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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 Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST.

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

Radical Inclusion: Reframing World Literature

Organizer: Marie Ostby

World literature remains an open problem: rather paradoxically, it encompasses all the literatures of the world, even as it operates through certain principles and practices of exclusion to refer to... more

Transits and Transitions Across the Indian Ocean

Organizer: Micheal Rumore

In Commerce with the Universe: India, Africa, and the Afrasian Imagination, Gaurav Desai challenges the ethnocentric assumptions labelling the Indian Ocean as “only Indian” (8). Despite hailing the... more

Mistaken Identities: Passing and the (In)Human

Organizer: Takeo Rivera

Now that the “post-racial” mirage of the Obama years has definitively dissolved, revanchist forms of white supremacy have infused long-standing debates about identity politics with fresh danger and... more

Geography, Affect, and Diaspora

Organizer: Melody Yunzi Li

As Alison Blunt notes in her Domicile and Diaspora, “The term ‘diaspora’ is inherently geographical, implying a scattering of people over space and the transnational connections between people and... more

The Adventure: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives

Organizer: Lukasz Wodzynski

Dictionaries define adventure as an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks, the encountering of risks itself, or an exciting or remarkable experience. From The Epic of... more

Rethinking the Human in Human Rights

Organizer: Alexandra Moore

At a time when global events and trends, from rising populism and xenophobia to climate disaster, would seem to call for redoubled commitment to fundamental principles of human rights, the category... more

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

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