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Crossing Over, American Comparative Literature Association
San Marcos, CA, April 2003



2003 Conference:

Crossing Over

Cal State San Marcos, April 4-6, 2003.

Call for Papers

In its largest sense, comparative literature promotes the study of intercultural
relations that cross national boundaries, multicultural relations within a
particular society, and the interactions between literature and other forms of
human activity, including the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and cultural
artifacts of all kinds.

To this end, we invite papers for the 2003 annual meeting of the American
Comparative Literature Association to be held at Cal State San Marcos in North San
Diego County, April 4-6, 2003. In keeping with San Diego's prominence as a global
crossroads for language, culture and economic exchange, the theme of this year's
meeting is "Crossing Over." We invite panels or individual papers that explore
both the condition and process of crossing as a form of mobility, transition,
transformation, experience, or exchange. We especially encourage panels which are
interdisciplinary or from the premodern periods. Some interpretations of this
theme include, but are not limited to:

Borders and Boundaries: inter-American relations, nationalisms, migration
and community-formation, colonialities and postcolonialities, imperialism,
globalities, cosmopolitanisms, reciprocity and exchange, Pacific Rim
crossings, liminalities

Historical Crossings: literary migrations and relations across periods,
terminologies of periodization-"antiquity" to "medieval" to "modern", early and
post, neo and new, classics today, influence studies, intertextuality

Technologies of Reproduction: scriptoria and scribal culture, manuscript studies,
codex and history of the book, early print culture, literacy and orality, new
media, digital media, facsimiles, cloning, hyperreality, avatars, film studies

Cartographies: trade routes, landscape, monuments and mapmaking, pilgrimage,
exile, tourism, transatlanticisms

Consumer Culture: massification, exchange, economies of circulation, subcultures

Progress: translatio studii, improvement or decline, moving forward, looking back,
technological improvement, social reform, threat to tradition

Cultural Memory: holocaust studies, collective guilt, histories, originary myths,

Otherworlds: fantasy, religion, spirituality, mythmaking, magical realism, quests

Death: crusades, sacred visions, apocalypse, prophecy, ghosts, martyrdom,
ecstasies, millenarianism

Identity Politics: lineage, patriarchy, genealogy, desire, dialogism,
transgenderings, bisexuality, cyberselves, outing, passing, authenticity

Disciplinarity and Representation: visual arts and literature, transitional genres
and hybrids, canon formation, translation, cinematics

Proposals for 10-12 person panels (meeting 2 hours per day for 3 days) should be
submitted online at the conference website: or Individual paper proposals should be submitted directly to panel

Deadline for Seminar Proposals: August 1, 2002.

Deadline for Individual Abstracts: October 1, 2002.

We will be happy to post proposed panel CFP's on the conference website but
encourage you to advertise for participants to your session in other scholarly
venues as well.

For more information or questions, please contact ACLA 2003 chairs:
Professor Heather Richardson Hayton
Literature and Writing Studies
Cal State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001, USA

Professor Laurel Amtower
Department of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-8140, USA

Please note: Participants in the annual meeting (paper presenters and session
chairs) must be current members of ACLA. Membership forms can be found at the ACLA