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ACLA 2015. Seminar: Spectrality: Images Out of Time

Organizer: Christina Svendsen, Harvard University
Co-Organizer: Ilka Kressner, Co-Organizer Institution: University at Albany, SUNY

This seminar invites papers that zoom in on the spectral in recent literature and film –the appearance of ghosts, objects, photographs, perfumes, etc.–, and its power to break into and therefore reframe a given act of storytelling. It proposes to focus on the spectral as a kind of latency or pregnancy, a pre- or post-view of something. It takes into account both the definition of “specter” or “spectrum” as ghost (reaching an apogee in the “spectral evidence” of the Salem witch trials) and the scientific definition of “spectrum” as either a ghostly optical afterimage (Goethe) or the range of transparent colors produced when light is dispersed by a prism (Newton). The spectral sensitizes us to the anticipated, the remembered or the absent. Therefore, the insertion of a haunting image in literary texts may be rather described less as a nostalgic return but as creative praxis and con-fabulation.

Who or what is being “spectralized” and who has the energy to conjure and is capable of seeing the image out of time within the time of a fictional work? Do our modern and postmodern specters still resemble the Romantic revenants or the Gothic ghosts? Which new connections between the immaterial and the material words are fathomed and which dark chambers of the mind, past, parallel or to come, are traced? Must spectrality invoke an aesthetics of retrospection, recurrence, and return of the repressed, or can it be oriented toward a future horizon, a shimmer of anticipation and expectancy?

Please submit your proposed paper on the ACLA website by OCTOBER 15, 2014.
The submission process can be found here:

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Christina Svendsen ( or Professor Ilka Kressner (
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VeranstaltungsortVancouver, Canada
PersonName: Svendsen, Christina [Dr.] 
Funktion: Koordinator 
SchlüsselbegriffeSemiotik (Text und Bild); Sprache in den Medien / Medienwissenschaft (Sprache in Massenmedien, Internet und Hypertext, Medienentwicklung); Literaturwissenschaft; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
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