What do I need to do to chair a session at NeMLA?
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 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 languages. We recommend choosing areas such as Comparative Literature and World Literatures where applicable.
I received many excellent abstracts for my session. What can I do?
To accommodate more than 4 presenters, either:
What can I do with a NeMLA membership?
The membership lasts 1 year, from December 1 to November 30. It is not transferable to other members, to MLA or other regional associations.
What do I need to submit an abstract?
When does the call for papers begin?
As early as May 15, after the Call for Session proposals has been closed. You can submit abstracts here.
Do I have to be a member to submit an abstract?
No, only to chair an accepted session.
May I submit an abstract for the organizers to match to an appropriate session?
Members are expected to identify the session(s) to which they wish to submit their abstract(s), although we are always happy to assist should you have any issues locating an appropriate session.
How many abstracts can I submit? How many times can I present?
You may submit up to 4 abstracts, but you may only present on two sessions, and they cannot be of the same type. For example: a panel and a seminar are of the same type (paper-based).
May I submit a paper in a language other than English?
Yes. Please confirm this with your session chair.
Do I need to bring my laptop or other tech equipment, or will it be provided?
NeMLA does not provide any device (laptop, tablet, media player, etc.) to connect to the projector/speakers. Please bring your own VGA adapters (including Apple product adapters), slideshow advance clickers, laser pointers, or other materials.
Please request A/V as you submit your abstract. If requested, NeMLA can provide a projector, a VGA cable, a screen, and computer speakers with audio jack cable.
I forgot my username and password. Can you reset it?
To reset your password, please go to the login page, enter your username and select the “Forgot my Password” option. If you do not receive your email shortly, please check your junk mail folder.
To retrieve your username, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I update information in my profile?
Go to the login page.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Do I need to register?
NeMLA is committed to making arrangements that allow all members of the association to participate in the convention. We therefore ask that all session chairs and presenters take the necessary steps and precautions to make their sessions accessible to attendees with permanent or temporary disabilities, including by
American Sign Language Interpretation
Sign language interpretation and live transcripts at the convention are scheduled based on requests received at least eight weeks before the convention. We will make every effort to accommodate late requests if resources are available.