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CV Clinic: Sign up for job market advice or as a faculty mentor
2/14/17

Posted February 14, 2017

 

Over the past three years, the CV Clinic has furthered NeMLA's mission of supporting the professional development of members who are graduate students, recent PhD recipients on the job market, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. Many of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors in advising many on revising their CVs and seeking work in academia. Mentees who have benefited from this clinic include graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and adjunct and contingent faculty.  

 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, the CV Clinic consists of one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions. During the convention, mentees will be paired with tenured and tenure-track faculty members who offer expert feedback on CVs and securing a job in academia. 

 

 

We at NeMLA encourage faculty to volunteer as mentors for our upcoming March 2017 meeting in Baltimore. If you are faculty interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you are a mentee interested in receiving advice on your CV, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094faeac2ba1f58-cvclinic. Choose your advising slots, and be sure to select the correct category for that time slot: mentor or mentee. A Sign Up Genius account is not necessary for signing up.

 

If you have any questions, please email CVClinicNeMLA@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

 

Now Available: Auditing Registration and Courtyard Baltimore Hotel Rooms
2/13/17

Posted February 13, 2017

 

NeMLA has now opened auditing registration at our upcoming 48th Annual Convention in Baltimore. Auditing is intended for attendees who are not presenting. To review membership rates for auditing and to register as an auditor, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/about/members/rates.html.

 

We ask that you encourage your colleagues to join us as auditors at the convention: please share the auditor registration link above with your departments and on listservs as appropriate.

 

NeMLA also has secured a special discounted hotel rate for our members for $149 per night at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. This hotel is just a five-minute walk from our convention site, the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Reserve your room online at this link, or call 443-923-4000 and provide the group code NEMC.

 

The last day to book your low NeMLA rate at the Marriott Courtyard is March 1. More information about our hotel offerings is available here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Graduate Student Caucus nominations now accepted for open positions
2/9/17

Posted February 9, 2017

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will soon hold elections and seeks nominations, including self-nominations, for all three committee positions: Communications Director, Vice President and President. All nominees must be current graduate students. 

 

Please email nominations to the current Vice President, James Van Wyck, at jvanwyck@fordham.edu, by March 1. In emailed nominations, please include:

 

  • Whether the nomination is for Communications Director, Vice President, or President in the subject line
  • The nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation
  • A brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a link with which to vote. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote. 

 

Descriptions of all open positions are available online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/areas/caucuses/grad.html. If you have any questions, please email Vice President James Van Wyck at jvanwyck@fordham.edu.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
2/1/17

 

We, the Executive Board of NeMLA, declare that we stand together with refugees and immigrants from all corners of the globe. In the face of growing and bold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric and an Executive Order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States, we solidly affirm the need to foster peace, diplomacy and, above all, deep mutual understanding and respect among diverse peoples. We respect the rule of law, but we cannot and will not tolerate the targeting of any human being because of their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their ethnicity, race or the language(s) they speak. We declare: no human being is illegal.

 

We as scholars, professors and researchers denounce anti-democratic pronouncements that go against the very moral and ethical founding of the United States, and we stand firm with our colleagues, our students and all of our brothers and sisters in the global community who strive for unity over division.

 

In consideration of those affected by the travel ban, NeMLA is taking the following steps:

 

1.     Implementing a provisional policy for allowing those affected by the ban to present their papers in absentia. For reasons central to the discussion and exchange that are the hallmark of a lively NeMLA session, our policy is to not allow papers read in absentia. We will make an exception for those presenters impacted.

 

2.     NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration. This special Roundtable Discussion, titled “NeMLA Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration,” will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 4:45 PM in Grand Ballroom VI.

 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions on these issues as we prepare for our 2017 Convention.

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

CAITY Travel Award applications due February 1, 2017
1/26/17

Posted January 26, 2017

 

The CAITY Caucus sponsors Travel Awards, open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present a paper as part of a traditional panel or seminar at NeMLA's upcoming March convention in Baltimore. The deadline for applications is February 1 and may be submitted online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/travel/caity-travel/caity-travel-app.html

 

CAITY Travel Awards are not intended for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables. Applicants can expect a response from the Caucus by mid-February. 

Register for Baltimore NeMLA-Sponsored Events
1/19/17

Posted January 19, 2017

 

NeMLA has sponsored the following activities for members attending the Baltimore conference: 

 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew, Saturday, March 25, 8 PM: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company stages this rollicking send-up of marital power struggles, which is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Prior to the performance is a reception with a cash bar. $34 
  • Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Friday, March 24, 11 AM: This is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African American history and culture and on the African diaspora. The Lewis Museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum café serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater. $6 guided tour
  • Tour of the Peabody Library and Special Collections, Friday, March 24, 1 PM: Johns Hopkins University's collection contains more than 300,000 volumes of rare and diverse materials. This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. $10 (includes shuttle)

 

We also encourage you to RSVP for these free special events hosted at our annual convention: 

 

  • Opening Address, "Imagining a Multilingual World" by Marjorie Agosín, Thursday, March 23, 7 PM: Award-winning poet, memorist, and the author of more than fifty books, Professor Agosín is one of the most diverse and vibrant authors writing in both Latin America and the United States today. She is the recipient of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor given by the Chilean government (2004) as well as of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) given by the American Library Association. Professor Agosín is also an award-winning human rights activist. The United Nations distinguished her with the Human Rights Leadership Award. Professor Agosín holds the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught for nearly thirty years. 
  • Keynote Address, "The End of Monolingualism" by Ilán Stavans, Friday, March 24, 7 PM: One of today’s preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His best-selling books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010), and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). His graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014) with Lalo Alcaraz, is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Membership Breakfast and NeMLA Business Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 12:15 PM: Converse, network, and learn about how to propose sessions for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh over a free brunch!

 

To purchase tickets and to RSVP for free events, sign into https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login with your user name and password, then click “Registration and Membership.”

 

For more information, please email us at support@nemla.org

Now Online: Winter 2017 Newsletter and 2018 Pittsburgh Call for Session Proposals
1/13/17

Posted January 13, 2017

 

The newest issue of the NeMLA newsletter is now online, listing scheduled events for the March 2017 Baltimore convention, local activities in Baltimore, award and fellowship opportunities, and more! 

 

Also, we want to promote now the call for session proposal for our 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. We have uploaded the flyer we distributed at the Modern Language Association convention last week, which you can find here along with information about our future conventions in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. The April 29th deadline wil be here before you know it, so don't wait until our meeting in Baltimore: brainstorm proposals now so you're ready to submit them when we open up the web site! And please pass along this flyer to your colleagues. 

Important January 15 Deadlines
1/10/17

Posted January 10, 2017

 

  • Session participants and chairs: please correct all abstracts and bios for NeMLA 2017 presenters online at this link.
  • Submit applications for the Shakespeare's Sister mentorship program at this online link.
  • Submit revised and expanded essays for the Graduate Student Essay Award. More information is available here
NeMLA at MLA 2017 Philadelphia!
1/5/17

Posted January 5, 2017

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association is at MLA 2017 Philadelphia! Stop by our table at the MLA Welcome Center (the hall that connects the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown). We have free pens, opportunities for publishers to promote their authors at NeMLA conventions, and the Call for Session Proposals for our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, due April 29, 2017. Get to be the first to see the Call for Session Proposals now before we post it online! 

 

If you're a NeMLA member presenting at MLA 2017, tweet at us and we'll retweet your session. NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLAs yet one of the most intimate scholarly communities--and we hope to show the MLA some NeMLA representation! 

 

To all at MLA 2017 who are NeMLA members and attendees of our upcoming 2017 Baltimore convention: enjoy Philadelphia!

Due Jan 15 2017: Shakespeare Sister's Mentee Applications
1/3/17

Posted January 3, 2017

 

The NeMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus operates the interdisciplinary mentoring program Shakespeare's Sister, which pairs senior faculty mentors with graduate students and early career caucus members.

 

Mentors helps mentees in various ways: job market advice, CV review, feedback on grant applications, guidance relating to graduate school and early career publications, advice on managing personal relationships and having children, career opportunities outside of academia, advice on how to best work with your committee and advisor, how you might become more involved with women’s and genders studies concerns outside of your own university, what the world looks like for a senior professor in the field, and more. 

 

Mentorship is envisioned as an opportunity for exchange between mentors and mentees through various networking activities. These may include Skype conversations, coffee or meals at the annual NeMLA convention, or meeting at the annual Shakespeare's Sister breakfast on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. 

 

The application process for mentees closes on January 15, 2017. To access the application, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/areas/caucuses/wgs/wgs-mentoring-app.html.

 

For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please email Margarita Vargas at wgsnemla@gmail.com.







NeMLA 2017 Baltimore schedule now available online
12/28/16

Posted December 28, 2016

 

The schedule for NeMLA sessions is now online! We encourage all participants at our 2017 convention to visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Webforms/Schedule.aspx to determine when and where your NeMLA session will occur.

 

Please also take this opportunity to visit your NeMLA User Account, and choose whether to publish your bio and paper abstract into the online convention schedule. The online program will also tell you which sessions are equipped for media. 

 

For those of you not yet registered, late registration closes on January 5. Unregistered participants will be removed from the session and from the online program, which may place some panels at risk of folding. Panel chairs are encouraged to log into their user account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login to reconfirm which of their participants are registered. If you have panelists who have withdrawn, please mark them as declined in the session management page in order to remove them from the unpaid list. 

 

Hotel rooms are still available at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017. Please book now, as they will sell out very soon.

 

We hope you are looking forward to the convention as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will promote some the convention's local and special events, as well as open auditor registration for non-participants. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as an auditor at this year's convention!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at support@nemla.org with questions or concerns.

NeMLA Chairs: Check your email regarding participants and second session chairs
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

This is a reminder that all NeMLA 2017 participants and chairs must be registered. The deadline for early registration has been extended, closing today, Friday, December 9, at midnight. After that, participants will pay a late fee; if they have not paid by January, they will be removed from the session. Register at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.

 

NeMLA 2017 session chairs also have received an email regarding session management, unregistered session participants, and having chairs for any second sessions. All chairs should visit http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login to use the session management to see their sessions' unregistered participants, listed in red. Please email your participants from the session management page to remind them to register. 

 

As well, NeMLA policy prohibits participants from chairing more than one session of a type. If you are currently chairing two sessions due to an approved second session request, you must find someone else to chair the second session. This person can be a participant from either session, as long as they are not chairing another session of the same type, or an outside person you recruit for the task. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

Corrected link to NeMLA Board election
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

The previous link distributed for online voting of NeMLA Board representatives has been replaced with a new link that corrects errors in the poll. The new link is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGRNBBD. The biographies and statements of purpose of all candidates are here.

 

If you voted before 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, please vote again at this new link to have your vote counted. 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Convention Information, Voting in NeMLA Elections, and Refund Policies
12/9/16

Posted December 6, 2016

Updated December 9, 2016 (Corrected Board voting link)

 

We have news to share about our upcoming March convention in Baltimore:

 

  • Convention Schedule: The convention schedule will be available online by December 20th
  • Hotel: Book your room at a discounted NeMLA rate online here. Rooms fill up fast, so book early!
  • Transportation: Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the 2017 NeMLA Convention, offers discounts ranging from 2 to 8 percent on airfare. To enjoy these discounts, you must book at this link
  • Workshops: NeMLA will be hosting a variety of workshops to address the professional, scholastic, and educational needs of our members. To sign up for workshops, visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on "Convention Registration." For workshop descriptions, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/workshops.html
  • Vote! We have two major votes right now. First, please vote for NeMLA-sponsored cultural activities during the convention. Second, vote to elect your future Board members! Candidates' bios and statements of purpose, along with the link for voting, is here.
  • Refund policy: NeMLA does not issue membership refunds. Refunds for registration are only granted until December 30th.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NeMLA 2017 Registration Deadline (extended to Friday, Dec 9)
12/5/16

Posted December 5, 2016

 

This is a reminder to register for the NeMLA 2017 convention in Baltimore. All chairs, presenters, and participants are required to register.

 

Log in at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and select the "Registration & Membership" link at the top of the screen. 

 

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, December 9Late registration will be accepted until January 5th, 2017 (pending a late fee of $25). 

 

Failing to register by the deadline will result in the removal of your name from the program and will place the session and its other participants in jeopardy. 

 

Please contact support@nemla.org with any questions.

CAITY opportunities for 2016-2017: Essay Award, Travel Award, and Election!
11/22/16

Posted November 22, 2016

 

Contingent faculty, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions with NeMLA will receive an email from the CAITY Caucus about numerous opportunities, including: 

 

  • The December 15 deadline for the CAITY Essay Award
  • Travel Awards, which will be accepting applications starting in December 2016
  • The Room and Ride Forum, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus, to assist with sharing travel costs to our March 2017 convention in Baltimore
  • A call for nominations and current candidates' statements in the election for CAITY president, which will take place at the CAITY Annual Business Meeting at the Baltimore March 2017 convention

 

For more information about CAITY, please visit their web site

 

 

NeMLA Awards for manuscripts, essays, travel, and fellowships (with extended deadlines)
11/22/16

Posted November 21, 2016. Updated November 22, 2016

 

NeMLA provides its members with opportunities to apply for essay awards, travel awards and fellowships, some of which have extended deadlines. More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards.html and at the calendar links below:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org and the persons listed at the awards linked above. 

 

Submit early, and good luck!

NeMLA 2017 deadlines approaching: Registration, local activities voting, hotel, and flights!
11/21/16

Posted November 21, 2016

 

We are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for our 48th annual convention, March 23 to 26, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! We also have important information to share with you as you prepare for this year’s convention:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Extended Deadline: Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award, due November 29, 2016
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

 

The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.

 

Send entries to Tara Harney-Mahajan, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: wgsnemla@gmail.com by November 29, 2016, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.

 

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

 

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. All submissions should be written in or translated to English.  The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.

 

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review. For more information about the award, and about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/women-gender-award.html.

 

Best wishes,

 

President: Tara Harney-Mahajan, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University
Vice-President: Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo
Secretary: Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Northeastern University

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

Dear NeMLA Members,

 

As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000 scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United States and Canada.

 

At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United States the  culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.

 

Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have taken place in higher education institutions across the United States after the election.

 

NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand with our members, their students and staff members at their institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class supremacy over "others."

 

Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be perceived as "different."

 

As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future for everyone.

 

Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference, "Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant. (Please visit our NeMLA 2017 conference site.)

 

We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual forum.

 

In solidarity and peace,

 

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

Book Award deadline extended to December 1!
11/11/16

Posted November 11, 2016

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the spring NeMLA Convention, recognizes an unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA’s focal literatures, languages, or cultures. Winners receive both a $750 prize and NeMLA’s help in contacting and working with presses. 

 

The deadline for the Book Award has been extended to December 1, 2016. Submit your book manuscript to book.award@nemla.org to be eligible. For more information on requirements, and for a list of past winners, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/book-award.html.

Vote for local Baltimore activities for NeMLA to sponsor! (Deadline Wednesday, November 23)
11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016

 

At each year's convention, the Northeast Modern Language Association hosts numerous events that highlight the cultural offerings of our local host city. This year’s meeting in Baltimore offers numerous options for experiencing the art, culture, and history of Maryland’s largest city and an important location for activism, civic service, and scholarship.

 

To best address the desires of our members, we would appreciate your input on which local Baltimore events you want to see NeMLA sponsor. This sponsorship would allow our members to enjoy what Baltimore has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

 

Please respond to this survey by Wednesday, November 23, so that we may begin scheduling events that speak to the interests of our members. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ88LN

 

Thank you for your help in determining the best events to complement your experience at NeMLA's Baltimore convention. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Fly with Southwest Airlines to NeMLA 2017 Baltimore!
10/25/16

Posted October 20, 2016. Updated October 25, 2016

 

Southwest Airlines is the official airline for NeMLA for 2017!

 

Everyday, Southwest Airlines flies more than 700 Boeing 737s for almost 4,000 flights across 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to Cuba beginning in December 2016. Destinations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. At Southwest, passengers choose their own seats, and there are no charges for a passenger's first or second checked bag. Southwest flies to airports near NeMLA’s 2017 convention site in Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Reagan International (DCA), and Dulles (IAD).

 

Beginning on November 15, 2016, NeMLA conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through a SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2016, and March 5, 2017, to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel March 19, 2017 through March 29, 2017.)

 

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NeMLA traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from the convention with Rapid Rewards number added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

 

To take advantage of this offer, visit https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99170934

Room & Ride Forum for Baltimore 2017
10/21/16

Posted October 21, 2016

 

The Graduate Student Caucus and the C.A.I.T.Y. Caucus are again hosting the Room and Ride Forum! Caucus members who want to share the costs of traveling to or staying in Baltimore for the 2017 Convention, start here!

 

Post a thread or review others to find people who want to carpool or share a room. For those interested in reducing the cost of attending the convention, visit and join the forum at http://nemlaroomandride.freeforums.net.

Discounted NeMLA 2017 Hotel Rate for Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
10/13/16

Posted October 13, 2016

 

The 48th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23-26, 2017.

 

The hotel website has begun accepting reservations, and NeMLA and the Marriott offer a discounted rate to our registered convention attendees. For the link to make your reservation at this discounted rate, read more here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017

 

Guests have until close of business Wednesday March 1, 2017, to book their rooms at the discounted NeMLA rate. Available rooms tend to fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early.

Select CFP Extensions (New Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016)
10/6/16

Posted October 4, 2016. Updated October 5, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for some of its calls for papers to its 2017 meeting in Baltimore. The new deadline for these sessions is Friday, October 7, 2016. 

 

Please consider submitting abstracts to the following sessions. And please tweet at us at northeastMLA to publicize your deadline extension!

 

 

 

Orlando
6/20/16

Posted June 20, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Languages Association stands in solidarity with its LGBTQ colleagues as well as with their Orlando-based friends, family, neighbors. In the wake of the tragedy of the Pulse shootings in Orlando, Florida, we wish to express our shared grief with the victims' families and loved ones. As an academic and scholarly organization, NeMLA upholds individuals' freedom of thought and expression, and we assert the rights of all people to live freely and peacefully in communities that support diversity and inclusion. While we cannot tolerate intolerance, we affirm the value of the human in the humanities.

 

The Board of Directors of NeMLA

Board Nominations: Due July 1, 2016
6/15/16

Posted May 18, 2016

 

Nominations open for 2017 positions
Election deadline for nominations extended to July 1, 2016
Submit nominations to nemla_nominations@nemla.org

The success of NeMLA depends on an engaged volunteer Board. These roles provide an opportunity to shape the Convention as well as NeMLA's contribution to the profession. Positions on the Board are staggered, so each year different roles become available. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on upcoming Board openings and responsibilities can be found here. Open positions include: 

  • Second Vice President
  • Anglophone/British Literatures Director
  • CAITY Caucus Representative
  • German Language and Literature Director
  • Graduate Student Caucus Representative
  • Italian Language and Literature Director
  • Member at Large: Diversity Representative

 

6/15/16

Dear NeMLA Members,

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention that will take place in Baltimore, hosted by our local host, The Johns Hopkins University, with the continued administrative support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY!

The theme of the conference complies with the outcomes of a report produced by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), our umbrella organization, in light of the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy, whose effects still reverberate across US society, also brought into light the difficulties in the U.S. of communicating with and comprehending other cultures and languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

The MLA report reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.”

Hence, in the spirit of this scholarly inquiry, we welcome debates that may help us better understand and embrace the United States’ vast cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as that of the rest of the world. In this context, we welcome presentations on this theme, as well as in public scholarship, interdisciplinary humanities, disability studies, film and popular culture, as well as the digital narratives and associated cultural practices. Since Baltimore is also the birthplace of the magnificent TV series, The Wire, we will also have session discussions on the resonance of this TV show for the United States in the larger context.

We celebrate the great experience that we had at the 47 NeMLA convention in Hartford, Connecticut, presided over by my executive board colleague, Benjamin Railton, and hosted by the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Ben for great leadership and for starting a new vein of scholarly inquiry at the NeMLA convention: his sponsored sessions on public scholarship and the societal implications of thinking critically on the role of scholars within their communities. We all had the opportunity to listen to Dr. William Jelani Cobb’s important remarks on public humanities as the keynote speaker, and we also listened to the beautiful writings by Asian-American writer, Monique Truong, the opening night speaker. We also continued with the discussion trend initiated by past president, Daniela Antonucci, on interdisciplinary humanities –these two scholarly discussion trends will be honored at our next convention in Baltimore, for sure. We want to thank the University of Connecticut for their overall support, especially to Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, who was our key contact and supporter there, as well as to the two graduate student liaisons, Emma Burris-Janssen and Sarah Moon.

We are now looking forward to our next convention in Baltimore! Special thanks to the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Beverly Wendland, as well as to the many faculty who supported the idea of hosting of the NeMLA convention there from the beginning, especially to the Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. William Egginton, and the whole German and Romance Languages Literatures Department (GRLLD), especially to its chairperson, Dr. Elisabeth Strowick, and to our faculty liaisons at GRLLD, Dr. Sara Castr-Klaren, Dr. Eduardo González, and of course, to our graduate student liaisons for NeMLA 2017, Marica Antonucci (Art History), and Janet Gómez (Italian).

At NeMLA 2017 we will have Dr. Ilán Stavans, as our Keynote Speaker, and Dr. Marjorie Agosín, as our Opening Night Speaker. Both scholars have produced a vast body of critical and creative narratives on multilingualism, gender issues, and human rights. We are very pleased to count with their lectures at the convention!

I would also like to recognize the legacy of commitment and excellence of NeMLA Board members whose tenure came to an end this year: Daniela Antonucci, Past President, Anna Rocca (French area director), María Matz (Spanish and Portuguese area director), and Jesse Miller (graduate assistant). In addition, I would like to welcome the new board members who have been elected for the open positions: Simona Wright, new Second Vice President, Claudia Esposito (French), Margarita Vargas (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Goldbort (graduate assistant). We honor the bequest of those who have served as board members and we also look forward to the new ideas and energy that the new members bring to NeMLA –the largest MLA regional branch in the United States.

In addition, I want to remind you that accepted sessions for the conference are listed at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and the deadline to submit paper abstracts to participate in these sessions is September 30, 2016. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and graduate students to apply. All submissions must be done online at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html, see the link on the bottom of the webpage “Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract.”

Lastly, I need to thank my absolutely wonderful colleagues in the executive board of NeMLA: María DiFrancesco, Ben Railton, Simona Wright, as well as past presidents Daniela Antonucci and Ellen Dolgin. I cannot properly put down in words my gratitude to all of them for their sustained support, timely guidance, unconditional solidarity, and great sense of humor at times of intense amounts of work and close due dates for all. Same to be said about our executive director, Carine Mardorossian, and her entire support staff: Brandi So, Kristin LeVeness, Derek McGrath, Jesse Miller, and Renata Towne.

We are clear at NeMLA that members make of the organization the vibrant and supportive forum that it is today. So join us in Baltimore in 2017!

On behalf of the whole board at NeMLA, including our area directors, we wish you a restful and productive summer!

Kind regards,

Hilda Chacón

President of NeMLA

6/15/16

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention, to be held March 23 to 26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, is now available. View accepted panels and submit a paper abstract here.

Deadline, April 15, 2016: NeMLA-University at Buffalo Special Collections Fellowship
4/12/16

Posted April 12, 2016

 

The University at Buffalo Library and the Northeast Modern Language Association support a joint short-term visiting fellowship for research that can be supported by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, or the University at Buffalo Rare and Special Books Collection. 

 

Both the Poetry Collection and the Rare and Special Books Collection provide a wealth of resources to interested applicants. The Poetry Collection holds the archives of the Jargon Society as well as large manuscript collections by authors like James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Helen Adam, and Robert Kelley. And the Rare and Special Books Collection features literary first editions and finely printed books from 1600 to the present. 

 

The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, April 15, 2016. More information on how to apply is available here.

Tag Your Photos: #NeMLAPhotoContest
3/10/16

Prize: 2017 Membership

Posted March 7, 2016

 

We are about one week away from our 2016 convention in Hartford, Connecticut, and we are happy to announce that NeMLA will be hosting a Photo Contest. You could win free NeMLA 2017 membership!

 

While in Hartford, snap a high-resolution photograph of a speaker session, panel, or special event. If your picture is selected for inclusion in the NeMLA Newsletter or on the NeMLA website, you will win a free 2017 membership.

 

Images must be high-resolution picture; only one submission per member.

 

Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NeMLAPhotoContest, or email support@nemla.org. 

3/10/16

Posted February 28, 2016

 

Congratulations to our incoming NeMLA Board Members!

 

Second Vice President: Simona Wright
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Director: Margarita Vargas
Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Director: Christina Milletti
French and Francophone Language and Literature Director: Claudia Esposito

 

Thank you so much for all who participated as nominees and all those who cast a vote in the election. NeMLA is a member-driven organization committed to a fundamentally democratic approach to convention design and governance. You have helped to shape the future of the organization's leadership, scholarly programming, and convention.

 

We hope you can join us at the annual convention Membership Business Meeting and Brunch on Sunday, March 20 to celebrate.

 

If you are interested in joining the board, please take a look at upcoming openings here.  

CV Clinic: Sign up for job market advice or as a faculty mentor
2/14/17

Posted February 14, 2017

 

Over the past three years, the CV Clinic has furthered NeMLA's mission of supporting the professional development of members who are graduate students, recent PhD recipients on the job market, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. Many of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors in advising many on revising their CVs and seeking work in academia. Mentees who have benefited from this clinic include graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and adjunct and contingent faculty.  

 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, the CV Clinic consists of one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions. During the convention, mentees will be paired with tenured and tenure-track faculty members who offer expert feedback on CVs and securing a job in academia. 

 

 

We at NeMLA encourage faculty to volunteer as mentors for our upcoming March 2017 meeting in Baltimore. If you are faculty interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you are a mentee interested in receiving advice on your CV, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094faeac2ba1f58-cvclinic. Choose your advising slots, and be sure to select the correct category for that time slot: mentor or mentee. A Sign Up Genius account is not necessary for signing up.

 

If you have any questions, please email CVClinicNeMLA@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

 

Now Available: Auditing Registration and Courtyard Baltimore Hotel Rooms
2/13/17

Posted February 13, 2017

 

NeMLA has now opened auditing registration at our upcoming 48th Annual Convention in Baltimore. Auditing is intended for attendees who are not presenting. To review membership rates for auditing and to register as an auditor, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/about/members/rates.html.

 

We ask that you encourage your colleagues to join us as auditors at the convention: please share the auditor registration link above with your departments and on listservs as appropriate.

 

NeMLA also has secured a special discounted hotel rate for our members for $149 per night at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. This hotel is just a five-minute walk from our convention site, the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Reserve your room online at this link, or call 443-923-4000 and provide the group code NEMC.

 

The last day to book your low NeMLA rate at the Marriott Courtyard is March 1. More information about our hotel offerings is available here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Graduate Student Caucus nominations now accepted for open positions
2/9/17

Posted February 9, 2017

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will soon hold elections and seeks nominations, including self-nominations, for all three committee positions: Communications Director, Vice President and President. All nominees must be current graduate students. 

 

Please email nominations to the current Vice President, James Van Wyck, at jvanwyck@fordham.edu, by March 1. In emailed nominations, please include:

 

  • Whether the nomination is for Communications Director, Vice President, or President in the subject line
  • The nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation
  • A brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a link with which to vote. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote. 

 

Descriptions of all open positions are available online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/areas/caucuses/grad.html. If you have any questions, please email Vice President James Van Wyck at jvanwyck@fordham.edu.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
2/1/17

 

We, the Executive Board of NeMLA, declare that we stand together with refugees and immigrants from all corners of the globe. In the face of growing and bold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric and an Executive Order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States, we solidly affirm the need to foster peace, diplomacy and, above all, deep mutual understanding and respect among diverse peoples. We respect the rule of law, but we cannot and will not tolerate the targeting of any human being because of their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their ethnicity, race or the language(s) they speak. We declare: no human being is illegal.

 

We as scholars, professors and researchers denounce anti-democratic pronouncements that go against the very moral and ethical founding of the United States, and we stand firm with our colleagues, our students and all of our brothers and sisters in the global community who strive for unity over division.

 

In consideration of those affected by the travel ban, NeMLA is taking the following steps:

 

1.     Implementing a provisional policy for allowing those affected by the ban to present their papers in absentia. For reasons central to the discussion and exchange that are the hallmark of a lively NeMLA session, our policy is to not allow papers read in absentia. We will make an exception for those presenters impacted.

 

2.     NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration. This special Roundtable Discussion, titled “NeMLA Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration,” will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 4:45 PM in Grand Ballroom VI.

 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions on these issues as we prepare for our 2017 Convention.

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

CAITY Travel Award applications due February 1, 2017
1/26/17

Posted January 26, 2017

 

The CAITY Caucus sponsors Travel Awards, open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present a paper as part of a traditional panel or seminar at NeMLA's upcoming March convention in Baltimore. The deadline for applications is February 1 and may be submitted online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/travel/caity-travel/caity-travel-app.html

 

CAITY Travel Awards are not intended for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables. Applicants can expect a response from the Caucus by mid-February. 

Register for Baltimore NeMLA-Sponsored Events
1/19/17

Posted January 19, 2017

 

NeMLA has sponsored the following activities for members attending the Baltimore conference: 

 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew, Saturday, March 25, 8 PM: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company stages this rollicking send-up of marital power struggles, which is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Prior to the performance is a reception with a cash bar. $34 
  • Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Friday, March 24, 11 AM: This is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African American history and culture and on the African diaspora. The Lewis Museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum café serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater. $6 guided tour
  • Tour of the Peabody Library and Special Collections, Friday, March 24, 1 PM: Johns Hopkins University's collection contains more than 300,000 volumes of rare and diverse materials. This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. $10 (includes shuttle)

 

We also encourage you to RSVP for these free special events hosted at our annual convention: 

 

  • Opening Address, "Imagining a Multilingual World" by Marjorie Agosín, Thursday, March 23, 7 PM: Award-winning poet, memorist, and the author of more than fifty books, Professor Agosín is one of the most diverse and vibrant authors writing in both Latin America and the United States today. She is the recipient of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor given by the Chilean government (2004) as well as of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) given by the American Library Association. Professor Agosín is also an award-winning human rights activist. The United Nations distinguished her with the Human Rights Leadership Award. Professor Agosín holds the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught for nearly thirty years. 
  • Keynote Address, "The End of Monolingualism" by Ilán Stavans, Friday, March 24, 7 PM: One of today’s preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His best-selling books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010), and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). His graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014) with Lalo Alcaraz, is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Membership Breakfast and NeMLA Business Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 12:15 PM: Converse, network, and learn about how to propose sessions for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh over a free brunch!

 

To purchase tickets and to RSVP for free events, sign into https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login with your user name and password, then click “Registration and Membership.”

 

For more information, please email us at support@nemla.org

Now Online: Winter 2017 Newsletter and 2018 Pittsburgh Call for Session Proposals
1/13/17

Posted January 13, 2017

 

The newest issue of the NeMLA newsletter is now online, listing scheduled events for the March 2017 Baltimore convention, local activities in Baltimore, award and fellowship opportunities, and more! 

 

Also, we want to promote now the call for session proposal for our 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. We have uploaded the flyer we distributed at the Modern Language Association convention last week, which you can find here along with information about our future conventions in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. The April 29th deadline wil be here before you know it, so don't wait until our meeting in Baltimore: brainstorm proposals now so you're ready to submit them when we open up the web site! And please pass along this flyer to your colleagues. 

Important January 15 Deadlines
1/10/17

Posted January 10, 2017

 

  • Session participants and chairs: please correct all abstracts and bios for NeMLA 2017 presenters online at this link.
  • Submit applications for the Shakespeare's Sister mentorship program at this online link.
  • Submit revised and expanded essays for the Graduate Student Essay Award. More information is available here
NeMLA at MLA 2017 Philadelphia!
1/5/17

Posted January 5, 2017

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association is at MLA 2017 Philadelphia! Stop by our table at the MLA Welcome Center (the hall that connects the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown). We have free pens, opportunities for publishers to promote their authors at NeMLA conventions, and the Call for Session Proposals for our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, due April 29, 2017. Get to be the first to see the Call for Session Proposals now before we post it online! 

 

If you're a NeMLA member presenting at MLA 2017, tweet at us and we'll retweet your session. NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLAs yet one of the most intimate scholarly communities--and we hope to show the MLA some NeMLA representation! 

 

To all at MLA 2017 who are NeMLA members and attendees of our upcoming 2017 Baltimore convention: enjoy Philadelphia!

Due Jan 15 2017: Shakespeare Sister's Mentee Applications
1/3/17

Posted January 3, 2017

 

The NeMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus operates the interdisciplinary mentoring program Shakespeare's Sister, which pairs senior faculty mentors with graduate students and early career caucus members.

 

Mentors helps mentees in various ways: job market advice, CV review, feedback on grant applications, guidance relating to graduate school and early career publications, advice on managing personal relationships and having children, career opportunities outside of academia, advice on how to best work with your committee and advisor, how you might become more involved with women’s and genders studies concerns outside of your own university, what the world looks like for a senior professor in the field, and more. 

 

Mentorship is envisioned as an opportunity for exchange between mentors and mentees through various networking activities. These may include Skype conversations, coffee or meals at the annual NeMLA convention, or meeting at the annual Shakespeare's Sister breakfast on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. 

 

The application process for mentees closes on January 15, 2017. To access the application, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/areas/caucuses/wgs/wgs-mentoring-app.html.

 

For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please email Margarita Vargas at wgsnemla@gmail.com.







NeMLA 2017 Baltimore schedule now available online
12/28/16

Posted December 28, 2016

 

The schedule for NeMLA sessions is now online! We encourage all participants at our 2017 convention to visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Webforms/Schedule.aspx to determine when and where your NeMLA session will occur.

 

Please also take this opportunity to visit your NeMLA User Account, and choose whether to publish your bio and paper abstract into the online convention schedule. The online program will also tell you which sessions are equipped for media. 

 

For those of you not yet registered, late registration closes on January 5. Unregistered participants will be removed from the session and from the online program, which may place some panels at risk of folding. Panel chairs are encouraged to log into their user account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login to reconfirm which of their participants are registered. If you have panelists who have withdrawn, please mark them as declined in the session management page in order to remove them from the unpaid list. 

 

Hotel rooms are still available at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017. Please book now, as they will sell out very soon.

 

We hope you are looking forward to the convention as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will promote some the convention's local and special events, as well as open auditor registration for non-participants. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as an auditor at this year's convention!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at support@nemla.org with questions or concerns.

NeMLA Chairs: Check your email regarding participants and second session chairs
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

This is a reminder that all NeMLA 2017 participants and chairs must be registered. The deadline for early registration has been extended, closing today, Friday, December 9, at midnight. After that, participants will pay a late fee; if they have not paid by January, they will be removed from the session. Register at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.

 

NeMLA 2017 session chairs also have received an email regarding session management, unregistered session participants, and having chairs for any second sessions. All chairs should visit http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login to use the session management to see their sessions' unregistered participants, listed in red. Please email your participants from the session management page to remind them to register. 

 

As well, NeMLA policy prohibits participants from chairing more than one session of a type. If you are currently chairing two sessions due to an approved second session request, you must find someone else to chair the second session. This person can be a participant from either session, as long as they are not chairing another session of the same type, or an outside person you recruit for the task. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

Corrected link to NeMLA Board election
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

The previous link distributed for online voting of NeMLA Board representatives has been replaced with a new link that corrects errors in the poll. The new link is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGRNBBD. The biographies and statements of purpose of all candidates are here.

 

If you voted before 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, please vote again at this new link to have your vote counted. 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Convention Information, Voting in NeMLA Elections, and Refund Policies
12/9/16

Posted December 6, 2016

Updated December 9, 2016 (Corrected Board voting link)

 

We have news to share about our upcoming March convention in Baltimore:

 

  • Convention Schedule: The convention schedule will be available online by December 20th
  • Hotel: Book your room at a discounted NeMLA rate online here. Rooms fill up fast, so book early!
  • Transportation: Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the 2017 NeMLA Convention, offers discounts ranging from 2 to 8 percent on airfare. To enjoy these discounts, you must book at this link
  • Workshops: NeMLA will be hosting a variety of workshops to address the professional, scholastic, and educational needs of our members. To sign up for workshops, visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on "Convention Registration." For workshop descriptions, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/workshops.html
  • Vote! We have two major votes right now. First, please vote for NeMLA-sponsored cultural activities during the convention. Second, vote to elect your future Board members! Candidates' bios and statements of purpose, along with the link for voting, is here.
  • Refund policy: NeMLA does not issue membership refunds. Refunds for registration are only granted until December 30th.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NeMLA 2017 Registration Deadline (extended to Friday, Dec 9)
12/5/16

Posted December 5, 2016

 

This is a reminder to register for the NeMLA 2017 convention in Baltimore. All chairs, presenters, and participants are required to register.

 

Log in at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and select the "Registration & Membership" link at the top of the screen. 

 

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, December 9Late registration will be accepted until January 5th, 2017 (pending a late fee of $25). 

 

Failing to register by the deadline will result in the removal of your name from the program and will place the session and its other participants in jeopardy. 

 

Please contact support@nemla.org with any questions.

CAITY opportunities for 2016-2017: Essay Award, Travel Award, and Election!
11/22/16

Posted November 22, 2016

 

Contingent faculty, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions with NeMLA will receive an email from the CAITY Caucus about numerous opportunities, including: 

 

  • The December 15 deadline for the CAITY Essay Award
  • Travel Awards, which will be accepting applications starting in December 2016
  • The Room and Ride Forum, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus, to assist with sharing travel costs to our March 2017 convention in Baltimore
  • A call for nominations and current candidates' statements in the election for CAITY president, which will take place at the CAITY Annual Business Meeting at the Baltimore March 2017 convention

 

For more information about CAITY, please visit their web site

 

 

NeMLA Awards for manuscripts, essays, travel, and fellowships (with extended deadlines)
11/22/16

Posted November 21, 2016. Updated November 22, 2016

 

NeMLA provides its members with opportunities to apply for essay awards, travel awards and fellowships, some of which have extended deadlines. More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards.html and at the calendar links below:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org and the persons listed at the awards linked above. 

 

Submit early, and good luck!

NeMLA 2017 deadlines approaching: Registration, local activities voting, hotel, and flights!
11/21/16

Posted November 21, 2016

 

We are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for our 48th annual convention, March 23 to 26, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! We also have important information to share with you as you prepare for this year’s convention:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Extended Deadline: Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award, due November 29, 2016
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

 

The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.

 

Send entries to Tara Harney-Mahajan, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: wgsnemla@gmail.com by November 29, 2016, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.

 

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

 

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. All submissions should be written in or translated to English.  The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.

 

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review. For more information about the award, and about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/women-gender-award.html.

 

Best wishes,

 

President: Tara Harney-Mahajan, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University
Vice-President: Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo
Secretary: Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Northeastern University

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

Dear NeMLA Members,

 

As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000 scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United States and Canada.

 

At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United States the  culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.

 

Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have taken place in higher education institutions across the United States after the election.

 

NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand with our members, their students and staff members at their institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class supremacy over "others."

 

Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be perceived as "different."

 

As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future for everyone.

 

Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference, "Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant. (Please visit our NeMLA 2017 conference site.)

 

We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual forum.

 

In solidarity and peace,

 

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

Book Award deadline extended to December 1!
11/11/16

Posted November 11, 2016

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the spring NeMLA Convention, recognizes an unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA’s focal literatures, languages, or cultures. Winners receive both a $750 prize and NeMLA’s help in contacting and working with presses. 

 

The deadline for the Book Award has been extended to December 1, 2016. Submit your book manuscript to book.award@nemla.org to be eligible. For more information on requirements, and for a list of past winners, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/book-award.html.

Vote for local Baltimore activities for NeMLA to sponsor! (Deadline Wednesday, November 23)
11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016

 

At each year's convention, the Northeast Modern Language Association hosts numerous events that highlight the cultural offerings of our local host city. This year’s meeting in Baltimore offers numerous options for experiencing the art, culture, and history of Maryland’s largest city and an important location for activism, civic service, and scholarship.

 

To best address the desires of our members, we would appreciate your input on which local Baltimore events you want to see NeMLA sponsor. This sponsorship would allow our members to enjoy what Baltimore has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

 

Please respond to this survey by Wednesday, November 23, so that we may begin scheduling events that speak to the interests of our members. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ88LN

 

Thank you for your help in determining the best events to complement your experience at NeMLA's Baltimore convention. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Fly with Southwest Airlines to NeMLA 2017 Baltimore!
10/25/16

Posted October 20, 2016. Updated October 25, 2016

 

Southwest Airlines is the official airline for NeMLA for 2017!

 

Everyday, Southwest Airlines flies more than 700 Boeing 737s for almost 4,000 flights across 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to Cuba beginning in December 2016. Destinations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. At Southwest, passengers choose their own seats, and there are no charges for a passenger's first or second checked bag. Southwest flies to airports near NeMLA’s 2017 convention site in Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Reagan International (DCA), and Dulles (IAD).

 

Beginning on November 15, 2016, NeMLA conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through a SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2016, and March 5, 2017, to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel March 19, 2017 through March 29, 2017.)

 

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NeMLA traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from the convention with Rapid Rewards number added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

 

To take advantage of this offer, visit https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99170934

Room & Ride Forum for Baltimore 2017
10/21/16

Posted October 21, 2016

 

The Graduate Student Caucus and the C.A.I.T.Y. Caucus are again hosting the Room and Ride Forum! Caucus members who want to share the costs of traveling to or staying in Baltimore for the 2017 Convention, start here!

 

Post a thread or review others to find people who want to carpool or share a room. For those interested in reducing the cost of attending the convention, visit and join the forum at http://nemlaroomandride.freeforums.net.

Discounted NeMLA 2017 Hotel Rate for Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
10/13/16

Posted October 13, 2016

 

The 48th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23-26, 2017.

 

The hotel website has begun accepting reservations, and NeMLA and the Marriott offer a discounted rate to our registered convention attendees. For the link to make your reservation at this discounted rate, read more here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017

 

Guests have until close of business Wednesday March 1, 2017, to book their rooms at the discounted NeMLA rate. Available rooms tend to fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early.

Select CFP Extensions (New Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016)
10/6/16

Posted October 4, 2016. Updated October 5, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for some of its calls for papers to its 2017 meeting in Baltimore. The new deadline for these sessions is Friday, October 7, 2016. 

 

Please consider submitting abstracts to the following sessions. And please tweet at us at northeastMLA to publicize your deadline extension!

 

 

 

Orlando
6/20/16

Posted June 20, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Languages Association stands in solidarity with its LGBTQ colleagues as well as with their Orlando-based friends, family, neighbors. In the wake of the tragedy of the Pulse shootings in Orlando, Florida, we wish to express our shared grief with the victims' families and loved ones. As an academic and scholarly organization, NeMLA upholds individuals' freedom of thought and expression, and we assert the rights of all people to live freely and peacefully in communities that support diversity and inclusion. While we cannot tolerate intolerance, we affirm the value of the human in the humanities.

 

The Board of Directors of NeMLA

Board Nominations: Due July 1, 2016
6/15/16

Posted May 18, 2016

 

Nominations open for 2017 positions
Election deadline for nominations extended to July 1, 2016
Submit nominations to nemla_nominations@nemla.org

The success of NeMLA depends on an engaged volunteer Board. These roles provide an opportunity to shape the Convention as well as NeMLA's contribution to the profession. Positions on the Board are staggered, so each year different roles become available. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on upcoming Board openings and responsibilities can be found here. Open positions include: 

  • Second Vice President
  • Anglophone/British Literatures Director
  • CAITY Caucus Representative
  • German Language and Literature Director
  • Graduate Student Caucus Representative
  • Italian Language and Literature Director
  • Member at Large: Diversity Representative

 

6/15/16

Dear NeMLA Members,

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention that will take place in Baltimore, hosted by our local host, The Johns Hopkins University, with the continued administrative support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY!

The theme of the conference complies with the outcomes of a report produced by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), our umbrella organization, in light of the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy, whose effects still reverberate across US society, also brought into light the difficulties in the U.S. of communicating with and comprehending other cultures and languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

The MLA report reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.”

Hence, in the spirit of this scholarly inquiry, we welcome debates that may help us better understand and embrace the United States’ vast cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as that of the rest of the world. In this context, we welcome presentations on this theme, as well as in public scholarship, interdisciplinary humanities, disability studies, film and popular culture, as well as the digital narratives and associated cultural practices. Since Baltimore is also the birthplace of the magnificent TV series, The Wire, we will also have session discussions on the resonance of this TV show for the United States in the larger context.

We celebrate the great experience that we had at the 47 NeMLA convention in Hartford, Connecticut, presided over by my executive board colleague, Benjamin Railton, and hosted by the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Ben for great leadership and for starting a new vein of scholarly inquiry at the NeMLA convention: his sponsored sessions on public scholarship and the societal implications of thinking critically on the role of scholars within their communities. We all had the opportunity to listen to Dr. William Jelani Cobb’s important remarks on public humanities as the keynote speaker, and we also listened to the beautiful writings by Asian-American writer, Monique Truong, the opening night speaker. We also continued with the discussion trend initiated by past president, Daniela Antonucci, on interdisciplinary humanities –these two scholarly discussion trends will be honored at our next convention in Baltimore, for sure. We want to thank the University of Connecticut for their overall support, especially to Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, who was our key contact and supporter there, as well as to the two graduate student liaisons, Emma Burris-Janssen and Sarah Moon.

We are now looking forward to our next convention in Baltimore! Special thanks to the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Beverly Wendland, as well as to the many faculty who supported the idea of hosting of the NeMLA convention there from the beginning, especially to the Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. William Egginton, and the whole German and Romance Languages Literatures Department (GRLLD), especially to its chairperson, Dr. Elisabeth Strowick, and to our faculty liaisons at GRLLD, Dr. Sara Castr-Klaren, Dr. Eduardo González, and of course, to our graduate student liaisons for NeMLA 2017, Marica Antonucci (Art History), and Janet Gómez (Italian).

At NeMLA 2017 we will have Dr. Ilán Stavans, as our Keynote Speaker, and Dr. Marjorie Agosín, as our Opening Night Speaker. Both scholars have produced a vast body of critical and creative narratives on multilingualism, gender issues, and human rights. We are very pleased to count with their lectures at the convention!

I would also like to recognize the legacy of commitment and excellence of NeMLA Board members whose tenure came to an end this year: Daniela Antonucci, Past President, Anna Rocca (French area director), María Matz (Spanish and Portuguese area director), and Jesse Miller (graduate assistant). In addition, I would like to welcome the new board members who have been elected for the open positions: Simona Wright, new Second Vice President, Claudia Esposito (French), Margarita Vargas (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Goldbort (graduate assistant). We honor the bequest of those who have served as board members and we also look forward to the new ideas and energy that the new members bring to NeMLA –the largest MLA regional branch in the United States.

In addition, I want to remind you that accepted sessions for the conference are listed at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and the deadline to submit paper abstracts to participate in these sessions is September 30, 2016. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and graduate students to apply. All submissions must be done online at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html, see the link on the bottom of the webpage “Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract.”

Lastly, I need to thank my absolutely wonderful colleagues in the executive board of NeMLA: María DiFrancesco, Ben Railton, Simona Wright, as well as past presidents Daniela Antonucci and Ellen Dolgin. I cannot properly put down in words my gratitude to all of them for their sustained support, timely guidance, unconditional solidarity, and great sense of humor at times of intense amounts of work and close due dates for all. Same to be said about our executive director, Carine Mardorossian, and her entire support staff: Brandi So, Kristin LeVeness, Derek McGrath, Jesse Miller, and Renata Towne.

We are clear at NeMLA that members make of the organization the vibrant and supportive forum that it is today. So join us in Baltimore in 2017!

On behalf of the whole board at NeMLA, including our area directors, we wish you a restful and productive summer!

Kind regards,

Hilda Chacón

President of NeMLA

6/15/16

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention, to be held March 23 to 26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, is now available. View accepted panels and submit a paper abstract here.

Deadline, April 15, 2016: NeMLA-University at Buffalo Special Collections Fellowship
4/12/16

Posted April 12, 2016

 

The University at Buffalo Library and the Northeast Modern Language Association support a joint short-term visiting fellowship for research that can be supported by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, or the University at Buffalo Rare and Special Books Collection. 

 

Both the Poetry Collection and the Rare and Special Books Collection provide a wealth of resources to interested applicants. The Poetry Collection holds the archives of the Jargon Society as well as large manuscript collections by authors like James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Helen Adam, and Robert Kelley. And the Rare and Special Books Collection features literary first editions and finely printed books from 1600 to the present. 

 

The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, April 15, 2016. More information on how to apply is available here.

Tag Your Photos: #NeMLAPhotoContest
3/10/16

Prize: 2017 Membership

Posted March 7, 2016

 

We are about one week away from our 2016 convention in Hartford, Connecticut, and we are happy to announce that NeMLA will be hosting a Photo Contest. You could win free NeMLA 2017 membership!

 

While in Hartford, snap a high-resolution photograph of a speaker session, panel, or special event. If your picture is selected for inclusion in the NeMLA Newsletter or on the NeMLA website, you will win a free 2017 membership.

 

Images must be high-resolution picture; only one submission per member.

 

Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NeMLAPhotoContest, or email support@nemla.org. 

3/10/16

Posted February 28, 2016

 

Congratulations to our incoming NeMLA Board Members!

 

Second Vice President: Simona Wright
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Director: Margarita Vargas
Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Director: Christina Milletti
French and Francophone Language and Literature Director: Claudia Esposito

 

Thank you so much for all who participated as nominees and all those who cast a vote in the election. NeMLA is a member-driven organization committed to a fundamentally democratic approach to convention design and governance. You have helped to shape the future of the organization's leadership, scholarly programming, and convention.

 

We hope you can join us at the annual convention Membership Business Meeting and Brunch on Sunday, March 20 to celebrate.

 

If you are interested in joining the board, please take a look at upcoming openings here.  

CV Clinic: Sign up for job market advice or as a faculty mentor
2/14/17

Posted February 14, 2017

 

Over the past three years, the CV Clinic has furthered NeMLA's mission of supporting the professional development of members who are graduate students, recent PhD recipients on the job market, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. Many of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors in advising many on revising their CVs and seeking work in academia. Mentees who have benefited from this clinic include graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and adjunct and contingent faculty.  

 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, the CV Clinic consists of one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions. During the convention, mentees will be paired with tenured and tenure-track faculty members who offer expert feedback on CVs and securing a job in academia. 

 

 

We at NeMLA encourage faculty to volunteer as mentors for our upcoming March 2017 meeting in Baltimore. If you are faculty interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you are a mentee interested in receiving advice on your CV, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094faeac2ba1f58-cvclinic. Choose your advising slots, and be sure to select the correct category for that time slot: mentor or mentee. A Sign Up Genius account is not necessary for signing up.

 

If you have any questions, please email CVClinicNeMLA@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

 

Now Available: Auditing Registration and Courtyard Baltimore Hotel Rooms
2/13/17

Posted February 13, 2017

 

NeMLA has now opened auditing registration at our upcoming 48th Annual Convention in Baltimore. Auditing is intended for attendees who are not presenting. To review membership rates for auditing and to register as an auditor, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/about/members/rates.html.

 

We ask that you encourage your colleagues to join us as auditors at the convention: please share the auditor registration link above with your departments and on listservs as appropriate.

 

NeMLA also has secured a special discounted hotel rate for our members for $149 per night at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. This hotel is just a five-minute walk from our convention site, the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Reserve your room online at this link, or call 443-923-4000 and provide the group code NEMC.

 

The last day to book your low NeMLA rate at the Marriott Courtyard is March 1. More information about our hotel offerings is available here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Graduate Student Caucus nominations now accepted for open positions
2/9/17

Posted February 9, 2017

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will soon hold elections and seeks nominations, including self-nominations, for all three committee positions: Communications Director, Vice President and President. All nominees must be current graduate students. 

 

Please email nominations to the current Vice President, James Van Wyck, at jvanwyck@fordham.edu, by March 1. In emailed nominations, please include:

 

  • Whether the nomination is for Communications Director, Vice President, or President in the subject line
  • The nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation
  • A brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a link with which to vote. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote. 

 

Descriptions of all open positions are available online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/areas/caucuses/grad.html. If you have any questions, please email Vice President James Van Wyck at jvanwyck@fordham.edu.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
2/1/17

 

We, the Executive Board of NeMLA, declare that we stand together with refugees and immigrants from all corners of the globe. In the face of growing and bold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric and an Executive Order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States, we solidly affirm the need to foster peace, diplomacy and, above all, deep mutual understanding and respect among diverse peoples. We respect the rule of law, but we cannot and will not tolerate the targeting of any human being because of their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their ethnicity, race or the language(s) they speak. We declare: no human being is illegal.

 

We as scholars, professors and researchers denounce anti-democratic pronouncements that go against the very moral and ethical founding of the United States, and we stand firm with our colleagues, our students and all of our brothers and sisters in the global community who strive for unity over division.

 

In consideration of those affected by the travel ban, NeMLA is taking the following steps:

 

1.     Implementing a provisional policy for allowing those affected by the ban to present their papers in absentia. For reasons central to the discussion and exchange that are the hallmark of a lively NeMLA session, our policy is to not allow papers read in absentia. We will make an exception for those presenters impacted.

 

2.     NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration. This special Roundtable Discussion, titled “NeMLA Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration,” will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 4:45 PM in Grand Ballroom VI.

 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions on these issues as we prepare for our 2017 Convention.

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

CAITY Travel Award applications due February 1, 2017
1/26/17

Posted January 26, 2017

 

The CAITY Caucus sponsors Travel Awards, open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present a paper as part of a traditional panel or seminar at NeMLA's upcoming March convention in Baltimore. The deadline for applications is February 1 and may be submitted online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/travel/caity-travel/caity-travel-app.html

 

CAITY Travel Awards are not intended for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables. Applicants can expect a response from the Caucus by mid-February. 

Register for Baltimore NeMLA-Sponsored Events
1/19/17

Posted January 19, 2017

 

NeMLA has sponsored the following activities for members attending the Baltimore conference: 

 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew, Saturday, March 25, 8 PM: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company stages this rollicking send-up of marital power struggles, which is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Prior to the performance is a reception with a cash bar. $34 
  • Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Friday, March 24, 11 AM: This is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African American history and culture and on the African diaspora. The Lewis Museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum café serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater. $6 guided tour
  • Tour of the Peabody Library and Special Collections, Friday, March 24, 1 PM: Johns Hopkins University's collection contains more than 300,000 volumes of rare and diverse materials. This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. $10 (includes shuttle)

 

We also encourage you to RSVP for these free special events hosted at our annual convention: 

 

  • Opening Address, "Imagining a Multilingual World" by Marjorie Agosín, Thursday, March 23, 7 PM: Award-winning poet, memorist, and the author of more than fifty books, Professor Agosín is one of the most diverse and vibrant authors writing in both Latin America and the United States today. She is the recipient of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor given by the Chilean government (2004) as well as of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) given by the American Library Association. Professor Agosín is also an award-winning human rights activist. The United Nations distinguished her with the Human Rights Leadership Award. Professor Agosín holds the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught for nearly thirty years. 
  • Keynote Address, "The End of Monolingualism" by Ilán Stavans, Friday, March 24, 7 PM: One of today’s preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His best-selling books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010), and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). His graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014) with Lalo Alcaraz, is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Membership Breakfast and NeMLA Business Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 12:15 PM: Converse, network, and learn about how to propose sessions for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh over a free brunch!

 

To purchase tickets and to RSVP for free events, sign into https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login with your user name and password, then click “Registration and Membership.”

 

For more information, please email us at support@nemla.org

Now Online: Winter 2017 Newsletter and 2018 Pittsburgh Call for Session Proposals
1/13/17

Posted January 13, 2017

 

The newest issue of the NeMLA newsletter is now online, listing scheduled events for the March 2017 Baltimore convention, local activities in Baltimore, award and fellowship opportunities, and more! 

 

Also, we want to promote now the call for session proposal for our 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. We have uploaded the flyer we distributed at the Modern Language Association convention last week, which you can find here along with information about our future conventions in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. The April 29th deadline wil be here before you know it, so don't wait until our meeting in Baltimore: brainstorm proposals now so you're ready to submit them when we open up the web site! And please pass along this flyer to your colleagues. 

Important January 15 Deadlines
1/10/17

Posted January 10, 2017

 

  • Session participants and chairs: please correct all abstracts and bios for NeMLA 2017 presenters online at this link.
  • Submit applications for the Shakespeare's Sister mentorship program at this online link.
  • Submit revised and expanded essays for the Graduate Student Essay Award. More information is available here
NeMLA at MLA 2017 Philadelphia!
1/5/17

Posted January 5, 2017

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association is at MLA 2017 Philadelphia! Stop by our table at the MLA Welcome Center (the hall that connects the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown). We have free pens, opportunities for publishers to promote their authors at NeMLA conventions, and the Call for Session Proposals for our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, due April 29, 2017. Get to be the first to see the Call for Session Proposals now before we post it online! 

 

If you're a NeMLA member presenting at MLA 2017, tweet at us and we'll retweet your session. NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLAs yet one of the most intimate scholarly communities--and we hope to show the MLA some NeMLA representation! 

 

To all at MLA 2017 who are NeMLA members and attendees of our upcoming 2017 Baltimore convention: enjoy Philadelphia!

Due Jan 15 2017: Shakespeare Sister's Mentee Applications
1/3/17

Posted January 3, 2017

 

The NeMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus operates the interdisciplinary mentoring program Shakespeare's Sister, which pairs senior faculty mentors with graduate students and early career caucus members.

 

Mentors helps mentees in various ways: job market advice, CV review, feedback on grant applications, guidance relating to graduate school and early career publications, advice on managing personal relationships and having children, career opportunities outside of academia, advice on how to best work with your committee and advisor, how you might become more involved with women’s and genders studies concerns outside of your own university, what the world looks like for a senior professor in the field, and more. 

 

Mentorship is envisioned as an opportunity for exchange between mentors and mentees through various networking activities. These may include Skype conversations, coffee or meals at the annual NeMLA convention, or meeting at the annual Shakespeare's Sister breakfast on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. 

 

The application process for mentees closes on January 15, 2017. To access the application, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/areas/caucuses/wgs/wgs-mentoring-app.html.

 

For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please email Margarita Vargas at wgsnemla@gmail.com.







NeMLA 2017 Baltimore schedule now available online
12/28/16

Posted December 28, 2016

 

The schedule for NeMLA sessions is now online! We encourage all participants at our 2017 convention to visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Webforms/Schedule.aspx to determine when and where your NeMLA session will occur.

 

Please also take this opportunity to visit your NeMLA User Account, and choose whether to publish your bio and paper abstract into the online convention schedule. The online program will also tell you which sessions are equipped for media. 

 

For those of you not yet registered, late registration closes on January 5. Unregistered participants will be removed from the session and from the online program, which may place some panels at risk of folding. Panel chairs are encouraged to log into their user account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login to reconfirm which of their participants are registered. If you have panelists who have withdrawn, please mark them as declined in the session management page in order to remove them from the unpaid list. 

 

Hotel rooms are still available at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017. Please book now, as they will sell out very soon.

 

We hope you are looking forward to the convention as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will promote some the convention's local and special events, as well as open auditor registration for non-participants. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as an auditor at this year's convention!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at support@nemla.org with questions or concerns.

NeMLA Chairs: Check your email regarding participants and second session chairs
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

This is a reminder that all NeMLA 2017 participants and chairs must be registered. The deadline for early registration has been extended, closing today, Friday, December 9, at midnight. After that, participants will pay a late fee; if they have not paid by January, they will be removed from the session. Register at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.

 

NeMLA 2017 session chairs also have received an email regarding session management, unregistered session participants, and having chairs for any second sessions. All chairs should visit http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login to use the session management to see their sessions' unregistered participants, listed in red. Please email your participants from the session management page to remind them to register. 

 

As well, NeMLA policy prohibits participants from chairing more than one session of a type. If you are currently chairing two sessions due to an approved second session request, you must find someone else to chair the second session. This person can be a participant from either session, as long as they are not chairing another session of the same type, or an outside person you recruit for the task. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

Corrected link to NeMLA Board election
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

The previous link distributed for online voting of NeMLA Board representatives has been replaced with a new link that corrects errors in the poll. The new link is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGRNBBD. The biographies and statements of purpose of all candidates are here.

 

If you voted before 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, please vote again at this new link to have your vote counted. 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Convention Information, Voting in NeMLA Elections, and Refund Policies
12/9/16

Posted December 6, 2016

Updated December 9, 2016 (Corrected Board voting link)

 

We have news to share about our upcoming March convention in Baltimore:

 

  • Convention Schedule: The convention schedule will be available online by December 20th
  • Hotel: Book your room at a discounted NeMLA rate online here. Rooms fill up fast, so book early!
  • Transportation: Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the 2017 NeMLA Convention, offers discounts ranging from 2 to 8 percent on airfare. To enjoy these discounts, you must book at this link
  • Workshops: NeMLA will be hosting a variety of workshops to address the professional, scholastic, and educational needs of our members. To sign up for workshops, visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on "Convention Registration." For workshop descriptions, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/workshops.html
  • Vote! We have two major votes right now. First, please vote for NeMLA-sponsored cultural activities during the convention. Second, vote to elect your future Board members! Candidates' bios and statements of purpose, along with the link for voting, is here.
  • Refund policy: NeMLA does not issue membership refunds. Refunds for registration are only granted until December 30th.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NeMLA 2017 Registration Deadline (extended to Friday, Dec 9)
12/5/16

Posted December 5, 2016

 

This is a reminder to register for the NeMLA 2017 convention in Baltimore. All chairs, presenters, and participants are required to register.

 

Log in at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and select the "Registration & Membership" link at the top of the screen. 

 

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, December 9Late registration will be accepted until January 5th, 2017 (pending a late fee of $25). 

 

Failing to register by the deadline will result in the removal of your name from the program and will place the session and its other participants in jeopardy. 

 

Please contact support@nemla.org with any questions.

CAITY opportunities for 2016-2017: Essay Award, Travel Award, and Election!
11/22/16

Posted November 22, 2016

 

Contingent faculty, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions with NeMLA will receive an email from the CAITY Caucus about numerous opportunities, including: 

 

  • The December 15 deadline for the CAITY Essay Award
  • Travel Awards, which will be accepting applications starting in December 2016
  • The Room and Ride Forum, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus, to assist with sharing travel costs to our March 2017 convention in Baltimore
  • A call for nominations and current candidates' statements in the election for CAITY president, which will take place at the CAITY Annual Business Meeting at the Baltimore March 2017 convention

 

For more information about CAITY, please visit their web site

 

 

NeMLA Awards for manuscripts, essays, travel, and fellowships (with extended deadlines)
11/22/16

Posted November 21, 2016. Updated November 22, 2016

 

NeMLA provides its members with opportunities to apply for essay awards, travel awards and fellowships, some of which have extended deadlines. More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards.html and at the calendar links below:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org and the persons listed at the awards linked above. 

 

Submit early, and good luck!

NeMLA 2017 deadlines approaching: Registration, local activities voting, hotel, and flights!
11/21/16

Posted November 21, 2016

 

We are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for our 48th annual convention, March 23 to 26, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! We also have important information to share with you as you prepare for this year’s convention:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Extended Deadline: Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award, due November 29, 2016
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

 

The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.

 

Send entries to Tara Harney-Mahajan, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: wgsnemla@gmail.com by November 29, 2016, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.

 

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

 

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. All submissions should be written in or translated to English.  The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.

 

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review. For more information about the award, and about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/women-gender-award.html.

 

Best wishes,

 

President: Tara Harney-Mahajan, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University
Vice-President: Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo
Secretary: Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Northeastern University

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

Dear NeMLA Members,

 

As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000 scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United States and Canada.

 

At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United States the  culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.

 

Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have taken place in higher education institutions across the United States after the election.

 

NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand with our members, their students and staff members at their institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class supremacy over "others."

 

Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be perceived as "different."

 

As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future for everyone.

 

Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference, "Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant. (Please visit our NeMLA 2017 conference site.)

 

We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual forum.

 

In solidarity and peace,

 

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

Book Award deadline extended to December 1!
11/11/16

Posted November 11, 2016

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the spring NeMLA Convention, recognizes an unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA’s focal literatures, languages, or cultures. Winners receive both a $750 prize and NeMLA’s help in contacting and working with presses. 

 

The deadline for the Book Award has been extended to December 1, 2016. Submit your book manuscript to book.award@nemla.org to be eligible. For more information on requirements, and for a list of past winners, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/book-award.html.

Vote for local Baltimore activities for NeMLA to sponsor! (Deadline Wednesday, November 23)
11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016

 

At each year's convention, the Northeast Modern Language Association hosts numerous events that highlight the cultural offerings of our local host city. This year’s meeting in Baltimore offers numerous options for experiencing the art, culture, and history of Maryland’s largest city and an important location for activism, civic service, and scholarship.

 

To best address the desires of our members, we would appreciate your input on which local Baltimore events you want to see NeMLA sponsor. This sponsorship would allow our members to enjoy what Baltimore has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

 

Please respond to this survey by Wednesday, November 23, so that we may begin scheduling events that speak to the interests of our members. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ88LN

 

Thank you for your help in determining the best events to complement your experience at NeMLA's Baltimore convention. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Fly with Southwest Airlines to NeMLA 2017 Baltimore!
10/25/16

Posted October 20, 2016. Updated October 25, 2016

 

Southwest Airlines is the official airline for NeMLA for 2017!

 

Everyday, Southwest Airlines flies more than 700 Boeing 737s for almost 4,000 flights across 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to Cuba beginning in December 2016. Destinations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. At Southwest, passengers choose their own seats, and there are no charges for a passenger's first or second checked bag. Southwest flies to airports near NeMLA’s 2017 convention site in Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Reagan International (DCA), and Dulles (IAD).

 

Beginning on November 15, 2016, NeMLA conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through a SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2016, and March 5, 2017, to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel March 19, 2017 through March 29, 2017.)

 

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NeMLA traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from the convention with Rapid Rewards number added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

 

To take advantage of this offer, visit https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99170934

Room & Ride Forum for Baltimore 2017
10/21/16

Posted October 21, 2016

 

The Graduate Student Caucus and the C.A.I.T.Y. Caucus are again hosting the Room and Ride Forum! Caucus members who want to share the costs of traveling to or staying in Baltimore for the 2017 Convention, start here!

 

Post a thread or review others to find people who want to carpool or share a room. For those interested in reducing the cost of attending the convention, visit and join the forum at http://nemlaroomandride.freeforums.net.

Discounted NeMLA 2017 Hotel Rate for Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
10/13/16

Posted October 13, 2016

 

The 48th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23-26, 2017.

 

The hotel website has begun accepting reservations, and NeMLA and the Marriott offer a discounted rate to our registered convention attendees. For the link to make your reservation at this discounted rate, read more here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017

 

Guests have until close of business Wednesday March 1, 2017, to book their rooms at the discounted NeMLA rate. Available rooms tend to fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early.

Select CFP Extensions (New Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016)
10/6/16

Posted October 4, 2016. Updated October 5, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for some of its calls for papers to its 2017 meeting in Baltimore. The new deadline for these sessions is Friday, October 7, 2016. 

 

Please consider submitting abstracts to the following sessions. And please tweet at us at northeastMLA to publicize your deadline extension!

 

 

 

Orlando
6/20/16

Posted June 20, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Languages Association stands in solidarity with its LGBTQ colleagues as well as with their Orlando-based friends, family, neighbors. In the wake of the tragedy of the Pulse shootings in Orlando, Florida, we wish to express our shared grief with the victims' families and loved ones. As an academic and scholarly organization, NeMLA upholds individuals' freedom of thought and expression, and we assert the rights of all people to live freely and peacefully in communities that support diversity and inclusion. While we cannot tolerate intolerance, we affirm the value of the human in the humanities.

 

The Board of Directors of NeMLA

Board Nominations: Due July 1, 2016
6/15/16

Posted May 18, 2016

 

Nominations open for 2017 positions
Election deadline for nominations extended to July 1, 2016
Submit nominations to nemla_nominations@nemla.org

The success of NeMLA depends on an engaged volunteer Board. These roles provide an opportunity to shape the Convention as well as NeMLA's contribution to the profession. Positions on the Board are staggered, so each year different roles become available. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on upcoming Board openings and responsibilities can be found here. Open positions include: 

  • Second Vice President
  • Anglophone/British Literatures Director
  • CAITY Caucus Representative
  • German Language and Literature Director
  • Graduate Student Caucus Representative
  • Italian Language and Literature Director
  • Member at Large: Diversity Representative

 

6/15/16

Dear NeMLA Members,

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention that will take place in Baltimore, hosted by our local host, The Johns Hopkins University, with the continued administrative support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY!

The theme of the conference complies with the outcomes of a report produced by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), our umbrella organization, in light of the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy, whose effects still reverberate across US society, also brought into light the difficulties in the U.S. of communicating with and comprehending other cultures and languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

The MLA report reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.”

Hence, in the spirit of this scholarly inquiry, we welcome debates that may help us better understand and embrace the United States’ vast cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as that of the rest of the world. In this context, we welcome presentations on this theme, as well as in public scholarship, interdisciplinary humanities, disability studies, film and popular culture, as well as the digital narratives and associated cultural practices. Since Baltimore is also the birthplace of the magnificent TV series, The Wire, we will also have session discussions on the resonance of this TV show for the United States in the larger context.

We celebrate the great experience that we had at the 47 NeMLA convention in Hartford, Connecticut, presided over by my executive board colleague, Benjamin Railton, and hosted by the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Ben for great leadership and for starting a new vein of scholarly inquiry at the NeMLA convention: his sponsored sessions on public scholarship and the societal implications of thinking critically on the role of scholars within their communities. We all had the opportunity to listen to Dr. William Jelani Cobb’s important remarks on public humanities as the keynote speaker, and we also listened to the beautiful writings by Asian-American writer, Monique Truong, the opening night speaker. We also continued with the discussion trend initiated by past president, Daniela Antonucci, on interdisciplinary humanities –these two scholarly discussion trends will be honored at our next convention in Baltimore, for sure. We want to thank the University of Connecticut for their overall support, especially to Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, who was our key contact and supporter there, as well as to the two graduate student liaisons, Emma Burris-Janssen and Sarah Moon.

We are now looking forward to our next convention in Baltimore! Special thanks to the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Beverly Wendland, as well as to the many faculty who supported the idea of hosting of the NeMLA convention there from the beginning, especially to the Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. William Egginton, and the whole German and Romance Languages Literatures Department (GRLLD), especially to its chairperson, Dr. Elisabeth Strowick, and to our faculty liaisons at GRLLD, Dr. Sara Castr-Klaren, Dr. Eduardo González, and of course, to our graduate student liaisons for NeMLA 2017, Marica Antonucci (Art History), and Janet Gómez (Italian).

At NeMLA 2017 we will have Dr. Ilán Stavans, as our Keynote Speaker, and Dr. Marjorie Agosín, as our Opening Night Speaker. Both scholars have produced a vast body of critical and creative narratives on multilingualism, gender issues, and human rights. We are very pleased to count with their lectures at the convention!

I would also like to recognize the legacy of commitment and excellence of NeMLA Board members whose tenure came to an end this year: Daniela Antonucci, Past President, Anna Rocca (French area director), María Matz (Spanish and Portuguese area director), and Jesse Miller (graduate assistant). In addition, I would like to welcome the new board members who have been elected for the open positions: Simona Wright, new Second Vice President, Claudia Esposito (French), Margarita Vargas (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Goldbort (graduate assistant). We honor the bequest of those who have served as board members and we also look forward to the new ideas and energy that the new members bring to NeMLA –the largest MLA regional branch in the United States.

In addition, I want to remind you that accepted sessions for the conference are listed at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and the deadline to submit paper abstracts to participate in these sessions is September 30, 2016. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and graduate students to apply. All submissions must be done online at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html, see the link on the bottom of the webpage “Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract.”

Lastly, I need to thank my absolutely wonderful colleagues in the executive board of NeMLA: María DiFrancesco, Ben Railton, Simona Wright, as well as past presidents Daniela Antonucci and Ellen Dolgin. I cannot properly put down in words my gratitude to all of them for their sustained support, timely guidance, unconditional solidarity, and great sense of humor at times of intense amounts of work and close due dates for all. Same to be said about our executive director, Carine Mardorossian, and her entire support staff: Brandi So, Kristin LeVeness, Derek McGrath, Jesse Miller, and Renata Towne.

We are clear at NeMLA that members make of the organization the vibrant and supportive forum that it is today. So join us in Baltimore in 2017!

On behalf of the whole board at NeMLA, including our area directors, we wish you a restful and productive summer!

Kind regards,

Hilda Chacón

President of NeMLA

6/15/16

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention, to be held March 23 to 26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, is now available. View accepted panels and submit a paper abstract here.

Deadline, April 15, 2016: NeMLA-University at Buffalo Special Collections Fellowship
4/12/16

Posted April 12, 2016

 

The University at Buffalo Library and the Northeast Modern Language Association support a joint short-term visiting fellowship for research that can be supported by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, or the University at Buffalo Rare and Special Books Collection. 

 

Both the Poetry Collection and the Rare and Special Books Collection provide a wealth of resources to interested applicants. The Poetry Collection holds the archives of the Jargon Society as well as large manuscript collections by authors like James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Helen Adam, and Robert Kelley. And the Rare and Special Books Collection features literary first editions and finely printed books from 1600 to the present. 

 

The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, April 15, 2016. More information on how to apply is available here.

Tag Your Photos: #NeMLAPhotoContest
3/10/16

Prize: 2017 Membership

Posted March 7, 2016

 

We are about one week away from our 2016 convention in Hartford, Connecticut, and we are happy to announce that NeMLA will be hosting a Photo Contest. You could win free NeMLA 2017 membership!

 

While in Hartford, snap a high-resolution photograph of a speaker session, panel, or special event. If your picture is selected for inclusion in the NeMLA Newsletter or on the NeMLA website, you will win a free 2017 membership.

 

Images must be high-resolution picture; only one submission per member.

 

Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NeMLAPhotoContest, or email support@nemla.org. 

3/10/16

Posted February 28, 2016

 

Congratulations to our incoming NeMLA Board Members!

 

Second Vice President: Simona Wright
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Director: Margarita Vargas
Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Director: Christina Milletti
French and Francophone Language and Literature Director: Claudia Esposito

 

Thank you so much for all who participated as nominees and all those who cast a vote in the election. NeMLA is a member-driven organization committed to a fundamentally democratic approach to convention design and governance. You have helped to shape the future of the organization's leadership, scholarly programming, and convention.

 

We hope you can join us at the annual convention Membership Business Meeting and Brunch on Sunday, March 20 to celebrate.

 

If you are interested in joining the board, please take a look at upcoming openings here.  

CV Clinic: Sign up for job market advice or as a faculty mentor
2/14/17

Posted February 14, 2017

 

Over the past three years, the CV Clinic has furthered NeMLA's mission of supporting the professional development of members who are graduate students, recent PhD recipients on the job market, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. Many of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors in advising many on revising their CVs and seeking work in academia. Mentees who have benefited from this clinic include graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and adjunct and contingent faculty.  

 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, the CV Clinic consists of one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions. During the convention, mentees will be paired with tenured and tenure-track faculty members who offer expert feedback on CVs and securing a job in academia. 

 

 

We at NeMLA encourage faculty to volunteer as mentors for our upcoming March 2017 meeting in Baltimore. If you are faculty interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you are a mentee interested in receiving advice on your CV, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094faeac2ba1f58-cvclinic. Choose your advising slots, and be sure to select the correct category for that time slot: mentor or mentee. A Sign Up Genius account is not necessary for signing up.

 

If you have any questions, please email CVClinicNeMLA@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

 

Now Available: Auditing Registration and Courtyard Baltimore Hotel Rooms
2/13/17

Posted February 13, 2017

 

NeMLA has now opened auditing registration at our upcoming 48th Annual Convention in Baltimore. Auditing is intended for attendees who are not presenting. To review membership rates for auditing and to register as an auditor, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/about/members/rates.html.

 

We ask that you encourage your colleagues to join us as auditors at the convention: please share the auditor registration link above with your departments and on listservs as appropriate.

 

NeMLA also has secured a special discounted hotel rate for our members for $149 per night at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. This hotel is just a five-minute walk from our convention site, the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Reserve your room online at this link, or call 443-923-4000 and provide the group code NEMC.

 

The last day to book your low NeMLA rate at the Marriott Courtyard is March 1. More information about our hotel offerings is available here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Graduate Student Caucus nominations now accepted for open positions
2/9/17

Posted February 9, 2017

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will soon hold elections and seeks nominations, including self-nominations, for all three committee positions: Communications Director, Vice President and President. All nominees must be current graduate students. 

 

Please email nominations to the current Vice President, James Van Wyck, at jvanwyck@fordham.edu, by March 1. In emailed nominations, please include:

 

  • Whether the nomination is for Communications Director, Vice President, or President in the subject line
  • The nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation
  • A brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a link with which to vote. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote. 

 

Descriptions of all open positions are available online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/areas/caucuses/grad.html. If you have any questions, please email Vice President James Van Wyck at jvanwyck@fordham.edu.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
2/1/17

 

We, the Executive Board of NeMLA, declare that we stand together with refugees and immigrants from all corners of the globe. In the face of growing and bold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric and an Executive Order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States, we solidly affirm the need to foster peace, diplomacy and, above all, deep mutual understanding and respect among diverse peoples. We respect the rule of law, but we cannot and will not tolerate the targeting of any human being because of their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their ethnicity, race or the language(s) they speak. We declare: no human being is illegal.

 

We as scholars, professors and researchers denounce anti-democratic pronouncements that go against the very moral and ethical founding of the United States, and we stand firm with our colleagues, our students and all of our brothers and sisters in the global community who strive for unity over division.

 

In consideration of those affected by the travel ban, NeMLA is taking the following steps:

 

1.     Implementing a provisional policy for allowing those affected by the ban to present their papers in absentia. For reasons central to the discussion and exchange that are the hallmark of a lively NeMLA session, our policy is to not allow papers read in absentia. We will make an exception for those presenters impacted.

 

2.     NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration. This special Roundtable Discussion, titled “NeMLA Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration,” will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 4:45 PM in Grand Ballroom VI.

 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions on these issues as we prepare for our 2017 Convention.

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

CAITY Travel Award applications due February 1, 2017
1/26/17

Posted January 26, 2017

 

The CAITY Caucus sponsors Travel Awards, open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present a paper as part of a traditional panel or seminar at NeMLA's upcoming March convention in Baltimore. The deadline for applications is February 1 and may be submitted online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/travel/caity-travel/caity-travel-app.html

 

CAITY Travel Awards are not intended for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables. Applicants can expect a response from the Caucus by mid-February. 

Register for Baltimore NeMLA-Sponsored Events
1/19/17

Posted January 19, 2017

 

NeMLA has sponsored the following activities for members attending the Baltimore conference: 

 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew, Saturday, March 25, 8 PM: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company stages this rollicking send-up of marital power struggles, which is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Prior to the performance is a reception with a cash bar. $34 
  • Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Friday, March 24, 11 AM: This is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African American history and culture and on the African diaspora. The Lewis Museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum café serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater. $6 guided tour
  • Tour of the Peabody Library and Special Collections, Friday, March 24, 1 PM: Johns Hopkins University's collection contains more than 300,000 volumes of rare and diverse materials. This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. $10 (includes shuttle)

 

We also encourage you to RSVP for these free special events hosted at our annual convention: 

 

  • Opening Address, "Imagining a Multilingual World" by Marjorie Agosín, Thursday, March 23, 7 PM: Award-winning poet, memorist, and the author of more than fifty books, Professor Agosín is one of the most diverse and vibrant authors writing in both Latin America and the United States today. She is the recipient of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor given by the Chilean government (2004) as well as of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) given by the American Library Association. Professor Agosín is also an award-winning human rights activist. The United Nations distinguished her with the Human Rights Leadership Award. Professor Agosín holds the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught for nearly thirty years. 
  • Keynote Address, "The End of Monolingualism" by Ilán Stavans, Friday, March 24, 7 PM: One of today’s preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His best-selling books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010), and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). His graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014) with Lalo Alcaraz, is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Membership Breakfast and NeMLA Business Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 12:15 PM: Converse, network, and learn about how to propose sessions for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh over a free brunch!

 

To purchase tickets and to RSVP for free events, sign into https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login with your user name and password, then click “Registration and Membership.”

 

For more information, please email us at support@nemla.org

Now Online: Winter 2017 Newsletter and 2018 Pittsburgh Call for Session Proposals
1/13/17

Posted January 13, 2017

 

The newest issue of the NeMLA newsletter is now online, listing scheduled events for the March 2017 Baltimore convention, local activities in Baltimore, award and fellowship opportunities, and more! 

 

Also, we want to promote now the call for session proposal for our 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. We have uploaded the flyer we distributed at the Modern Language Association convention last week, which you can find here along with information about our future conventions in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. The April 29th deadline wil be here before you know it, so don't wait until our meeting in Baltimore: brainstorm proposals now so you're ready to submit them when we open up the web site! And please pass along this flyer to your colleagues. 

Important January 15 Deadlines
1/10/17

Posted January 10, 2017

 

  • Session participants and chairs: please correct all abstracts and bios for NeMLA 2017 presenters online at this link.
  • Submit applications for the Shakespeare's Sister mentorship program at this online link.
  • Submit revised and expanded essays for the Graduate Student Essay Award. More information is available here
NeMLA at MLA 2017 Philadelphia!
1/5/17

Posted January 5, 2017

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association is at MLA 2017 Philadelphia! Stop by our table at the MLA Welcome Center (the hall that connects the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown). We have free pens, opportunities for publishers to promote their authors at NeMLA conventions, and the Call for Session Proposals for our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, due April 29, 2017. Get to be the first to see the Call for Session Proposals now before we post it online! 

 

If you're a NeMLA member presenting at MLA 2017, tweet at us and we'll retweet your session. NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLAs yet one of the most intimate scholarly communities--and we hope to show the MLA some NeMLA representation! 

 

To all at MLA 2017 who are NeMLA members and attendees of our upcoming 2017 Baltimore convention: enjoy Philadelphia!

Due Jan 15 2017: Shakespeare Sister's Mentee Applications
1/3/17

Posted January 3, 2017

 

The NeMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus operates the interdisciplinary mentoring program Shakespeare's Sister, which pairs senior faculty mentors with graduate students and early career caucus members.

 

Mentors helps mentees in various ways: job market advice, CV review, feedback on grant applications, guidance relating to graduate school and early career publications, advice on managing personal relationships and having children, career opportunities outside of academia, advice on how to best work with your committee and advisor, how you might become more involved with women’s and genders studies concerns outside of your own university, what the world looks like for a senior professor in the field, and more. 

 

Mentorship is envisioned as an opportunity for exchange between mentors and mentees through various networking activities. These may include Skype conversations, coffee or meals at the annual NeMLA convention, or meeting at the annual Shakespeare's Sister breakfast on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. 

 

The application process for mentees closes on January 15, 2017. To access the application, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/areas/caucuses/wgs/wgs-mentoring-app.html.

 

For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please email Margarita Vargas at wgsnemla@gmail.com.







NeMLA 2017 Baltimore schedule now available online
12/28/16

Posted December 28, 2016

 

The schedule for NeMLA sessions is now online! We encourage all participants at our 2017 convention to visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Webforms/Schedule.aspx to determine when and where your NeMLA session will occur.

 

Please also take this opportunity to visit your NeMLA User Account, and choose whether to publish your bio and paper abstract into the online convention schedule. The online program will also tell you which sessions are equipped for media. 

 

For those of you not yet registered, late registration closes on January 5. Unregistered participants will be removed from the session and from the online program, which may place some panels at risk of folding. Panel chairs are encouraged to log into their user account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login to reconfirm which of their participants are registered. If you have panelists who have withdrawn, please mark them as declined in the session management page in order to remove them from the unpaid list. 

 

Hotel rooms are still available at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017. Please book now, as they will sell out very soon.

 

We hope you are looking forward to the convention as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will promote some the convention's local and special events, as well as open auditor registration for non-participants. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as an auditor at this year's convention!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at support@nemla.org with questions or concerns.

NeMLA Chairs: Check your email regarding participants and second session chairs
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

This is a reminder that all NeMLA 2017 participants and chairs must be registered. The deadline for early registration has been extended, closing today, Friday, December 9, at midnight. After that, participants will pay a late fee; if they have not paid by January, they will be removed from the session. Register at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.

 

NeMLA 2017 session chairs also have received an email regarding session management, unregistered session participants, and having chairs for any second sessions. All chairs should visit http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login to use the session management to see their sessions' unregistered participants, listed in red. Please email your participants from the session management page to remind them to register. 

 

As well, NeMLA policy prohibits participants from chairing more than one session of a type. If you are currently chairing two sessions due to an approved second session request, you must find someone else to chair the second session. This person can be a participant from either session, as long as they are not chairing another session of the same type, or an outside person you recruit for the task. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

Corrected link to NeMLA Board election
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

The previous link distributed for online voting of NeMLA Board representatives has been replaced with a new link that corrects errors in the poll. The new link is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGRNBBD. The biographies and statements of purpose of all candidates are here.

 

If you voted before 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, please vote again at this new link to have your vote counted. 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Convention Information, Voting in NeMLA Elections, and Refund Policies
12/9/16

Posted December 6, 2016

Updated December 9, 2016 (Corrected Board voting link)

 

We have news to share about our upcoming March convention in Baltimore:

 

  • Convention Schedule: The convention schedule will be available online by December 20th
  • Hotel: Book your room at a discounted NeMLA rate online here. Rooms fill up fast, so book early!
  • Transportation: Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the 2017 NeMLA Convention, offers discounts ranging from 2 to 8 percent on airfare. To enjoy these discounts, you must book at this link
  • Workshops: NeMLA will be hosting a variety of workshops to address the professional, scholastic, and educational needs of our members. To sign up for workshops, visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on "Convention Registration." For workshop descriptions, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/workshops.html
  • Vote! We have two major votes right now. First, please vote for NeMLA-sponsored cultural activities during the convention. Second, vote to elect your future Board members! Candidates' bios and statements of purpose, along with the link for voting, is here.
  • Refund policy: NeMLA does not issue membership refunds. Refunds for registration are only granted until December 30th.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NeMLA 2017 Registration Deadline (extended to Friday, Dec 9)
12/5/16

Posted December 5, 2016

 

This is a reminder to register for the NeMLA 2017 convention in Baltimore. All chairs, presenters, and participants are required to register.

 

Log in at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and select the "Registration & Membership" link at the top of the screen. 

 

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, December 9Late registration will be accepted until January 5th, 2017 (pending a late fee of $25). 

 

Failing to register by the deadline will result in the removal of your name from the program and will place the session and its other participants in jeopardy. 

 

Please contact support@nemla.org with any questions.

CAITY opportunities for 2016-2017: Essay Award, Travel Award, and Election!
11/22/16

Posted November 22, 2016

 

Contingent faculty, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions with NeMLA will receive an email from the CAITY Caucus about numerous opportunities, including: 

 

  • The December 15 deadline for the CAITY Essay Award
  • Travel Awards, which will be accepting applications starting in December 2016
  • The Room and Ride Forum, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus, to assist with sharing travel costs to our March 2017 convention in Baltimore
  • A call for nominations and current candidates' statements in the election for CAITY president, which will take place at the CAITY Annual Business Meeting at the Baltimore March 2017 convention

 

For more information about CAITY, please visit their web site

 

 

NeMLA Awards for manuscripts, essays, travel, and fellowships (with extended deadlines)
11/22/16

Posted November 21, 2016. Updated November 22, 2016

 

NeMLA provides its members with opportunities to apply for essay awards, travel awards and fellowships, some of which have extended deadlines. More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards.html and at the calendar links below:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org and the persons listed at the awards linked above. 

 

Submit early, and good luck!

NeMLA 2017 deadlines approaching: Registration, local activities voting, hotel, and flights!
11/21/16

Posted November 21, 2016

 

We are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for our 48th annual convention, March 23 to 26, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! We also have important information to share with you as you prepare for this year’s convention:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Extended Deadline: Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award, due November 29, 2016
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

 

The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.

 

Send entries to Tara Harney-Mahajan, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: wgsnemla@gmail.com by November 29, 2016, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.

 

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

 

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. All submissions should be written in or translated to English.  The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.

 

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review. For more information about the award, and about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/women-gender-award.html.

 

Best wishes,

 

President: Tara Harney-Mahajan, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University
Vice-President: Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo
Secretary: Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Northeastern University

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

Dear NeMLA Members,

 

As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000 scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United States and Canada.

 

At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United States the  culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.

 

Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have taken place in higher education institutions across the United States after the election.

 

NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand with our members, their students and staff members at their institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class supremacy over "others."

 

Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be perceived as "different."

 

As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future for everyone.

 

Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference, "Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant. (Please visit our NeMLA 2017 conference site.)

 

We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual forum.

 

In solidarity and peace,

 

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

Book Award deadline extended to December 1!
11/11/16

Posted November 11, 2016

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the spring NeMLA Convention, recognizes an unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA’s focal literatures, languages, or cultures. Winners receive both a $750 prize and NeMLA’s help in contacting and working with presses. 

 

The deadline for the Book Award has been extended to December 1, 2016. Submit your book manuscript to book.award@nemla.org to be eligible. For more information on requirements, and for a list of past winners, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/book-award.html.

Vote for local Baltimore activities for NeMLA to sponsor! (Deadline Wednesday, November 23)
11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016

 

At each year's convention, the Northeast Modern Language Association hosts numerous events that highlight the cultural offerings of our local host city. This year’s meeting in Baltimore offers numerous options for experiencing the art, culture, and history of Maryland’s largest city and an important location for activism, civic service, and scholarship.

 

To best address the desires of our members, we would appreciate your input on which local Baltimore events you want to see NeMLA sponsor. This sponsorship would allow our members to enjoy what Baltimore has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

 

Please respond to this survey by Wednesday, November 23, so that we may begin scheduling events that speak to the interests of our members. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ88LN

 

Thank you for your help in determining the best events to complement your experience at NeMLA's Baltimore convention. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Fly with Southwest Airlines to NeMLA 2017 Baltimore!
10/25/16

Posted October 20, 2016. Updated October 25, 2016

 

Southwest Airlines is the official airline for NeMLA for 2017!

 

Everyday, Southwest Airlines flies more than 700 Boeing 737s for almost 4,000 flights across 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to Cuba beginning in December 2016. Destinations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. At Southwest, passengers choose their own seats, and there are no charges for a passenger's first or second checked bag. Southwest flies to airports near NeMLA’s 2017 convention site in Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Reagan International (DCA), and Dulles (IAD).

 

Beginning on November 15, 2016, NeMLA conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through a SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2016, and March 5, 2017, to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel March 19, 2017 through March 29, 2017.)

 

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NeMLA traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from the convention with Rapid Rewards number added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

 

To take advantage of this offer, visit https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99170934

Room & Ride Forum for Baltimore 2017
10/21/16

Posted October 21, 2016

 

The Graduate Student Caucus and the C.A.I.T.Y. Caucus are again hosting the Room and Ride Forum! Caucus members who want to share the costs of traveling to or staying in Baltimore for the 2017 Convention, start here!

 

Post a thread or review others to find people who want to carpool or share a room. For those interested in reducing the cost of attending the convention, visit and join the forum at http://nemlaroomandride.freeforums.net.

Discounted NeMLA 2017 Hotel Rate for Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
10/13/16

Posted October 13, 2016

 

The 48th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23-26, 2017.

 

The hotel website has begun accepting reservations, and NeMLA and the Marriott offer a discounted rate to our registered convention attendees. For the link to make your reservation at this discounted rate, read more here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017

 

Guests have until close of business Wednesday March 1, 2017, to book their rooms at the discounted NeMLA rate. Available rooms tend to fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early.

Select CFP Extensions (New Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016)
10/6/16

Posted October 4, 2016. Updated October 5, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for some of its calls for papers to its 2017 meeting in Baltimore. The new deadline for these sessions is Friday, October 7, 2016. 

 

Please consider submitting abstracts to the following sessions. And please tweet at us at northeastMLA to publicize your deadline extension!

 

 

 

Orlando
6/20/16

Posted June 20, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Languages Association stands in solidarity with its LGBTQ colleagues as well as with their Orlando-based friends, family, neighbors. In the wake of the tragedy of the Pulse shootings in Orlando, Florida, we wish to express our shared grief with the victims' families and loved ones. As an academic and scholarly organization, NeMLA upholds individuals' freedom of thought and expression, and we assert the rights of all people to live freely and peacefully in communities that support diversity and inclusion. While we cannot tolerate intolerance, we affirm the value of the human in the humanities.

 

The Board of Directors of NeMLA

Board Nominations: Due July 1, 2016
6/15/16

Posted May 18, 2016

 

Nominations open for 2017 positions
Election deadline for nominations extended to July 1, 2016
Submit nominations to nemla_nominations@nemla.org

The success of NeMLA depends on an engaged volunteer Board. These roles provide an opportunity to shape the Convention as well as NeMLA's contribution to the profession. Positions on the Board are staggered, so each year different roles become available. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on upcoming Board openings and responsibilities can be found here. Open positions include: 

  • Second Vice President
  • Anglophone/British Literatures Director
  • CAITY Caucus Representative
  • German Language and Literature Director
  • Graduate Student Caucus Representative
  • Italian Language and Literature Director
  • Member at Large: Diversity Representative

 

6/15/16

Dear NeMLA Members,

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention that will take place in Baltimore, hosted by our local host, The Johns Hopkins University, with the continued administrative support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY!

The theme of the conference complies with the outcomes of a report produced by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), our umbrella organization, in light of the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy, whose effects still reverberate across US society, also brought into light the difficulties in the U.S. of communicating with and comprehending other cultures and languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

The MLA report reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.”

Hence, in the spirit of this scholarly inquiry, we welcome debates that may help us better understand and embrace the United States’ vast cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as that of the rest of the world. In this context, we welcome presentations on this theme, as well as in public scholarship, interdisciplinary humanities, disability studies, film and popular culture, as well as the digital narratives and associated cultural practices. Since Baltimore is also the birthplace of the magnificent TV series, The Wire, we will also have session discussions on the resonance of this TV show for the United States in the larger context.

We celebrate the great experience that we had at the 47 NeMLA convention in Hartford, Connecticut, presided over by my executive board colleague, Benjamin Railton, and hosted by the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Ben for great leadership and for starting a new vein of scholarly inquiry at the NeMLA convention: his sponsored sessions on public scholarship and the societal implications of thinking critically on the role of scholars within their communities. We all had the opportunity to listen to Dr. William Jelani Cobb’s important remarks on public humanities as the keynote speaker, and we also listened to the beautiful writings by Asian-American writer, Monique Truong, the opening night speaker. We also continued with the discussion trend initiated by past president, Daniela Antonucci, on interdisciplinary humanities –these two scholarly discussion trends will be honored at our next convention in Baltimore, for sure. We want to thank the University of Connecticut for their overall support, especially to Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, who was our key contact and supporter there, as well as to the two graduate student liaisons, Emma Burris-Janssen and Sarah Moon.

We are now looking forward to our next convention in Baltimore! Special thanks to the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Beverly Wendland, as well as to the many faculty who supported the idea of hosting of the NeMLA convention there from the beginning, especially to the Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. William Egginton, and the whole German and Romance Languages Literatures Department (GRLLD), especially to its chairperson, Dr. Elisabeth Strowick, and to our faculty liaisons at GRLLD, Dr. Sara Castr-Klaren, Dr. Eduardo González, and of course, to our graduate student liaisons for NeMLA 2017, Marica Antonucci (Art History), and Janet Gómez (Italian).

At NeMLA 2017 we will have Dr. Ilán Stavans, as our Keynote Speaker, and Dr. Marjorie Agosín, as our Opening Night Speaker. Both scholars have produced a vast body of critical and creative narratives on multilingualism, gender issues, and human rights. We are very pleased to count with their lectures at the convention!

I would also like to recognize the legacy of commitment and excellence of NeMLA Board members whose tenure came to an end this year: Daniela Antonucci, Past President, Anna Rocca (French area director), María Matz (Spanish and Portuguese area director), and Jesse Miller (graduate assistant). In addition, I would like to welcome the new board members who have been elected for the open positions: Simona Wright, new Second Vice President, Claudia Esposito (French), Margarita Vargas (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Goldbort (graduate assistant). We honor the bequest of those who have served as board members and we also look forward to the new ideas and energy that the new members bring to NeMLA –the largest MLA regional branch in the United States.

In addition, I want to remind you that accepted sessions for the conference are listed at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and the deadline to submit paper abstracts to participate in these sessions is September 30, 2016. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and graduate students to apply. All submissions must be done online at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html, see the link on the bottom of the webpage “Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract.”

Lastly, I need to thank my absolutely wonderful colleagues in the executive board of NeMLA: María DiFrancesco, Ben Railton, Simona Wright, as well as past presidents Daniela Antonucci and Ellen Dolgin. I cannot properly put down in words my gratitude to all of them for their sustained support, timely guidance, unconditional solidarity, and great sense of humor at times of intense amounts of work and close due dates for all. Same to be said about our executive director, Carine Mardorossian, and her entire support staff: Brandi So, Kristin LeVeness, Derek McGrath, Jesse Miller, and Renata Towne.

We are clear at NeMLA that members make of the organization the vibrant and supportive forum that it is today. So join us in Baltimore in 2017!

On behalf of the whole board at NeMLA, including our area directors, we wish you a restful and productive summer!

Kind regards,

Hilda Chacón

President of NeMLA

6/15/16

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention, to be held March 23 to 26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, is now available. View accepted panels and submit a paper abstract here.

Deadline, April 15, 2016: NeMLA-University at Buffalo Special Collections Fellowship
4/12/16

Posted April 12, 2016

 

The University at Buffalo Library and the Northeast Modern Language Association support a joint short-term visiting fellowship for research that can be supported by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, or the University at Buffalo Rare and Special Books Collection. 

 

Both the Poetry Collection and the Rare and Special Books Collection provide a wealth of resources to interested applicants. The Poetry Collection holds the archives of the Jargon Society as well as large manuscript collections by authors like James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Helen Adam, and Robert Kelley. And the Rare and Special Books Collection features literary first editions and finely printed books from 1600 to the present. 

 

The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, April 15, 2016. More information on how to apply is available here.

Tag Your Photos: #NeMLAPhotoContest
3/10/16

Prize: 2017 Membership

Posted March 7, 2016

 

We are about one week away from our 2016 convention in Hartford, Connecticut, and we are happy to announce that NeMLA will be hosting a Photo Contest. You could win free NeMLA 2017 membership!

 

While in Hartford, snap a high-resolution photograph of a speaker session, panel, or special event. If your picture is selected for inclusion in the NeMLA Newsletter or on the NeMLA website, you will win a free 2017 membership.

 

Images must be high-resolution picture; only one submission per member.

 

Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NeMLAPhotoContest, or email support@nemla.org. 

3/10/16

Posted February 28, 2016

 

Congratulations to our incoming NeMLA Board Members!

 

Second Vice President: Simona Wright
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Director: Margarita Vargas
Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Director: Christina Milletti
French and Francophone Language and Literature Director: Claudia Esposito

 

Thank you so much for all who participated as nominees and all those who cast a vote in the election. NeMLA is a member-driven organization committed to a fundamentally democratic approach to convention design and governance. You have helped to shape the future of the organization's leadership, scholarly programming, and convention.

 

We hope you can join us at the annual convention Membership Business Meeting and Brunch on Sunday, March 20 to celebrate.

 

If you are interested in joining the board, please take a look at upcoming openings here.  

CV Clinic: Sign up for job market advice or as a faculty mentor
2/14/17

Posted February 14, 2017

 

Over the past three years, the CV Clinic has furthered NeMLA's mission of supporting the professional development of members who are graduate students, recent PhD recipients on the job market, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. Many of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members have volunteered to serve as mentors in advising many on revising their CVs and seeking work in academia. Mentees who have benefited from this clinic include graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and adjunct and contingent faculty.  

 

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, the CV Clinic consists of one-on-one 30-minute advising sessions. During the convention, mentees will be paired with tenured and tenure-track faculty members who offer expert feedback on CVs and securing a job in academia. 

 

 

We at NeMLA encourage faculty to volunteer as mentors for our upcoming March 2017 meeting in Baltimore. If you are faculty interested in volunteering as a mentor, or if you are a mentee interested in receiving advice on your CV, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094faeac2ba1f58-cvclinic. Choose your advising slots, and be sure to select the correct category for that time slot: mentor or mentee. A Sign Up Genius account is not necessary for signing up.

 

If you have any questions, please email CVClinicNeMLA@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

 

Now Available: Auditing Registration and Courtyard Baltimore Hotel Rooms
2/13/17

Posted February 13, 2017

 

NeMLA has now opened auditing registration at our upcoming 48th Annual Convention in Baltimore. Auditing is intended for attendees who are not presenting. To review membership rates for auditing and to register as an auditor, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/about/members/rates.html.

 

We ask that you encourage your colleagues to join us as auditors at the convention: please share the auditor registration link above with your departments and on listservs as appropriate.

 

NeMLA also has secured a special discounted hotel rate for our members for $149 per night at the Marriott Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. This hotel is just a five-minute walk from our convention site, the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Reserve your room online at this link, or call 443-923-4000 and provide the group code NEMC.

 

The last day to book your low NeMLA rate at the Marriott Courtyard is March 1. More information about our hotel offerings is available here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Graduate Student Caucus nominations now accepted for open positions
2/9/17

Posted February 9, 2017

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will soon hold elections and seeks nominations, including self-nominations, for all three committee positions: Communications Director, Vice President and President. All nominees must be current graduate students. 

 

Please email nominations to the current Vice President, James Van Wyck, at jvanwyck@fordham.edu, by March 1. In emailed nominations, please include:

 

  • Whether the nomination is for Communications Director, Vice President, or President in the subject line
  • The nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation
  • A brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a link with which to vote. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote. 

 

Descriptions of all open positions are available online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/areas/caucuses/grad.html. If you have any questions, please email Vice President James Van Wyck at jvanwyck@fordham.edu.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
2/1/17

 

We, the Executive Board of NeMLA, declare that we stand together with refugees and immigrants from all corners of the globe. In the face of growing and bold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric and an Executive Order banning refugees from seven Muslim majority countries to the United States, we solidly affirm the need to foster peace, diplomacy and, above all, deep mutual understanding and respect among diverse peoples. We respect the rule of law, but we cannot and will not tolerate the targeting of any human being because of their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their ethnicity, race or the language(s) they speak. We declare: no human being is illegal.

 

We as scholars, professors and researchers denounce anti-democratic pronouncements that go against the very moral and ethical founding of the United States, and we stand firm with our colleagues, our students and all of our brothers and sisters in the global community who strive for unity over division.

 

In consideration of those affected by the travel ban, NeMLA is taking the following steps:

 

1.     Implementing a provisional policy for allowing those affected by the ban to present their papers in absentia. For reasons central to the discussion and exchange that are the hallmark of a lively NeMLA session, our policy is to not allow papers read in absentia. We will make an exception for those presenters impacted.

 

2.     NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration. This special Roundtable Discussion, titled “NeMLA Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration,” will take place on Saturday, March 25, at 4:45 PM in Grand Ballroom VI.

 

We welcome your thoughts and contributions on these issues as we prepare for our 2017 Convention.

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

CAITY Travel Award applications due February 1, 2017
1/26/17

Posted January 26, 2017

 

The CAITY Caucus sponsors Travel Awards, open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present a paper as part of a traditional panel or seminar at NeMLA's upcoming March convention in Baltimore. The deadline for applications is February 1 and may be submitted online at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/travel/caity-travel/caity-travel-app.html

 

CAITY Travel Awards are not intended for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables. Applicants can expect a response from the Caucus by mid-February. 

Register for Baltimore NeMLA-Sponsored Events
1/19/17

Posted January 19, 2017

 

NeMLA has sponsored the following activities for members attending the Baltimore conference: 

 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew, Saturday, March 25, 8 PM: The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company stages this rollicking send-up of marital power struggles, which is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. Prior to the performance is a reception with a cash bar. $34 
  • Tour of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Friday, March 24, 11 AM: This is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African American history and culture and on the African diaspora. The Lewis Museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming. The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum café serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater. $6 guided tour
  • Tour of the Peabody Library and Special Collections, Friday, March 24, 1 PM: Johns Hopkins University's collection contains more than 300,000 volumes of rare and diverse materials. This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. $10 (includes shuttle)

 

We also encourage you to RSVP for these free special events hosted at our annual convention: 

 

  • Opening Address, "Imagining a Multilingual World" by Marjorie Agosín, Thursday, March 23, 7 PM: Award-winning poet, memorist, and the author of more than fifty books, Professor Agosín is one of the most diverse and vibrant authors writing in both Latin America and the United States today. She is the recipient of the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor given by the Chilean government (2004) as well as of the Pura Belpré Award for her novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (2014) given by the American Library Association. Professor Agosín is also an award-winning human rights activist. The United Nations distinguished her with the Human Rights Leadership Award. Professor Agosín holds the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught for nearly thirty years. 
  • Keynote Address, "The End of Monolingualism" by Ilán Stavans, Friday, March 24, 7 PM: One of today’s preeminent essayists, cultural critics, and translators, Ilán Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His best-selling books include The Hispanic Condition (1995), On Borrowed Words (2001), Spanglish (2003), Love and Language (2007), Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years (2010), and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). His graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (2014) with Lalo Alcaraz, is the winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. 
  • Membership Breakfast and NeMLA Business Meeting, Sunday, March 26, 12:15 PM: Converse, network, and learn about how to propose sessions for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh over a free brunch!

 

To purchase tickets and to RSVP for free events, sign into https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login with your user name and password, then click “Registration and Membership.”

 

For more information, please email us at support@nemla.org

Now Online: Winter 2017 Newsletter and 2018 Pittsburgh Call for Session Proposals
1/13/17

Posted January 13, 2017

 

The newest issue of the NeMLA newsletter is now online, listing scheduled events for the March 2017 Baltimore convention, local activities in Baltimore, award and fellowship opportunities, and more! 

 

Also, we want to promote now the call for session proposal for our 2018 conference in Pittsburgh. We have uploaded the flyer we distributed at the Modern Language Association convention last week, which you can find here along with information about our future conventions in Washington, DC, Boston, and Philadelphia. The April 29th deadline wil be here before you know it, so don't wait until our meeting in Baltimore: brainstorm proposals now so you're ready to submit them when we open up the web site! And please pass along this flyer to your colleagues. 

Important January 15 Deadlines
1/10/17

Posted January 10, 2017

 

  • Session participants and chairs: please correct all abstracts and bios for NeMLA 2017 presenters online at this link.
  • Submit applications for the Shakespeare's Sister mentorship program at this online link.
  • Submit revised and expanded essays for the Graduate Student Essay Award. More information is available here
NeMLA at MLA 2017 Philadelphia!
1/5/17

Posted January 5, 2017

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association is at MLA 2017 Philadelphia! Stop by our table at the MLA Welcome Center (the hall that connects the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown). We have free pens, opportunities for publishers to promote their authors at NeMLA conventions, and the Call for Session Proposals for our 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, due April 29, 2017. Get to be the first to see the Call for Session Proposals now before we post it online! 

 

If you're a NeMLA member presenting at MLA 2017, tweet at us and we'll retweet your session. NeMLA is the largest of the regional MLAs yet one of the most intimate scholarly communities--and we hope to show the MLA some NeMLA representation! 

 

To all at MLA 2017 who are NeMLA members and attendees of our upcoming 2017 Baltimore convention: enjoy Philadelphia!

Due Jan 15 2017: Shakespeare Sister's Mentee Applications
1/3/17

Posted January 3, 2017

 

The NeMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus operates the interdisciplinary mentoring program Shakespeare's Sister, which pairs senior faculty mentors with graduate students and early career caucus members.

 

Mentors helps mentees in various ways: job market advice, CV review, feedback on grant applications, guidance relating to graduate school and early career publications, advice on managing personal relationships and having children, career opportunities outside of academia, advice on how to best work with your committee and advisor, how you might become more involved with women’s and genders studies concerns outside of your own university, what the world looks like for a senior professor in the field, and more. 

 

Mentorship is envisioned as an opportunity for exchange between mentors and mentees through various networking activities. These may include Skype conversations, coffee or meals at the annual NeMLA convention, or meeting at the annual Shakespeare's Sister breakfast on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. 

 

The application process for mentees closes on January 15, 2017. To access the application, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/areas/caucuses/wgs/wgs-mentoring-app.html.

 

For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please email Margarita Vargas at wgsnemla@gmail.com.







NeMLA 2017 Baltimore schedule now available online
12/28/16

Posted December 28, 2016

 

The schedule for NeMLA sessions is now online! We encourage all participants at our 2017 convention to visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Webforms/Schedule.aspx to determine when and where your NeMLA session will occur.

 

Please also take this opportunity to visit your NeMLA User Account, and choose whether to publish your bio and paper abstract into the online convention schedule. The online program will also tell you which sessions are equipped for media. 

 

For those of you not yet registered, late registration closes on January 5. Unregistered participants will be removed from the session and from the online program, which may place some panels at risk of folding. Panel chairs are encouraged to log into their user account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login to reconfirm which of their participants are registered. If you have panelists who have withdrawn, please mark them as declined in the session management page in order to remove them from the unpaid list. 

 

Hotel rooms are still available at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017. Please book now, as they will sell out very soon.

 

We hope you are looking forward to the convention as much as we are! In the coming weeks, we will promote some the convention's local and special events, as well as open auditor registration for non-participants. Please encourage your colleagues to join us as an auditor at this year's convention!

 

As always, you can reach out to us at support@nemla.org with questions or concerns.

NeMLA Chairs: Check your email regarding participants and second session chairs
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

This is a reminder that all NeMLA 2017 participants and chairs must be registered. The deadline for early registration has been extended, closing today, Friday, December 9, at midnight. After that, participants will pay a late fee; if they have not paid by January, they will be removed from the session. Register at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login.

 

NeMLA 2017 session chairs also have received an email regarding session management, unregistered session participants, and having chairs for any second sessions. All chairs should visit http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login to use the session management to see their sessions' unregistered participants, listed in red. Please email your participants from the session management page to remind them to register. 

 

As well, NeMLA policy prohibits participants from chairing more than one session of a type. If you are currently chairing two sessions due to an approved second session request, you must find someone else to chair the second session. This person can be a participant from either session, as long as they are not chairing another session of the same type, or an outside person you recruit for the task. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

Corrected link to NeMLA Board election
12/9/16

Posted December 9, 2016

 

The previous link distributed for online voting of NeMLA Board representatives has been replaced with a new link that corrects errors in the poll. The new link is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGRNBBD. The biographies and statements of purpose of all candidates are here.

 

If you voted before 9 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, please vote again at this new link to have your vote counted. 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Convention Information, Voting in NeMLA Elections, and Refund Policies
12/9/16

Posted December 6, 2016

Updated December 9, 2016 (Corrected Board voting link)

 

We have news to share about our upcoming March convention in Baltimore:

 

  • Convention Schedule: The convention schedule will be available online by December 20th
  • Hotel: Book your room at a discounted NeMLA rate online here. Rooms fill up fast, so book early!
  • Transportation: Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the 2017 NeMLA Convention, offers discounts ranging from 2 to 8 percent on airfare. To enjoy these discounts, you must book at this link
  • Workshops: NeMLA will be hosting a variety of workshops to address the professional, scholastic, and educational needs of our members. To sign up for workshops, visit https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and click on "Convention Registration." For workshop descriptions, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/workshops.html
  • Vote! We have two major votes right now. First, please vote for NeMLA-sponsored cultural activities during the convention. Second, vote to elect your future Board members! Candidates' bios and statements of purpose, along with the link for voting, is here.
  • Refund policy: NeMLA does not issue membership refunds. Refunds for registration are only granted until December 30th.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

NeMLA 2017 Registration Deadline (extended to Friday, Dec 9)
12/5/16

Posted December 5, 2016

 

This is a reminder to register for the NeMLA 2017 convention in Baltimore. All chairs, presenters, and participants are required to register.

 

Log in at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/Login and select the "Registration & Membership" link at the top of the screen. 

 

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, December 9Late registration will be accepted until January 5th, 2017 (pending a late fee of $25). 

 

Failing to register by the deadline will result in the removal of your name from the program and will place the session and its other participants in jeopardy. 

 

Please contact support@nemla.org with any questions.

CAITY opportunities for 2016-2017: Essay Award, Travel Award, and Election!
11/22/16

Posted November 22, 2016

 

Contingent faculty, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions with NeMLA will receive an email from the CAITY Caucus about numerous opportunities, including: 

 

  • The December 15 deadline for the CAITY Essay Award
  • Travel Awards, which will be accepting applications starting in December 2016
  • The Room and Ride Forum, co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus, to assist with sharing travel costs to our March 2017 convention in Baltimore
  • A call for nominations and current candidates' statements in the election for CAITY president, which will take place at the CAITY Annual Business Meeting at the Baltimore March 2017 convention

 

For more information about CAITY, please visit their web site

 

 

NeMLA Awards for manuscripts, essays, travel, and fellowships (with extended deadlines)
11/22/16

Posted November 21, 2016. Updated November 22, 2016

 

NeMLA provides its members with opportunities to apply for essay awards, travel awards and fellowships, some of which have extended deadlines. More information is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards.html and at the calendar links below:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org and the persons listed at the awards linked above. 

 

Submit early, and good luck!

NeMLA 2017 deadlines approaching: Registration, local activities voting, hotel, and flights!
11/21/16

Posted November 21, 2016

 

We are excited to welcome you to Baltimore for our 48th annual convention, March 23 to 26, 2017, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront! We also have important information to share with you as you prepare for this year’s convention:

 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at support@nemla.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

Extended Deadline: Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award, due November 29, 2016
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

 

The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.

 

Send entries to Tara Harney-Mahajan, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: wgsnemla@gmail.com by November 29, 2016, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.

 

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

 

Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. All submissions should be written in or translated to English.  The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.

 

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review. For more information about the award, and about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/women-gender-award.html.

 

Best wishes,

 

President: Tara Harney-Mahajan, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University
Vice-President: Margarita Vargas, University at Buffalo
Secretary: Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Northeastern University

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
11/18/16

Posted November 18, 2016

 

Dear NeMLA Members,

 

As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000 scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United States and Canada.

 

At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United States the  culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.

 

Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have taken place in higher education institutions across the United States after the election.

 

NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand with our members, their students and staff members at their institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class supremacy over "others."

 

Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be perceived as "different."

 

As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future for everyone.

 

Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference, "Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant. (Please visit our NeMLA 2017 conference site.)

 

We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual forum.

 

In solidarity and peace,

 

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

Book Award deadline extended to December 1!
11/11/16

Posted November 11, 2016

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the spring NeMLA Convention, recognizes an unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA’s focal literatures, languages, or cultures. Winners receive both a $750 prize and NeMLA’s help in contacting and working with presses. 

 

The deadline for the Book Award has been extended to December 1, 2016. Submit your book manuscript to book.award@nemla.org to be eligible. For more information on requirements, and for a list of past winners, please visit http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/awards/awards/book-award.html.

Vote for local Baltimore activities for NeMLA to sponsor! (Deadline Wednesday, November 23)
11/10/16

Posted November 10, 2016

 

At each year's convention, the Northeast Modern Language Association hosts numerous events that highlight the cultural offerings of our local host city. This year’s meeting in Baltimore offers numerous options for experiencing the art, culture, and history of Maryland’s largest city and an important location for activism, civic service, and scholarship.

 

To best address the desires of our members, we would appreciate your input on which local Baltimore events you want to see NeMLA sponsor. This sponsorship would allow our members to enjoy what Baltimore has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship.

 

Please respond to this survey by Wednesday, November 23, so that we may begin scheduling events that speak to the interests of our members. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ88LN

 

Thank you for your help in determining the best events to complement your experience at NeMLA's Baltimore convention. We look forward to seeing you in March!

Fly with Southwest Airlines to NeMLA 2017 Baltimore!
10/25/16

Posted October 20, 2016. Updated October 25, 2016

 

Southwest Airlines is the official airline for NeMLA for 2017!

 

Everyday, Southwest Airlines flies more than 700 Boeing 737s for almost 4,000 flights across 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries, with service to Cuba beginning in December 2016. Destinations include New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. At Southwest, passengers choose their own seats, and there are no charges for a passenger's first or second checked bag. Southwest flies to airports near NeMLA’s 2017 convention site in Baltimore: Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Reagan International (DCA), and Dulles (IAD).

 

Beginning on November 15, 2016, NeMLA conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through a SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between November 15, 2016, and March 5, 2017, to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel March 19, 2017 through March 29, 2017.)

 

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NeMLA traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from the convention with Rapid Rewards number added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

 

To take advantage of this offer, visit https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99170934

Room & Ride Forum for Baltimore 2017
10/21/16

Posted October 21, 2016

 

The Graduate Student Caucus and the C.A.I.T.Y. Caucus are again hosting the Room and Ride Forum! Caucus members who want to share the costs of traveling to or staying in Baltimore for the 2017 Convention, start here!

 

Post a thread or review others to find people who want to carpool or share a room. For those interested in reducing the cost of attending the convention, visit and join the forum at http://nemlaroomandride.freeforums.net.

Discounted NeMLA 2017 Hotel Rate for Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
10/13/16

Posted October 13, 2016

 

The 48th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will take place at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, from March 23-26, 2017.

 

The hotel website has begun accepting reservations, and NeMLA and the Marriott offer a discounted rate to our registered convention attendees. For the link to make your reservation at this discounted rate, read more here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMLA2017

 

Guests have until close of business Wednesday March 1, 2017, to book their rooms at the discounted NeMLA rate. Available rooms tend to fill quickly, so attendees are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early.

Select CFP Extensions (New Deadline Friday, October 7, 2016)
10/6/16

Posted October 4, 2016. Updated October 5, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association has extended the deadline for some of its calls for papers to its 2017 meeting in Baltimore. The new deadline for these sessions is Friday, October 7, 2016. 

 

Please consider submitting abstracts to the following sessions. And please tweet at us at northeastMLA to publicize your deadline extension!

 

 

 

Orlando
6/20/16

Posted June 20, 2016

 

The Northeast Modern Languages Association stands in solidarity with its LGBTQ colleagues as well as with their Orlando-based friends, family, neighbors. In the wake of the tragedy of the Pulse shootings in Orlando, Florida, we wish to express our shared grief with the victims' families and loved ones. As an academic and scholarly organization, NeMLA upholds individuals' freedom of thought and expression, and we assert the rights of all people to live freely and peacefully in communities that support diversity and inclusion. While we cannot tolerate intolerance, we affirm the value of the human in the humanities.

 

The Board of Directors of NeMLA

Board Nominations: Due July 1, 2016
6/15/16

Posted May 18, 2016

 

Nominations open for 2017 positions
Election deadline for nominations extended to July 1, 2016
Submit nominations to nemla_nominations@nemla.org

The success of NeMLA depends on an engaged volunteer Board. These roles provide an opportunity to shape the Convention as well as NeMLA's contribution to the profession. Positions on the Board are staggered, so each year different roles become available. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on upcoming Board openings and responsibilities can be found here. Open positions include: 

  • Second Vice President
  • Anglophone/British Literatures Director
  • CAITY Caucus Representative
  • German Language and Literature Director
  • Graduate Student Caucus Representative
  • Italian Language and Literature Director
  • Member at Large: Diversity Representative

 

6/15/16

Dear NeMLA Members,

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the 48th NeMLA Annual Convention that will take place in Baltimore, hosted by our local host, The Johns Hopkins University, with the continued administrative support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY!

The theme of the conference complies with the outcomes of a report produced by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), our umbrella organization, in light of the tragic events of 9/11. The tragedy, whose effects still reverberate across US society, also brought into light the difficulties in the U.S. of communicating with and comprehending other cultures and languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise.

The MLA report reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.”

Hence, in the spirit of this scholarly inquiry, we welcome debates that may help us better understand and embrace the United States’ vast cultural and linguistic diversity, as well as that of the rest of the world. In this context, we welcome presentations on this theme, as well as in public scholarship, interdisciplinary humanities, disability studies, film and popular culture, as well as the digital narratives and associated cultural practices. Since Baltimore is also the birthplace of the magnificent TV series, The Wire, we will also have session discussions on the resonance of this TV show for the United States in the larger context.

We celebrate the great experience that we had at the 47 NeMLA convention in Hartford, Connecticut, presided over by my executive board colleague, Benjamin Railton, and hosted by the University of Connecticut. Thanks to Ben for great leadership and for starting a new vein of scholarly inquiry at the NeMLA convention: his sponsored sessions on public scholarship and the societal implications of thinking critically on the role of scholars within their communities. We all had the opportunity to listen to Dr. William Jelani Cobb’s important remarks on public humanities as the keynote speaker, and we also listened to the beautiful writings by Asian-American writer, Monique Truong, the opening night speaker. We also continued with the discussion trend initiated by past president, Daniela Antonucci, on interdisciplinary humanities –these two scholarly discussion trends will be honored at our next convention in Baltimore, for sure. We want to thank the University of Connecticut for their overall support, especially to Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, who was our key contact and supporter there, as well as to the two graduate student liaisons, Emma Burris-Janssen and Sarah Moon.

We are now looking forward to our next convention in Baltimore! Special thanks to the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Beverly Wendland, as well as to the many faculty who supported the idea of hosting of the NeMLA convention there from the beginning, especially to the Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. William Egginton, and the whole German and Romance Languages Literatures Department (GRLLD), especially to its chairperson, Dr. Elisabeth Strowick, and to our faculty liaisons at GRLLD, Dr. Sara Castr-Klaren, Dr. Eduardo González, and of course, to our graduate student liaisons for NeMLA 2017, Marica Antonucci (Art History), and Janet Gómez (Italian).

At NeMLA 2017 we will have Dr. Ilán Stavans, as our Keynote Speaker, and Dr. Marjorie Agosín, as our Opening Night Speaker. Both scholars have produced a vast body of critical and creative narratives on multilingualism, gender issues, and human rights. We are very pleased to count with their lectures at the convention!

I would also like to recognize the legacy of commitment and excellence of NeMLA Board members whose tenure came to an end this year: Daniela Antonucci, Past President, Anna Rocca (French area director), María Matz (Spanish and Portuguese area director), and Jesse Miller (graduate assistant). In addition, I would like to welcome the new board members who have been elected for the open positions: Simona Wright, new Second Vice President, Claudia Esposito (French), Margarita Vargas (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Goldbort (graduate assistant). We honor the bequest of those who have served as board members and we also look forward to the new ideas and energy that the new members bring to NeMLA –the largest MLA regional branch in the United States.

In addition, I want to remind you that accepted sessions for the conference are listed at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and the deadline to submit paper abstracts to participate in these sessions is September 30, 2016. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and graduate students to apply. All submissions must be done online at: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html, see the link on the bottom of the webpage “Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract.”

Lastly, I need to thank my absolutely wonderful colleagues in the executive board of NeMLA: María DiFrancesco, Ben Railton, Simona Wright, as well as past presidents Daniela Antonucci and Ellen Dolgin. I cannot properly put down in words my gratitude to all of them for their sustained support, timely guidance, unconditional solidarity, and great sense of humor at times of intense amounts of work and close due dates for all. Same to be said about our executive director, Carine Mardorossian, and her entire support staff: Brandi So, Kristin LeVeness, Derek McGrath, Jesse Miller, and Renata Towne.

We are clear at NeMLA that members make of the organization the vibrant and supportive forum that it is today. So join us in Baltimore in 2017!

On behalf of the whole board at NeMLA, including our area directors, we wish you a restful and productive summer!

Kind regards,

Hilda Chacón

President of NeMLA

6/15/16

The Call for Papers for the 48th Annual NeMLA Convention, to be held March 23 to 26, 2017 in Baltimore, MD, is now available. View accepted panels and submit a paper abstract here.

Deadline, April 15, 2016: NeMLA-University at Buffalo Special Collections Fellowship
4/12/16

Posted April 12, 2016

 

The University at Buffalo Library and the Northeast Modern Language Association support a joint short-term visiting fellowship for research that can be supported by the University at Buffalo Poetry Collection, or the University at Buffalo Rare and Special Books Collection. 

 

Both the Poetry Collection and the Rare and Special Books Collection provide a wealth of resources to interested applicants. The Poetry Collection holds the archives of the Jargon Society as well as large manuscript collections by authors like James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Wyndham Lewis, Robert Duncan, Theodore Enslin, Helen Adam, and Robert Kelley. And the Rare and Special Books Collection features literary first editions and finely printed books from 1600 to the present. 

 

The deadline for this fellowship is Friday, April 15, 2016. More information on how to apply is available here.

Tag Your Photos: #NeMLAPhotoContest
3/10/16

Prize: 2017 Membership

Posted March 7, 2016

 

We are about one week away from our 2016 convention in Hartford, Connecticut, and we are happy to announce that NeMLA will be hosting a Photo Contest. You could win free NeMLA 2017 membership!

 

While in Hartford, snap a high-resolution photograph of a speaker session, panel, or special event. If your picture is selected for inclusion in the NeMLA Newsletter or on the NeMLA website, you will win a free 2017 membership.

 

Images must be high-resolution picture; only one submission per member.

 

Share your photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NeMLAPhotoContest, or email support@nemla.org. 

3/10/16

Posted February 28, 2016

 

Congratulations to our incoming NeMLA Board Members!

 

Second Vice President: Simona Wright
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Director: Margarita Vargas
Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Director: Christina Milletti
French and Francophone Language and Literature Director: Claudia Esposito

 

Thank you so much for all who participated as nominees and all those who cast a vote in the election. NeMLA is a member-driven organization committed to a fundamentally democratic approach to convention design and governance. You have helped to shape the future of the organization's leadership, scholarly programming, and convention.

 

We hope you can join us at the annual convention Membership Business Meeting and Brunch on Sunday, March 20 to celebrate.

 

If you are interested in joining the board, please take a look at upcoming openings here.