The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus welcomes members interested in feminist scholarship, women’s and gender studies, and the status of women in the profession at all stages of their careers. The Caucus organizes panels, promotes publication, and fosters the establishment of networks linking senior and junior faculty including graduate students.
The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous two NeMLA conventions using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. Essays must be submitted in English. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.
If you presented at either the 2017 or 2018 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your presentation and submitting it for the annual Caucus Essay Award. If you chaired a panel, please be sure to remind your panelists to submit for this award.
Email entries to Laura Hartmann-Villalta, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at email@example.com by October 15, 2018, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.
Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards: Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet (as essays undergo a blind review). If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified. Please note that only English submissions will be considered. Decisions will be communicated to submitters in early winter 2019.
Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.
The NeMLA WGS Caucus operates an interdisciplinary mentoring program, which pairs senior faculty mentors with junior faculty and doctoral students. The application process for mentees will open in late fall and close January 15, 2019. To access the application, please click here. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a mentor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "WGS Mentorship Program."
At its annual meeting held at the NeMLA Convention hotel site, the Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus takes nominations for new officers and invites suggestions for speakers and topics for future NeMLA Conferences.
You can join the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus by indicating your interest on the registration form when you join NeMLA or renew your NeMLA membership.
Joint memberships are also available. Add $5.00 to the higher paying member’s dues.
Duties for the Secretary position
Duties for the Board Representative position
This is a three-year position. The Board rep acts as the liaison between the Caucus and the Board, and NeMLA's administrative staff when required. The Board rep works closely with the other Board members to ensure that the Caucus and the organization as a whole both contribute to and benefit from the other's strengths. As a member of the NeMLA board, the Board Representative
Duties for the Social Media Representative position
This is a yearly position, volunteered for at the spring convention business meeting. Duties are primarily overseeing the caucus Facebook page, which will include adding a few WGS Caucus announcements throughout the year and approving caucus members’ posts to the page.
University at Buffalo
Romance Languages and Literatures
Areas of Interest: 20th and 21 century Spanish-American theatre, Mexican theatre and film; Feminist Theory
Editorial assistant for DHCommons Journal
Areas of interest: 20th century American and British literature, visual studies, and gender studiesSecretary
University at Buffalo
Areas of interest: rape culture, British nationalism and theories of the nation, history of the book studies, and the Long Eighteenth Century.
University of Connecticut
English Department; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Editor, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Areas of Interest: Irish literature, South Asian English literature, and World literature; Women’s Writing; Postcolonial , Queer, and Feminist Theory
Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Representative to NeMLA
Rachel N. Spear
Francis Marion University
Areas of Interest: Therapeutics of Writing, Autobiographical Studies, Trauma Studies/Theory, Composition Studies, and Pedagogical Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Media Representative
Holly Morgan, Lecturer
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario
Department of Women’s Studies
Areas of interest: South Asian Studies, Women's Writing, Postcolonial Literature, Diaspora Studies, Fat Studies, Girl Studies, Constructions of maternity and the female body in literature
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