News and Announcements

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

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

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

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

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

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

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People 

 

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).[1] We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

 

Send a 300-word proposal to cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

 

[1] See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

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

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award: Deadline January 15, 2018
10/31/19

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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 two NeMLA Conventions 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. Please note that the essays must be submitted in English. 

 

Please email entries to Margarita Vargas, WGSC President, at wgsnemla@gmail.com by January 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject heading. 

 

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. 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, please visit the WGS Essay Award web site.

Graduate Student Caucus Discount at Westin
10/31/19

Posted December 24, 2017

 

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus members may book a room at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh at a discounted rate of $99 per night.

 

The Westin is a 7 minute walk from the Omni, and shuttles will also be available for convention attendees.

 

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

Award and Professionalization Deadlines Approaching
10/31/19

Posted December 11, 2017

 

We want to remind our NeMLA members about deadlines to apply for essay awards, travel awards, fellowships, and professionalization opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

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

Vote in Board Elections!
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives

 

Open positions include: 

 

 

Candidates' bios and statements of purpose are available here.

 

We encourage all NeMLA members to vote electronically here by February 15, 2018.

Deadline to register for NeMLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

Here are some links with information about your favorite convention! Please remember to register. 

 

 

We Value Your Input: Which Events Do You Want Sponsored in Pittsburgh?
10/31/19

 

Posted November 21, 2017

 

NeMLA and the student representatives at the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with local Pittsburgh businesses to offer free and discounted events during our upcoming convention! Options include museum tickets, theatrical performances, tours of archives and libraries, and trips to nearby attractions. 


Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYLBTPZ by Saturday, December 9, to help select the Pittsburgh cultural events and venues you would like us to sponsor as part of your 2018 NeMLA experience! 

 

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

 

RSVP: NeMLA Meet and Greet at 2018 MLA!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

NeMLA will be in New York City for MLA, January 4 to 7, 2018! Join us!

 

MEET AND GREET: Join us for a meet-and-greet for current and prospective NeMLA members at Manhattan’s Old Castle Pub, 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, January 6. RSVP via email at support@nemla.org with your name and affiliation.

 

SESSIONS: Join us for back-to-back sessions at the MLA on Saturday, January 6.

 

Session 1: “Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum” (8:30 AM, Hilton Madison) is organized by the Regional MLAs. We will discuss practices in the development of exciting courses that draw upon teachers' interdisciplinary skills to better educate students.

 

Session 2: “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel" (10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E) will feature NeMLA Board and Staff members guiding attendees through all steps in organizing panels for language and literature conferences.

 

NeMLA TABLE: While at the convention, stop by our table near the Registration/Information Area and the Exhibit Hall. We’ll have free items as well as information to help you submit your session proposal for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC, as well as information about our upcoming April 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

If you’re attending or presenting at MLA, please email us at support@nemla.org; we’d love to share a list of MLA sessions featuring our members!

 

We’ll see you in New York City!

CAITY Caucus Travel Award application now available
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

The application form to apply for the CAITY Travel Award Stipend is now available and can be emailed to caity_travel@nemla.org. The deadline to apply for this stipend is February 1

 

This award is only open to adjunct or contingent faculty, independent scholars, or those employed by two-year institutions--and only to those who will be delivering a paper as part of a panel at the upcoming 2018 Pittsburgh convention. The CAITY Caucus limits it this way to maximize our support of CAITY constituents contributing their voices to traditional scholarship. Please make sure that you are applying for either the CAITY Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, not both.

 

Also, please note that a group of judges will select winning abstracts based on merit. We hope that this will allow the caucus to recognize more of the great work you are doing while providing assistance proportionate to need. 

 

Submit your application today!

NeMLA Chairs: Please finalize sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted October 1, 2017

 

NeMLA chairs, please finalize your sessions in your user account by October 15.

 

You may not finalize your sessions until you complete the following:

 

  1. Please confirm your applicants will participate in your session, and will present on only one session of each type. Some applicants submit to multiples sessions, but NeMLA rules do not allow participation in more than one panel of a type. Your user account will alert you if any of your presenters have committed to another sessions; therefore, please confirm with applicants first to have their confirmation in writing.
  2. Please wait until after the October 15th session finalization deadline before notifying applicants whether you marked them as declined or under consideration. Please do so in case those applicants you accepted decide to decline to join your session, in which case you may need ones you marked as under consideration to reach the minimum number of participants. Please review the types of sessions to see the minimum number of presenters needed. 
  3. Please confirm you have reached the minimum number of presenters. Some presenters must withdraw before the convention even though they had confirmed their participation earlier. 2-paper session is prohibited, so please plan accordingly: it is strongly recommended that you include the maximum number of presenters on your session. The maximum number of presenters for each session type is listed here
  4. Please confirm your applicants' audiovisual requests, which they were to have made in their user account when submitting abstracts. Please ask applicants to click on the relevant box to make their audiovisual requests and to contact NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org with any questions. Please also be aware that attendees must bring their own laptop or other device, and the relevant VGA adapter if using a mobile device or an Apple computer. NeMLA provides VGA projectors, VGA cables, projector screens, computer speakers, and speaker cables when requested in the user account.
  5. Only after completing all previous steps may you notify applicants your decision whether you accept their abstract. You are required to contact all applicants regarding your decision whether to accept their abstract. Please do not leave any presenter in doubt about the status of their submission: email everyone.

 

If you want to accommmodate more presenters:

 

  • Please consider requesting that your panel be changed to a seminar or roundtable, each of which can include up to 10 presenters. This change will be granted upon request emailed to support@nemla.org. More information about seminar and roundtable formats is available here.
  • Please consider requesting a a second paper session, which you may request in your user account when finalizing your session. Second session requests are limited by space available. You will be notified by October 20 whether your request was approved.  

 

Please also review these guidelines:

 

  • No papers may be read in absentia. Do not include participants who cannot attend in person.
  • Please instruct your presenters to pay for registration/membership in their user account and clicking the top menu link "Registration & Membership." Presenters must pay by December for their names to be included in the convention program. Late fees are applied after the registration deadline. Registration/membership is now open in presenters' user accounts.

 

If you have additional questions, please email your session's Area Director.

Poster proposals for 2018 Pittsburgh Convention now being accepted!
10/31/19

Posted September 30, 2017

 

NeMLA recognizes the significant contribution of visual presentations to the body of academic study of literature and other linguistic constructions. Posters can relay complex information in ways that text alone cannot.

 

If you are interested in having your poster shared with NeMLA 2018 convention attendees in Pittsburgh this April, please submit your proposal online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17183

 

A list of guidelines to help you with submitting, designing, and printing your poster is available here.

Deadline: Book Award, October 15
10/31/19

Posted September 26, 2017

 

The October 15 deadline for Book Award submissions is fast approaching! 

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the 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. 

 

Note that unrevised dissertations or manuscripts under contract with a publisher cannot be considered for this award. 

 

Please visit our web site for more requirements and information, including a list of past winners, and email your manuscript to book.award@nemla.org by October 15 to be eligible for the 2018 Book Award!

NeMLA at MLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted September 23, 2017

 

Each year, NeMLA organizes sessions, promotions, and other activities at the Modern Language Association. We are pleased to announce two sessions NeMLA and our fellow Regional MLAs have developed for the January 2018 meeting of the MLA in New York City.

 

  • "Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, Hilton Madison
  • "From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming convention in Pittsburgh and the opportunity for you to submit proposals for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC.

 

Early registration rates to MLA end in early October. We’ll have more information to share as January approaches--and we’d love to hear from NeMLA members attending or presenting at the MLA. If you will be attending the MLA, let us know, or send us the name of your session via Twitter, Facebook, or email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in New York City!

Chairs: Review 2018 guidelines
10/31/19

Posted September 22, 2017

 

NeMLA encourages all 2018 chairs to review guidelines, which include a lot of helpful advice: 

 

  • For promoting your call for papers on list servs, CFP web sites, etc.
  • Please do not accept any abstracts before the September 30th deadline. We value giving all applicants a fair chance at having their submissions considered, so chairs should consider all abstracts received by the deadline.
  • NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions: please consider all abstracts received. 
  • No more than two people from the same institution are permitted on any given panel. 
  • Consider accepting 4 papers for panels so a withdrawal does not threaten the viability of your session (2-paper panels are not allowed). 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing your finalized sessions! 

Modern Language Studies: New issue in the mail--and a new podcast online!
10/31/19

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Northeast Modern Language Association members can enjoy their new issue of Modern Language Studies, arriving in the mail. This latest issue features "$peculating $ubject$," as Regina Martin at Denison University examines finance capitalism in the context of literary analysis. Even the cover ties into this topic: the cover is the exact Pantone color used in United States currency!

 

MLS is also proud to announce a new online feature, The Sidebar: The MLS Fiction and Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a conversation with host Patrick Thomas Henry and an author published in the pages of MLS, along with a reading of that author’s work. Episode 1 features B.K. Fisher, whose work appeared in Issue 46.2.

 

For more information about Modern Language Studies, please visit their web site at https://modernlanguagestudies.org

Opportunities for the CAITY Caucus
10/31/19

Posted August 22, 2017

 

CAITY Caucus members will have received an email about opportunities available to contingent and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions. Please read this email to learn more about the CAITY Essay Award and the September 30, 2017, deadline to submit abstracts to the many sessions at NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh!

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
10/31/19

Posted August 14, 2017

 

Dear NeMLA Members:

 

Since Friday, the Executive Board of NeMLA has watched in sheer horror as ghastly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have unfolded. White supremacists, who stand for racism, anti-Semitism, and violent intimidation of immigrants, ethnic minorities and so many other human beings, cannot be tolerated. Their loathsome rhetoric and vile activities are anathema to the mission and values of NeMLA. As an academic organization, NeMLA champions the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages. This championing requires open dialogue, freedom of expression, and also a freedom of inquiry and collaborative exchange that uncompromisingly supports all its members, no matter their color, religious beliefs, geographic origin, gender, sexual identity, or social class.

 

We therefore encourage you to stand with us and to remain in communication with us as our collective semesters begin. Let us not remain silent but stand in united resistance to the normalized forms of intolerance and violent bigotry that surround us.

 

Sincerely,
NeMLA Executive Board

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
10/31/19

Posted on May 23, 2017

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership, the Northeast Modern Language Association has written to the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to express our shock and deep concern about the recommended suspension of the Doctoral programs in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the proposed closing of its undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts. 

 

We encourage you to read this letter from our Executive Board and Executive Director, which urges Stony Brook University to reconsider its proposal in light of its local and global ramifications, and to engage in a dialogue with Stony Brook's faculty and students to find solutions that would enhance, rather than weaken and significantly imperil, the future, and renown of this institution.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
10/31/19

 

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

 

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
10/31/19

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

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

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

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

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

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

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

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

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People 

 

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).[1] We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

 

Send a 300-word proposal to cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

 

[1] See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

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

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award: Deadline January 15, 2018
10/31/19

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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 two NeMLA Conventions 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. Please note that the essays must be submitted in English. 

 

Please email entries to Margarita Vargas, WGSC President, at wgsnemla@gmail.com by January 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject heading. 

 

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. 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, please visit the WGS Essay Award web site.

Graduate Student Caucus Discount at Westin
10/31/19

Posted December 24, 2017

 

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus members may book a room at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh at a discounted rate of $99 per night.

 

The Westin is a 7 minute walk from the Omni, and shuttles will also be available for convention attendees.

 

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

Award and Professionalization Deadlines Approaching
10/31/19

Posted December 11, 2017

 

We want to remind our NeMLA members about deadlines to apply for essay awards, travel awards, fellowships, and professionalization opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

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

Vote in Board Elections!
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives

 

Open positions include: 

 

 

Candidates' bios and statements of purpose are available here.

 

We encourage all NeMLA members to vote electronically here by February 15, 2018.

Deadline to register for NeMLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

Here are some links with information about your favorite convention! Please remember to register. 

 

 

We Value Your Input: Which Events Do You Want Sponsored in Pittsburgh?
10/31/19

 

Posted November 21, 2017

 

NeMLA and the student representatives at the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with local Pittsburgh businesses to offer free and discounted events during our upcoming convention! Options include museum tickets, theatrical performances, tours of archives and libraries, and trips to nearby attractions. 


Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYLBTPZ by Saturday, December 9, to help select the Pittsburgh cultural events and venues you would like us to sponsor as part of your 2018 NeMLA experience! 

 

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

 

RSVP: NeMLA Meet and Greet at 2018 MLA!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

NeMLA will be in New York City for MLA, January 4 to 7, 2018! Join us!

 

MEET AND GREET: Join us for a meet-and-greet for current and prospective NeMLA members at Manhattan’s Old Castle Pub, 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, January 6. RSVP via email at support@nemla.org with your name and affiliation.

 

SESSIONS: Join us for back-to-back sessions at the MLA on Saturday, January 6.

 

Session 1: “Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum” (8:30 AM, Hilton Madison) is organized by the Regional MLAs. We will discuss practices in the development of exciting courses that draw upon teachers' interdisciplinary skills to better educate students.

 

Session 2: “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel" (10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E) will feature NeMLA Board and Staff members guiding attendees through all steps in organizing panels for language and literature conferences.

 

NeMLA TABLE: While at the convention, stop by our table near the Registration/Information Area and the Exhibit Hall. We’ll have free items as well as information to help you submit your session proposal for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC, as well as information about our upcoming April 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

If you’re attending or presenting at MLA, please email us at support@nemla.org; we’d love to share a list of MLA sessions featuring our members!

 

We’ll see you in New York City!

CAITY Caucus Travel Award application now available
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

The application form to apply for the CAITY Travel Award Stipend is now available and can be emailed to caity_travel@nemla.org. The deadline to apply for this stipend is February 1

 

This award is only open to adjunct or contingent faculty, independent scholars, or those employed by two-year institutions--and only to those who will be delivering a paper as part of a panel at the upcoming 2018 Pittsburgh convention. The CAITY Caucus limits it this way to maximize our support of CAITY constituents contributing their voices to traditional scholarship. Please make sure that you are applying for either the CAITY Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, not both.

 

Also, please note that a group of judges will select winning abstracts based on merit. We hope that this will allow the caucus to recognize more of the great work you are doing while providing assistance proportionate to need. 

 

Submit your application today!

NeMLA Chairs: Please finalize sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted October 1, 2017

 

NeMLA chairs, please finalize your sessions in your user account by October 15.

 

You may not finalize your sessions until you complete the following:

 

  1. Please confirm your applicants will participate in your session, and will present on only one session of each type. Some applicants submit to multiples sessions, but NeMLA rules do not allow participation in more than one panel of a type. Your user account will alert you if any of your presenters have committed to another sessions; therefore, please confirm with applicants first to have their confirmation in writing.
  2. Please wait until after the October 15th session finalization deadline before notifying applicants whether you marked them as declined or under consideration. Please do so in case those applicants you accepted decide to decline to join your session, in which case you may need ones you marked as under consideration to reach the minimum number of participants. Please review the types of sessions to see the minimum number of presenters needed. 
  3. Please confirm you have reached the minimum number of presenters. Some presenters must withdraw before the convention even though they had confirmed their participation earlier. 2-paper session is prohibited, so please plan accordingly: it is strongly recommended that you include the maximum number of presenters on your session. The maximum number of presenters for each session type is listed here
  4. Please confirm your applicants' audiovisual requests, which they were to have made in their user account when submitting abstracts. Please ask applicants to click on the relevant box to make their audiovisual requests and to contact NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org with any questions. Please also be aware that attendees must bring their own laptop or other device, and the relevant VGA adapter if using a mobile device or an Apple computer. NeMLA provides VGA projectors, VGA cables, projector screens, computer speakers, and speaker cables when requested in the user account.
  5. Only after completing all previous steps may you notify applicants your decision whether you accept their abstract. You are required to contact all applicants regarding your decision whether to accept their abstract. Please do not leave any presenter in doubt about the status of their submission: email everyone.

 

If you want to accommmodate more presenters:

 

  • Please consider requesting that your panel be changed to a seminar or roundtable, each of which can include up to 10 presenters. This change will be granted upon request emailed to support@nemla.org. More information about seminar and roundtable formats is available here.
  • Please consider requesting a a second paper session, which you may request in your user account when finalizing your session. Second session requests are limited by space available. You will be notified by October 20 whether your request was approved.  

 

Please also review these guidelines:

 

  • No papers may be read in absentia. Do not include participants who cannot attend in person.
  • Please instruct your presenters to pay for registration/membership in their user account and clicking the top menu link "Registration & Membership." Presenters must pay by December for their names to be included in the convention program. Late fees are applied after the registration deadline. Registration/membership is now open in presenters' user accounts.

 

If you have additional questions, please email your session's Area Director.

Poster proposals for 2018 Pittsburgh Convention now being accepted!
10/31/19

Posted September 30, 2017

 

NeMLA recognizes the significant contribution of visual presentations to the body of academic study of literature and other linguistic constructions. Posters can relay complex information in ways that text alone cannot.

 

If you are interested in having your poster shared with NeMLA 2018 convention attendees in Pittsburgh this April, please submit your proposal online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17183

 

A list of guidelines to help you with submitting, designing, and printing your poster is available here.

Deadline: Book Award, October 15
10/31/19

Posted September 26, 2017

 

The October 15 deadline for Book Award submissions is fast approaching! 

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the 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. 

 

Note that unrevised dissertations or manuscripts under contract with a publisher cannot be considered for this award. 

 

Please visit our web site for more requirements and information, including a list of past winners, and email your manuscript to book.award@nemla.org by October 15 to be eligible for the 2018 Book Award!

NeMLA at MLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted September 23, 2017

 

Each year, NeMLA organizes sessions, promotions, and other activities at the Modern Language Association. We are pleased to announce two sessions NeMLA and our fellow Regional MLAs have developed for the January 2018 meeting of the MLA in New York City.

 

  • "Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, Hilton Madison
  • "From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming convention in Pittsburgh and the opportunity for you to submit proposals for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC.

 

Early registration rates to MLA end in early October. We’ll have more information to share as January approaches--and we’d love to hear from NeMLA members attending or presenting at the MLA. If you will be attending the MLA, let us know, or send us the name of your session via Twitter, Facebook, or email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in New York City!

Chairs: Review 2018 guidelines
10/31/19

Posted September 22, 2017

 

NeMLA encourages all 2018 chairs to review guidelines, which include a lot of helpful advice: 

 

  • For promoting your call for papers on list servs, CFP web sites, etc.
  • Please do not accept any abstracts before the September 30th deadline. We value giving all applicants a fair chance at having their submissions considered, so chairs should consider all abstracts received by the deadline.
  • NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions: please consider all abstracts received. 
  • No more than two people from the same institution are permitted on any given panel. 
  • Consider accepting 4 papers for panels so a withdrawal does not threaten the viability of your session (2-paper panels are not allowed). 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing your finalized sessions! 

Modern Language Studies: New issue in the mail--and a new podcast online!
10/31/19

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Northeast Modern Language Association members can enjoy their new issue of Modern Language Studies, arriving in the mail. This latest issue features "$peculating $ubject$," as Regina Martin at Denison University examines finance capitalism in the context of literary analysis. Even the cover ties into this topic: the cover is the exact Pantone color used in United States currency!

 

MLS is also proud to announce a new online feature, The Sidebar: The MLS Fiction and Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a conversation with host Patrick Thomas Henry and an author published in the pages of MLS, along with a reading of that author’s work. Episode 1 features B.K. Fisher, whose work appeared in Issue 46.2.

 

For more information about Modern Language Studies, please visit their web site at https://modernlanguagestudies.org

Opportunities for the CAITY Caucus
10/31/19

Posted August 22, 2017

 

CAITY Caucus members will have received an email about opportunities available to contingent and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions. Please read this email to learn more about the CAITY Essay Award and the September 30, 2017, deadline to submit abstracts to the many sessions at NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh!

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
10/31/19

Posted August 14, 2017

 

Dear NeMLA Members:

 

Since Friday, the Executive Board of NeMLA has watched in sheer horror as ghastly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have unfolded. White supremacists, who stand for racism, anti-Semitism, and violent intimidation of immigrants, ethnic minorities and so many other human beings, cannot be tolerated. Their loathsome rhetoric and vile activities are anathema to the mission and values of NeMLA. As an academic organization, NeMLA champions the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages. This championing requires open dialogue, freedom of expression, and also a freedom of inquiry and collaborative exchange that uncompromisingly supports all its members, no matter their color, religious beliefs, geographic origin, gender, sexual identity, or social class.

 

We therefore encourage you to stand with us and to remain in communication with us as our collective semesters begin. Let us not remain silent but stand in united resistance to the normalized forms of intolerance and violent bigotry that surround us.

 

Sincerely,
NeMLA Executive Board

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
10/31/19

Posted on May 23, 2017

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership, the Northeast Modern Language Association has written to the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to express our shock and deep concern about the recommended suspension of the Doctoral programs in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the proposed closing of its undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts. 

 

We encourage you to read this letter from our Executive Board and Executive Director, which urges Stony Brook University to reconsider its proposal in light of its local and global ramifications, and to engage in a dialogue with Stony Brook's faculty and students to find solutions that would enhance, rather than weaken and significantly imperil, the future, and renown of this institution.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
10/31/19

 

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

 

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
10/31/19

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

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

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

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

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

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

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

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

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People 

 

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).[1] We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

 

Send a 300-word proposal to cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

 

[1] See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

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

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award: Deadline January 15, 2018
10/31/19

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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 two NeMLA Conventions 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. Please note that the essays must be submitted in English. 

 

Please email entries to Margarita Vargas, WGSC President, at wgsnemla@gmail.com by January 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject heading. 

 

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. 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, please visit the WGS Essay Award web site.

Graduate Student Caucus Discount at Westin
10/31/19

Posted December 24, 2017

 

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus members may book a room at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh at a discounted rate of $99 per night.

 

The Westin is a 7 minute walk from the Omni, and shuttles will also be available for convention attendees.

 

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

Award and Professionalization Deadlines Approaching
10/31/19

Posted December 11, 2017

 

We want to remind our NeMLA members about deadlines to apply for essay awards, travel awards, fellowships, and professionalization opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

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

Vote in Board Elections!
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives

 

Open positions include: 

 

 

Candidates' bios and statements of purpose are available here.

 

We encourage all NeMLA members to vote electronically here by February 15, 2018.

Deadline to register for NeMLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

Here are some links with information about your favorite convention! Please remember to register. 

 

 

We Value Your Input: Which Events Do You Want Sponsored in Pittsburgh?
10/31/19

 

Posted November 21, 2017

 

NeMLA and the student representatives at the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with local Pittsburgh businesses to offer free and discounted events during our upcoming convention! Options include museum tickets, theatrical performances, tours of archives and libraries, and trips to nearby attractions. 


Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYLBTPZ by Saturday, December 9, to help select the Pittsburgh cultural events and venues you would like us to sponsor as part of your 2018 NeMLA experience! 

 

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

 

RSVP: NeMLA Meet and Greet at 2018 MLA!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

NeMLA will be in New York City for MLA, January 4 to 7, 2018! Join us!

 

MEET AND GREET: Join us for a meet-and-greet for current and prospective NeMLA members at Manhattan’s Old Castle Pub, 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, January 6. RSVP via email at support@nemla.org with your name and affiliation.

 

SESSIONS: Join us for back-to-back sessions at the MLA on Saturday, January 6.

 

Session 1: “Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum” (8:30 AM, Hilton Madison) is organized by the Regional MLAs. We will discuss practices in the development of exciting courses that draw upon teachers' interdisciplinary skills to better educate students.

 

Session 2: “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel" (10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E) will feature NeMLA Board and Staff members guiding attendees through all steps in organizing panels for language and literature conferences.

 

NeMLA TABLE: While at the convention, stop by our table near the Registration/Information Area and the Exhibit Hall. We’ll have free items as well as information to help you submit your session proposal for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC, as well as information about our upcoming April 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

If you’re attending or presenting at MLA, please email us at support@nemla.org; we’d love to share a list of MLA sessions featuring our members!

 

We’ll see you in New York City!

CAITY Caucus Travel Award application now available
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

The application form to apply for the CAITY Travel Award Stipend is now available and can be emailed to caity_travel@nemla.org. The deadline to apply for this stipend is February 1

 

This award is only open to adjunct or contingent faculty, independent scholars, or those employed by two-year institutions--and only to those who will be delivering a paper as part of a panel at the upcoming 2018 Pittsburgh convention. The CAITY Caucus limits it this way to maximize our support of CAITY constituents contributing their voices to traditional scholarship. Please make sure that you are applying for either the CAITY Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, not both.

 

Also, please note that a group of judges will select winning abstracts based on merit. We hope that this will allow the caucus to recognize more of the great work you are doing while providing assistance proportionate to need. 

 

Submit your application today!

NeMLA Chairs: Please finalize sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted October 1, 2017

 

NeMLA chairs, please finalize your sessions in your user account by October 15.

 

You may not finalize your sessions until you complete the following:

 

  1. Please confirm your applicants will participate in your session, and will present on only one session of each type. Some applicants submit to multiples sessions, but NeMLA rules do not allow participation in more than one panel of a type. Your user account will alert you if any of your presenters have committed to another sessions; therefore, please confirm with applicants first to have their confirmation in writing.
  2. Please wait until after the October 15th session finalization deadline before notifying applicants whether you marked them as declined or under consideration. Please do so in case those applicants you accepted decide to decline to join your session, in which case you may need ones you marked as under consideration to reach the minimum number of participants. Please review the types of sessions to see the minimum number of presenters needed. 
  3. Please confirm you have reached the minimum number of presenters. Some presenters must withdraw before the convention even though they had confirmed their participation earlier. 2-paper session is prohibited, so please plan accordingly: it is strongly recommended that you include the maximum number of presenters on your session. The maximum number of presenters for each session type is listed here
  4. Please confirm your applicants' audiovisual requests, which they were to have made in their user account when submitting abstracts. Please ask applicants to click on the relevant box to make their audiovisual requests and to contact NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org with any questions. Please also be aware that attendees must bring their own laptop or other device, and the relevant VGA adapter if using a mobile device or an Apple computer. NeMLA provides VGA projectors, VGA cables, projector screens, computer speakers, and speaker cables when requested in the user account.
  5. Only after completing all previous steps may you notify applicants your decision whether you accept their abstract. You are required to contact all applicants regarding your decision whether to accept their abstract. Please do not leave any presenter in doubt about the status of their submission: email everyone.

 

If you want to accommmodate more presenters:

 

  • Please consider requesting that your panel be changed to a seminar or roundtable, each of which can include up to 10 presenters. This change will be granted upon request emailed to support@nemla.org. More information about seminar and roundtable formats is available here.
  • Please consider requesting a a second paper session, which you may request in your user account when finalizing your session. Second session requests are limited by space available. You will be notified by October 20 whether your request was approved.  

 

Please also review these guidelines:

 

  • No papers may be read in absentia. Do not include participants who cannot attend in person.
  • Please instruct your presenters to pay for registration/membership in their user account and clicking the top menu link "Registration & Membership." Presenters must pay by December for their names to be included in the convention program. Late fees are applied after the registration deadline. Registration/membership is now open in presenters' user accounts.

 

If you have additional questions, please email your session's Area Director.

Poster proposals for 2018 Pittsburgh Convention now being accepted!
10/31/19

Posted September 30, 2017

 

NeMLA recognizes the significant contribution of visual presentations to the body of academic study of literature and other linguistic constructions. Posters can relay complex information in ways that text alone cannot.

 

If you are interested in having your poster shared with NeMLA 2018 convention attendees in Pittsburgh this April, please submit your proposal online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17183

 

A list of guidelines to help you with submitting, designing, and printing your poster is available here.

Deadline: Book Award, October 15
10/31/19

Posted September 26, 2017

 

The October 15 deadline for Book Award submissions is fast approaching! 

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the 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. 

 

Note that unrevised dissertations or manuscripts under contract with a publisher cannot be considered for this award. 

 

Please visit our web site for more requirements and information, including a list of past winners, and email your manuscript to book.award@nemla.org by October 15 to be eligible for the 2018 Book Award!

NeMLA at MLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted September 23, 2017

 

Each year, NeMLA organizes sessions, promotions, and other activities at the Modern Language Association. We are pleased to announce two sessions NeMLA and our fellow Regional MLAs have developed for the January 2018 meeting of the MLA in New York City.

 

  • "Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, Hilton Madison
  • "From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming convention in Pittsburgh and the opportunity for you to submit proposals for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC.

 

Early registration rates to MLA end in early October. We’ll have more information to share as January approaches--and we’d love to hear from NeMLA members attending or presenting at the MLA. If you will be attending the MLA, let us know, or send us the name of your session via Twitter, Facebook, or email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in New York City!

Chairs: Review 2018 guidelines
10/31/19

Posted September 22, 2017

 

NeMLA encourages all 2018 chairs to review guidelines, which include a lot of helpful advice: 

 

  • For promoting your call for papers on list servs, CFP web sites, etc.
  • Please do not accept any abstracts before the September 30th deadline. We value giving all applicants a fair chance at having their submissions considered, so chairs should consider all abstracts received by the deadline.
  • NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions: please consider all abstracts received. 
  • No more than two people from the same institution are permitted on any given panel. 
  • Consider accepting 4 papers for panels so a withdrawal does not threaten the viability of your session (2-paper panels are not allowed). 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing your finalized sessions! 

Modern Language Studies: New issue in the mail--and a new podcast online!
10/31/19

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Northeast Modern Language Association members can enjoy their new issue of Modern Language Studies, arriving in the mail. This latest issue features "$peculating $ubject$," as Regina Martin at Denison University examines finance capitalism in the context of literary analysis. Even the cover ties into this topic: the cover is the exact Pantone color used in United States currency!

 

MLS is also proud to announce a new online feature, The Sidebar: The MLS Fiction and Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a conversation with host Patrick Thomas Henry and an author published in the pages of MLS, along with a reading of that author’s work. Episode 1 features B.K. Fisher, whose work appeared in Issue 46.2.

 

For more information about Modern Language Studies, please visit their web site at https://modernlanguagestudies.org

Opportunities for the CAITY Caucus
10/31/19

Posted August 22, 2017

 

CAITY Caucus members will have received an email about opportunities available to contingent and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions. Please read this email to learn more about the CAITY Essay Award and the September 30, 2017, deadline to submit abstracts to the many sessions at NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh!

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
10/31/19

Posted August 14, 2017

 

Dear NeMLA Members:

 

Since Friday, the Executive Board of NeMLA has watched in sheer horror as ghastly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have unfolded. White supremacists, who stand for racism, anti-Semitism, and violent intimidation of immigrants, ethnic minorities and so many other human beings, cannot be tolerated. Their loathsome rhetoric and vile activities are anathema to the mission and values of NeMLA. As an academic organization, NeMLA champions the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages. This championing requires open dialogue, freedom of expression, and also a freedom of inquiry and collaborative exchange that uncompromisingly supports all its members, no matter their color, religious beliefs, geographic origin, gender, sexual identity, or social class.

 

We therefore encourage you to stand with us and to remain in communication with us as our collective semesters begin. Let us not remain silent but stand in united resistance to the normalized forms of intolerance and violent bigotry that surround us.

 

Sincerely,
NeMLA Executive Board

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
10/31/19

Posted on May 23, 2017

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership, the Northeast Modern Language Association has written to the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to express our shock and deep concern about the recommended suspension of the Doctoral programs in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the proposed closing of its undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts. 

 

We encourage you to read this letter from our Executive Board and Executive Director, which urges Stony Brook University to reconsider its proposal in light of its local and global ramifications, and to engage in a dialogue with Stony Brook's faculty and students to find solutions that would enhance, rather than weaken and significantly imperil, the future, and renown of this institution.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
10/31/19

 

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

 

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
10/31/19

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

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

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

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

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

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

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

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

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People 

 

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).[1] We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

 

Send a 300-word proposal to cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

 

[1] See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

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

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award: Deadline January 15, 2018
10/31/19

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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 two NeMLA Conventions 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. Please note that the essays must be submitted in English. 

 

Please email entries to Margarita Vargas, WGSC President, at wgsnemla@gmail.com by January 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject heading. 

 

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. 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, please visit the WGS Essay Award web site.

Graduate Student Caucus Discount at Westin
10/31/19

Posted December 24, 2017

 

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus members may book a room at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh at a discounted rate of $99 per night.

 

The Westin is a 7 minute walk from the Omni, and shuttles will also be available for convention attendees.

 

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

Award and Professionalization Deadlines Approaching
10/31/19

Posted December 11, 2017

 

We want to remind our NeMLA members about deadlines to apply for essay awards, travel awards, fellowships, and professionalization opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

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

Vote in Board Elections!
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives

 

Open positions include: 

 

 

Candidates' bios and statements of purpose are available here.

 

We encourage all NeMLA members to vote electronically here by February 15, 2018.

Deadline to register for NeMLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

Here are some links with information about your favorite convention! Please remember to register. 

 

 

We Value Your Input: Which Events Do You Want Sponsored in Pittsburgh?
10/31/19

 

Posted November 21, 2017

 

NeMLA and the student representatives at the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with local Pittsburgh businesses to offer free and discounted events during our upcoming convention! Options include museum tickets, theatrical performances, tours of archives and libraries, and trips to nearby attractions. 


Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYLBTPZ by Saturday, December 9, to help select the Pittsburgh cultural events and venues you would like us to sponsor as part of your 2018 NeMLA experience! 

 

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

 

RSVP: NeMLA Meet and Greet at 2018 MLA!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

NeMLA will be in New York City for MLA, January 4 to 7, 2018! Join us!

 

MEET AND GREET: Join us for a meet-and-greet for current and prospective NeMLA members at Manhattan’s Old Castle Pub, 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, January 6. RSVP via email at support@nemla.org with your name and affiliation.

 

SESSIONS: Join us for back-to-back sessions at the MLA on Saturday, January 6.

 

Session 1: “Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum” (8:30 AM, Hilton Madison) is organized by the Regional MLAs. We will discuss practices in the development of exciting courses that draw upon teachers' interdisciplinary skills to better educate students.

 

Session 2: “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel" (10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E) will feature NeMLA Board and Staff members guiding attendees through all steps in organizing panels for language and literature conferences.

 

NeMLA TABLE: While at the convention, stop by our table near the Registration/Information Area and the Exhibit Hall. We’ll have free items as well as information to help you submit your session proposal for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC, as well as information about our upcoming April 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

If you’re attending or presenting at MLA, please email us at support@nemla.org; we’d love to share a list of MLA sessions featuring our members!

 

We’ll see you in New York City!

CAITY Caucus Travel Award application now available
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

The application form to apply for the CAITY Travel Award Stipend is now available and can be emailed to caity_travel@nemla.org. The deadline to apply for this stipend is February 1

 

This award is only open to adjunct or contingent faculty, independent scholars, or those employed by two-year institutions--and only to those who will be delivering a paper as part of a panel at the upcoming 2018 Pittsburgh convention. The CAITY Caucus limits it this way to maximize our support of CAITY constituents contributing their voices to traditional scholarship. Please make sure that you are applying for either the CAITY Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, not both.

 

Also, please note that a group of judges will select winning abstracts based on merit. We hope that this will allow the caucus to recognize more of the great work you are doing while providing assistance proportionate to need. 

 

Submit your application today!

NeMLA Chairs: Please finalize sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted October 1, 2017

 

NeMLA chairs, please finalize your sessions in your user account by October 15.

 

You may not finalize your sessions until you complete the following:

 

  1. Please confirm your applicants will participate in your session, and will present on only one session of each type. Some applicants submit to multiples sessions, but NeMLA rules do not allow participation in more than one panel of a type. Your user account will alert you if any of your presenters have committed to another sessions; therefore, please confirm with applicants first to have their confirmation in writing.
  2. Please wait until after the October 15th session finalization deadline before notifying applicants whether you marked them as declined or under consideration. Please do so in case those applicants you accepted decide to decline to join your session, in which case you may need ones you marked as under consideration to reach the minimum number of participants. Please review the types of sessions to see the minimum number of presenters needed. 
  3. Please confirm you have reached the minimum number of presenters. Some presenters must withdraw before the convention even though they had confirmed their participation earlier. 2-paper session is prohibited, so please plan accordingly: it is strongly recommended that you include the maximum number of presenters on your session. The maximum number of presenters for each session type is listed here
  4. Please confirm your applicants' audiovisual requests, which they were to have made in their user account when submitting abstracts. Please ask applicants to click on the relevant box to make their audiovisual requests and to contact NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org with any questions. Please also be aware that attendees must bring their own laptop or other device, and the relevant VGA adapter if using a mobile device or an Apple computer. NeMLA provides VGA projectors, VGA cables, projector screens, computer speakers, and speaker cables when requested in the user account.
  5. Only after completing all previous steps may you notify applicants your decision whether you accept their abstract. You are required to contact all applicants regarding your decision whether to accept their abstract. Please do not leave any presenter in doubt about the status of their submission: email everyone.

 

If you want to accommmodate more presenters:

 

  • Please consider requesting that your panel be changed to a seminar or roundtable, each of which can include up to 10 presenters. This change will be granted upon request emailed to support@nemla.org. More information about seminar and roundtable formats is available here.
  • Please consider requesting a a second paper session, which you may request in your user account when finalizing your session. Second session requests are limited by space available. You will be notified by October 20 whether your request was approved.  

 

Please also review these guidelines:

 

  • No papers may be read in absentia. Do not include participants who cannot attend in person.
  • Please instruct your presenters to pay for registration/membership in their user account and clicking the top menu link "Registration & Membership." Presenters must pay by December for their names to be included in the convention program. Late fees are applied after the registration deadline. Registration/membership is now open in presenters' user accounts.

 

If you have additional questions, please email your session's Area Director.

Poster proposals for 2018 Pittsburgh Convention now being accepted!
10/31/19

Posted September 30, 2017

 

NeMLA recognizes the significant contribution of visual presentations to the body of academic study of literature and other linguistic constructions. Posters can relay complex information in ways that text alone cannot.

 

If you are interested in having your poster shared with NeMLA 2018 convention attendees in Pittsburgh this April, please submit your proposal online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17183

 

A list of guidelines to help you with submitting, designing, and printing your poster is available here.

Deadline: Book Award, October 15
10/31/19

Posted September 26, 2017

 

The October 15 deadline for Book Award submissions is fast approaching! 

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the 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. 

 

Note that unrevised dissertations or manuscripts under contract with a publisher cannot be considered for this award. 

 

Please visit our web site for more requirements and information, including a list of past winners, and email your manuscript to book.award@nemla.org by October 15 to be eligible for the 2018 Book Award!

NeMLA at MLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted September 23, 2017

 

Each year, NeMLA organizes sessions, promotions, and other activities at the Modern Language Association. We are pleased to announce two sessions NeMLA and our fellow Regional MLAs have developed for the January 2018 meeting of the MLA in New York City.

 

  • "Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, Hilton Madison
  • "From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming convention in Pittsburgh and the opportunity for you to submit proposals for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC.

 

Early registration rates to MLA end in early October. We’ll have more information to share as January approaches--and we’d love to hear from NeMLA members attending or presenting at the MLA. If you will be attending the MLA, let us know, or send us the name of your session via Twitter, Facebook, or email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in New York City!

Chairs: Review 2018 guidelines
10/31/19

Posted September 22, 2017

 

NeMLA encourages all 2018 chairs to review guidelines, which include a lot of helpful advice: 

 

  • For promoting your call for papers on list servs, CFP web sites, etc.
  • Please do not accept any abstracts before the September 30th deadline. We value giving all applicants a fair chance at having their submissions considered, so chairs should consider all abstracts received by the deadline.
  • NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions: please consider all abstracts received. 
  • No more than two people from the same institution are permitted on any given panel. 
  • Consider accepting 4 papers for panels so a withdrawal does not threaten the viability of your session (2-paper panels are not allowed). 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing your finalized sessions! 

Modern Language Studies: New issue in the mail--and a new podcast online!
10/31/19

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Northeast Modern Language Association members can enjoy their new issue of Modern Language Studies, arriving in the mail. This latest issue features "$peculating $ubject$," as Regina Martin at Denison University examines finance capitalism in the context of literary analysis. Even the cover ties into this topic: the cover is the exact Pantone color used in United States currency!

 

MLS is also proud to announce a new online feature, The Sidebar: The MLS Fiction and Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a conversation with host Patrick Thomas Henry and an author published in the pages of MLS, along with a reading of that author’s work. Episode 1 features B.K. Fisher, whose work appeared in Issue 46.2.

 

For more information about Modern Language Studies, please visit their web site at https://modernlanguagestudies.org

Opportunities for the CAITY Caucus
10/31/19

Posted August 22, 2017

 

CAITY Caucus members will have received an email about opportunities available to contingent and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions. Please read this email to learn more about the CAITY Essay Award and the September 30, 2017, deadline to submit abstracts to the many sessions at NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh!

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
10/31/19

Posted August 14, 2017

 

Dear NeMLA Members:

 

Since Friday, the Executive Board of NeMLA has watched in sheer horror as ghastly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have unfolded. White supremacists, who stand for racism, anti-Semitism, and violent intimidation of immigrants, ethnic minorities and so many other human beings, cannot be tolerated. Their loathsome rhetoric and vile activities are anathema to the mission and values of NeMLA. As an academic organization, NeMLA champions the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages. This championing requires open dialogue, freedom of expression, and also a freedom of inquiry and collaborative exchange that uncompromisingly supports all its members, no matter their color, religious beliefs, geographic origin, gender, sexual identity, or social class.

 

We therefore encourage you to stand with us and to remain in communication with us as our collective semesters begin. Let us not remain silent but stand in united resistance to the normalized forms of intolerance and violent bigotry that surround us.

 

Sincerely,
NeMLA Executive Board

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
10/31/19

Posted on May 23, 2017

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership, the Northeast Modern Language Association has written to the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to express our shock and deep concern about the recommended suspension of the Doctoral programs in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the proposed closing of its undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts. 

 

We encourage you to read this letter from our Executive Board and Executive Director, which urges Stony Brook University to reconsider its proposal in light of its local and global ramifications, and to engage in a dialogue with Stony Brook's faculty and students to find solutions that would enhance, rather than weaken and significantly imperil, the future, and renown of this institution.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
10/31/19

 

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

 

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
10/31/19

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

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

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

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

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

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

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

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

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People 

 

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).[1] We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

 

Send a 300-word proposal to cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

 

[1] See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

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

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award: Deadline January 15, 2018
10/31/19

Posted January 2, 2018

 

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 two NeMLA Conventions 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. Please note that the essays must be submitted in English. 

 

Please email entries to Margarita Vargas, WGSC President, at wgsnemla@gmail.com by January 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject heading. 

 

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. 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, please visit the WGS Essay Award web site.

Graduate Student Caucus Discount at Westin
10/31/19

Posted December 24, 2017

 

NeMLA Graduate Student Caucus members may book a room at The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh at a discounted rate of $99 per night.

 

The Westin is a 7 minute walk from the Omni, and shuttles will also be available for convention attendees.

 

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

Award and Professionalization Deadlines Approaching
10/31/19

Posted December 11, 2017

 

We want to remind our NeMLA members about deadlines to apply for essay awards, travel awards, fellowships, and professionalization opportunities. 

 

 

 

 

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

Vote in Board Elections!
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives

 

Open positions include: 

 

 

Candidates' bios and statements of purpose are available here.

 

We encourage all NeMLA members to vote electronically here by February 15, 2018.

Deadline to register for NeMLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted December 5, 2017

 

Here are some links with information about your favorite convention! Please remember to register. 

 

 

We Value Your Input: Which Events Do You Want Sponsored in Pittsburgh?
10/31/19

 

Posted November 21, 2017

 

NeMLA and the student representatives at the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated with local Pittsburgh businesses to offer free and discounted events during our upcoming convention! Options include museum tickets, theatrical performances, tours of archives and libraries, and trips to nearby attractions. 


Please vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FYLBTPZ by Saturday, December 9, to help select the Pittsburgh cultural events and venues you would like us to sponsor as part of your 2018 NeMLA experience! 

 

We look forward to seeing you in April! 

 

RSVP: NeMLA Meet and Greet at 2018 MLA!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

NeMLA will be in New York City for MLA, January 4 to 7, 2018! Join us!

 

MEET AND GREET: Join us for a meet-and-greet for current and prospective NeMLA members at Manhattan’s Old Castle Pub, 5 to 8 PM on Saturday, January 6. RSVP via email at support@nemla.org with your name and affiliation.

 

SESSIONS: Join us for back-to-back sessions at the MLA on Saturday, January 6.

 

Session 1: “Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum” (8:30 AM, Hilton Madison) is organized by the Regional MLAs. We will discuss practices in the development of exciting courses that draw upon teachers' interdisciplinary skills to better educate students.

 

Session 2: “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel" (10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E) will feature NeMLA Board and Staff members guiding attendees through all steps in organizing panels for language and literature conferences.

 

NeMLA TABLE: While at the convention, stop by our table near the Registration/Information Area and the Exhibit Hall. We’ll have free items as well as information to help you submit your session proposal for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC, as well as information about our upcoming April 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

If you’re attending or presenting at MLA, please email us at support@nemla.org; we’d love to share a list of MLA sessions featuring our members!

 

We’ll see you in New York City!

CAITY Caucus Travel Award application now available
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2017

 

The application form to apply for the CAITY Travel Award Stipend is now available and can be emailed to caity_travel@nemla.org. The deadline to apply for this stipend is February 1

 

This award is only open to adjunct or contingent faculty, independent scholars, or those employed by two-year institutions--and only to those who will be delivering a paper as part of a panel at the upcoming 2018 Pittsburgh convention. The CAITY Caucus limits it this way to maximize our support of CAITY constituents contributing their voices to traditional scholarship. Please make sure that you are applying for either the CAITY Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Travel Award, not both.

 

Also, please note that a group of judges will select winning abstracts based on merit. We hope that this will allow the caucus to recognize more of the great work you are doing while providing assistance proportionate to need. 

 

Submit your application today!

NeMLA Chairs: Please finalize sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted October 1, 2017

 

NeMLA chairs, please finalize your sessions in your user account by October 15.

 

You may not finalize your sessions until you complete the following:

 

  1. Please confirm your applicants will participate in your session, and will present on only one session of each type. Some applicants submit to multiples sessions, but NeMLA rules do not allow participation in more than one panel of a type. Your user account will alert you if any of your presenters have committed to another sessions; therefore, please confirm with applicants first to have their confirmation in writing.
  2. Please wait until after the October 15th session finalization deadline before notifying applicants whether you marked them as declined or under consideration. Please do so in case those applicants you accepted decide to decline to join your session, in which case you may need ones you marked as under consideration to reach the minimum number of participants. Please review the types of sessions to see the minimum number of presenters needed. 
  3. Please confirm you have reached the minimum number of presenters. Some presenters must withdraw before the convention even though they had confirmed their participation earlier. 2-paper session is prohibited, so please plan accordingly: it is strongly recommended that you include the maximum number of presenters on your session. The maximum number of presenters for each session type is listed here
  4. Please confirm your applicants' audiovisual requests, which they were to have made in their user account when submitting abstracts. Please ask applicants to click on the relevant box to make their audiovisual requests and to contact NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org with any questions. Please also be aware that attendees must bring their own laptop or other device, and the relevant VGA adapter if using a mobile device or an Apple computer. NeMLA provides VGA projectors, VGA cables, projector screens, computer speakers, and speaker cables when requested in the user account.
  5. Only after completing all previous steps may you notify applicants your decision whether you accept their abstract. You are required to contact all applicants regarding your decision whether to accept their abstract. Please do not leave any presenter in doubt about the status of their submission: email everyone.

 

If you want to accommmodate more presenters:

 

  • Please consider requesting that your panel be changed to a seminar or roundtable, each of which can include up to 10 presenters. This change will be granted upon request emailed to support@nemla.org. More information about seminar and roundtable formats is available here.
  • Please consider requesting a a second paper session, which you may request in your user account when finalizing your session. Second session requests are limited by space available. You will be notified by October 20 whether your request was approved.  

 

Please also review these guidelines:

 

  • No papers may be read in absentia. Do not include participants who cannot attend in person.
  • Please instruct your presenters to pay for registration/membership in their user account and clicking the top menu link "Registration & Membership." Presenters must pay by December for their names to be included in the convention program. Late fees are applied after the registration deadline. Registration/membership is now open in presenters' user accounts.

 

If you have additional questions, please email your session's Area Director.

Poster proposals for 2018 Pittsburgh Convention now being accepted!
10/31/19

Posted September 30, 2017

 

NeMLA recognizes the significant contribution of visual presentations to the body of academic study of literature and other linguistic constructions. Posters can relay complex information in ways that text alone cannot.

 

If you are interested in having your poster shared with NeMLA 2018 convention attendees in Pittsburgh this April, please submit your proposal online at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17183

 

A list of guidelines to help you with submitting, designing, and printing your poster is available here.

Deadline: Book Award, October 15
10/31/19

Posted September 26, 2017

 

The October 15 deadline for Book Award submissions is fast approaching! 

 

The Book Award, presented annually at the 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. 

 

Note that unrevised dissertations or manuscripts under contract with a publisher cannot be considered for this award. 

 

Please visit our web site for more requirements and information, including a list of past winners, and email your manuscript to book.award@nemla.org by October 15 to be eligible for the 2018 Book Award!

NeMLA at MLA 2018
10/31/19

Posted September 23, 2017

 

Each year, NeMLA organizes sessions, promotions, and other activities at the Modern Language Association. We are pleased to announce two sessions NeMLA and our fellow Regional MLAs have developed for the January 2018 meeting of the MLA in New York City.

 

  • "Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, Hilton Madison
  • "From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
    Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming convention in Pittsburgh and the opportunity for you to submit proposals for our 50th annual convention in Washington, DC.

 

Early registration rates to MLA end in early October. We’ll have more information to share as January approaches--and we’d love to hear from NeMLA members attending or presenting at the MLA. If you will be attending the MLA, let us know, or send us the name of your session via Twitter, Facebook, or email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in New York City!

Chairs: Review 2018 guidelines
10/31/19

Posted September 22, 2017

 

NeMLA encourages all 2018 chairs to review guidelines, which include a lot of helpful advice: 

 

  • For promoting your call for papers on list servs, CFP web sites, etc.
  • Please do not accept any abstracts before the September 30th deadline. We value giving all applicants a fair chance at having their submissions considered, so chairs should consider all abstracts received by the deadline.
  • NeMLA does not accept pre-formed sessions: please consider all abstracts received. 
  • No more than two people from the same institution are permitted on any given panel. 
  • Consider accepting 4 papers for panels so a withdrawal does not threaten the viability of your session (2-paper panels are not allowed). 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email NeMLA Staff at support@nemla.org. We look forward to seeing your finalized sessions! 

Modern Language Studies: New issue in the mail--and a new podcast online!
10/31/19

Posted September 5, 2017

 

Northeast Modern Language Association members can enjoy their new issue of Modern Language Studies, arriving in the mail. This latest issue features "$peculating $ubject$," as Regina Martin at Denison University examines finance capitalism in the context of literary analysis. Even the cover ties into this topic: the cover is the exact Pantone color used in United States currency!

 

MLS is also proud to announce a new online feature, The Sidebar: The MLS Fiction and Poetry Podcast. Each episode features a conversation with host Patrick Thomas Henry and an author published in the pages of MLS, along with a reading of that author’s work. Episode 1 features B.K. Fisher, whose work appeared in Issue 46.2.

 

For more information about Modern Language Studies, please visit their web site at https://modernlanguagestudies.org

Opportunities for the CAITY Caucus
10/31/19

Posted August 22, 2017

 

CAITY Caucus members will have received an email about opportunities available to contingent and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and faculty at two-year institutions. Please read this email to learn more about the CAITY Essay Award and the September 30, 2017, deadline to submit abstracts to the many sessions at NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh!

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
10/31/19

Posted August 14, 2017

 

Dear NeMLA Members:

 

Since Friday, the Executive Board of NeMLA has watched in sheer horror as ghastly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have unfolded. White supremacists, who stand for racism, anti-Semitism, and violent intimidation of immigrants, ethnic minorities and so many other human beings, cannot be tolerated. Their loathsome rhetoric and vile activities are anathema to the mission and values of NeMLA. As an academic organization, NeMLA champions the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages. This championing requires open dialogue, freedom of expression, and also a freedom of inquiry and collaborative exchange that uncompromisingly supports all its members, no matter their color, religious beliefs, geographic origin, gender, sexual identity, or social class.

 

We therefore encourage you to stand with us and to remain in communication with us as our collective semesters begin. Let us not remain silent but stand in united resistance to the normalized forms of intolerance and violent bigotry that surround us.

 

Sincerely,
NeMLA Executive Board

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
10/31/19

Posted on May 23, 2017

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee and membership, the Northeast Modern Language Association has written to the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to express our shock and deep concern about the recommended suspension of the Doctoral programs in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the proposed closing of its undergraduate majors in Comparative Literature, Cinema and Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts. 

 

We encourage you to read this letter from our Executive Board and Executive Director, which urges Stony Brook University to reconsider its proposal in light of its local and global ramifications, and to engage in a dialogue with Stony Brook's faculty and students to find solutions that would enhance, rather than weaken and significantly imperil, the future, and renown of this institution.

NeMLA Statement on Executive Orders on Immigration
10/31/19

 

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

 

NeMLA's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
10/31/19

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

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