Deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 30, 2018. Please email all submissions in WORD format to the ACCL Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) invites paper and panel proposals for its 2019 biennial conference, to be held between July 17 and 19, 2019 on the campus of Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China.
The ACCL, dedicated to the study of literary relations between China and the rest of the world, has been an active and ever-growing scholarly association for almost three decades. Our biennial conference is our primary venue for the discussion of Chinese and world literatures among scholars from around the world.
Our conference theme for 2019 will be “Airing the States”. Since the earliest Confucianizing exegeses of the Classic of Poetry’s “Airs of the States”, inter-regional comparison of Sinophone literatures has been a foundational reminder of the complex polyphony of what, to the outside world, has often seemed a monolithic tradition. Although we are a very long way from the world of the Zhou Dynasty, recent research trends in our field reflect an interest in how the geography of literary exchange is not simply that between nation and world, but also within intranational regions, or across international regions. Modern literature’s central role in airing the aspirations of the nation-state has been long understood; how does literature of any period also air notions of region which must be understood as part of literary comparison? Are cross-cutting identities of gender, class, or ethnicity ever aired in a comparable rhetoric of regionalism? Or, in our age of resurgent national consciousness, must we air out our previous conceptions of the regionalizing state of literary comparison? Continue reading