ACLA 2014: The Local and the Regional: Elided Spaces of Postcolonial Capital, March 20-23, NYU

full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
contact email: 

- Laurie Lambert (Assistant Professor, African-American and Africana Studies, UC Davis)
- Shirley Wong (Post-doctoral fellow, English, NYU)

At a time when discourses of world literature, global ecologies, and planetarity have come to dominate discussions in comparative literature, what happens to those local, regional, and provincial spaces that attempt to resist, or simply fall outside the purview of such globalizing impulses? We are particularly interested in how the local and regional literatures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century are shaped by, but elided from, the perspective of the national and transnational. We invite papers that interrogate literary, political, and cultural representations of such "local" spaces and communities, as well as other zones of underdevelopment more broadly. How do such local spaces lie outside the major channels of capital—cultural or politico-economic? How might they also contribute to and in fact be constitutive of larger movements of capital? How might we reframe postcolonial studies—an area of inquiry that has largely been focused on nationalism and the nation-state—in order to take account of such the elided cultures and spaces of the local and regional?

Possible topics include:
- Discourses of authenticity and the local/regional
- Relationship between regional and national identities
- Representations of the rural and the provincial
- Representations of urban neighborhoods and ghettos
- Diaspora and translocal configurations of cultural production
- The postcolonial as a politics of the local

NYU is hosting ACLA 2014 over the weekend of March 20-23. Please submit paper proposals (max. 250 words) through ACLA's website and select this seminar from the drop-down list:

Keywords: the translocal, regional literature, South-South comparison, postcolonialism, diaspora, ecocriticism, colony-and-metropole relations, rural literature