News and Announcements

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
3/5/19

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
3/4/19

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
2/25/19

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
2/21/19

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.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
2/11/19

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. 

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
11/27/18

 

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).

Promote Your Book!
11/21/18

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.

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
11/20/18

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

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

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
8/14/17

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
7/11/17

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's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
4/10/17

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

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

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
3/5/19

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
3/4/19

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
2/25/19

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
2/21/19

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.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
2/11/19

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. 

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
11/27/18

 

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).

Promote Your Book!
11/21/18

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.

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
11/20/18

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

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

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
8/14/17

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
7/11/17

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's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
4/10/17

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

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

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
3/5/19

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
3/4/19

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
2/25/19

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
2/21/19

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.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
2/11/19

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. 

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
11/27/18

 

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).

Promote Your Book!
11/21/18

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.

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
11/20/18

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

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

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
8/14/17

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
7/11/17

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's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
4/10/17

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

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

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
3/5/19

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
3/4/19

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
2/25/19

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
2/21/19

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.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
2/11/19

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. 

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
11/27/18

 

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).

Promote Your Book!
11/21/18

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.

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
11/20/18

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

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

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
8/14/17

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
7/11/17

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's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
4/10/17

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

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

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
3/5/19

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
3/4/19

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
2/25/19

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
2/21/19

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.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
2/11/19

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. 

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
11/27/18

 

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).

Promote Your Book!
11/21/18

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.

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
11/20/18

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

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

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Executive Board's Response to Charlottesville
8/14/17

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
7/11/17

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's Position Statement on Supporting Diversity
4/10/17

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In solidarity and peace,

Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President

María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President

Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President

Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President

Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director

Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director

 

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