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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.

Architectures, Experiences, Stories of Sameness

Organizer: Christian Parreno

Since the last decades of the twentieth century, several accounts have emerged to describe the modern built environment as a circumstance without “inside” nor “outside” and without “here” nor “there... 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

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

Narrating and Visualizing Youth

Organizer: Miao Dou

This seminar explores the importance of youth in various cultural and intellectual contexts from the nineteenth century to the present day. The period witnesses the rise of and, more recently, the... more

Event, Nonevent, Unevent

Organizer: Gabriel Quigley

“the event...brings to pass ‘something other’ than the situation, opinions, instituted knowledges...a hazardous, unpredictable supplement, which vanishes as soon as it appears.” – Alain Badiou,... more

Derrida and Rancière

Organizer: Jen Hui Bon Hoa

This seminar examines the relationship between the work of Jacques Derrida and his former student at the École Normale Supérieure, Jacques Rancière. While Rancière has written two... more

Literature and Media

Organizer: Renren Yang

Two decades into the twenty-first century, this seminar will look to assess and use a comparative approach to expand the “media turn” in studies of literature. The configurations of literature... more

Cultural Indexicality and Agency of Classical Myths

Organizer: Valerio Caldesi Valeri

Cultural Indexicality and Agency of Classical Myths Far from being immutable sacred texts faithfully and uncritically recited word for word long after their creation as the myth-and-ritual school... more