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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.

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 the history of mankind: from millennial eschatological visions of the end-times to scientifically fueled scenarios of nuclear apocalypse, the human mind has... 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

Kazuo Ishiguro and the illusion of the World

Organizer: James Tink

On awarding Kazuo Ishiguro the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, the committee stated that his work “uncovered the abyss beneath the illusory sense of connection with the world.” In the context of... more

Literary Studies in the Anthropocene

Organizer: Michael Gaffney

Much recent work on environmental literature has asked: how has climate change affected the landscape of literary works? This panel proposes to explore a different question: namely, what has climate... 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

Al-Mutanabbi, Arabic literature, and World Literature

Organizer: Omar Khalifah

Despite the increasing interest in, and studies about, the location of Arabic literature within world literature, pre-modern Arab poets and prose writers haven’t been adequately represented in world... 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... more