My First NeMLA

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 8:30-10 AM

Gaylord National Resort, Baltimore 4

In honor of our 50th anniversary, this roundtable will reflect upon NeMLA’s history, and explain how the convention has shaped academic careers.

Attending NeMLA, the friendliest conference in the Northeast, has become an annual tradition for a great number of scholars. Many participants give their first conference presentations at NeMLA while still in graduate school, and they have continued to attend as they advance in their academic careers. However, conference papers are not an end unto themselves, and often represent the beginning of a larger project, such as an article, a book chapter, or even a monograph.

Throughout its history, NeMLA has been committed to the professionalization of its members, and has continued to create new initiatives for early career scholars to receive mentoring and engage with colleagues. Speakers will share how the project evolved after the convention, discuss their experiences attending NeMLA, and explain how the convention helped to shape their academic careers. Ultimately, this roundtable will highlight not only the impact of conference presentations but the history of NeMLA and its participants. 


Chairs: Claire Sommers, Graduate Center, CUNY, and Maria DiFrancesco, Ithaca College

  • "NeMLA: All About Advisors, Authors, Alarm, and Anxiety," Maria DiFrancesco, Ithaca College
  • "Pregnant with Possibilities: My Experiences in NeMLA," Josephine McQuail, Tennessee Technological University
  • "Better Late than Never, Way Better," William Waddell, St. John Fisher College
  • "Remembered Muse: The Poetics of NeMLA," Lisa Perdigao, Florida Institute of Technology
  • "Linking a Conference to a Career: Feminism, Volunteerism, and the Community of NeMLA," Brandi So, SUNY Stony Brook University
  • "15 Years of NeMLAs: What Keeps Bringing Me Back," Ben Railton, Fitchburg State University
  • "2009-2019: Reflecting on 10 Years of NeMLA Participation," Carole Salmon, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • "Detecting a Future in NeMLA," Maria Plochocki, City University of New York