Account, Membership, and Registration

A user account:

  • Free to set up
  • Allows you to submit abstracts without becoming a member or registering.



  • Required to participate in our annual convention
  • Deadline: December 9, 11:59 PM Eastern. 
  • Late fees: $25 after December 9, 11:59 PM Eastern; $50 after January 5, 11:59 PM Eastern
  • Auditor registration begins in January. Please note that graduate students registered within a 25-mile radius of the convention OR non-academic guests of registered participants, not attending receptions, can audit for free.
  • The Foreign Mailing Fee of $16 is expected to be paid by those living outside the United States.
  • For info about travel awards, click here.
  • For reduced hotel rates for our members, click here.
  • For reduced rates for both flights and airport transportation, click here.
  • The Graduate Caucus hosts a “room share” board here.

Chair Guidelines

  • Which area should I choose for my session?

While we understand that multiple areas may be relevant to your session's topic, we limit chairs to only a Primary Area and a Secondary Area for practical reasons. 

We also understand that session topics may relate to multiple national and continental literatures and langauges. We recommend choosing areas such as Comparative Language and Literature and World Literatures where applicable. 

  • I received many excellent abstracts for my session. What can I do?

You can change the format to accommodate more than 4 presenters. A seminar is paper-based and allows up to 10 participants. A roundtable is not paper-based, is conversation-based between participants and the audience, and has a maximum of 8 participants.

You can request a second session by clicking on the button at the bottom of your "manage" page. These requests are not guaranteed as second sessions depend on space availability.

Abstract Submission

  • When does the call for papers begin?

As early as May here.  

  • Do I have to be a member to submit an abstract?


  • Do I have to be a member in order to propose a session?


  • May I submit an abstract for the organizers to match to an appropriate session?

No, you have to identify yourself which of the more than 400 approved sessions (including panels, seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops) to which you want to submit your abstract. You may submit several abstracts.

  • May I submit a paper in a language other than English?

Yes. Please confirm with your session chair.

  • A/V and technology

* Needs to be requested when submitting an abstract

* NeMLA provides a projector, a VGA cable, a screen, and computer speakers with audio jack cable. Please consult with your session’s chair for any technology requests, and they will contact NeMLA to follow-up.

* NeMLA does not provide any device (laptop, tablet, etc) to connect to the projector or audio jack speakers. Please bring your own VGA adapters (including Apple product adapters), slideshow advance clickers, laser pointers, or other materials.

  • I forgot my user name and password. Can you reset it?

To retrieve your username, please email support@nemla.org.

To retrieve your password, please login with your username and select the “Forgot my Password” option. If you do not receive your email shortly, please check your junk mail folder.

  • How do I update information in my profile?

Please email support@nemla.org.