NeMLA Publication Opportunities

NeMLA will advertise the publication endeavors that emerge from our yearly convention. Email us your call for papers for any proposed volumes built from presentations at any session given at NeMLA. Please include the name of the originating session and the year it was held at NeMLA.

"NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Celebration Volume" (Proposals due April 30, 2019)

Call for abstract submissions!

Title: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages and People

Contemporary reality is deeply affected by the phenomenon of globalization, which is understood as the diffusion and extension of economic, social, and political operations across national boundaries, alongside the emergence of supernational bodies of governance and control. As we witness daily, globalization has internationally produced a corollary of macro and micro phenomena, from empoverished national economies to war torn countries, from a dramatic rise in political and climate refugees and forced migration to the enactment of militarized border policing operations. Internally, it has produced growing economic inequalities and, in many countries, it has contributed to the rise of far-right and populist movements driven by a violent anti-immigrant agenda. As political and economic processes become more international, we recognize the proliferation of transnational non-state actors whose jurisdiction is larger and vastly more authoritative than national sovereign rule. Transnationalism is therefore first and foremost an economic and political phenomenon that has impacted the social structure in many, and in some cases undeniably foreseeable ways. We agree with William I. Robinson, when he argues that contemporary transnational conditions have produced a systemic mutation whose nature and implications need to be examined. Thus, as “social structure is becoming transnationalized; an epistemic shift is required in concurrence with this ontological shift” (1998, 561).1 We can apply the same question Robinson asks of sociology studies to the humanities, as we believe that adopting a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary to examine and discuss both contemporary and classical ‘texts’ that address the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and class within a transnational, transcultural, and translingual framework. Thus, drawing from the theme of the 2019 NeMLA convention, "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples," our volume intends to present a transnational perspective/approach that, we hope, will contribute to a paradigmatic shift and possibly a reconceptualization of the humanities in a time when they often seem under attack, or unable to confront the complex realities we inhabit. We welcome essays that aim to challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity and that recognize the complex processes of transculturation which characterize modernity. Especially sought are submissions that approach texts from disciplines such as literature, cinema, gender and sexuality studies, media and cultural studies, eco- and environmental studies, postcolonial studies, migration and border studies, and human geography. 

Send a 300-word proposal to and by April 30th, 2019. Timeline for publication: Submission of completed individual manuscript (MLA stile) by July 31st, 2019. Revisions expected by October 31st, 2019. Expected publication, Spring 2020 with Vernon Press.

See William I. Robinson, “Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies,” Sociological Forum, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 561-594.

"Language of the Unheard": Riot on the American Cultural Stage (Abstracts due August 1)

Articles sought for this proposed edited volume of essays addressing the following questions:

How does a riot speak?  How do we articulate and explore the riot as news, art, event, and mechanism for social change?  How do riots redefine urban landscapes and the ways in which we inhabit and express them?  How and why have American literary and cultural works illuminated cities and communities rocked by injustice and riot as a mode of protest or giving voice to what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the language of the unheard.”

Papers on riot in literary and theatrical works as well as in other contemporary media and social spheres are welcome.  This volume will ideally include papers on race-based riots and revolts as well as on the literature and voices of the Stonewall Riots and the Gay Liberation Movement, the Zoot Suit Riots, the Haymarket and other labor movement riots and earlier American riots.  Papers with an emphasis on urban, cultural, and ethnic, and Queer studies approaches and cross-cultural approaches to the phenomenon of the riot are likewise welcome.  Creative pieces on riot for an artist’s “annex” to this book also invited.

Please email abstracts by August 1, articles by October 1.

Queries welcome!

Susan Gilmore, Associate Professor of English, Central Connecticut State University,

War, Espionage, and Masculinity in British Fiction (Proposals due September 22, 2019)

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on War, Espionage, and Masculinity in British Fiction.

Conflicts over control of the British Empire, two World Wars, and the Cold War meant that for most of the Twentieth Century, British men were either at war, trying to prevent war, or recovering from the aftermath of war. This book will explore how fictional characters shape and reflect perceptions of what it means to be a man who either experiences the conflict, or who has to shape a masculine identity without the experience of war or espionage while aware of the examples set by real or fictional heroes. Papers on single authors or works, multiple authors, or works and their film adaptations are welcome.

This call is to add to material from the 2019 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference panel "War, Espionage, and Masculinity in Twentieth Century British Fiction." Chapter proposals on the following authors and works have already been accepted: Erskine Childers's The Riddle of the Sands, Joseph Conrad’s, The Secret Agent, Dorothy Sayer’s Peter Wimsey novels, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Ian Fleming's “The Living Daylights”, le Carré's The Night Manager, and Ian McEwan's Saturday, The Innocent, and Sweet Tooth.

Authors should avoid major discussion of works already on this list, adding material rather than repeating it. Chapters on works from Waugh other than Brideshead, Fleming other than “The Living Daylights” and le Carré other than The Night Manager, for example, are encouraged. Any British author whose fiction reflects on how war and/or espionage might shape or reflect on perceptions of masculinity or what it means to be a man – or to fail to be one -- is appropriate subject matter for this call. Chapters on works from before or after the Twentieth Century will be considered if they fit thematically. 

Deadline for proposals: September 22, 2019

Deadline for first drafts: February 22, 2020

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals (200 words aprox.) including an annotated summary and a short biographical note.

For further questions or to submit your proposal, you can email Susan Austin (

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

Selected abstracts will be notified by mid-October 2019, and full chapters should be submitted by February 22, 2020. Complete chapter lengths should be between 6000-7000 words.

Selected papers (subject to double blind peer review) may appear in an edited volume with Vernon Press. Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles.

Page last updated on April 23rd 2019. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.