... more

Reimagining Postcolonial Literary Studies

Organizer: Praseeda Gopinath

Postcolonial literary studies is at a pivotal disciplinary moment. At its inception postcolonial studies was a radical intervention; it allowed for both a critique of imperial intersections of... more

Refugee Narratives

Organizer: Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi

Engaging refugee narratives is more important and urgent now than ever. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), forced displacement is at an all-time high. As of June 2021, there are... more

Worlds of Location

Organizer: Jesse van Amelsvoort

The discipline of world literature has historically been interested in texts’ cross-border mobility and transnational translation. Well-known is the scholarship that classifies those texts as ‘world... more

Paracolonial Formations, Sec. 1

Organizer: Darwin Tsen

ACLA’s 2022 setting in Taiwan provides a powerful occasion to take up the idea of what we are calling the paracolonial. We start our conversation by considering the contradictions that the entity “... more

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