News and Announcements

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
5/13/19

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.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
4/17/19

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
4/11/19

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! 

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.

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

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
5/13/19

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.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
4/17/19

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
4/11/19

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! 

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.

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

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
5/13/19

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.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
4/17/19

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
4/11/19

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! 

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.

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

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
5/13/19

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.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
4/17/19

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
4/11/19

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! 

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.

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

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
5/13/19

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.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
4/17/19

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
4/11/19

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! 

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.

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