How to Submit

All ACLA members may submit written work or video to the Report. Please read through the instructions below to review the appropriate formats, and then click here to submit. 

All work should be in MLA style, with a Works Cited list. Please use US spelling and punctuation, and leave only one space after periods. Use numbered endnotes, not footnotes, and follow the word limit appropriate to the genre. Word limits do not include Works Cited but do include notes.



Written submissions to the Paradigms section are limited to 5,000 words or, for audio and video formats, 25 minutes. Paradigms submissions address the relationship between Comparative Literature (as institution, discipline, practice, mode of thought, or ideal) and one or more major research areas or  concepts with which it interacts. These research areas or concepts may be institutional, philosophical, disciplinary or interdisciplinary, aesthetic, or political; they may involve longstanding areas of intellectual concern for the discipline (translation, theory, language), perennial or “residual” areas of engagement (reading, tradition), or emergent fields (the environmental  humanities, quantitative analysis) likely to affect the development of Comparative Literature.

Section editors: David Damrosch, Guillermina De Ferrari, and Ursula Heise


Written submissions to the Practices section are limited to 2,500 words or, for audio and video formats, 15 minutes. Practices submissions address the institutional, methodological and practical grounds of the field, and are subdivided into the three categories of Research (for submissions that treat, for instance, the last decade of thinking about archival work, or the ways the internet has shaped scholarship); Teaching (for submissions that center in and around the classroom); and Institutions (for submissions that treat the institutional status of Comparative Literature, or that tell stories of successes, failures, or new challenges during institutional change). Under the Teaching rubric the Report will also publish syllabi, which will be grouped roughly by theme or course topic (e.g. World Literature, Translation Studies). Submitted syllabi should highlight new directions in teaching practice or novel approaches to a specific field. Syllabi will not be peer-reviewed. If you submit a syllabus, please strip out boilerplate course policy information, email addresses, phone numbers, and the like. You may also include in the PDF examples of innovative course assignments. Total size of the PDF file for syllabi is limited to 5 pages.

Section editors: Jessica Berman and César Domínguez


Written submissions to the Futures section are limited to 2,500 words or, for audio and video formats, 15 minutes. Futures submissions explore possible directions for the next decade or more of Comparative Literature as a field. They may be written as prophecy or as history, that is, from a self-consciously speculative perspective or a fictionalized reportorial one. The goal of the section is to ask us to imagine—both within and without the framework of the likely or the probable—what Comparative Literature might become. Rumors that prizes for the most accurate predictions will be handed out on the occasion of the 2024 report will have to wait one decade to be confirmed.

Section editors: Alexander Beecroft and Dudley Andrew 

Ideas of the Decade

Written submissions to the Ideas of the Decade section are limited to 600 words or, for audio and video formats, 5 minutes. Submissions should address one (or more) major idea of the decade since the last major ACLA Report (that is, 2003-present), or of the next one (2014-2024), though of course to be “major” for the decade an idea need not have been invented or first expressed during that time period.

Section editors: Barbara Harlow and Eric Hayot