The American Comparative Literature Association's 2020 Annual Meeting
The American Comparative Literature Association's 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, March 19th-22nd, 2020.
The ACLA's annual conferences have a distinctive structure in which most papers are grouped into twelve-person seminars that meet two hours per day for three days of the conference to foster extended discussion. Some eight-person (or smaller) seminars meet just the first two days of the conference. This structure allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar, and to sample other seminars during the remaining time blocks. Depending on space availability, we may also consider accepting a limited number of one-day seminars, especially if they are innovative either in presentation format or in terms of theme. The conference also includes plenary sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions, and other events.
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.17
The World of Israeli and Palestinian Literature: New Directions in the Global Humanities
Organizer: Kfir Cohen Lustig Contact the Seminar Organizers
Since the contributions of Franco Moretti, Pascale Casanova and David Damrosch in the early 2000s, world literature has returned as a viable-if-contested perspective to rethink both the study of literary form and the institutional academic arrangements that prioritize national literatures. Whether in its center-periphery, systemic, or circulatory modality, the perspective of world literature makes possible seeing national literature as embedded within forms of life that are not strictly its own. At the same time, the post-1989 “globalization” wave, itself riding on the 1970s neoliberal restructuring, has made palpable the inadequacy of the state-centered Westphalian conception of the political world and ushered in a conception that highlights the dependency of “unique” national forms of life on abstract flows of capital and commodities. If world literature is that conceptual approach that allows us to think literature globally, what we … READ MORE