ACL(x) 2011: Exchange

Penn State University
September 29 - October 1, 2011

ACL(x), a conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, solicits proposals for its 2011 conference program. The ACL(x) is not the annual conference of the ACLA,  which occurs in the spring, but a smaller fall event designed to encourage experimentation and innovation in the field of Comparative Literature. For 2011, under the theme, “Exchange,” ACL(x) aims to explore new possibilities for the production and distribution of scholarly knowledge in the conference setting—“new” in (for instance) format, technological basis, mode of participation, or output.

We welcome proposals for sessions to occupy either 90 minutes or 3 hours of conference time, and involve between 1 and 15 people. Please eschew the standard conference protocols (the keynote speech, the twenty-minute recited talk, the roundtable), in favor of alternatives you hope will be effective or interesting. These may include shorter (2-minute, 5-minute) papers, structured debates, synchronous online commenting, collective presentations or projects, extemporaneous, prepared, or performed talks (the TED model, e.g.), technologically mediated discussion, interactive teaching demonstrations, creative activity, and so on. Proposals should be focused on topics germane to the field, in the large sense, of comparative literature. Experimentation encouraged: failure teaches as much as success!

All proposals should include a one-page description of the format and topic, and one- or two-sentence bios for all participants. Please also include a precise outline of any technology or media needs. Proposals should be submitted as Word attachments to [log in to unmask], by March 1, 2011.

ACL(x) will be held at Penn State University, September 30-October 1, 2011. All conference presenters will stay at the Atherton Hotel in downtown State College, at no charge. Registration is free. Travel grants may be available. Presenters and participants must be members of the ACLA. See outline schedule below.

Friday, September 30
9-12                       Session 1 / Session 1.5
12-2                       Lunch
2-5                          Session 2 / Session 2.5
5-6                          Reception

Saturday, October 1
9-12                       Session 3 / Session 3.5
12-2                       Lunch
2-5                          Session 4 / Final Session
7-9                          Banquet

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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