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Nominations for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Board Representative extended to June 22
6/20/17

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus has extended its call for nominations for the position of Board Representative. Please email nominations by Thursday, June 22, 2017, to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Self-nominations are encouraged. If nominating someone else, please notify that person to ask that they self-nominate. All self-nominations must include a 350-word statement. 

 

Shortly after the June 22 deadline, the WGSC will hold an election for Board Representative via an online survey. Election ballots will include nominated candidates' statements. The Board Representative will assume duties immediately following the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh

 

Please visit the WGSC web site for more information about the duties of the Board Representative. Thank you to all WGSC members for their involvement in the perpetuation of this thriving caucus!

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
5/23/17

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.

Post-Baltimore convention surveys
4/10/17

Posted April 10, 2017

 

Thank you for participating in this year’s NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Although NeMLA 2017 is over, we are already preparing for next year’s convention in Pittsburgh!

 

Our organization at large and the Graduate Student Caucus are determining next year’s convention sessions, professionalization services, recreational activities, and social events, and we need your input! These decisions need to be made soon, so we are sending you a survey to learn what you would like to see at next year’s convention. 

 

We ask the following the complete these surveys.

 

 

We look forward to your responses! (And don't forget to submit your session proposal for our convention in Pittsburgh before the April 29, 2017, deadline!)

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

Nominations for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Board Representative extended to June 22
6/20/17

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus has extended its call for nominations for the position of Board Representative. Please email nominations by Thursday, June 22, 2017, to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Self-nominations are encouraged. If nominating someone else, please notify that person to ask that they self-nominate. All self-nominations must include a 350-word statement. 

 

Shortly after the June 22 deadline, the WGSC will hold an election for Board Representative via an online survey. Election ballots will include nominated candidates' statements. The Board Representative will assume duties immediately following the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh

 

Please visit the WGSC web site for more information about the duties of the Board Representative. Thank you to all WGSC members for their involvement in the perpetuation of this thriving caucus!

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
5/23/17

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.

Post-Baltimore convention surveys
4/10/17

Posted April 10, 2017

 

Thank you for participating in this year’s NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Although NeMLA 2017 is over, we are already preparing for next year’s convention in Pittsburgh!

 

Our organization at large and the Graduate Student Caucus are determining next year’s convention sessions, professionalization services, recreational activities, and social events, and we need your input! These decisions need to be made soon, so we are sending you a survey to learn what you would like to see at next year’s convention. 

 

We ask the following the complete these surveys.

 

 

We look forward to your responses! (And don't forget to submit your session proposal for our convention in Pittsburgh before the April 29, 2017, deadline!)

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

Nominations for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Board Representative extended to June 22
6/20/17

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus has extended its call for nominations for the position of Board Representative. Please email nominations by Thursday, June 22, 2017, to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Self-nominations are encouraged. If nominating someone else, please notify that person to ask that they self-nominate. All self-nominations must include a 350-word statement. 

 

Shortly after the June 22 deadline, the WGSC will hold an election for Board Representative via an online survey. Election ballots will include nominated candidates' statements. The Board Representative will assume duties immediately following the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh

 

Please visit the WGSC web site for more information about the duties of the Board Representative. Thank you to all WGSC members for their involvement in the perpetuation of this thriving caucus!

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
5/23/17

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.

Post-Baltimore convention surveys
4/10/17

Posted April 10, 2017

 

Thank you for participating in this year’s NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Although NeMLA 2017 is over, we are already preparing for next year’s convention in Pittsburgh!

 

Our organization at large and the Graduate Student Caucus are determining next year’s convention sessions, professionalization services, recreational activities, and social events, and we need your input! These decisions need to be made soon, so we are sending you a survey to learn what you would like to see at next year’s convention. 

 

We ask the following the complete these surveys.

 

 

We look forward to your responses! (And don't forget to submit your session proposal for our convention in Pittsburgh before the April 29, 2017, deadline!)

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

Nominations for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Board Representative extended to June 22
6/20/17

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus has extended its call for nominations for the position of Board Representative. Please email nominations by Thursday, June 22, 2017, to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Self-nominations are encouraged. If nominating someone else, please notify that person to ask that they self-nominate. All self-nominations must include a 350-word statement. 

 

Shortly after the June 22 deadline, the WGSC will hold an election for Board Representative via an online survey. Election ballots will include nominated candidates' statements. The Board Representative will assume duties immediately following the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh

 

Please visit the WGSC web site for more information about the duties of the Board Representative. Thank you to all WGSC members for their involvement in the perpetuation of this thriving caucus!

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
5/23/17

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.

Post-Baltimore convention surveys
4/10/17

Posted April 10, 2017

 

Thank you for participating in this year’s NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Although NeMLA 2017 is over, we are already preparing for next year’s convention in Pittsburgh!

 

Our organization at large and the Graduate Student Caucus are determining next year’s convention sessions, professionalization services, recreational activities, and social events, and we need your input! These decisions need to be made soon, so we are sending you a survey to learn what you would like to see at next year’s convention. 

 

We ask the following the complete these surveys.

 

 

We look forward to your responses! (And don't forget to submit your session proposal for our convention in Pittsburgh before the April 29, 2017, deadline!)

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

Nominations for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Board Representative extended to June 22
6/20/17

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus has extended its call for nominations for the position of Board Representative. Please email nominations by Thursday, June 22, 2017, to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Self-nominations are encouraged. If nominating someone else, please notify that person to ask that they self-nominate. All self-nominations must include a 350-word statement. 

 

Shortly after the June 22 deadline, the WGSC will hold an election for Board Representative via an online survey. Election ballots will include nominated candidates' statements. The Board Representative will assume duties immediately following the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh

 

Please visit the WGSC web site for more information about the duties of the Board Representative. Thank you to all WGSC members for their involvement in the perpetuation of this thriving caucus!

NeMLA's position statement on the proposed closing of Stony Brook University programs
5/23/17

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.

Post-Baltimore convention surveys
4/10/17

Posted April 10, 2017

 

Thank you for participating in this year’s NeMLA convention in Baltimore. Although NeMLA 2017 is over, we are already preparing for next year’s convention in Pittsburgh!

 

Our organization at large and the Graduate Student Caucus are determining next year’s convention sessions, professionalization services, recreational activities, and social events, and we need your input! These decisions need to be made soon, so we are sending you a survey to learn what you would like to see at next year’s convention. 

 

We ask the following the complete these surveys.

 

 

We look forward to your responses! (And don't forget to submit your session proposal for our convention in Pittsburgh before the April 29, 2017, deadline!)

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