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

Resistance and Incarceration in Global Contexts

Organizer: Juyoun Jang

Critical prison studies and literary scholars such as Dylan Rodríguez, Joy James, Dennis Childs, and Patrick Elliot Alexander make connections between contemporary imprisoned men and women’s... more


Organizer: Yuji Kato

One of the most appropriate topics for this coming conference would be the interactions and convergences of different identities and cultures in films, novels, poems, video clips, and other cultural... more

Haitian Literature and Cinema in a Global Context

Organizer: Vermonja Alston

What images of Haiti and Haitians do Haitian writers and filmmakers project out into the world?  How do they represent and interpret the historical, social, political, and cultural realities of... more

The Making and Unmaking of the Asian Body

Organizer: Anna Cheng

The Making and Unmaking of the Asian Body Mask-wearing for entering indoor aeras, symptom monitoring every day, and self-testing every seven days—all these extreme procedures have become the new... more

Home and the World in Postcolonial Travel Writing

Organizer: Abrona Lee Pandi Aden

Home and the World in Postcolonial Travel Writing Travel, in the conventional sense of the term, suggests movement from the space of the home to the world outside. The home and the world thus make... more

Martin Scorsese's Neglected Films

Organizer: Phillip Sipiora

Martin Scorsese's Neglected Films Phillip Sipiora, Coordinator Gary D. Rhodes, Co-Coordinator   Martin Scorsese entered the ranks of promising American filmmakers in 1967 with his film,... more

Asian Fun

Organizer: Seulghee Lee

A new wave of Asian cultural representation currently saturates the globe. In the United States, it presents nothing less than a watershed moment in and for Asian American life. Regardless of what... more

De-Centering Magic Realism

Organizer: Carlo Stranges

Over the years, many novels and authors have been classified under the category of Magic Realism. The name comes from the German art movement of the nineteen-twenties but has been used to define a... more

The American Comparative Literature Association

Organizer: Jamie Buster

The White-Hat Savior: Red Dead Redemption 2  and the White Savior Complex For the past 100 years the story of the white hat cowboy riding into the sunset has dominated the American Western... more

Archipelagic Asia

Organizer: Nicolai Volland

The study of literature of/in Asia remains fragmented, along the lines of nations, histories, ethnicities, languages, and disciplines—all concepts that are rooted, epistemologically and pragmatically... more