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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.

Geopolitical Narrative and the Genre Turn

Organizer: Elijah Guerra

The genre turn in global literature has inspired scholarship exploring the relationship between generic form and contemporary themes. In addition to Caren Irr’s Toward the Geopolitical Novel (2014),... more

Solidarity in Translation

Organizer: Anthony Alessandrini

In “Five Theses on the Common,” Gigi Roggero writes that “the common is always organized in translation.” This seminar begins from a related suggestion: that it might be possible to say that... more

27 Rue de Fleurus

Organizer: Yu Min Claire Chen

" Paris was the place that suited us who were to create the twentieth-century art and literature. Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not... more

Fictions of the Neoliberal City

Organizer: Weihsin Gui

How does late-twentieth and early twenty-first century fiction represent neoliberal urban spaces and city life? While there are numerous studies about literature and the modern city in various... more

Doing Theory in Archipelagic Southeast Asia

Organizer: Elmo Gonzaga

This seminar will explore what it means to ‘do theory’ in and about Southeast Asia. Recent initiatives such as the University of California System’s International Consortium for Critical Theory... more

Modern Wars, Genocide, Survival, and Life Writing

Organizer: Phyllis Lassner

Although war has always inspired powerfully innovative writing and art, the incessant global wars and genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries continue to revolutionize life writing and art. For... more

Aesthetic Education: A Twenty-First-Century Primer

Organizer: Kate Stanley

This seminar seeks to stimulate discussion about the aims and assumptions of aesthetic education. When we teach literature—when we encourage students to read in particular ways or to appreciate... more

Comparative Returns

Organizer: Tom Eyers

What does it mean to return – to someone, to a place, to an earlier critical moment? One thinks of Heraclitus’ canard that one cannot step into the same river twice; that, in other words, to return... more

Victorian Worlds: Form, System, Atmosphere

Organizer: Robert Ryan

We are living out a sort of afterlife of the nineteenth century. Climate catastrophe, mutant capital, planetary dispossession: these now too-familiar environs are but the late, baggy chapters to a... more