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Thank you to everyone who proposed a seminar for our March 19-22, 2020 conference in Chicago. The Program Committee has made final decisions about seminars and all acceptance letters have already been sent.

Please use the search below to find your seminar for reference (we recommend searching using only one or two keywords for best results). If you have already received an acceptance email but do not see your seminar listed below this does not mean that the status of the seminar has changed. Contact with any questions.

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

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

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

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 human history: from millennial eschatological visions of the end-times to scientifically fueled scenarios of nuclear apocalypse. In You Must Change Your Life... 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