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Dislocating Time and Temporality: Synchronization, Syncopation, Anticipation

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 1:56pm
Matthew Lau / ACLA

The whole of our past is played, restarts, repeats itself, at the same time, on all the levels that it sketches out." – Gilles Deleuze

"Even the most technical description of music will bring us eventually to history." – Charles Rosen

Crosshatched Places: Mapping Spatial Complexities; ACLA, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:14pm
American Comparative Literature Association

This panel explores how the trope of "crosshatching"—as elaborated in Mieville's novel, The City and the City, or illustrated by Sergei Larenkov's photography—helps us redraw cognitive maps of contested spaces. Crosshatching, where "two or more worlds inhabit the same territory," illustrates how spaces we live in or move through are palimpsests of differing, often competing, narratives. Consider, for example, riven cities like Berlin or Sarajevo, the Jewish ghetto of Renaissance Venice, the medieval pilgrim's Jerusalem. To negotiate such spaces comfortably, we "unsee" features that might breach the political or cultural truths by which we live.

Creating a Climate for Change: Activism Within and Beyond the Borders of the Classroom

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 11:34am
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)

This panel explores the ways in which scholars within the Environmental Humanities contribute to the fight for earth sustainability and justice through activist approaches in criticism and teaching that transform human behavior and shape societal attitudes. In the humanities we are too often accused of "navel-gazing," of being removed from "real world" issues, but the growing field of the Environmental Humanities itself challenges this misconceived notion. Comprised of teachers and critics from a range of academic institutions, humanist disciplines, and cultural backgrounds, this panel collectively raises questions about how humanist study translates into activism and creates change.

[UPDATE] Across the Shadow Lines: Diasporas in the Age of Transnationalism (ACLA, Toronto, 4/4-4/7/13; deadline, 11/15/12)

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:44am
Sheshalatha Reddy (Howard University); Parama Sarkar (University of Toledo)

As the movement of peoples across state borders, diasporas are both literal and imaginative insofar as they entail the concomitant crossing of cultural forms. Diasporas forge and decimate local communities, call into question the boundaries of the nation-state, and reconfigure international relations. Ideally, they can result in the creation of new modes of social relations by producing opportunities for education and work and also encouraging the cross-fertilization of peoples, ideas, and arts. Yet migration has historically often been the result of forced labor, persecution, war, environmental degradation, decolonization and neo-imperialism, and the unrelenting spread of global capital.


Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:22pm
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference 2013


Seminar Organizer(s):
Vartan Messier

"It's the plight of all heroes today. In the air, they're terrific. But when they come back to earth, they're weak, poor, and helpless." – Jean Renoir

ACLA 2013 Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:00pm
Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona

ACLA 2013 (Toronto, ON) – April 5-7, 2013

Seminar: Psychologies of Space in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture

Seminar Leader: Adam Meehan (The University of Arizona)

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2012

Conference Website:

Note: You must submit your papers through the ACLA website submission form; you will select the name of this seminar from the drop down menu:

Navigating Place and Power

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 11:46am
Duke University Department of History

The Graduate Students of the Duke University Department of History are pleased to invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for Navigating Place and Power, an annual one-day conference at Duke University on Friday, February 15, 2013. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to promote dialogue between scholars of various disciplines in order to uncover the inner workings of how people and groups negotiate systems of power. Papers may engage with various scales of power and explore dimensions of place, from broad transnational networks to the politics of everyday life.