Chairing a Session at NeMLA

Do I have to be a member in order to chair an accepted session?

Yes. Prospective participants do not need to be a member to submit abstracts however.

Which area should I choose for my session?

While we understand that multiple areas may be relevant to your session's topic, we limit chairs to a Primary Area and a Secondary Area for practical reasons. 

We also understand that session topics may relate to multiple national and continental literatures and languages. We recommend choosing areas such as Comparative Language and Literature and World Literatures where applicable. 

I received many excellent abstracts for my session. What can I do?

To accommodate more than 4 presenters, either:

  • organize a seminar or roundtable with up to 10 participants. A seminar is, like a panel, paper-based while a roundtable is discussion-based.
  • request a second session (minimum of 8 submissions required). These requests depend on space availability.

 What can I do with a NeMLA membership?

The membership lasts 1 year, from December 1 to November 30. It is not transferable to MLA or other regional associations.

Abstract Submission

What do I need to submit an abstract?

Just an abstract! You can access the Call For Papers here to locate the session(s) to which to submit your abstract(s). From there, you will be prompted to open a free username account in our database. You need not pay or register to submit abstracts, only to propose sessions.

When does the call for papers begin?

As early as May, after the Call for Session proposals has been closed. You can submit abstracts here.

Do I have to be a member to submit an abstract?

No, only to chair an accepted session.

May I submit an abstract for the organizers to match to an appropriate session?

Members are expected to identify the session(s) to which they wish to submit their abstract(s), although we are always happy to assist should you have any issues locating an appropriate session.  

How many abstracts can I submit? How many times can I present?

You may submit up to 4 abstracts, but you may only present on two sessions, and they cannot be of the same type. For example: a panel and a seminar are of the same type (paper-based).

May I submit a paper in a language other than English?

Yes. Please confirm this with your session chair.

Do I need to bring my laptop or other tech equipment, or will it be provided?

NeMLA does not provide any device (laptop, tablet, media player, etc.) to connect to the projector/speakers. Please bring your own VGA adapters (including Apple product adapters), slideshow advance clickers, laser pointers, or other materials.

Please request A/V as you submit your abstract. If requested, NeMLA can provide a projector, a VGA cable, a screen, and computer speakers with audio jack cable.   

I forgot my username and password. Can you reset it?

To reset your password, please go to the login page, enter your username and select the “Forgot my Password” option. If you do not receive your email shortly, please check your junk mail folder.

To retrieve your username, please email support@nemla.org.

How do I update information in my profile?

Go to the login page.

Please email support@nemla.org with any questions.


Do I need to register?

  • Participant registration is required to participate in our annual convention. You can register here and find information about registration costs and deadlines here.
  • Auditor registration begins in January. Non-presenting graduate students within a 25-mile radius of the convention OR non-academic guests of registered participants, not attending receptions, can audit for free.