【Call for Paper】《The 44th Annual CLAROC Convention 2022》 Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China & Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University

Conference Date: June 15, 2022

Conference Venue: College of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan Normal University (162 Heping East Road Section 1, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.)

Deadline for proposals extended to Thursday, February 24, 2022.


This conference takes as its theme “Speed Shambles” and welcomes exploration of any and all discourses that help to complicate the temporal trajectory of psychopolitics—be it acceleration, deceleration, stagnation, laziness, return, subversion, fold, or rift—and its concomitant spiritual malaises. We also welcome discussions of technology, speed and time, and body and evolution from various theoretical perspectives to think what post/trans/nonhuman forms of life are brought about by our technological reality, in which everything is accelerating out of control, and whether or how therefrom to open up to the vistas of critical life studies and the disciplinary reflections of comparative literature and the (post)humanities. We cordially invite scholars and lovers of literature from all over to explore the translations and extensions of speed in literature, culture, and realms of thought from the perspectives of accelerationism, slow living, and the deconstruction of speed. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • COVID-19, globalization, biopolitics

  • COVID-19, ecology, and species

  • the post-pandemic (postapocalyptic) imaginary

  • the post/trans/nonhuman lifeworld

  • critical life studies

  • COVID-19, disaster, the (inter)disciplinarity of comparative literature and the (post)humanities

  • narratives of contagion

  • spiritual malaises: mania, panic, world-weariness, fatigue, depression, disaffection, etc.

  • capitalism and speed

  • technology (science fiction) and speed

  • representations of disaster in literature and film

  • disaster and salvation

  • emotional capitalism

  • therapeutic culture

  • the culture of addiction

  • the slow living economy

  • “tang ping” culture

  • labor and spiritual malaise

  • the economy of (un)happiness

Proposals for papers in English or Mandarin Chinese are accepted (presenters must present in the language in which the paper is written). Proposals for three-person panels are also welcome.

Please email proposals as MS Word (.docx) attachments between Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and Thursday, February 24, 2022. Proposals for single papers should be accompanied by an abstract (250 words) and a cover sheet including the presenter’s education and employment history, current institutional affiliation, brief list of representative works, and email address.

Panel proposals should be accompanied by a panel abstract (under 250 words), an abstract (250 words) for each paper, and a cover sheet including the aforementioned information for each panelist. Please send your email to:

Ms. Lin Yu-chi

Email: 2022claroc@gmail.com

Subject line: Proposal for the 44th Annual CLAROC Convention 2022

Mail address: Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, 162 Heping East Road Section 1, Daan District, Taipei City 10610, Taiwan, R.O.C.)


The conference committee will send out acceptance emails by the end of March 2022.

Accepted presenters must submit a full manuscript by May 15, 2022, and must become a member of CLAROC before the conference schedule is finalized.

For membership application details, please see the CLAROC website: http://claroc.tw/join


Important dates

Deadline for proposals: February 24, 2022 

Acceptance emails sent: End of March 2022

Deadline for full manuscript: May 15, 2022

Deadline to join CLAROC: May 15, 2022

Conference date: June 15, 2022



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