ACLA 2022 The Cultures of Global Post/Socialisms

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ACLA 2022, June 15-18, Taipei, Taiwan*

Seminar: The Cultures of Global Post/Socialisms

Organizer: Claudia Sadowski-Smith (ASU)

Co-Organizer: Ioana Luca (NTNU)

Our panel seeks work on cultural productions that contribute to comparative assessments of the globality of state socialism and its legacies, which we designate in the term post/socialism (Chari and Verdery 2007, Rogers 2010, Suchland 2011, Shu-mei Shih 2012). While many academic fields continue to marginalize the study of post/socialism by confining its relevance to the (post-)Soviet space and Central/Eastern Europe (Atanasoski and Vera 2018),  the term now figures prominently in postsocialist studies which question the narrative of transition from authoritarian socialism to democratic socialism as well as in public policy debates and political imaginaries in the West, the former Eastern Bloc, and  countries with (post)socialist features in Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. In addition to the continued focus on the totalitarian elements of state socialism (Tismaneanu 2014, Wolton 2015, 2017), for example, some Eastern European nations have used their socialist legacies to deny demands for social rights and public services (Chelcea and Druţǎ 2016). And a portion of the Democratic Party in the United States uses the reclaimed label of “socialism” to support their vision for more equitable futures.

We invite contributions on a variety of cultural productions (including media, film, and TV), and are particularly interested in scholarship on the current state or legacy of post/socialism in Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa, including transnational or comparative approaches. We also invite analyses of representations that trace how US triumphalism over the demise of state socialism has given way to more complex assessments.

The panel is a follow up to the ACLA 2019 panel Transnational Mappings of (Post)Socialism and to the forthcoming special issue of Comparative Literature Studies (2022).

Please submit a 300-word proposal and short bio by October 31, via the ACLA portal.

* In view of the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 conference may need to be moved online again. The board has developed a contingency plan and will make a final decision in January 2022.