News and Announcements

  • CFP: 52nd Annual Convention (Abstracts Due Sep 30)

    Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020


    NeMLA has secured a digital event platform for our March 2021 52nd Annual Convention. We look forward to hosting your presentations alongside those from our wide range of NeMLA members from across the globe. See our Call for Papers here. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30.

  • NeMLA 2021 Updates and Guidelines

    Posted Friday, September 4, 2020


    We at NeMLA hope you are well and healthy at the beginning of what is bound to be a historic fall semester.


    We wanted to take this time to confirm that NeMLA has secured a hybrid/virtual platform for 2021, and prospective presenters who wish to participate virtually can certainly do so.


    We also wanted to encourage session chairs to continue advertising their sessions. Advertise your call for papers at these recommended sites​, and please forward your CFP to your colleagues.


    If you have any questions, please email us at

  • GSC July 2020 Membership Newsletter

    Posted Friday, July 31, 2020


    The Graduate Student Caucus would like to share the following updates.


    Current News: The GSC is following what is happening to graduate students at institutions like Boston University (read more here) and as well as with the plight of international students (read more here). If you would like to spotlight news that affects graduate students at your institution, please email or tag the GSC on Facebook and Twitter.


    Graduate Student Sessions at NeMLA's 2021 Convention: Promote your NeMLA 2021 call for papers at, or tag the GSC on Facebook and Twitter. And don't forget to submit abstracts at the links below to these GSC-sponsored sessions by the September 30 deadline: 



    Social Media: Please follow the GSC for news on graduate student issues, CFPs, and more on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


    The GSC hopes you stay healthy and safe during this difficult time, and please do not hesitate to contact the GSC if there’s anything it can do to support you. ​ 

  • WGSC Voting Deadline Extended to August 5

    Posted Friday, July 31, 2020


    Calling all Women's and Gender Studies Caucus​ members: in the first round of voting, the WGSC did not reach the minimum 1/3 of member participation in the vote for secretary and board representative. 


    If you have not already, please take a moment now to vote here before the extended August 5 deadline—the process is quick and easy! Candidate statements are posted within the survey. 


    Many thanks for your participation. 

  • CAITY Newsletter Update

    Posted Monday, July 20, 2020


    The CAITY Caucus hopes that you are in good spirits and health. This is a difficult time for so many of us for a variety of reasons, up to and including the recent layoffs of adjunct and contingent faculty at institutions like CUNY and elsewhere. This is why CAITY continues to advocate for us, including through:



    We hope that these opportunities can offer the kind of support that is often missing in academia. 


    The CAITY Caucus plans to focus on where we are as a profession and what we can do as individuals and collectivities to expand its scope. To that end, we are excited to co-sponsor a talk with Dr. Michael Berube, former President of the MLA, and our sponsored roundtable​ on how we can engage the public (or, perhaps more accurately, publics) with our work. 


    We at CAITY hope to see you at NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention, whether in-person or virtual. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

  • 2021 Chairs' Survey Results

    Posted Monday, July 20, 2020


    Thank you for all 52nd Annual Convention session chairs who completed a survey sent to them for feedback as to the shape of our next convention, including whether to make the convention hybrid or virtual. The results of that first survey are below.


    We will contact all chairs and accepted presenters for our 52nd Annual Convention with a second survey to update our plans for the convention, so please check your email for that survey in December!


    Survey Results: More than 2/3 of those who responded to the survey indicated that they would attend an on-site live event if circumstances permit it and if safety precautions are in place.


    • Out of 296 respondents, about 84 percent will travel to Philadelphia to attend NeMLA in person so long as all precautions set by the CDC as of March 2021 are complied with
    • Out of 294 respondents, about 86 percent will travel to participate in the convention in person if stronger COVID-19 treatment options are in place
    • Out of 292 respondents, about 28 percent will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the convention in person only if there is a vaccine
    • Out of 299 respondents, about 94 percent will participate in the convention virtually if circumstances necessitate. 
    • Out of 295 respondents, about 38 percent would prefer a virtual conference in 2021. 
    • Out of 295 respondents, if the convention occurs in person, about 90 percent would provide their own computer if they were chairing and had to host remote presenters via online conferencing. 
    • Out of 295 respondents, about 72 percent would be willing to livestream with their own technology if they were chairing and if the convention was taking place in person. 
    • Out of 237 respondents, about 91 percent would be comfortable working with panel members to coordinate livestreams
    • Out of 296 respondents, about 28 percent have funding restrictions from their institutions that may affect participation in the 2021 convention. 
    • Out of 293 respondents, about 19 percent have travel restrictions from their institutions that may affect participation in the 2021 convention. 
    • Out of 293 respondents, about 76 percent will participate in the 2021 convention whether or not they receive travel funding
  • Board Nominations due August 15

    Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020


    NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 


    Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 




    An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 


    Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

  • Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1

    Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020


    NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

  • Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention

    Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020


    The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:



    And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 


    For more information, please email and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

  • Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)

    Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020


    The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.

    It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 

    More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

  • CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)

    Posted Monday, June 15, 2020


    Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.


    In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.


    Please email submissions and questions to, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

  • Statement of Support

    Posted Friday, June 5, 2020


    The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.


    The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:


    Brandi So, President
    Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
    Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
    Carole Salmon, Past President
    Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director


    To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more:

  • Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs

    Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020


    Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!


    • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
    • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
    • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
    • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
    • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
    • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
    • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
    • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.


    If you have questions, please email

  • CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)

    Posted Friday, May 15, 2020


    NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!


    "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)


    Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)


    In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?


    The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.


    Please email submissions and questions to


    Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at


    "Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)


    Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)


    What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 


    Please email submissions and questions to


    Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

  • Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8

    Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020


    Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention


    Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.


    Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

  • Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter

    Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020


    The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:


    • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
    • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
    • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
    • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.


    Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!