What if things were different? What if academic ideas could be expressed in units of 40,000 words, rather than in units of 9,000 or 90,000? What if we organized literary study around, not the long eighteenth century or the nation-state, but around the years 1740-1840, or an ecological or physiographic region? What if we imagined that the division of humanities inquiry into disciplines, or the structure of the PhD, looked radically different?
The American Comparative Literature Association invites proposals to participate in its experimental conference, ACL(x). ACL(x) Otherwise, the spring 2015 conference, will be held on the campus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, at the Inn at USC, the weekend of February 5-7, 2015. Concepts or practices developed in and around ACL(x) are designed to potentially affect the ACLA’s official spring conference, as well as make their ways into journals, workshops, and individual or collaborative acts of scholarship or conversation, including the ACLA’s current State of the Discipline Report.
PANELS: (for full program, see link on left side of page)
- Periodization Alexander Beecroft, University of South Carolina, Moderator
- Queering Comparative Literature Jessica Berman, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Moderator
- “Soft Power”: The State of the Discipline vs. the Department of State, or the geopolitics of comparative literatures Barbara Harlow, University of Texas, Moderator
- Publishing Michael Gibbs Hill, University of South Carolina, Moderator
- Graduate Programs Eric Hayot, Penn State University, Moderator