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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.

The Critical Thought of Samuel Weber

Organizer: Laura Chiesa

Jacques Derrida’s last essay was an unfinished one about the work of his friend Samuel Weber. It concludes with Derrida describing Weber as an artist-weaver who knows how to stitch together and... more

The Sensorium of Reading

Organizer: Joel Childers

This seminar seeks to understand reading as it draws upon and is shaped by mind and matter alike, within the sensorium of eyes, ears, hands, fingers, tongues, throats, necks, backs and brains. We aim... more

Occasional Poetry in the World

Organizer: Elliott Colla

It is an understatement to say that most modern poets and critics have looked upon occasional poetry as a minor mode of expression, a petty or antiquated concern. For many, occasional poems come off... more

Affects, Violence and Memory in Latin America

Organizer: Ana Del Sarto

During the 1990s, feminist and queer cultural studies within the Anglo-Saxon academia, have been theorizing affects as a way out of the believed impasse generated by post-modern psychoanalytic and... more

Thinking on and with: Perspectives on Édouard Glissant

Organizer: David Spitzer

Thinking on and with: Perspectives on Édouard Glissant “La pensée dessine l’imaginaire du passé: un savoir en devenir. On ne saurait l’arrêter pour l’estimer, ni l’isoler pour l’émettre.” --... more

Women in Theory

Organizer: Erin Graff Zivin

While the fields of gender, feminist, and queer studies receive limited institutional support within the academy, intellectual spaces in those fields—conferences, journals, books—allow for a... more

The World vs. The Global

Organizer: Sara Marzioli

Can we theorize World Literature as an intellectual and creative practice of resistance against the cultural imperialism embodied by the idea of the Global, the celebration of what Graham Hubbard... more


Organizer: Sangina Patnaik

Wailing, keening, rending: this seminar explores political, formal, and cultural expressions of despair.  From climate crises to the politics of fear, despair has become the dominant affect of... more

Collage and Montage in Literature and the Other Arts

Organizer: Magda Dragu

Collage and montage are prevalent terms in the life of the modern man. We use them daily, interchangeably, and profusely. However, this seminar proposes to investigate the relations between early... more

Voice to Noise, Medieval to Modern Iberia

Organizer: Henry Berlin

Voice to Noise, Medieval to Modern Iberia This seminar will explore notions of voice, inner and public, individual and common, in interdisciplinary fashion but centered on literary texts and... more

Tastes & Tongues: Food/Narrative/Emotion

Organizer: Jason Lotz

Taste is constructed through a process of meaning-making that is ongoing, embedded in culture and environment, and constituted through language as much as our bodies’ biochemical reactions. Although... more