News and Announcements

Board Nominations due August 15
6/30/20

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 

 

Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1
6/23/20

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention
6/17/20

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:

 

 

And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at samadrita.kuiti@uconn.edu. A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)
6/16/20

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)
6/16/20

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 


The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.



It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 



More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

Statement of Support
6/5/20

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

 

The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:

 

Brandi So, President
Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
Carole Salmon, Past President
Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director

 

To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more: www.ally.wiki.

Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs
5/28/20

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

 

Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!

 

  • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
  • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
  • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
  • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
  • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
  • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
  • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
  • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.

 

If you have questions, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)
5/15/20

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020

 

NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!

 

"Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

 

"Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)

 

Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)

 

What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Please email submissions and questions to specialissue@mast-nemla.org.

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8
4/30/20

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention

 

Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.

 

Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter
4/28/20

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:

 

  • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
  • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to forj15@yorku.ca: Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
  • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at wgsnemla@gmail.com. For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
  • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!

Stay Connected With Colleagues: Submit a 2020 Philadelphia Session Proposal by April 29
4/27/20

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

We look forward to gathering for our 52nd Annual Convention to embrace what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and urgency of sincere, meaningful exchange. Our convention's theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," considers how the humanities deal with our changing world and how we can change the world. We invite you to submit a session proposal to spark a conversation with colleagues across the globe. Whether in person or virtually, important work awaits us in re-directing the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. Please submit a session proposal by April 29. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

 

All of us on the NeMLA Board and staff send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new and necessary contexts of your work.

Our Philadelphia Keynote Address: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
4/14/20

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan.



Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is President of PEN America.



NeMLA members are encouraged to read Manhattan Beach in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Jennifer Egan, please email them, bring them to ask her yourself at the convention, or submit them with our mobile app!



Session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are due here by April 29, 2020. Click here for more information.

NeMLA 2021: Call for Proposals in French and Francophone (Deadline April 29, 2020)
4/10/20

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020

 

The French and Francophone Studies Area of NeMLA seeks session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention, March 11 to 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. We are looking for every topic in French and Francophone, with particular attention to increase the presence of the following areas: Quebec, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Caribbean and the Maghreb.

 

Please submit session proposals here by April 29, 2020. For more information about session proposals, please read here.

Session Proposals Due April 29: NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention is slated to take place March 11 to 14, 2021, and we hope that by then we will all be able to participate in our friendly convention in beautiful Philadelphia, the "Birthplace of America," steps from Independence Hall. Circumstances permitting, important work awaits us in re-shaping the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. We hope that you will consider joining us in person, or, if need be, virtually, by submitting a session proposal to our 52nd convention before April 29 here

 

We look forward to gathering for a convention that embraces what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and gratitude of sincere, meaningful exchange. 

 

We hope that you will use our 52nd Annual Convention theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," as an opportunity to deepen your critical reflection in your field. Our 2021 theme ponders not only how the humanities deal with a changing world, but how we, as humanists, can change the world. We welcome session proposals that highlight your passions, curiosities, pet projects, as well as your scholarly, social, and political commitments. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home. 

 

We send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new contexts of your work.

Call for Session Proposals: German, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

Please submit session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention April 29, 2020 here. Read instructions for submitting here

 

German Studies

 

In recent years, NeMLA's German Studies Area has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. This area promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture, with a variety of suggested areas and topics for panel proposals here. We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including: 

 

  • Medieval and early modern literature and culture 
  • Afro-German literature and culture 
  • Disability 
  • Pedagogy, especially the teaching of literature and curricular development 

 

We also welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

 

Russian/Eastern European Studies 

 

NeMLA is also very interested and actively strengthening the Russian and Eastern European Studies Area. Please do not hesitate to email director Charles Vannette with ideas for sessions and, in particular, ideas on how to increase the number of sessions and presenters for this area. 

Sign Up for Free Online Teaching Seminars!
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

With universities and colleges moving to distance learning, we at NeMLA will be hosting free online seminars to help you with this transition. These seminars will be hosted via Zoom; registrants will receive via email links to the Zoom seminar the morning of the seminar.

 

Login and sign up under "Registration & Membership" for one or more of the following:

 

  • Zoom Settings and Engagement Tools, Friday, April 3, 3 PM: Learn which settings to enable to improve your teaching experience, how to generate breakout rooms, and how to launch polls.
  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices and Q&A, Saturday, April 4, 11 AM: How can you customize your menu and upload files into different content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you interact with the gradebook? This seminar will also include a basic introduction to the settings and capabilities of the "Quizzes" exam tool.
  • Blackboard LMS Best Practices and Q&A, Sunday, April 5, 11 AM: How can you add content to Blackboard shells, and create and label new content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you copy individual modules or content from one course to another? How can you interact with the gradebook? 

 

As we at NeMLA continue this journey together in distance learning, we will strive to offer more specialized virtual workshops for our members. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Call for Session Proposals due April 29, 2020 (Philadelphia 2021 Convention)
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 


We at NeMLA are hoping for your safety and good health in these difficult times. We realize that our call for session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia comes at a time of extraordinary uncertainty and fear. Although campuses have moved to distance learning, we are still working hard on the 52nd Annual Convention, and we hope it will bring us all back together in good health and with a renewed commitment to doing inspired and inspiring work. Rest assured, however, that should circumstances intervene, we will explore all responsible alternatives, with the health of the organization and its membership in mind.

 

We are accepting session proposals up to April 29, and we encourage you to submit those topics that are most meaningful to you.

 

Please share our poster with your colleagues, and if you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Draws: Children's Art Contest
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

For our 51st Annual Convention, we encouraged children under the age of 12 to submit their drawings of the convention to depict participants, keynote events, networking events, the Marriott Copley Place, and sites around Boston.

 

We will share more photos on our web site and in our newsletter. Thank you all for your submissions!

Due April 1: Photo Contest Entries
3/18/20

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

NeMLA has two photo contests with entries due April 1.



#NeMLASouvenir

 

Share your selfie with you holding the books you purchased from our Exhibit Hall at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston on social media with the hashtag #NeMLASouvenir by April 1! Our favorite photos will be published in our newsletter and on our web site, and we will award winning photos with a prize!



Get-Togethers: Prize, free NeMLA convention registration!

 

Attention session chairs! We encourage you to organize get-togethers with your presenters. Whether you share a meal or a drink, visiting with your presenters outside of the conference room setting allows you to talk more about your research, explore the topic of your session in greater detail, and get to know your fellow convention participants. Submit a photo of your get-together at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston and email it to photos@nemla.org by April 1, 2020, with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2021 meeting in Philadelphia. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia by April 29!)

CAITY Business Meeting Minutes for March 2020
3/17/20

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Here are minutes from the CAITY Business Meeting, which occurred on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to Katelynn DeLuca for preparing them, and thanks to all of you who attended for their energy and participation.

CFP, MLA Session: "STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities" (deadline March 20)
3/13/20

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

MLA Session: STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities
Toronto, ON, Canada, January 7-10, 2021 
300-word abstracts and 100-word bios due March 20 to Dr. Claire Sommers (claire.sommers@wustl.edu




In today’s academic landscape, there exists a schism between STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and the Humanities. Not only are they often perceived as opposing disciplines, with the Humanities frequently competing with STEMM fields for funding and enrollment, but there exists little formal, institutional intersection between the two areas. 



Yet historically, what we now refer to as the STEMM and Humanities disciplines were more closely linked. The Latin word "Scientia" was much more broadly construed and simply meant “knowledge.” Since antiquity, there have been countless examples of individuals who have contributed equally to the STEMM and Humanities fields. Such a scholar is often referred to as a Renaissance man, as though such interdisciplinary mastery is relegated to the past. Yet, STEMM fields have recently acknowledged the importance of incorporating the Humanities into their research, with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report “Branches of the Same Tree” recommending “novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines.” The title of this report is taken from Albert Einstein’s assertion that “all religions, arts, and sciences are branches from the same tree.” 

 

While STEMM has recognized the importance of incorporating the Humanities into its curriculum, it is just as vital that for the Humanities to utilize STEMM approaches, as interdisciplinary research is a vital means for generating new knowledge. This session seeks research projects with new approaches to STEM and the Humanities.



Possible approaches include but are not limited to:


  • The use of scientific methodology to study literature and language
  • The incorporation of math, science, and medicine into literary works
  • The use of literary and critical theory to analyze scientific and mathematical texts 
  • Authors and works that belong to both the STEMM and Humanities canons
  • Vocabulary that is common to both STEMM and the Humanities
  • The commonalities between scientific methodology and literary/critical theory
  • Literary interpretations of scientific phenomena
  • The impact of technology on literature and language
  • The rhetorical aspects of scientific inquiry
  • The didactic possibilities of using literature to portray science
  • Art and creativity in the sciences

 

Please email a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to Claire Sommers by March 20.

Thank You
3/9/20

Posted Monday, March 9, 2020

 

We were so happy to welcome our convention attendees for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out our post-convention survey.

 

And please consider submitting a session proposal for our 52nd Annual Convention by April 29. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at NeMLA 2020 Boston
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The 51st Annual Convention of NeMLA will feature numerous sessions in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing: please review our online schedule for more information. 

 

New this year: NeMLA will feature a new book-sales table for small-press books and journals. 

 

We also hope you will attend the Annual Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing Special Event, supported by NeMLA's peer-review journal Modern Language Studies. Christina Milletti will read from her award-winning book, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in Regis. And be sure to see Christina Milletti's interview with Andre Dubus III at our Keynote Event on Friday, March 6, at 7 PM in Salon F!

American Studies at NeMLA 2020
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The American Area of NeMLA features 67 panels, roundtables, and seminars at the upcoming 51st Annual Convention in Boston. Review our schedule for more information.

 

This year's convention will also feature a special event, co-sponsored with the Areas of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 PM, in Arlington. Professor Emilio Sauri of the University of Massachusetts Boston will present his talk, “Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present.” We hope to see you there! 

 

Boston also has wonderful opportunities within walking distance of our convention site, the Marriott Copley Place. The Massachusetts Historical Society is free and open to all visitors and will be featuring an exhibition for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest public libraries in the nation and is offering us a special group tour on the afternoon of Friday, March 6, at 2 PM. And if you’re local or in town early, please join the Scholars Strategy Network’s Boston Chapter at Suffolk University on the afternoon of March 3 to meet with MA lawmakers and activists to chat about three current pieces of proposed legislation addressing crucial issues. 

 

And don't forget to submit session proposals for our 2021 convention in Philadelphia by April 29.

Our New Mobile App Is Now Available!
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature a new mobile app, hosted by EventMobi. Be sure to bookmark eventmobi.com/app/nemla20, or click the link to download the app to your device and enjoy all of its features:

 

  • Upload your profile pic and bio
  • Share your social media links to extend your personal brand
  • Set up your personalized conference schedule
  • Message other convention attendees
  • Map your way around Boston and the Marriott Copley Place
  • Search by keyword for sessions, workshops, and more!

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Spanish & Portuguese Studies at NeMLA 2020
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

We hope you will enjoy the variety of sessions that our 51st Annual Convention will offer in studies of Spanish and Portuguese! As you can see in the conference schedule, there are many outstanding panels, seminars, and workshops in Spanish and Portuguese studies, including special events featuring Emilio Sauri and João Cezar de Castro Rocha.

 

Be sure to check out our new mobile app, which lets you search for and schedule the panels you wish to attend or to arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues.

 

And please take advantage of our convention's wonderful array of special eventsworkshops, and professionalization opportunities, including free professional headshots, the Job Clinic and Publishing Mentoring Program, and exhibitor workshops. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Ketz, NeMLA Area Director for Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

CAITY Caucus News: Survey, Election, and the 2020 Boston Convention
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

  • The CAITY Caucus will host its Business Meeting Thursday, March 5, 6 to 7 PM, in the Falmouth room at the Marriott Copley Place.
  • An election for CAITY President and Board Representative will take place at this Business Meeting. Candidates' bios and statements are hereYou must be present at the Business Meeting to vote.
  • CAITY constituents are encouraged to complete this short survey regarding where they want to see the Caucus go.
  • Congratulations to Aoise Stratford for winning the CAITY Best Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays"!
  • Congratulations as well to recipients of the 2020 CAITY Travel Award: Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber. 
  • CAITY has co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus and the Pedagogy and Professionalism Area a publishing workshop at the 2020 Boston convention, with Dr. Melanie Holm on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. 
  • Enjoy travel discounts. Delta Air Lines offers a discount for NeMLA convention attendees with the code NY2VJ. We are also co-sponsoring the Room & Ride Share Forum with the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

For more information, please email caity@nemla.org

CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" ("MAST," deadline June 30)
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Announcing the CFP for the second issue of MAST: NeMLA’s Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory: "Media, Materiality and Emergency," with guest editor ​Dr. Timothy Barker, University of Glasgow

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Topics may include: 

 

  • materiality and ecological crisis 
  • materiality and media art responses to the climate emergency 
  • materiality and miscommunications 
  • materiality and waste, pollution and noise 
  • the disappearance/extinction of material things 
  • media and materiality in times of conflict 
  • materiality and displacement 
  • the concept of emergency/emergence 
  • media archaeology of/in times of crisis 

 

More information on submitting is here. Submissions are due June 30, 2020. For more information, please email editors@mast-nemla.org.

Extended Deadline Is Today: Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award (due Feb 10, 2020)
2/10/20

Posted Monday, February 10, 2020

 

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 the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention 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.

Send entries to the President of the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at wgsnemla@gmail.com by today, February 10, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.

Italian Area Sessions at NeMLA 2020 Boston
2/5/20

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 

Thanks to all for proposing sessions and abstracts and for participating at this year's NeMLA convention! This year's convention offers numerous sessions in Italian studies: you can review all under "Subject" in our online schedule.

 

In particular, we hope to see you at this year's Italian special event on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Professor Millicent Marcus will present on "From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films." 



For more information about Italian studies at the convention, please email Emanuela Pecchioli.

Attention Senior Faculty: Volunteer for Our Publishing Mentorship Program! Deadline Feb 20
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

NeMLA is excited to organize once again the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, pairing senior faculty with emerging scholars to offer guidance throughout the year on publishing an article.

 

We have received numerous excellent mentee applications, and we seek faculty volunteer mentors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 20 with your your institution, department, job title, and areas of specialty.

 

Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during our 2021 Philadelphia Annual Convention

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers.

CFP: "Transformation," an Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University in St Louis, abstracts due Feb 25
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

Please share the complete CFP with your colleagues.

 

Washington University in St. Louis's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference on April 4, 2020. This conference will explore the various conceptions and uses of transformation throughout literature across time and place. 

 

Please email applications by February 25 to transformationconference2020@gmail.com with the following: (1) a 250-word abstract for a 10-minute presentation, (2) the paper's title, (3) your name, (4) your 75-word bio with your year (e.g. sophomore) and institutional and departmental affiliations, and (5) any audiovisual and technology requests.

Upcoming Workshop: "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

For the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, NeMLA is proud to host João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, whose book Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America and the Challenges of Mimesis in Non-Hegemonic Circumstances is the basis for a special NeMLA workshop organized by Michigan State University Press.

 

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha 

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center 

 

In Shakespearean CulturesRené Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William ShakespeareGustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work. 

 

We hope you'll join us for this interactive workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha!

Vote for Board Members by Feb 1!
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

  • Please vote in the current Board election by February 1! 
  • Consider running for future open positions on the Board of Directors!
  • Contact the Board of Directors with your suggestions and feedback!
"MAST: Journal of Media Art, Study, and Theory" CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (due June 30)
1/21/20

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2020 (for publication November 2020)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA is proud to offer professionalization opportunities to its members. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee for the following programs: 

 

JOB CLINIC 

 

30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

 

Faculty, please sign up as mentors to meet emerging scholars one-on-one and advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

 

Please pre-register by January 10 as either mentor or mentee under "Registration and Membership" in your account

 

PUBLISHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

 

The Publishing Mentorship Program will pair senior faculty with an emerging scholar in a similar research area. You will both meet at the 2020 Convention in Boston, and the senior scholar will offer guidance throughout the year on an article the emerging scholar would like to publish. The specific arrangement will be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors only.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty. 

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please download and complete the application and attach it to an email with your CV to jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15

 

Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2020 convention.

 

Please feel free to email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator, with any questions or for any additional information about these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Purchase tickets to live performances in Boston at the NeMLA rate by January 20!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA has secured a special rate for tickets at two live performances in Boston during our 51st Annual Convention. Purchase tickets by January 20 or before they run out! 

 

The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 4 PM: Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. In the wake of a devastating nuclear accident, three friends must come to terms with their shared culpability in this searing drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate ($50 for adults, $25 for students--a discount of more than 30 percent) and a post-show talk with the director for our 51st Annual Convention attendees. 

 

rEVOLUTION by the Boston Ballet at Citizens Bank Opera House, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM: rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of three pioneering choreographers--George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe--who pushed classical dance form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet. Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England, started by Massachusetts native E. Virginia Williams in 1963, as well as the first American dance company to tour China. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate of $55 (more than 30 percent off) and a post-show talk with the performers for our 51st Annual Convention attendees.

 

Purchase your tickets today!

Reserve your stay at the Marriott Copley Place by February 1!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention will take place at the Marriott Copley Place, in the heart of downtown Boston.

 

Take advantage of our NeMLA Marriott hotel rate of $179 before February 1! Reserve online today!

Chairs: Make sure your participants are registered before Jan 5
1/3/20

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

 

We encourage chairs for all sessions at our upcoming 51st Annual Convention to log into their user accounts and review their sessions in case any session participants are not yet registered (their names will appear in red). 

 

We will be removing unregistered presenters from the program shortly after January 5, at which point sessions without the minimum number of three panelists will be in danger of folding.

 

If you have not already done so, please contact your participants to remind them to register, then email us to let us know where things stand. If a participant has let you know they are withdrawing, please let us know as well so we can mark them as declined.

 

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

We here at NeMLA want to wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you for becoming a member of our organization. You may now enjoy access to:

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

 

Tickets Available for Boston Live Performances: "The Children" and "rEVOLUTION"
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

There are still a few tickets left for our sponsored Boston events during our 51st Annual Convention: 

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.
    Saturday, March 7, 4 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $50 for adults, $25 for students (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a post-show talk with the director


  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: The Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England. rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, pushing the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet.
    Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $55 (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a backstage tour after the show! For details about the tour, please email support@nemla.org.

 

Login to your user account and click "Registration & Membership" to purchase tickets before they run out!

Register by Jan 5 to Avoid Additional Late Fees
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

Register for our 51st Annual Convention by the January 5, 2020, deadline before late fees increase to $50. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement. 

 

Not sure whether you’re registered? Log into your NeMLA account, click "User," then "My Order History" to check. 

NeMLA 2020: Register by Dec 9!
12/3/19

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 

Did you know your membership and registration to NeMLA sponsors the following? 

 

 

Remember to register by December 9 for our 51st Annual Convention if you have not already done so. Register today to avoid the late fee of $25. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program in early January; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement.

Survey on Cultural Events in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019

 

Please vote to tell us which local cultural events and activities in our convention's host city you are most interested in. NeMLA has secured discounted admission for these events and needs a sense of the number of members interested. Vote here by December 9

 

Events include:

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. Saturday, March 7, 4 PM, with post-show talk.
  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: A mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of the pioneering choreographers, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, rEVOLUTION pushes the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet. Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM, with post-show talk.
  • New England Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

 

Purchase tickets for The Children and rEVOLUTION.

Pre-register for Our Interactive Workshops in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston offers interactive workshops by our members and exhibitors on pedagogy, professionalization, digital humanities, and publishing. Workshops fill up fast, but you can email to be added to our waiting list. 

 

Pre-register for one or more of the following:

 

  • "Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom," Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • "Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti," Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM
  • "Essential Elements of Online Teaching," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM 
  • "How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities," Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM
  • "Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills," Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM
  • "Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)," Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM
  • "Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances," Saturday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM
  • "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM
  • "Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies," Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM
  • "Supporting Your Class and You: Making Materials Compatible and Marketable with OER," Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 
  • "Pitch to Publication," Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Graduate Student Caucus Nominations Due Nov 28
11/18/19

Posted Monday, November 18, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus seeks nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for two open positions: President (three-year position) and Communications Director (two-year position).

 

Nominations are due via email by November 28, 2019, to Christian Ylagan, at cylagan2@uwo.ca. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, as well as a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee. Nominees must be current graduate students.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the nomination deadline. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote.

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org.

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due June 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

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 cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu 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.

 

[1] 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.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Board Nominations due August 15
6/30/20

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 

 

Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1
6/23/20

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention
6/17/20

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:

 

 

And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at samadrita.kuiti@uconn.edu. A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)
6/16/20

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)
6/16/20

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 


The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.



It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 



More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

Statement of Support
6/5/20

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

 

The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:

 

Brandi So, President
Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
Carole Salmon, Past President
Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director

 

To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more: www.ally.wiki.

Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs
5/28/20

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

 

Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!

 

  • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
  • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
  • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
  • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
  • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
  • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
  • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
  • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.

 

If you have questions, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)
5/15/20

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020

 

NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!

 

"Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

 

"Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)

 

Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)

 

What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Please email submissions and questions to specialissue@mast-nemla.org.

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8
4/30/20

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention

 

Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.

 

Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter
4/28/20

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:

 

  • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
  • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to forj15@yorku.ca: Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
  • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at wgsnemla@gmail.com. For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
  • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!

Stay Connected With Colleagues: Submit a 2020 Philadelphia Session Proposal by April 29
4/27/20

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

We look forward to gathering for our 52nd Annual Convention to embrace what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and urgency of sincere, meaningful exchange. Our convention's theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," considers how the humanities deal with our changing world and how we can change the world. We invite you to submit a session proposal to spark a conversation with colleagues across the globe. Whether in person or virtually, important work awaits us in re-directing the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. Please submit a session proposal by April 29. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

 

All of us on the NeMLA Board and staff send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new and necessary contexts of your work.

Our Philadelphia Keynote Address: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
4/14/20

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan.



Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is President of PEN America.



NeMLA members are encouraged to read Manhattan Beach in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Jennifer Egan, please email them, bring them to ask her yourself at the convention, or submit them with our mobile app!



Session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are due here by April 29, 2020. Click here for more information.

NeMLA 2021: Call for Proposals in French and Francophone (Deadline April 29, 2020)
4/10/20

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020

 

The French and Francophone Studies Area of NeMLA seeks session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention, March 11 to 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. We are looking for every topic in French and Francophone, with particular attention to increase the presence of the following areas: Quebec, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Caribbean and the Maghreb.

 

Please submit session proposals here by April 29, 2020. For more information about session proposals, please read here.

Session Proposals Due April 29: NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention is slated to take place March 11 to 14, 2021, and we hope that by then we will all be able to participate in our friendly convention in beautiful Philadelphia, the "Birthplace of America," steps from Independence Hall. Circumstances permitting, important work awaits us in re-shaping the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. We hope that you will consider joining us in person, or, if need be, virtually, by submitting a session proposal to our 52nd convention before April 29 here

 

We look forward to gathering for a convention that embraces what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and gratitude of sincere, meaningful exchange. 

 

We hope that you will use our 52nd Annual Convention theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," as an opportunity to deepen your critical reflection in your field. Our 2021 theme ponders not only how the humanities deal with a changing world, but how we, as humanists, can change the world. We welcome session proposals that highlight your passions, curiosities, pet projects, as well as your scholarly, social, and political commitments. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home. 

 

We send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new contexts of your work.

Call for Session Proposals: German, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

Please submit session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention April 29, 2020 here. Read instructions for submitting here

 

German Studies

 

In recent years, NeMLA's German Studies Area has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. This area promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture, with a variety of suggested areas and topics for panel proposals here. We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including: 

 

  • Medieval and early modern literature and culture 
  • Afro-German literature and culture 
  • Disability 
  • Pedagogy, especially the teaching of literature and curricular development 

 

We also welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

 

Russian/Eastern European Studies 

 

NeMLA is also very interested and actively strengthening the Russian and Eastern European Studies Area. Please do not hesitate to email director Charles Vannette with ideas for sessions and, in particular, ideas on how to increase the number of sessions and presenters for this area. 

Sign Up for Free Online Teaching Seminars!
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

With universities and colleges moving to distance learning, we at NeMLA will be hosting free online seminars to help you with this transition. These seminars will be hosted via Zoom; registrants will receive via email links to the Zoom seminar the morning of the seminar.

 

Login and sign up under "Registration & Membership" for one or more of the following:

 

  • Zoom Settings and Engagement Tools, Friday, April 3, 3 PM: Learn which settings to enable to improve your teaching experience, how to generate breakout rooms, and how to launch polls.
  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices and Q&A, Saturday, April 4, 11 AM: How can you customize your menu and upload files into different content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you interact with the gradebook? This seminar will also include a basic introduction to the settings and capabilities of the "Quizzes" exam tool.
  • Blackboard LMS Best Practices and Q&A, Sunday, April 5, 11 AM: How can you add content to Blackboard shells, and create and label new content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you copy individual modules or content from one course to another? How can you interact with the gradebook? 

 

As we at NeMLA continue this journey together in distance learning, we will strive to offer more specialized virtual workshops for our members. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Call for Session Proposals due April 29, 2020 (Philadelphia 2021 Convention)
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 


We at NeMLA are hoping for your safety and good health in these difficult times. We realize that our call for session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia comes at a time of extraordinary uncertainty and fear. Although campuses have moved to distance learning, we are still working hard on the 52nd Annual Convention, and we hope it will bring us all back together in good health and with a renewed commitment to doing inspired and inspiring work. Rest assured, however, that should circumstances intervene, we will explore all responsible alternatives, with the health of the organization and its membership in mind.

 

We are accepting session proposals up to April 29, and we encourage you to submit those topics that are most meaningful to you.

 

Please share our poster with your colleagues, and if you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Draws: Children's Art Contest
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

For our 51st Annual Convention, we encouraged children under the age of 12 to submit their drawings of the convention to depict participants, keynote events, networking events, the Marriott Copley Place, and sites around Boston.

 

We will share more photos on our web site and in our newsletter. Thank you all for your submissions!

Due April 1: Photo Contest Entries
3/18/20

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

NeMLA has two photo contests with entries due April 1.



#NeMLASouvenir

 

Share your selfie with you holding the books you purchased from our Exhibit Hall at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston on social media with the hashtag #NeMLASouvenir by April 1! Our favorite photos will be published in our newsletter and on our web site, and we will award winning photos with a prize!



Get-Togethers: Prize, free NeMLA convention registration!

 

Attention session chairs! We encourage you to organize get-togethers with your presenters. Whether you share a meal or a drink, visiting with your presenters outside of the conference room setting allows you to talk more about your research, explore the topic of your session in greater detail, and get to know your fellow convention participants. Submit a photo of your get-together at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston and email it to photos@nemla.org by April 1, 2020, with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2021 meeting in Philadelphia. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia by April 29!)

CAITY Business Meeting Minutes for March 2020
3/17/20

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Here are minutes from the CAITY Business Meeting, which occurred on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to Katelynn DeLuca for preparing them, and thanks to all of you who attended for their energy and participation.

CFP, MLA Session: "STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities" (deadline March 20)
3/13/20

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

MLA Session: STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities
Toronto, ON, Canada, January 7-10, 2021 
300-word abstracts and 100-word bios due March 20 to Dr. Claire Sommers (claire.sommers@wustl.edu




In today’s academic landscape, there exists a schism between STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and the Humanities. Not only are they often perceived as opposing disciplines, with the Humanities frequently competing with STEMM fields for funding and enrollment, but there exists little formal, institutional intersection between the two areas. 



Yet historically, what we now refer to as the STEMM and Humanities disciplines were more closely linked. The Latin word "Scientia" was much more broadly construed and simply meant “knowledge.” Since antiquity, there have been countless examples of individuals who have contributed equally to the STEMM and Humanities fields. Such a scholar is often referred to as a Renaissance man, as though such interdisciplinary mastery is relegated to the past. Yet, STEMM fields have recently acknowledged the importance of incorporating the Humanities into their research, with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report “Branches of the Same Tree” recommending “novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines.” The title of this report is taken from Albert Einstein’s assertion that “all religions, arts, and sciences are branches from the same tree.” 

 

While STEMM has recognized the importance of incorporating the Humanities into its curriculum, it is just as vital that for the Humanities to utilize STEMM approaches, as interdisciplinary research is a vital means for generating new knowledge. This session seeks research projects with new approaches to STEM and the Humanities.



Possible approaches include but are not limited to:


  • The use of scientific methodology to study literature and language
  • The incorporation of math, science, and medicine into literary works
  • The use of literary and critical theory to analyze scientific and mathematical texts 
  • Authors and works that belong to both the STEMM and Humanities canons
  • Vocabulary that is common to both STEMM and the Humanities
  • The commonalities between scientific methodology and literary/critical theory
  • Literary interpretations of scientific phenomena
  • The impact of technology on literature and language
  • The rhetorical aspects of scientific inquiry
  • The didactic possibilities of using literature to portray science
  • Art and creativity in the sciences

 

Please email a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to Claire Sommers by March 20.

Thank You
3/9/20

Posted Monday, March 9, 2020

 

We were so happy to welcome our convention attendees for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out our post-convention survey.

 

And please consider submitting a session proposal for our 52nd Annual Convention by April 29. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at NeMLA 2020 Boston
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The 51st Annual Convention of NeMLA will feature numerous sessions in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing: please review our online schedule for more information. 

 

New this year: NeMLA will feature a new book-sales table for small-press books and journals. 

 

We also hope you will attend the Annual Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing Special Event, supported by NeMLA's peer-review journal Modern Language Studies. Christina Milletti will read from her award-winning book, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in Regis. And be sure to see Christina Milletti's interview with Andre Dubus III at our Keynote Event on Friday, March 6, at 7 PM in Salon F!

American Studies at NeMLA 2020
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The American Area of NeMLA features 67 panels, roundtables, and seminars at the upcoming 51st Annual Convention in Boston. Review our schedule for more information.

 

This year's convention will also feature a special event, co-sponsored with the Areas of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 PM, in Arlington. Professor Emilio Sauri of the University of Massachusetts Boston will present his talk, “Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present.” We hope to see you there! 

 

Boston also has wonderful opportunities within walking distance of our convention site, the Marriott Copley Place. The Massachusetts Historical Society is free and open to all visitors and will be featuring an exhibition for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest public libraries in the nation and is offering us a special group tour on the afternoon of Friday, March 6, at 2 PM. And if you’re local or in town early, please join the Scholars Strategy Network’s Boston Chapter at Suffolk University on the afternoon of March 3 to meet with MA lawmakers and activists to chat about three current pieces of proposed legislation addressing crucial issues. 

 

And don't forget to submit session proposals for our 2021 convention in Philadelphia by April 29.

Our New Mobile App Is Now Available!
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature a new mobile app, hosted by EventMobi. Be sure to bookmark eventmobi.com/app/nemla20, or click the link to download the app to your device and enjoy all of its features:

 

  • Upload your profile pic and bio
  • Share your social media links to extend your personal brand
  • Set up your personalized conference schedule
  • Message other convention attendees
  • Map your way around Boston and the Marriott Copley Place
  • Search by keyword for sessions, workshops, and more!

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Spanish & Portuguese Studies at NeMLA 2020
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

We hope you will enjoy the variety of sessions that our 51st Annual Convention will offer in studies of Spanish and Portuguese! As you can see in the conference schedule, there are many outstanding panels, seminars, and workshops in Spanish and Portuguese studies, including special events featuring Emilio Sauri and João Cezar de Castro Rocha.

 

Be sure to check out our new mobile app, which lets you search for and schedule the panels you wish to attend or to arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues.

 

And please take advantage of our convention's wonderful array of special eventsworkshops, and professionalization opportunities, including free professional headshots, the Job Clinic and Publishing Mentoring Program, and exhibitor workshops. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Ketz, NeMLA Area Director for Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

CAITY Caucus News: Survey, Election, and the 2020 Boston Convention
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

  • The CAITY Caucus will host its Business Meeting Thursday, March 5, 6 to 7 PM, in the Falmouth room at the Marriott Copley Place.
  • An election for CAITY President and Board Representative will take place at this Business Meeting. Candidates' bios and statements are hereYou must be present at the Business Meeting to vote.
  • CAITY constituents are encouraged to complete this short survey regarding where they want to see the Caucus go.
  • Congratulations to Aoise Stratford for winning the CAITY Best Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays"!
  • Congratulations as well to recipients of the 2020 CAITY Travel Award: Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber. 
  • CAITY has co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus and the Pedagogy and Professionalism Area a publishing workshop at the 2020 Boston convention, with Dr. Melanie Holm on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. 
  • Enjoy travel discounts. Delta Air Lines offers a discount for NeMLA convention attendees with the code NY2VJ. We are also co-sponsoring the Room & Ride Share Forum with the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

For more information, please email caity@nemla.org

CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" ("MAST," deadline June 30)
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Announcing the CFP for the second issue of MAST: NeMLA’s Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory: "Media, Materiality and Emergency," with guest editor ​Dr. Timothy Barker, University of Glasgow

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Topics may include: 

 

  • materiality and ecological crisis 
  • materiality and media art responses to the climate emergency 
  • materiality and miscommunications 
  • materiality and waste, pollution and noise 
  • the disappearance/extinction of material things 
  • media and materiality in times of conflict 
  • materiality and displacement 
  • the concept of emergency/emergence 
  • media archaeology of/in times of crisis 

 

More information on submitting is here. Submissions are due June 30, 2020. For more information, please email editors@mast-nemla.org.

Extended Deadline Is Today: Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award (due Feb 10, 2020)
2/10/20

Posted Monday, February 10, 2020

 

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 the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention 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.

Send entries to the President of the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at wgsnemla@gmail.com by today, February 10, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.

Italian Area Sessions at NeMLA 2020 Boston
2/5/20

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 

Thanks to all for proposing sessions and abstracts and for participating at this year's NeMLA convention! This year's convention offers numerous sessions in Italian studies: you can review all under "Subject" in our online schedule.

 

In particular, we hope to see you at this year's Italian special event on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Professor Millicent Marcus will present on "From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films." 



For more information about Italian studies at the convention, please email Emanuela Pecchioli.

Attention Senior Faculty: Volunteer for Our Publishing Mentorship Program! Deadline Feb 20
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

NeMLA is excited to organize once again the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, pairing senior faculty with emerging scholars to offer guidance throughout the year on publishing an article.

 

We have received numerous excellent mentee applications, and we seek faculty volunteer mentors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 20 with your your institution, department, job title, and areas of specialty.

 

Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during our 2021 Philadelphia Annual Convention

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers.

CFP: "Transformation," an Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University in St Louis, abstracts due Feb 25
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

Please share the complete CFP with your colleagues.

 

Washington University in St. Louis's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference on April 4, 2020. This conference will explore the various conceptions and uses of transformation throughout literature across time and place. 

 

Please email applications by February 25 to transformationconference2020@gmail.com with the following: (1) a 250-word abstract for a 10-minute presentation, (2) the paper's title, (3) your name, (4) your 75-word bio with your year (e.g. sophomore) and institutional and departmental affiliations, and (5) any audiovisual and technology requests.

Upcoming Workshop: "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

For the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, NeMLA is proud to host João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, whose book Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America and the Challenges of Mimesis in Non-Hegemonic Circumstances is the basis for a special NeMLA workshop organized by Michigan State University Press.

 

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha 

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center 

 

In Shakespearean CulturesRené Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William ShakespeareGustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work. 

 

We hope you'll join us for this interactive workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha!

Vote for Board Members by Feb 1!
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

  • Please vote in the current Board election by February 1! 
  • Consider running for future open positions on the Board of Directors!
  • Contact the Board of Directors with your suggestions and feedback!
"MAST: Journal of Media Art, Study, and Theory" CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (due June 30)
1/21/20

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2020 (for publication November 2020)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA is proud to offer professionalization opportunities to its members. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee for the following programs: 

 

JOB CLINIC 

 

30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

 

Faculty, please sign up as mentors to meet emerging scholars one-on-one and advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

 

Please pre-register by January 10 as either mentor or mentee under "Registration and Membership" in your account

 

PUBLISHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

 

The Publishing Mentorship Program will pair senior faculty with an emerging scholar in a similar research area. You will both meet at the 2020 Convention in Boston, and the senior scholar will offer guidance throughout the year on an article the emerging scholar would like to publish. The specific arrangement will be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors only.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty. 

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please download and complete the application and attach it to an email with your CV to jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15

 

Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2020 convention.

 

Please feel free to email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator, with any questions or for any additional information about these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Purchase tickets to live performances in Boston at the NeMLA rate by January 20!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA has secured a special rate for tickets at two live performances in Boston during our 51st Annual Convention. Purchase tickets by January 20 or before they run out! 

 

The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 4 PM: Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. In the wake of a devastating nuclear accident, three friends must come to terms with their shared culpability in this searing drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate ($50 for adults, $25 for students--a discount of more than 30 percent) and a post-show talk with the director for our 51st Annual Convention attendees. 

 

rEVOLUTION by the Boston Ballet at Citizens Bank Opera House, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM: rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of three pioneering choreographers--George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe--who pushed classical dance form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet. Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England, started by Massachusetts native E. Virginia Williams in 1963, as well as the first American dance company to tour China. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate of $55 (more than 30 percent off) and a post-show talk with the performers for our 51st Annual Convention attendees.

 

Purchase your tickets today!

Reserve your stay at the Marriott Copley Place by February 1!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention will take place at the Marriott Copley Place, in the heart of downtown Boston.

 

Take advantage of our NeMLA Marriott hotel rate of $179 before February 1! Reserve online today!

Chairs: Make sure your participants are registered before Jan 5
1/3/20

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

 

We encourage chairs for all sessions at our upcoming 51st Annual Convention to log into their user accounts and review their sessions in case any session participants are not yet registered (their names will appear in red). 

 

We will be removing unregistered presenters from the program shortly after January 5, at which point sessions without the minimum number of three panelists will be in danger of folding.

 

If you have not already done so, please contact your participants to remind them to register, then email us to let us know where things stand. If a participant has let you know they are withdrawing, please let us know as well so we can mark them as declined.

 

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

We here at NeMLA want to wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you for becoming a member of our organization. You may now enjoy access to:

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

 

Tickets Available for Boston Live Performances: "The Children" and "rEVOLUTION"
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

There are still a few tickets left for our sponsored Boston events during our 51st Annual Convention: 

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.
    Saturday, March 7, 4 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $50 for adults, $25 for students (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a post-show talk with the director


  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: The Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England. rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, pushing the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet.
    Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $55 (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a backstage tour after the show! For details about the tour, please email support@nemla.org.

 

Login to your user account and click "Registration & Membership" to purchase tickets before they run out!

Register by Jan 5 to Avoid Additional Late Fees
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

Register for our 51st Annual Convention by the January 5, 2020, deadline before late fees increase to $50. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement. 

 

Not sure whether you’re registered? Log into your NeMLA account, click "User," then "My Order History" to check. 

NeMLA 2020: Register by Dec 9!
12/3/19

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 

Did you know your membership and registration to NeMLA sponsors the following? 

 

 

Remember to register by December 9 for our 51st Annual Convention if you have not already done so. Register today to avoid the late fee of $25. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program in early January; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement.

Survey on Cultural Events in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019

 

Please vote to tell us which local cultural events and activities in our convention's host city you are most interested in. NeMLA has secured discounted admission for these events and needs a sense of the number of members interested. Vote here by December 9

 

Events include:

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. Saturday, March 7, 4 PM, with post-show talk.
  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: A mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of the pioneering choreographers, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, rEVOLUTION pushes the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet. Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM, with post-show talk.
  • New England Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

 

Purchase tickets for The Children and rEVOLUTION.

Pre-register for Our Interactive Workshops in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston offers interactive workshops by our members and exhibitors on pedagogy, professionalization, digital humanities, and publishing. Workshops fill up fast, but you can email to be added to our waiting list. 

 

Pre-register for one or more of the following:

 

  • "Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom," Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • "Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti," Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM
  • "Essential Elements of Online Teaching," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM 
  • "How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities," Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM
  • "Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills," Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM
  • "Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)," Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM
  • "Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances," Saturday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM
  • "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM
  • "Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies," Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM
  • "Supporting Your Class and You: Making Materials Compatible and Marketable with OER," Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 
  • "Pitch to Publication," Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Graduate Student Caucus Nominations Due Nov 28
11/18/19

Posted Monday, November 18, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus seeks nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for two open positions: President (three-year position) and Communications Director (two-year position).

 

Nominations are due via email by November 28, 2019, to Christian Ylagan, at cylagan2@uwo.ca. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, as well as a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee. Nominees must be current graduate students.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the nomination deadline. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote.

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org.

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due June 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

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 cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu 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.

 

[1] 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.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Board Nominations due August 15
6/30/20

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 

 

Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1
6/23/20

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention
6/17/20

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:

 

 

And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at samadrita.kuiti@uconn.edu. A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)
6/16/20

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)
6/16/20

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 


The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.



It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 



More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

Statement of Support
6/5/20

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

 

The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:

 

Brandi So, President
Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
Carole Salmon, Past President
Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director

 

To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more: www.ally.wiki.

Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs
5/28/20

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

 

Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!

 

  • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
  • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
  • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
  • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
  • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
  • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
  • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
  • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.

 

If you have questions, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)
5/15/20

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020

 

NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!

 

"Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

 

"Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)

 

Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)

 

What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Please email submissions and questions to specialissue@mast-nemla.org.

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8
4/30/20

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention

 

Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.

 

Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter
4/28/20

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:

 

  • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
  • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to forj15@yorku.ca: Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
  • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at wgsnemla@gmail.com. For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
  • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!

Stay Connected With Colleagues: Submit a 2020 Philadelphia Session Proposal by April 29
4/27/20

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

We look forward to gathering for our 52nd Annual Convention to embrace what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and urgency of sincere, meaningful exchange. Our convention's theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," considers how the humanities deal with our changing world and how we can change the world. We invite you to submit a session proposal to spark a conversation with colleagues across the globe. Whether in person or virtually, important work awaits us in re-directing the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. Please submit a session proposal by April 29. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

 

All of us on the NeMLA Board and staff send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new and necessary contexts of your work.

Our Philadelphia Keynote Address: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
4/14/20

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan.



Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is President of PEN America.



NeMLA members are encouraged to read Manhattan Beach in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Jennifer Egan, please email them, bring them to ask her yourself at the convention, or submit them with our mobile app!



Session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are due here by April 29, 2020. Click here for more information.

NeMLA 2021: Call for Proposals in French and Francophone (Deadline April 29, 2020)
4/10/20

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020

 

The French and Francophone Studies Area of NeMLA seeks session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention, March 11 to 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. We are looking for every topic in French and Francophone, with particular attention to increase the presence of the following areas: Quebec, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Caribbean and the Maghreb.

 

Please submit session proposals here by April 29, 2020. For more information about session proposals, please read here.

Session Proposals Due April 29: NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention is slated to take place March 11 to 14, 2021, and we hope that by then we will all be able to participate in our friendly convention in beautiful Philadelphia, the "Birthplace of America," steps from Independence Hall. Circumstances permitting, important work awaits us in re-shaping the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. We hope that you will consider joining us in person, or, if need be, virtually, by submitting a session proposal to our 52nd convention before April 29 here

 

We look forward to gathering for a convention that embraces what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and gratitude of sincere, meaningful exchange. 

 

We hope that you will use our 52nd Annual Convention theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," as an opportunity to deepen your critical reflection in your field. Our 2021 theme ponders not only how the humanities deal with a changing world, but how we, as humanists, can change the world. We welcome session proposals that highlight your passions, curiosities, pet projects, as well as your scholarly, social, and political commitments. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home. 

 

We send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new contexts of your work.

Call for Session Proposals: German, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

Please submit session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention April 29, 2020 here. Read instructions for submitting here

 

German Studies

 

In recent years, NeMLA's German Studies Area has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. This area promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture, with a variety of suggested areas and topics for panel proposals here. We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including: 

 

  • Medieval and early modern literature and culture 
  • Afro-German literature and culture 
  • Disability 
  • Pedagogy, especially the teaching of literature and curricular development 

 

We also welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

 

Russian/Eastern European Studies 

 

NeMLA is also very interested and actively strengthening the Russian and Eastern European Studies Area. Please do not hesitate to email director Charles Vannette with ideas for sessions and, in particular, ideas on how to increase the number of sessions and presenters for this area. 

Sign Up for Free Online Teaching Seminars!
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

With universities and colleges moving to distance learning, we at NeMLA will be hosting free online seminars to help you with this transition. These seminars will be hosted via Zoom; registrants will receive via email links to the Zoom seminar the morning of the seminar.

 

Login and sign up under "Registration & Membership" for one or more of the following:

 

  • Zoom Settings and Engagement Tools, Friday, April 3, 3 PM: Learn which settings to enable to improve your teaching experience, how to generate breakout rooms, and how to launch polls.
  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices and Q&A, Saturday, April 4, 11 AM: How can you customize your menu and upload files into different content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you interact with the gradebook? This seminar will also include a basic introduction to the settings and capabilities of the "Quizzes" exam tool.
  • Blackboard LMS Best Practices and Q&A, Sunday, April 5, 11 AM: How can you add content to Blackboard shells, and create and label new content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you copy individual modules or content from one course to another? How can you interact with the gradebook? 

 

As we at NeMLA continue this journey together in distance learning, we will strive to offer more specialized virtual workshops for our members. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Call for Session Proposals due April 29, 2020 (Philadelphia 2021 Convention)
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 


We at NeMLA are hoping for your safety and good health in these difficult times. We realize that our call for session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia comes at a time of extraordinary uncertainty and fear. Although campuses have moved to distance learning, we are still working hard on the 52nd Annual Convention, and we hope it will bring us all back together in good health and with a renewed commitment to doing inspired and inspiring work. Rest assured, however, that should circumstances intervene, we will explore all responsible alternatives, with the health of the organization and its membership in mind.

 

We are accepting session proposals up to April 29, and we encourage you to submit those topics that are most meaningful to you.

 

Please share our poster with your colleagues, and if you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Draws: Children's Art Contest
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

For our 51st Annual Convention, we encouraged children under the age of 12 to submit their drawings of the convention to depict participants, keynote events, networking events, the Marriott Copley Place, and sites around Boston.

 

We will share more photos on our web site and in our newsletter. Thank you all for your submissions!

Due April 1: Photo Contest Entries
3/18/20

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

NeMLA has two photo contests with entries due April 1.



#NeMLASouvenir

 

Share your selfie with you holding the books you purchased from our Exhibit Hall at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston on social media with the hashtag #NeMLASouvenir by April 1! Our favorite photos will be published in our newsletter and on our web site, and we will award winning photos with a prize!



Get-Togethers: Prize, free NeMLA convention registration!

 

Attention session chairs! We encourage you to organize get-togethers with your presenters. Whether you share a meal or a drink, visiting with your presenters outside of the conference room setting allows you to talk more about your research, explore the topic of your session in greater detail, and get to know your fellow convention participants. Submit a photo of your get-together at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston and email it to photos@nemla.org by April 1, 2020, with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2021 meeting in Philadelphia. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia by April 29!)

CAITY Business Meeting Minutes for March 2020
3/17/20

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Here are minutes from the CAITY Business Meeting, which occurred on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to Katelynn DeLuca for preparing them, and thanks to all of you who attended for their energy and participation.

CFP, MLA Session: "STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities" (deadline March 20)
3/13/20

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

MLA Session: STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities
Toronto, ON, Canada, January 7-10, 2021 
300-word abstracts and 100-word bios due March 20 to Dr. Claire Sommers (claire.sommers@wustl.edu




In today’s academic landscape, there exists a schism between STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and the Humanities. Not only are they often perceived as opposing disciplines, with the Humanities frequently competing with STEMM fields for funding and enrollment, but there exists little formal, institutional intersection between the two areas. 



Yet historically, what we now refer to as the STEMM and Humanities disciplines were more closely linked. The Latin word "Scientia" was much more broadly construed and simply meant “knowledge.” Since antiquity, there have been countless examples of individuals who have contributed equally to the STEMM and Humanities fields. Such a scholar is often referred to as a Renaissance man, as though such interdisciplinary mastery is relegated to the past. Yet, STEMM fields have recently acknowledged the importance of incorporating the Humanities into their research, with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report “Branches of the Same Tree” recommending “novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines.” The title of this report is taken from Albert Einstein’s assertion that “all religions, arts, and sciences are branches from the same tree.” 

 

While STEMM has recognized the importance of incorporating the Humanities into its curriculum, it is just as vital that for the Humanities to utilize STEMM approaches, as interdisciplinary research is a vital means for generating new knowledge. This session seeks research projects with new approaches to STEM and the Humanities.



Possible approaches include but are not limited to:


  • The use of scientific methodology to study literature and language
  • The incorporation of math, science, and medicine into literary works
  • The use of literary and critical theory to analyze scientific and mathematical texts 
  • Authors and works that belong to both the STEMM and Humanities canons
  • Vocabulary that is common to both STEMM and the Humanities
  • The commonalities between scientific methodology and literary/critical theory
  • Literary interpretations of scientific phenomena
  • The impact of technology on literature and language
  • The rhetorical aspects of scientific inquiry
  • The didactic possibilities of using literature to portray science
  • Art and creativity in the sciences

 

Please email a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to Claire Sommers by March 20.

Thank You
3/9/20

Posted Monday, March 9, 2020

 

We were so happy to welcome our convention attendees for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out our post-convention survey.

 

And please consider submitting a session proposal for our 52nd Annual Convention by April 29. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at NeMLA 2020 Boston
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The 51st Annual Convention of NeMLA will feature numerous sessions in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing: please review our online schedule for more information. 

 

New this year: NeMLA will feature a new book-sales table for small-press books and journals. 

 

We also hope you will attend the Annual Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing Special Event, supported by NeMLA's peer-review journal Modern Language Studies. Christina Milletti will read from her award-winning book, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in Regis. And be sure to see Christina Milletti's interview with Andre Dubus III at our Keynote Event on Friday, March 6, at 7 PM in Salon F!

American Studies at NeMLA 2020
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The American Area of NeMLA features 67 panels, roundtables, and seminars at the upcoming 51st Annual Convention in Boston. Review our schedule for more information.

 

This year's convention will also feature a special event, co-sponsored with the Areas of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 PM, in Arlington. Professor Emilio Sauri of the University of Massachusetts Boston will present his talk, “Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present.” We hope to see you there! 

 

Boston also has wonderful opportunities within walking distance of our convention site, the Marriott Copley Place. The Massachusetts Historical Society is free and open to all visitors and will be featuring an exhibition for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest public libraries in the nation and is offering us a special group tour on the afternoon of Friday, March 6, at 2 PM. And if you’re local or in town early, please join the Scholars Strategy Network’s Boston Chapter at Suffolk University on the afternoon of March 3 to meet with MA lawmakers and activists to chat about three current pieces of proposed legislation addressing crucial issues. 

 

And don't forget to submit session proposals for our 2021 convention in Philadelphia by April 29.

Our New Mobile App Is Now Available!
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature a new mobile app, hosted by EventMobi. Be sure to bookmark eventmobi.com/app/nemla20, or click the link to download the app to your device and enjoy all of its features:

 

  • Upload your profile pic and bio
  • Share your social media links to extend your personal brand
  • Set up your personalized conference schedule
  • Message other convention attendees
  • Map your way around Boston and the Marriott Copley Place
  • Search by keyword for sessions, workshops, and more!

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Spanish & Portuguese Studies at NeMLA 2020
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

We hope you will enjoy the variety of sessions that our 51st Annual Convention will offer in studies of Spanish and Portuguese! As you can see in the conference schedule, there are many outstanding panels, seminars, and workshops in Spanish and Portuguese studies, including special events featuring Emilio Sauri and João Cezar de Castro Rocha.

 

Be sure to check out our new mobile app, which lets you search for and schedule the panels you wish to attend or to arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues.

 

And please take advantage of our convention's wonderful array of special eventsworkshops, and professionalization opportunities, including free professional headshots, the Job Clinic and Publishing Mentoring Program, and exhibitor workshops. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Ketz, NeMLA Area Director for Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

CAITY Caucus News: Survey, Election, and the 2020 Boston Convention
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

  • The CAITY Caucus will host its Business Meeting Thursday, March 5, 6 to 7 PM, in the Falmouth room at the Marriott Copley Place.
  • An election for CAITY President and Board Representative will take place at this Business Meeting. Candidates' bios and statements are hereYou must be present at the Business Meeting to vote.
  • CAITY constituents are encouraged to complete this short survey regarding where they want to see the Caucus go.
  • Congratulations to Aoise Stratford for winning the CAITY Best Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays"!
  • Congratulations as well to recipients of the 2020 CAITY Travel Award: Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber. 
  • CAITY has co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus and the Pedagogy and Professionalism Area a publishing workshop at the 2020 Boston convention, with Dr. Melanie Holm on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. 
  • Enjoy travel discounts. Delta Air Lines offers a discount for NeMLA convention attendees with the code NY2VJ. We are also co-sponsoring the Room & Ride Share Forum with the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

For more information, please email caity@nemla.org

CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" ("MAST," deadline June 30)
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Announcing the CFP for the second issue of MAST: NeMLA’s Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory: "Media, Materiality and Emergency," with guest editor ​Dr. Timothy Barker, University of Glasgow

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Topics may include: 

 

  • materiality and ecological crisis 
  • materiality and media art responses to the climate emergency 
  • materiality and miscommunications 
  • materiality and waste, pollution and noise 
  • the disappearance/extinction of material things 
  • media and materiality in times of conflict 
  • materiality and displacement 
  • the concept of emergency/emergence 
  • media archaeology of/in times of crisis 

 

More information on submitting is here. Submissions are due June 30, 2020. For more information, please email editors@mast-nemla.org.

Extended Deadline Is Today: Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award (due Feb 10, 2020)
2/10/20

Posted Monday, February 10, 2020

 

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 the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention 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.

Send entries to the President of the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at wgsnemla@gmail.com by today, February 10, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.

Italian Area Sessions at NeMLA 2020 Boston
2/5/20

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 

Thanks to all for proposing sessions and abstracts and for participating at this year's NeMLA convention! This year's convention offers numerous sessions in Italian studies: you can review all under "Subject" in our online schedule.

 

In particular, we hope to see you at this year's Italian special event on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Professor Millicent Marcus will present on "From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films." 



For more information about Italian studies at the convention, please email Emanuela Pecchioli.

Attention Senior Faculty: Volunteer for Our Publishing Mentorship Program! Deadline Feb 20
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

NeMLA is excited to organize once again the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, pairing senior faculty with emerging scholars to offer guidance throughout the year on publishing an article.

 

We have received numerous excellent mentee applications, and we seek faculty volunteer mentors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 20 with your your institution, department, job title, and areas of specialty.

 

Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during our 2021 Philadelphia Annual Convention

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers.

CFP: "Transformation," an Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University in St Louis, abstracts due Feb 25
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

Please share the complete CFP with your colleagues.

 

Washington University in St. Louis's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference on April 4, 2020. This conference will explore the various conceptions and uses of transformation throughout literature across time and place. 

 

Please email applications by February 25 to transformationconference2020@gmail.com with the following: (1) a 250-word abstract for a 10-minute presentation, (2) the paper's title, (3) your name, (4) your 75-word bio with your year (e.g. sophomore) and institutional and departmental affiliations, and (5) any audiovisual and technology requests.

Upcoming Workshop: "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

For the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, NeMLA is proud to host João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, whose book Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America and the Challenges of Mimesis in Non-Hegemonic Circumstances is the basis for a special NeMLA workshop organized by Michigan State University Press.

 

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha 

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center 

 

In Shakespearean CulturesRené Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William ShakespeareGustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work. 

 

We hope you'll join us for this interactive workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha!

Vote for Board Members by Feb 1!
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

  • Please vote in the current Board election by February 1! 
  • Consider running for future open positions on the Board of Directors!
  • Contact the Board of Directors with your suggestions and feedback!
"MAST: Journal of Media Art, Study, and Theory" CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (due June 30)
1/21/20

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2020 (for publication November 2020)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA is proud to offer professionalization opportunities to its members. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee for the following programs: 

 

JOB CLINIC 

 

30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

 

Faculty, please sign up as mentors to meet emerging scholars one-on-one and advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

 

Please pre-register by January 10 as either mentor or mentee under "Registration and Membership" in your account

 

PUBLISHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

 

The Publishing Mentorship Program will pair senior faculty with an emerging scholar in a similar research area. You will both meet at the 2020 Convention in Boston, and the senior scholar will offer guidance throughout the year on an article the emerging scholar would like to publish. The specific arrangement will be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors only.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty. 

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please download and complete the application and attach it to an email with your CV to jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15

 

Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2020 convention.

 

Please feel free to email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator, with any questions or for any additional information about these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Purchase tickets to live performances in Boston at the NeMLA rate by January 20!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA has secured a special rate for tickets at two live performances in Boston during our 51st Annual Convention. Purchase tickets by January 20 or before they run out! 

 

The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 4 PM: Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. In the wake of a devastating nuclear accident, three friends must come to terms with their shared culpability in this searing drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate ($50 for adults, $25 for students--a discount of more than 30 percent) and a post-show talk with the director for our 51st Annual Convention attendees. 

 

rEVOLUTION by the Boston Ballet at Citizens Bank Opera House, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM: rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of three pioneering choreographers--George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe--who pushed classical dance form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet. Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England, started by Massachusetts native E. Virginia Williams in 1963, as well as the first American dance company to tour China. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate of $55 (more than 30 percent off) and a post-show talk with the performers for our 51st Annual Convention attendees.

 

Purchase your tickets today!

Reserve your stay at the Marriott Copley Place by February 1!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention will take place at the Marriott Copley Place, in the heart of downtown Boston.

 

Take advantage of our NeMLA Marriott hotel rate of $179 before February 1! Reserve online today!

Chairs: Make sure your participants are registered before Jan 5
1/3/20

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

 

We encourage chairs for all sessions at our upcoming 51st Annual Convention to log into their user accounts and review their sessions in case any session participants are not yet registered (their names will appear in red). 

 

We will be removing unregistered presenters from the program shortly after January 5, at which point sessions without the minimum number of three panelists will be in danger of folding.

 

If you have not already done so, please contact your participants to remind them to register, then email us to let us know where things stand. If a participant has let you know they are withdrawing, please let us know as well so we can mark them as declined.

 

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

We here at NeMLA want to wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you for becoming a member of our organization. You may now enjoy access to:

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

 

Tickets Available for Boston Live Performances: "The Children" and "rEVOLUTION"
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

There are still a few tickets left for our sponsored Boston events during our 51st Annual Convention: 

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.
    Saturday, March 7, 4 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $50 for adults, $25 for students (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a post-show talk with the director


  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: The Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England. rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, pushing the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet.
    Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $55 (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a backstage tour after the show! For details about the tour, please email support@nemla.org.

 

Login to your user account and click "Registration & Membership" to purchase tickets before they run out!

Register by Jan 5 to Avoid Additional Late Fees
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

Register for our 51st Annual Convention by the January 5, 2020, deadline before late fees increase to $50. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement. 

 

Not sure whether you’re registered? Log into your NeMLA account, click "User," then "My Order History" to check. 

NeMLA 2020: Register by Dec 9!
12/3/19

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 

Did you know your membership and registration to NeMLA sponsors the following? 

 

 

Remember to register by December 9 for our 51st Annual Convention if you have not already done so. Register today to avoid the late fee of $25. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program in early January; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement.

Survey on Cultural Events in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019

 

Please vote to tell us which local cultural events and activities in our convention's host city you are most interested in. NeMLA has secured discounted admission for these events and needs a sense of the number of members interested. Vote here by December 9

 

Events include:

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. Saturday, March 7, 4 PM, with post-show talk.
  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: A mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of the pioneering choreographers, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, rEVOLUTION pushes the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet. Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM, with post-show talk.
  • New England Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

 

Purchase tickets for The Children and rEVOLUTION.

Pre-register for Our Interactive Workshops in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston offers interactive workshops by our members and exhibitors on pedagogy, professionalization, digital humanities, and publishing. Workshops fill up fast, but you can email to be added to our waiting list. 

 

Pre-register for one or more of the following:

 

  • "Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom," Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • "Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti," Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM
  • "Essential Elements of Online Teaching," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM 
  • "How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities," Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM
  • "Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills," Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM
  • "Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)," Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM
  • "Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances," Saturday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM
  • "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM
  • "Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies," Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM
  • "Supporting Your Class and You: Making Materials Compatible and Marketable with OER," Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 
  • "Pitch to Publication," Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Graduate Student Caucus Nominations Due Nov 28
11/18/19

Posted Monday, November 18, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus seeks nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for two open positions: President (three-year position) and Communications Director (two-year position).

 

Nominations are due via email by November 28, 2019, to Christian Ylagan, at cylagan2@uwo.ca. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, as well as a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee. Nominees must be current graduate students.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the nomination deadline. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote.

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org.

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due June 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

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 cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu 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.

 

[1] 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.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Board Nominations due August 15
6/30/20

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 

 

Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1
6/23/20

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention
6/17/20

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:

 

 

And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at samadrita.kuiti@uconn.edu. A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)
6/16/20

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)
6/16/20

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 


The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.



It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 



More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

Statement of Support
6/5/20

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

 

The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:

 

Brandi So, President
Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
Carole Salmon, Past President
Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director

 

To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more: www.ally.wiki.

Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs
5/28/20

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

 

Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!

 

  • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
  • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
  • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
  • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
  • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
  • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
  • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
  • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.

 

If you have questions, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)
5/15/20

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020

 

NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!

 

"Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

 

"Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)

 

Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)

 

What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Please email submissions and questions to specialissue@mast-nemla.org.

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8
4/30/20

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention

 

Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.

 

Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter
4/28/20

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:

 

  • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
  • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to forj15@yorku.ca: Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
  • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at wgsnemla@gmail.com. For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
  • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!

Stay Connected With Colleagues: Submit a 2020 Philadelphia Session Proposal by April 29
4/27/20

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

We look forward to gathering for our 52nd Annual Convention to embrace what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and urgency of sincere, meaningful exchange. Our convention's theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," considers how the humanities deal with our changing world and how we can change the world. We invite you to submit a session proposal to spark a conversation with colleagues across the globe. Whether in person or virtually, important work awaits us in re-directing the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. Please submit a session proposal by April 29. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

 

All of us on the NeMLA Board and staff send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new and necessary contexts of your work.

Our Philadelphia Keynote Address: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
4/14/20

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan.



Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is President of PEN America.



NeMLA members are encouraged to read Manhattan Beach in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Jennifer Egan, please email them, bring them to ask her yourself at the convention, or submit them with our mobile app!



Session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are due here by April 29, 2020. Click here for more information.

NeMLA 2021: Call for Proposals in French and Francophone (Deadline April 29, 2020)
4/10/20

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020

 

The French and Francophone Studies Area of NeMLA seeks session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention, March 11 to 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. We are looking for every topic in French and Francophone, with particular attention to increase the presence of the following areas: Quebec, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Caribbean and the Maghreb.

 

Please submit session proposals here by April 29, 2020. For more information about session proposals, please read here.

Session Proposals Due April 29: NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention is slated to take place March 11 to 14, 2021, and we hope that by then we will all be able to participate in our friendly convention in beautiful Philadelphia, the "Birthplace of America," steps from Independence Hall. Circumstances permitting, important work awaits us in re-shaping the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. We hope that you will consider joining us in person, or, if need be, virtually, by submitting a session proposal to our 52nd convention before April 29 here

 

We look forward to gathering for a convention that embraces what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and gratitude of sincere, meaningful exchange. 

 

We hope that you will use our 52nd Annual Convention theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," as an opportunity to deepen your critical reflection in your field. Our 2021 theme ponders not only how the humanities deal with a changing world, but how we, as humanists, can change the world. We welcome session proposals that highlight your passions, curiosities, pet projects, as well as your scholarly, social, and political commitments. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home. 

 

We send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new contexts of your work.

Call for Session Proposals: German, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

Please submit session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention April 29, 2020 here. Read instructions for submitting here

 

German Studies

 

In recent years, NeMLA's German Studies Area has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. This area promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture, with a variety of suggested areas and topics for panel proposals here. We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including: 

 

  • Medieval and early modern literature and culture 
  • Afro-German literature and culture 
  • Disability 
  • Pedagogy, especially the teaching of literature and curricular development 

 

We also welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

 

Russian/Eastern European Studies 

 

NeMLA is also very interested and actively strengthening the Russian and Eastern European Studies Area. Please do not hesitate to email director Charles Vannette with ideas for sessions and, in particular, ideas on how to increase the number of sessions and presenters for this area. 

Sign Up for Free Online Teaching Seminars!
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

With universities and colleges moving to distance learning, we at NeMLA will be hosting free online seminars to help you with this transition. These seminars will be hosted via Zoom; registrants will receive via email links to the Zoom seminar the morning of the seminar.

 

Login and sign up under "Registration & Membership" for one or more of the following:

 

  • Zoom Settings and Engagement Tools, Friday, April 3, 3 PM: Learn which settings to enable to improve your teaching experience, how to generate breakout rooms, and how to launch polls.
  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices and Q&A, Saturday, April 4, 11 AM: How can you customize your menu and upload files into different content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you interact with the gradebook? This seminar will also include a basic introduction to the settings and capabilities of the "Quizzes" exam tool.
  • Blackboard LMS Best Practices and Q&A, Sunday, April 5, 11 AM: How can you add content to Blackboard shells, and create and label new content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you copy individual modules or content from one course to another? How can you interact with the gradebook? 

 

As we at NeMLA continue this journey together in distance learning, we will strive to offer more specialized virtual workshops for our members. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Call for Session Proposals due April 29, 2020 (Philadelphia 2021 Convention)
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 


We at NeMLA are hoping for your safety and good health in these difficult times. We realize that our call for session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia comes at a time of extraordinary uncertainty and fear. Although campuses have moved to distance learning, we are still working hard on the 52nd Annual Convention, and we hope it will bring us all back together in good health and with a renewed commitment to doing inspired and inspiring work. Rest assured, however, that should circumstances intervene, we will explore all responsible alternatives, with the health of the organization and its membership in mind.

 

We are accepting session proposals up to April 29, and we encourage you to submit those topics that are most meaningful to you.

 

Please share our poster with your colleagues, and if you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Draws: Children's Art Contest
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

For our 51st Annual Convention, we encouraged children under the age of 12 to submit their drawings of the convention to depict participants, keynote events, networking events, the Marriott Copley Place, and sites around Boston.

 

We will share more photos on our web site and in our newsletter. Thank you all for your submissions!

Due April 1: Photo Contest Entries
3/18/20

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

NeMLA has two photo contests with entries due April 1.



#NeMLASouvenir

 

Share your selfie with you holding the books you purchased from our Exhibit Hall at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston on social media with the hashtag #NeMLASouvenir by April 1! Our favorite photos will be published in our newsletter and on our web site, and we will award winning photos with a prize!



Get-Togethers: Prize, free NeMLA convention registration!

 

Attention session chairs! We encourage you to organize get-togethers with your presenters. Whether you share a meal or a drink, visiting with your presenters outside of the conference room setting allows you to talk more about your research, explore the topic of your session in greater detail, and get to know your fellow convention participants. Submit a photo of your get-together at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston and email it to photos@nemla.org by April 1, 2020, with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2021 meeting in Philadelphia. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia by April 29!)

CAITY Business Meeting Minutes for March 2020
3/17/20

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Here are minutes from the CAITY Business Meeting, which occurred on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to Katelynn DeLuca for preparing them, and thanks to all of you who attended for their energy and participation.

CFP, MLA Session: "STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities" (deadline March 20)
3/13/20

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

MLA Session: STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities
Toronto, ON, Canada, January 7-10, 2021 
300-word abstracts and 100-word bios due March 20 to Dr. Claire Sommers (claire.sommers@wustl.edu




In today’s academic landscape, there exists a schism between STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and the Humanities. Not only are they often perceived as opposing disciplines, with the Humanities frequently competing with STEMM fields for funding and enrollment, but there exists little formal, institutional intersection between the two areas. 



Yet historically, what we now refer to as the STEMM and Humanities disciplines were more closely linked. The Latin word "Scientia" was much more broadly construed and simply meant “knowledge.” Since antiquity, there have been countless examples of individuals who have contributed equally to the STEMM and Humanities fields. Such a scholar is often referred to as a Renaissance man, as though such interdisciplinary mastery is relegated to the past. Yet, STEMM fields have recently acknowledged the importance of incorporating the Humanities into their research, with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report “Branches of the Same Tree” recommending “novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines.” The title of this report is taken from Albert Einstein’s assertion that “all religions, arts, and sciences are branches from the same tree.” 

 

While STEMM has recognized the importance of incorporating the Humanities into its curriculum, it is just as vital that for the Humanities to utilize STEMM approaches, as interdisciplinary research is a vital means for generating new knowledge. This session seeks research projects with new approaches to STEM and the Humanities.



Possible approaches include but are not limited to:


  • The use of scientific methodology to study literature and language
  • The incorporation of math, science, and medicine into literary works
  • The use of literary and critical theory to analyze scientific and mathematical texts 
  • Authors and works that belong to both the STEMM and Humanities canons
  • Vocabulary that is common to both STEMM and the Humanities
  • The commonalities between scientific methodology and literary/critical theory
  • Literary interpretations of scientific phenomena
  • The impact of technology on literature and language
  • The rhetorical aspects of scientific inquiry
  • The didactic possibilities of using literature to portray science
  • Art and creativity in the sciences

 

Please email a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to Claire Sommers by March 20.

Thank You
3/9/20

Posted Monday, March 9, 2020

 

We were so happy to welcome our convention attendees for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out our post-convention survey.

 

And please consider submitting a session proposal for our 52nd Annual Convention by April 29. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at NeMLA 2020 Boston
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The 51st Annual Convention of NeMLA will feature numerous sessions in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing: please review our online schedule for more information. 

 

New this year: NeMLA will feature a new book-sales table for small-press books and journals. 

 

We also hope you will attend the Annual Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing Special Event, supported by NeMLA's peer-review journal Modern Language Studies. Christina Milletti will read from her award-winning book, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in Regis. And be sure to see Christina Milletti's interview with Andre Dubus III at our Keynote Event on Friday, March 6, at 7 PM in Salon F!

American Studies at NeMLA 2020
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The American Area of NeMLA features 67 panels, roundtables, and seminars at the upcoming 51st Annual Convention in Boston. Review our schedule for more information.

 

This year's convention will also feature a special event, co-sponsored with the Areas of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 PM, in Arlington. Professor Emilio Sauri of the University of Massachusetts Boston will present his talk, “Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present.” We hope to see you there! 

 

Boston also has wonderful opportunities within walking distance of our convention site, the Marriott Copley Place. The Massachusetts Historical Society is free and open to all visitors and will be featuring an exhibition for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest public libraries in the nation and is offering us a special group tour on the afternoon of Friday, March 6, at 2 PM. And if you’re local or in town early, please join the Scholars Strategy Network’s Boston Chapter at Suffolk University on the afternoon of March 3 to meet with MA lawmakers and activists to chat about three current pieces of proposed legislation addressing crucial issues. 

 

And don't forget to submit session proposals for our 2021 convention in Philadelphia by April 29.

Our New Mobile App Is Now Available!
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature a new mobile app, hosted by EventMobi. Be sure to bookmark eventmobi.com/app/nemla20, or click the link to download the app to your device and enjoy all of its features:

 

  • Upload your profile pic and bio
  • Share your social media links to extend your personal brand
  • Set up your personalized conference schedule
  • Message other convention attendees
  • Map your way around Boston and the Marriott Copley Place
  • Search by keyword for sessions, workshops, and more!

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Spanish & Portuguese Studies at NeMLA 2020
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

We hope you will enjoy the variety of sessions that our 51st Annual Convention will offer in studies of Spanish and Portuguese! As you can see in the conference schedule, there are many outstanding panels, seminars, and workshops in Spanish and Portuguese studies, including special events featuring Emilio Sauri and João Cezar de Castro Rocha.

 

Be sure to check out our new mobile app, which lets you search for and schedule the panels you wish to attend or to arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues.

 

And please take advantage of our convention's wonderful array of special eventsworkshops, and professionalization opportunities, including free professional headshots, the Job Clinic and Publishing Mentoring Program, and exhibitor workshops. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Ketz, NeMLA Area Director for Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

CAITY Caucus News: Survey, Election, and the 2020 Boston Convention
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

  • The CAITY Caucus will host its Business Meeting Thursday, March 5, 6 to 7 PM, in the Falmouth room at the Marriott Copley Place.
  • An election for CAITY President and Board Representative will take place at this Business Meeting. Candidates' bios and statements are hereYou must be present at the Business Meeting to vote.
  • CAITY constituents are encouraged to complete this short survey regarding where they want to see the Caucus go.
  • Congratulations to Aoise Stratford for winning the CAITY Best Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays"!
  • Congratulations as well to recipients of the 2020 CAITY Travel Award: Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber. 
  • CAITY has co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus and the Pedagogy and Professionalism Area a publishing workshop at the 2020 Boston convention, with Dr. Melanie Holm on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. 
  • Enjoy travel discounts. Delta Air Lines offers a discount for NeMLA convention attendees with the code NY2VJ. We are also co-sponsoring the Room & Ride Share Forum with the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

For more information, please email caity@nemla.org

CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" ("MAST," deadline June 30)
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Announcing the CFP for the second issue of MAST: NeMLA’s Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory: "Media, Materiality and Emergency," with guest editor ​Dr. Timothy Barker, University of Glasgow

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Topics may include: 

 

  • materiality and ecological crisis 
  • materiality and media art responses to the climate emergency 
  • materiality and miscommunications 
  • materiality and waste, pollution and noise 
  • the disappearance/extinction of material things 
  • media and materiality in times of conflict 
  • materiality and displacement 
  • the concept of emergency/emergence 
  • media archaeology of/in times of crisis 

 

More information on submitting is here. Submissions are due June 30, 2020. For more information, please email editors@mast-nemla.org.

Extended Deadline Is Today: Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award (due Feb 10, 2020)
2/10/20

Posted Monday, February 10, 2020

 

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 the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention 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.

Send entries to the President of the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at wgsnemla@gmail.com by today, February 10, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.

Italian Area Sessions at NeMLA 2020 Boston
2/5/20

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 

Thanks to all for proposing sessions and abstracts and for participating at this year's NeMLA convention! This year's convention offers numerous sessions in Italian studies: you can review all under "Subject" in our online schedule.

 

In particular, we hope to see you at this year's Italian special event on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Professor Millicent Marcus will present on "From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films." 



For more information about Italian studies at the convention, please email Emanuela Pecchioli.

Attention Senior Faculty: Volunteer for Our Publishing Mentorship Program! Deadline Feb 20
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

NeMLA is excited to organize once again the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, pairing senior faculty with emerging scholars to offer guidance throughout the year on publishing an article.

 

We have received numerous excellent mentee applications, and we seek faculty volunteer mentors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 20 with your your institution, department, job title, and areas of specialty.

 

Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during our 2021 Philadelphia Annual Convention

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers.

CFP: "Transformation," an Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University in St Louis, abstracts due Feb 25
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

Please share the complete CFP with your colleagues.

 

Washington University in St. Louis's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference on April 4, 2020. This conference will explore the various conceptions and uses of transformation throughout literature across time and place. 

 

Please email applications by February 25 to transformationconference2020@gmail.com with the following: (1) a 250-word abstract for a 10-minute presentation, (2) the paper's title, (3) your name, (4) your 75-word bio with your year (e.g. sophomore) and institutional and departmental affiliations, and (5) any audiovisual and technology requests.

Upcoming Workshop: "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

For the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, NeMLA is proud to host João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, whose book Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America and the Challenges of Mimesis in Non-Hegemonic Circumstances is the basis for a special NeMLA workshop organized by Michigan State University Press.

 

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha 

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center 

 

In Shakespearean CulturesRené Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William ShakespeareGustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work. 

 

We hope you'll join us for this interactive workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha!

Vote for Board Members by Feb 1!
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

  • Please vote in the current Board election by February 1! 
  • Consider running for future open positions on the Board of Directors!
  • Contact the Board of Directors with your suggestions and feedback!
"MAST: Journal of Media Art, Study, and Theory" CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (due June 30)
1/21/20

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2020 (for publication November 2020)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA is proud to offer professionalization opportunities to its members. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee for the following programs: 

 

JOB CLINIC 

 

30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

 

Faculty, please sign up as mentors to meet emerging scholars one-on-one and advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

 

Please pre-register by January 10 as either mentor or mentee under "Registration and Membership" in your account

 

PUBLISHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

 

The Publishing Mentorship Program will pair senior faculty with an emerging scholar in a similar research area. You will both meet at the 2020 Convention in Boston, and the senior scholar will offer guidance throughout the year on an article the emerging scholar would like to publish. The specific arrangement will be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors only.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty. 

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please download and complete the application and attach it to an email with your CV to jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15

 

Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2020 convention.

 

Please feel free to email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator, with any questions or for any additional information about these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Purchase tickets to live performances in Boston at the NeMLA rate by January 20!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA has secured a special rate for tickets at two live performances in Boston during our 51st Annual Convention. Purchase tickets by January 20 or before they run out! 

 

The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 4 PM: Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. In the wake of a devastating nuclear accident, three friends must come to terms with their shared culpability in this searing drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate ($50 for adults, $25 for students--a discount of more than 30 percent) and a post-show talk with the director for our 51st Annual Convention attendees. 

 

rEVOLUTION by the Boston Ballet at Citizens Bank Opera House, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM: rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of three pioneering choreographers--George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe--who pushed classical dance form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet. Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England, started by Massachusetts native E. Virginia Williams in 1963, as well as the first American dance company to tour China. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate of $55 (more than 30 percent off) and a post-show talk with the performers for our 51st Annual Convention attendees.

 

Purchase your tickets today!

Reserve your stay at the Marriott Copley Place by February 1!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention will take place at the Marriott Copley Place, in the heart of downtown Boston.

 

Take advantage of our NeMLA Marriott hotel rate of $179 before February 1! Reserve online today!

Chairs: Make sure your participants are registered before Jan 5
1/3/20

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

 

We encourage chairs for all sessions at our upcoming 51st Annual Convention to log into their user accounts and review their sessions in case any session participants are not yet registered (their names will appear in red). 

 

We will be removing unregistered presenters from the program shortly after January 5, at which point sessions without the minimum number of three panelists will be in danger of folding.

 

If you have not already done so, please contact your participants to remind them to register, then email us to let us know where things stand. If a participant has let you know they are withdrawing, please let us know as well so we can mark them as declined.

 

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

We here at NeMLA want to wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you for becoming a member of our organization. You may now enjoy access to:

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

 

Tickets Available for Boston Live Performances: "The Children" and "rEVOLUTION"
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

There are still a few tickets left for our sponsored Boston events during our 51st Annual Convention: 

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.
    Saturday, March 7, 4 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $50 for adults, $25 for students (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a post-show talk with the director


  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: The Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England. rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, pushing the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet.
    Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $55 (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a backstage tour after the show! For details about the tour, please email support@nemla.org.

 

Login to your user account and click "Registration & Membership" to purchase tickets before they run out!

Register by Jan 5 to Avoid Additional Late Fees
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

Register for our 51st Annual Convention by the January 5, 2020, deadline before late fees increase to $50. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement. 

 

Not sure whether you’re registered? Log into your NeMLA account, click "User," then "My Order History" to check. 

NeMLA 2020: Register by Dec 9!
12/3/19

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 

Did you know your membership and registration to NeMLA sponsors the following? 

 

 

Remember to register by December 9 for our 51st Annual Convention if you have not already done so. Register today to avoid the late fee of $25. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program in early January; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement.

Survey on Cultural Events in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019

 

Please vote to tell us which local cultural events and activities in our convention's host city you are most interested in. NeMLA has secured discounted admission for these events and needs a sense of the number of members interested. Vote here by December 9

 

Events include:

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. Saturday, March 7, 4 PM, with post-show talk.
  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: A mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of the pioneering choreographers, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, rEVOLUTION pushes the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet. Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM, with post-show talk.
  • New England Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

 

Purchase tickets for The Children and rEVOLUTION.

Pre-register for Our Interactive Workshops in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston offers interactive workshops by our members and exhibitors on pedagogy, professionalization, digital humanities, and publishing. Workshops fill up fast, but you can email to be added to our waiting list. 

 

Pre-register for one or more of the following:

 

  • "Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom," Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • "Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti," Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM
  • "Essential Elements of Online Teaching," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM 
  • "How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities," Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM
  • "Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills," Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM
  • "Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)," Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM
  • "Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances," Saturday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM
  • "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM
  • "Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies," Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM
  • "Supporting Your Class and You: Making Materials Compatible and Marketable with OER," Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 
  • "Pitch to Publication," Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Graduate Student Caucus Nominations Due Nov 28
11/18/19

Posted Monday, November 18, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus seeks nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for two open positions: President (three-year position) and Communications Director (two-year position).

 

Nominations are due via email by November 28, 2019, to Christian Ylagan, at cylagan2@uwo.ca. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, as well as a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee. Nominees must be current graduate students.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the nomination deadline. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote.

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org.

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due June 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

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 cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu 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.

 

[1] 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.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.

Board Nominations due August 15
6/30/20

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in March 2021. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the annual convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the annual NeMLA convention. 

 

Nominations are due by August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Help Us Plan Our 52nd Annual Convention: Complete This Survey by July 1
6/23/20

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

NeMLA is working hard to organize the 52nd Annual Convention and appreciates your input. As conditions for travel and meetings in large groups continue to be uncertain, we would like to collect more information about your participation in the convention. We want to make sure that NeMLA's decision is in line with members' expectations and desires, and your timely and precise feedback plays a vital role in the decision-making process for NeMLA 2021. Please fill out this survey by July 1 to help us decide which format NeMLA should take in March 2021.

Graduate Student Caucus Sessions at the 52nd Annual Convention
6/17/20

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020

 

The Graduate Student Caucus officers hope you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times and wish to share the following information. Please consider submitting abstracts to GSC-sponsored sessions:

 

 

And if you are interested in co-chairing the roundtable "Re-imagining Transferable Skills: Professional Development in a Post-COVID World," please email GSC Communications Director Samadrita Kuti at samadrita.kuiti@uconn.edu. A co-chair for this roundtable must not already be chairing another roundtable at the 52nd Annual Convention and will collaborate with Samadrita, including promoting the call for papers, reviewing abstracts, communicating with your selected participants, and preparing for and ultimately co-moderating the roundtable. 

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org and follow the GSC on Facebook (NeMLAGradStudents), Twitter (@NeMLAGradCaucus), and Instagram (nemlagrad). 

CFP extended to July 31: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (MAST Journal)
6/16/20

Posted Monday, June 15, 2020

 

Based on our guest editor advice, the call for papers deadline for the next issue of MAST"Media, Materiality and Emergency," has been extended to July 31, 2020.

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org, and please read and share the call for papers available here.

Deadline for WGSC Members: Vote for Caucus Secretary and Board Representative (Deadline July 24)
6/16/20

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2020

 


The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus encourages all members to vote for the next Secretary and Board Representative at this SurveyMonkey link by July 24. Candidate statements are in the SurveyMonkey link.



It is essential that at least 1/3 of the membership vote. It takes just a few minutes, and your cooperation will ensure a swift election process. 



More information about officers' descriptions and duties is available here.

Statement of Support
6/5/20

Posted Friday, June 5, 2020

 

The Executive Board of the Northeast Modern Language Association calls for an immediate end to the state-sanctioned police violence against black communities. We are writers, teachers, activists, and scholars from a multitude of backgrounds (racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and educational) and geographical regions who believe that the pursuit of justice is at the root of the protests that have emerged in all 50 states, throughout the Pacific territories, and around the world in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—as well as the deaths of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice, among too many others. We are committed to ending white supremacist ideologies that criminalize and dehumanize entire communities to which many of our members and our students belong and whose voices we honor. As an organization, we will continue to work against anti-Black racism, and all racial injustice, by deliberately welcoming a multitude of anti-racist perspectives and dialogues at our annual conference. Further, as a multi-ethnic organization comprised of language practitioners, critics, activists, and public humanities figures, we emphatically condemn any attacks on the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, individual and collective. We believe in the power of the humanities to develop a more socially, environmentally, economically, and politically just future.

 

The Northeast Modern Language Association Executive Board:

 

Brandi So, President
Bernadette Wegenstein, First Vice President
Joseph Valente, Second Vice President
Carole Salmon, Past President
Carine Mardorossian, Executive Director

 

To learn more about opportunities to support the Movement, please visit this dynamic resource for activism, donations, education, and more: www.ally.wiki.

Guidelines and Help for 2021 Session Chairs
5/28/20

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020

 

Attention all NeMLA 2021 session chairs: here is some advice to help you promote your call for papers and to finalize your session!

 

  • Sign up for 2019-2020 NeMLA membership, if you are not already a member. 
  • Advertise your CFP to list servs and direct your colleagues to submit online by September 30.
  • You may chair only one session of any one type, but you may chair multiple sessions of different types, such as one paper session as well as one roundtable or creative session.
  • Double-check your session proposal in your account to make sure the brief description for your session is to your preferences and short enough (preferably no more than two sentences) to fit in our upcoming Summer Newsletter.
  • Don't forget to submit abstracts to your own session, too!
  • Please wait until after the September 30 deadline before accepting abstracts and finalizing your session in your account
  • Please accept as close to the maximum number of submissions as possible for your session type, in case one or more participants withdraws before the convention.
  • If you receive numerous quality submissions, please consider changing your session type to a seminar or roundtable format, which allows you to have up to 10 participants. Second sessions are limited and will be considered after October 1. For more information how to change your session type or to request a second session, please click here.

 

If you have questions, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: Two new issues of MAST, NeMLA's newest journal (deadlines June 30 and September 15)
5/15/20

Posted Friday, May 15, 2020

 

NeMLA's new digital journal of media study, launched in Spring 2020, welcomes submissions for its next issues!

 

"Media, Materiality and Emergency" (submissions due June 30)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

 

"Total Screen: Why Jean Baudrillard, Once Again?" (submissions due September 15)

 

Guest editor: Katharina Niemeyer (University of Québec in Montréal) and Magali Uhl (University of Québec in Montréal)

 

What place does or could Jean Baudrillard occupy in media studies, visual studies, and art theory today? How does his work—as both a philosopher and a vernacular photographer—continue to influence visual artists and other forms of media art? How can we confront his radical views with feminist, intersectional, queer, postcolonial, and other critical approaches? This special issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through proposals from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Please email submissions and questions to specialissue@mast-nemla.org.

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers here.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8
4/30/20

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

Thank you to all who have submitted session proposals already for our 52nd Annual Convention

 

Because members have requested more time to complete their proposals, we are extending the deadline to Friday, May 8. If you haven't submitted your proposal yet, we are happy to receive them here.

 

Please email with any questions, and please share our poster with faculty, instructors, graduate students, and your colleagues!

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Newsletter
4/28/20

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020

 

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus wishes to thank you for a wonderful gathering at NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston and, in particular, for their productive Business Meeting, which included the following topics of discussion:

 

  • Session proposals in women's, gender, and sexuality studies for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention are due by April 29. Click here for more information.
  • Email nominations and 300-word ballot statements for these open positions by May 15 to forj15@yorku.ca: Secretary, Board Representative, and Social Media Representative. An online election will follow. To learn more about nominating or position responsibilities, click here.
  • Essay Award submissions are due January 15 at wgsnemla@gmail.com. For more information about submission guidelines, click here.
  • Like and follow the WGSC on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Women's and Gender Studies Members: Check your email inbox for more information!

Stay Connected With Colleagues: Submit a 2020 Philadelphia Session Proposal by April 29
4/27/20

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

We look forward to gathering for our 52nd Annual Convention to embrace what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and urgency of sincere, meaningful exchange. Our convention's theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," considers how the humanities deal with our changing world and how we can change the world. We invite you to submit a session proposal to spark a conversation with colleagues across the globe. Whether in person or virtually, important work awaits us in re-directing the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. Please submit a session proposal by April 29. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

 

All of us on the NeMLA Board and staff send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new and necessary contexts of your work.

Our Philadelphia Keynote Address: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
4/14/20

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan.



Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was recently named one of the best books of the decade by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and several others. Also a journalist, she has written frequently in the New York Times Magazine—most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is President of PEN America.



NeMLA members are encouraged to read Manhattan Beach in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Jennifer Egan, please email them, bring them to ask her yourself at the convention, or submit them with our mobile app!



Session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are due here by April 29, 2020. Click here for more information.

NeMLA 2021: Call for Proposals in French and Francophone (Deadline April 29, 2020)
4/10/20

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020

 

The French and Francophone Studies Area of NeMLA seeks session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention, March 11 to 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. We are looking for every topic in French and Francophone, with particular attention to increase the presence of the following areas: Quebec, Sub-Saharan Africa, French Caribbean and the Maghreb.

 

Please submit session proposals here by April 29, 2020. For more information about session proposals, please read here.

Session Proposals Due April 29: NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention is slated to take place March 11 to 14, 2021, and we hope that by then we will all be able to participate in our friendly convention in beautiful Philadelphia, the "Birthplace of America," steps from Independence Hall. Circumstances permitting, important work awaits us in re-shaping the humanities for ourselves, our constituents, and our broader communities. We hope that you will consider joining us in person, or, if need be, virtually, by submitting a session proposal to our 52nd convention before April 29 here

 

We look forward to gathering for a convention that embraces what is most human about the humanities, and that is shaped by the generosity and gratitude of sincere, meaningful exchange. 

 

We hope that you will use our 52nd Annual Convention theme, "Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities," as an opportunity to deepen your critical reflection in your field. Our 2021 theme ponders not only how the humanities deal with a changing world, but how we, as humanists, can change the world. We welcome session proposals that highlight your passions, curiosities, pet projects, as well as your scholarly, social, and political commitments. 

 

We are delighted to host, for our Thursday opening address, Professor Jed Esty, author of Unseasonable Youth: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Fiction of Development and Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Friday keynote event will be given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, whose novel Manhattan Beach will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." Special thanks to the generous support of the University of Pennsylvania, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home. 

 

We send heartfelt wishes for your health, safety, and peace, and invite you to consider this call for proposals as an outlet for the new contexts of your work.

Call for Session Proposals: German, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia
4/6/20

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020

 

Please submit session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention April 29, 2020 here. Read instructions for submitting here

 

German Studies

 

In recent years, NeMLA's German Studies Area has been growing, attracting about 25 panels each year and involving a wide spectrum of faculty members of all ranks as well as graduate students. This area promotes the study of all German-language literature and culture, with a variety of suggested areas and topics for panel proposals here. We would like to explicitly invite submission for panels of areas which have so far been underrepresented, including: 

 

  • Medieval and early modern literature and culture 
  • Afro-German literature and culture 
  • Disability 
  • Pedagogy, especially the teaching of literature and curricular development 

 

We also welcome joint proposal submissions between faculty of various ranks and/or graduate students. Let’s keep the German Area of NeMLA vibrant, innovative, and strong!

 

Russian/Eastern European Studies 

 

NeMLA is also very interested and actively strengthening the Russian and Eastern European Studies Area. Please do not hesitate to email director Charles Vannette with ideas for sessions and, in particular, ideas on how to increase the number of sessions and presenters for this area. 

Sign Up for Free Online Teaching Seminars!
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

With universities and colleges moving to distance learning, we at NeMLA will be hosting free online seminars to help you with this transition. These seminars will be hosted via Zoom; registrants will receive via email links to the Zoom seminar the morning of the seminar.

 

Login and sign up under "Registration & Membership" for one or more of the following:

 

  • Zoom Settings and Engagement Tools, Friday, April 3, 3 PM: Learn which settings to enable to improve your teaching experience, how to generate breakout rooms, and how to launch polls.
  • Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) Best Practices and Q&A, Saturday, April 4, 11 AM: How can you customize your menu and upload files into different content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you interact with the gradebook? This seminar will also include a basic introduction to the settings and capabilities of the "Quizzes" exam tool.
  • Blackboard LMS Best Practices and Q&A, Sunday, April 5, 11 AM: How can you add content to Blackboard shells, and create and label new content areas? What are best practices for discussion board settings? How can you copy individual modules or content from one course to another? How can you interact with the gradebook? 

 

As we at NeMLA continue this journey together in distance learning, we will strive to offer more specialized virtual workshops for our members. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Call for Session Proposals due April 29, 2020 (Philadelphia 2021 Convention)
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 


We at NeMLA are hoping for your safety and good health in these difficult times. We realize that our call for session proposals for our 52nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia comes at a time of extraordinary uncertainty and fear. Although campuses have moved to distance learning, we are still working hard on the 52nd Annual Convention, and we hope it will bring us all back together in good health and with a renewed commitment to doing inspired and inspiring work. Rest assured, however, that should circumstances intervene, we will explore all responsible alternatives, with the health of the organization and its membership in mind.

 

We are accepting session proposals up to April 29, and we encourage you to submit those topics that are most meaningful to you.

 

Please share our poster with your colleagues, and if you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA Draws: Children's Art Contest
3/30/20

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020

 

For our 51st Annual Convention, we encouraged children under the age of 12 to submit their drawings of the convention to depict participants, keynote events, networking events, the Marriott Copley Place, and sites around Boston.

 

We will share more photos on our web site and in our newsletter. Thank you all for your submissions!

Due April 1: Photo Contest Entries
3/18/20

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

NeMLA has two photo contests with entries due April 1.



#NeMLASouvenir

 

Share your selfie with you holding the books you purchased from our Exhibit Hall at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston on social media with the hashtag #NeMLASouvenir by April 1! Our favorite photos will be published in our newsletter and on our web site, and we will award winning photos with a prize!



Get-Togethers: Prize, free NeMLA convention registration!

 

Attention session chairs! We encourage you to organize get-togethers with your presenters. Whether you share a meal or a drink, visiting with your presenters outside of the conference room setting allows you to talk more about your research, explore the topic of your session in greater detail, and get to know your fellow convention participants. Submit a photo of your get-together at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston and email it to photos@nemla.org by April 1, 2020, with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2021 meeting in Philadelphia. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2021 Philadelphia by April 29!)

CAITY Business Meeting Minutes for March 2020
3/17/20

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

Here are minutes from the CAITY Business Meeting, which occurred on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to Katelynn DeLuca for preparing them, and thanks to all of you who attended for their energy and participation.

CFP, MLA Session: "STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities" (deadline March 20)
3/13/20

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020

 

MLA Session: STEMM to Story: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities
Toronto, ON, Canada, January 7-10, 2021 
300-word abstracts and 100-word bios due March 20 to Dr. Claire Sommers (claire.sommers@wustl.edu




In today’s academic landscape, there exists a schism between STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) and the Humanities. Not only are they often perceived as opposing disciplines, with the Humanities frequently competing with STEMM fields for funding and enrollment, but there exists little formal, institutional intersection between the two areas. 



Yet historically, what we now refer to as the STEMM and Humanities disciplines were more closely linked. The Latin word "Scientia" was much more broadly construed and simply meant “knowledge.” Since antiquity, there have been countless examples of individuals who have contributed equally to the STEMM and Humanities fields. Such a scholar is often referred to as a Renaissance man, as though such interdisciplinary mastery is relegated to the past. Yet, STEMM fields have recently acknowledged the importance of incorporating the Humanities into their research, with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s 2018 report “Branches of the Same Tree” recommending “novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines.” The title of this report is taken from Albert Einstein’s assertion that “all religions, arts, and sciences are branches from the same tree.” 

 

While STEMM has recognized the importance of incorporating the Humanities into its curriculum, it is just as vital that for the Humanities to utilize STEMM approaches, as interdisciplinary research is a vital means for generating new knowledge. This session seeks research projects with new approaches to STEM and the Humanities.



Possible approaches include but are not limited to:


  • The use of scientific methodology to study literature and language
  • The incorporation of math, science, and medicine into literary works
  • The use of literary and critical theory to analyze scientific and mathematical texts 
  • Authors and works that belong to both the STEMM and Humanities canons
  • Vocabulary that is common to both STEMM and the Humanities
  • The commonalities between scientific methodology and literary/critical theory
  • Literary interpretations of scientific phenomena
  • The impact of technology on literature and language
  • The rhetorical aspects of scientific inquiry
  • The didactic possibilities of using literature to portray science
  • Art and creativity in the sciences

 

Please email a 300-word abstract and 100-word bio to Claire Sommers by March 20.

Thank You
3/9/20

Posted Monday, March 9, 2020

 

We were so happy to welcome our convention attendees for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

We would appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out our post-convention survey.

 

And please consider submitting a session proposal for our 52nd Annual Convention by April 29. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at NeMLA 2020 Boston
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The 51st Annual Convention of NeMLA will feature numerous sessions in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing: please review our online schedule for more information. 

 

New this year: NeMLA will feature a new book-sales table for small-press books and journals. 

 

We also hope you will attend the Annual Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing Special Event, supported by NeMLA's peer-review journal Modern Language Studies. Christina Milletti will read from her award-winning book, Choke Box: A Fem-Noir on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in Regis. And be sure to see Christina Milletti's interview with Andre Dubus III at our Keynote Event on Friday, March 6, at 7 PM in Salon F!

American Studies at NeMLA 2020
3/2/20

Posted Monday, March 2, 2020

 

The American Area of NeMLA features 67 panels, roundtables, and seminars at the upcoming 51st Annual Convention in Boston. Review our schedule for more information.

 

This year's convention will also feature a special event, co-sponsored with the Areas of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, on Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 PM, in Arlington. Professor Emilio Sauri of the University of Massachusetts Boston will present his talk, “Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present.” We hope to see you there! 

 

Boston also has wonderful opportunities within walking distance of our convention site, the Marriott Copley Place. The Massachusetts Historical Society is free and open to all visitors and will be featuring an exhibition for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest public libraries in the nation and is offering us a special group tour on the afternoon of Friday, March 6, at 2 PM. And if you’re local or in town early, please join the Scholars Strategy Network’s Boston Chapter at Suffolk University on the afternoon of March 3 to meet with MA lawmakers and activists to chat about three current pieces of proposed legislation addressing crucial issues. 

 

And don't forget to submit session proposals for our 2021 convention in Philadelphia by April 29.

Our New Mobile App Is Now Available!
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature a new mobile app, hosted by EventMobi. Be sure to bookmark eventmobi.com/app/nemla20, or click the link to download the app to your device and enjoy all of its features:

 

  • Upload your profile pic and bio
  • Share your social media links to extend your personal brand
  • Set up your personalized conference schedule
  • Message other convention attendees
  • Map your way around Boston and the Marriott Copley Place
  • Search by keyword for sessions, workshops, and more!

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Spanish & Portuguese Studies at NeMLA 2020
2/12/20

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020

 

We hope you will enjoy the variety of sessions that our 51st Annual Convention will offer in studies of Spanish and Portuguese! As you can see in the conference schedule, there are many outstanding panels, seminars, and workshops in Spanish and Portuguese studies, including special events featuring Emilio Sauri and João Cezar de Castro Rocha.

 

Be sure to check out our new mobile app, which lets you search for and schedule the panels you wish to attend or to arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues.

 

And please take advantage of our convention's wonderful array of special eventsworkshops, and professionalization opportunities, including free professional headshots, the Job Clinic and Publishing Mentoring Program, and exhibitor workshops. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Ketz, NeMLA Area Director for Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

CAITY Caucus News: Survey, Election, and the 2020 Boston Convention
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

  • The CAITY Caucus will host its Business Meeting Thursday, March 5, 6 to 7 PM, in the Falmouth room at the Marriott Copley Place.
  • An election for CAITY President and Board Representative will take place at this Business Meeting. Candidates' bios and statements are hereYou must be present at the Business Meeting to vote.
  • CAITY constituents are encouraged to complete this short survey regarding where they want to see the Caucus go.
  • Congratulations to Aoise Stratford for winning the CAITY Best Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays"!
  • Congratulations as well to recipients of the 2020 CAITY Travel Award: Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber. 
  • CAITY has co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Caucus and the Pedagogy and Professionalism Area a publishing workshop at the 2020 Boston convention, with Dr. Melanie Holm on Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM. 
  • Enjoy travel discounts. Delta Air Lines offers a discount for NeMLA convention attendees with the code NY2VJ. We are also co-sponsoring the Room & Ride Share Forum with the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

For more information, please email caity@nemla.org

CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" ("MAST," deadline June 30)
2/11/20

Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 

Announcing the CFP for the second issue of MAST: NeMLA’s Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory: "Media, Materiality and Emergency," with guest editor ​Dr. Timothy Barker, University of Glasgow

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration? The second issue of MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists. 

 

Topics may include: 

 

  • materiality and ecological crisis 
  • materiality and media art responses to the climate emergency 
  • materiality and miscommunications 
  • materiality and waste, pollution and noise 
  • the disappearance/extinction of material things 
  • media and materiality in times of conflict 
  • materiality and displacement 
  • the concept of emergency/emergence 
  • media archaeology of/in times of crisis 

 

More information on submitting is here. Submissions are due June 30, 2020. For more information, please email editors@mast-nemla.org.

Extended Deadline Is Today: Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award (due Feb 10, 2020)
2/10/20

Posted Monday, February 10, 2020

 

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 the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention 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.

Send entries to the President of the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus at wgsnemla@gmail.com by today, February 10, with “NeMLA WGSC Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.

Italian Area Sessions at NeMLA 2020 Boston
2/5/20

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2020

 

Thanks to all for proposing sessions and abstracts and for participating at this year's NeMLA convention! This year's convention offers numerous sessions in Italian studies: you can review all under "Subject" in our online schedule.

 

In particular, we hope to see you at this year's Italian special event on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 PM. Professor Millicent Marcus will present on "From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films." 



For more information about Italian studies at the convention, please email Emanuela Pecchioli.

Attention Senior Faculty: Volunteer for Our Publishing Mentorship Program! Deadline Feb 20
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

NeMLA is excited to organize once again the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, pairing senior faculty with emerging scholars to offer guidance throughout the year on publishing an article.

 

We have received numerous excellent mentee applications, and we seek faculty volunteer mentors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 20 with your your institution, department, job title, and areas of specialty.

 

Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during our 2021 Philadelphia Annual Convention

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers.

CFP: "Transformation," an Interdisciplinary Conference, Washington University in St Louis, abstracts due Feb 25
2/3/20

Posted Monday, February 3, 2020

 

Please share the complete CFP with your colleagues.

 

Washington University in St. Louis's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta will host its inaugural interdisciplinary conference on April 4, 2020. This conference will explore the various conceptions and uses of transformation throughout literature across time and place. 

 

Please email applications by February 25 to transformationconference2020@gmail.com with the following: (1) a 250-word abstract for a 10-minute presentation, (2) the paper's title, (3) your name, (4) your 75-word bio with your year (e.g. sophomore) and institutional and departmental affiliations, and (5) any audiovisual and technology requests.

Upcoming Workshop: "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

For the 51st Annual Convention in Boston, NeMLA is proud to host João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, whose book Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America and the Challenges of Mimesis in Non-Hegemonic Circumstances is the basis for a special NeMLA workshop organized by Michigan State University Press.

 

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha 

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center 

 

In Shakespearean CulturesRené Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William ShakespeareGustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work. 

 

We hope you'll join us for this interactive workshop with João Cezar de Castro Rocha!

Vote for Board Members by Feb 1!
1/30/20

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

  • Please vote in the current Board election by February 1! 
  • Consider running for future open positions on the Board of Directors!
  • Contact the Board of Directors with your suggestions and feedback!
"MAST: Journal of Media Art, Study, and Theory" CFP: "Media, Materiality and Emergency" (due June 30)
1/21/20

Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2020

 

Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2020 (for publication November 2020)

 

Guest editor: Dr. Timothy Barker (University of Glasgow)

 

In what ways do questions of materiality matter in a time of crisis? What does it mean to explore the matter of things at a time when we are threatened with the annihilation of that matter, its disappearance, or its disintegration?

 

The second issue of NeMLA's new journal MAST seeks to answer and further explore these questions through essays from arts practitioners and theorists.

 

Please email submissions and questions to editors@mast-nemla.org

 

Download the CFP here. Read the complete call for papers at mast-nemla.org/call-for-papers.

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA is proud to offer professionalization opportunities to its members. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee for the following programs: 

 

JOB CLINIC 

 

30-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for anyone contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. 

 

Faculty, please sign up as mentors to meet emerging scholars one-on-one and advise them on CVs and cover letters and practice mock interviews

 

Please pre-register by January 10 as either mentor or mentee under "Registration and Membership" in your account

 

PUBLISHING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 

 

The Publishing Mentorship Program will pair senior faculty with an emerging scholar in a similar research area. You will both meet at the 2020 Convention in Boston, and the senior scholar will offer guidance throughout the year on an article the emerging scholar would like to publish. The specific arrangement will be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate, and tenure-track faculty may participate as mentors only.

 

If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty. 

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please download and complete the application and attach it to an email with your CV to jobclinic@nemla.org by January 15

 

Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions prior to the 2020 convention.

 

Please feel free to email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator, with any questions or for any additional information about these initiatives. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Purchase tickets to live performances in Boston at the NeMLA rate by January 20!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA has secured a special rate for tickets at two live performances in Boston during our 51st Annual Convention. Purchase tickets by January 20 or before they run out! 

 

The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 4 PM: Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. In the wake of a devastating nuclear accident, three friends must come to terms with their shared culpability in this searing drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate ($50 for adults, $25 for students--a discount of more than 30 percent) and a post-show talk with the director for our 51st Annual Convention attendees. 

 

rEVOLUTION by the Boston Ballet at Citizens Bank Opera House, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM: rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of three pioneering choreographers--George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe--who pushed classical dance form forward and definitively changed the course of ballet. Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England, started by Massachusetts native E. Virginia Williams in 1963, as well as the first American dance company to tour China. NeMLA has secured a special reduced admission rate of $55 (more than 30 percent off) and a post-show talk with the performers for our 51st Annual Convention attendees.

 

Purchase your tickets today!

Reserve your stay at the Marriott Copley Place by February 1!
1/8/20

Posted Wednesday, January 8, 2020

 

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention will take place at the Marriott Copley Place, in the heart of downtown Boston.

 

Take advantage of our NeMLA Marriott hotel rate of $179 before February 1! Reserve online today!

Chairs: Make sure your participants are registered before Jan 5
1/3/20

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020

 

We encourage chairs for all sessions at our upcoming 51st Annual Convention to log into their user accounts and review their sessions in case any session participants are not yet registered (their names will appear in red). 

 

We will be removing unregistered presenters from the program shortly after January 5, at which point sessions without the minimum number of three panelists will be in danger of folding.

 

If you have not already done so, please contact your participants to remind them to register, then email us to let us know where things stand. If a participant has let you know they are withdrawing, please let us know as well so we can mark them as declined.

 

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!
12/23/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

We here at NeMLA want to wish you Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you for becoming a member of our organization. You may now enjoy access to:

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

 

Tickets Available for Boston Live Performances: "The Children" and "rEVOLUTION"
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

There are still a few tickets left for our sponsored Boston events during our 51st Annual Convention: 

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.
    Saturday, March 7, 4 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $50 for adults, $25 for students (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a post-show talk with the director


  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: The Boston Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in New England. rEVOLUTION is a mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of pioneering choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, pushing the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet.
    Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
    NeMLA special reduced admission rate: $55 (more than 30 percent off the regular admission price), including a backstage tour after the show! For details about the tour, please email support@nemla.org.

 

Login to your user account and click "Registration & Membership" to purchase tickets before they run out!

Register by Jan 5 to Avoid Additional Late Fees
12/18/19

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 

Register for our 51st Annual Convention by the January 5, 2020, deadline before late fees increase to $50. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement. 

 

Not sure whether you’re registered? Log into your NeMLA account, click "User," then "My Order History" to check. 

NeMLA 2020: Register by Dec 9!
12/3/19

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 

Did you know your membership and registration to NeMLA sponsors the following? 

 

 

Remember to register by December 9 for our 51st Annual Convention if you have not already done so. Register today to avoid the late fee of $25. Unregistered participants will be removed from the program in early January; please let your session chair know ASAP if you plan to withdraw so they may secure a replacement.

Survey on Cultural Events in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019

 

Please vote to tell us which local cultural events and activities in our convention's host city you are most interested in. NeMLA has secured discounted admission for these events and needs a sense of the number of members interested. Vote here by December 9

 

Events include:

 

  • The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company: 2018 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! Following acclaimed runs in London and New York City, The Children is an astonishing and thrilling new play that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world. Saturday, March 7, 4 PM, with post-show talk.
  • rEVOLUTION at the Boston Ballet: A mixed repertory ballet program showcasing the work of the pioneering choreographers, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe, rEVOLUTION pushes the classical dance form forward to change the course of ballet. Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM, with post-show talk.
  • New England Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

 

Purchase tickets for The Children and rEVOLUTION.

Pre-register for Our Interactive Workshops in Boston
11/25/19

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019

 

Our 51st Annual Convention in Boston offers interactive workshops by our members and exhibitors on pedagogy, professionalization, digital humanities, and publishing. Workshops fill up fast, but you can email to be added to our waiting list. 

 

Pre-register for one or more of the following:

 

  • "Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom," Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM
  • "Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti," Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM
  • "Essential Elements of Online Teaching," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM 
  • "How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities," Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM
  • "Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills," Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM
  • "Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)," Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM
  • "Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction," Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM
  • "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances," Saturday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM
  • "Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America," featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM
  • "Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies," Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM
  • "Supporting Your Class and You: Making Materials Compatible and Marketable with OER," Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM 
  • "Pitch to Publication," Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Graduate Student Caucus Nominations Due Nov 28
11/18/19

Posted Monday, November 18, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus seeks nominations (self-nominations encouraged) for two open positions: President (three-year position) and Communications Director (two-year position).

 

Nominations are due via email by November 28, 2019, to Christian Ylagan, at cylagan2@uwo.ca. Nominations should include the nominee’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation, as well as a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA, other relevant experience, current graduate status and degree pursued, and details on what the nominee would contribute to the position and the GSC committee. Nominees must be current graduate students.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the nomination deadline. All graduate student members of NeMLA will be eligible to vote.

 

For more information, please email gsc@nemla.org.

Volunteer for Our Job Clinic!
11/11/19

Posted Monday, November 11, 2019

 

Faculty members attending our 51st Annual Convention are encouraged to consider signing up as mentors at our annual Job Clinic. These one-on-one sessions allow mentors to advise early career scholars with CVs, cover letters, and mock interviews. To sign up, login at cfplist.com/nemla, click "Registration & Membership," and choose "2020 Boston Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic (MENTOR)." You will receive an email in January to confirm your availability and to pair you with a mentee in your field. 

 

For more information, please email jobclinic@nemla.org.

Vote for which Boston activities NeMLA should sponsor (Deadline Dec 9, 2019)
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Each year, we welcome the input of its members to vote for local events and activities in our convention's host city that they would like to see NeMLA sponsor for discount admission.

 

Vote here by Monday, December 9, 2019, and let us know which Boston event you would like NeMLA to sponsor for discount admission!

News from the CAITY Caucus
11/7/19

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

CAITY Caucus members should check their inbox for a recent email about exciting opportunities between now and the March 2020 convention in Boston:

 

Enjoy NeMLA's many offerings: Register for our 51st Annual Convention by December 9!
11/4/19

Posted Monday, November 4, 2019

 

All accepted participants for the 51st Annual Convention can log into their username accounts for more information about their session and to register by December 9 to partake of the following important opportunities:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

Award Deadlines
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

NeMLA offers many opportunities for essay and book awards, travel grants, and professionalization opportunities at the following deadlines:

 

 

For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

NeMLA 2020 Boston: Abstracts due Sep 30
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2019

 

September 30 is the abstract deadline for our 51st Annual Convention! Read and submit to calls for papers here.

 

If you are a session chair, please continue to promote your call for paper with colleagues and listservs. Once you review submitted abstracts, if you have more quality submissions than can fit in one panel, consider changing your session type or requesting a second session. More chair guidelines are here.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Boston 2020 Convention: Abstracts due Sep 30!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019

 

Please join us for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! 

 

NeMLA offers a vast array of special events and sessions in the modern languages and literatures as well as in a wide variety of interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies, environmental studies, cultural/postcolonial studies, and queer theory.

 

Submit abstracts by September 30.

Promote Your CFP!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

Session chairs: Our 51st Annual Convention is quickly approaching! Please remember to promote the September 30 abstract deadline by sharing your session with colleagues and at the following links:

Please also share the general CFP flyer with your colleagues!

Book Award, Deadline October 15
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019

 

The NeMLA Book Award is bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript by a current NeMLA member on any of the organization's focal literatures, languages, or cultures. The prize includes $750 and NeMLA's assistance with contacting presses about the publication of their manuscripts (at the winner's discretion). The winner will be announced at the annual business meeting and Sunday brunch at the end of NeMLA's annual convention.

 

For more information about criteria and to apply, click here.

Deadline Extended to Sept 15: Vote for Potential CAITY Name Change
10/31/19

Updated Wednesday, September 4, 2019

 

CAITY members are encouraged to complete this survey regarding options for a potential change or "no name change" to the caucus's name. Please vote by the new extended deadline, September 15, 2019, as bylaws require a majority of membership (68 members) to vote in order for the results to be legitimate. No name change would be final until it is approved by the NeMLA Executive Board at its fall meeting on November 2.

 

Please email questions or concerns to CAITY@nemla.org.

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter is now online!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Summer issue of the NeMLA newsletter, which features almost 450 CFPs for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston! Submit abstracts by September 30, share this poster with your colleagues, and remember to nominate for open Board positions by the August 15 deadline!

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, June 17, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

WGSC Secretary Election: Vote Now!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

It's time for Women's and Gender Studies Caucus members to vote for the next Caucus Secretary! Read candidate statements and vote here on SurveyMonkey by June 15. The secretary position will take effect immediately following the election. Read more about the Secretary's duties here.

Board Nomination Deadline Extended to Aug 1
10/31/19

Posted Monday, May 13, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due by the new extended deadline, August 1. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

Session Proposal Deadline Extended to Friday, May 3
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

We have extended the deadline for our call for session proposals for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston to Friday. Please submit here

 

Also, today is the deadline to submit an abstract for our edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).

Board Nominations Due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

 

NeMLA looks forward to a dynamic convention in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2020. Our continued success depends on an engaged, volunteer Board of Directors. Various positions on the Board provide opportunities to shape the Annual Convention as well as NeMLA’s contributions to the profession. Positions are staggered, so each year different roles become available. 

 

Open positions are listed below. Specific responsibilities are here. Self-nominations are welcome. 

 

 

An election will be held online for members starting in the fall. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch and business meeting on the last day of the Annual NeMLA Convention. 

 

Nominations are due June 15. To submit nominations, or for more information, please email nemla_nominations@nemla.org. Please do not hesitate to contact current Board members with questions about their respective positions.

A New NeMLA CFP: Call for Photos!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Publish Your "My NeMLA" Photo in the 2019 Winter Issue of Modern Language Studies 

 

NeMLA members are invited to submit an original black and white photo taken in their town or city for the "My NeMLA" photo contest to be published this winter in our association’s journal, Modern Language Studies. This special section will collect photographs illustrating the topic of the convention: "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures" and offer our diverse membership a view into their towns or cities. 

 

We invite members to submit an original black and white photo by September 1, 2019, to https://woobox.com/oge9fu in order to be considered for the contest. 

 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in the winter issue of Modern Language Studies and will be displayed on our website, ahead of the March 5-8, 2020 convention in Boston. 

 

Instructions and technological requirements:

 

  • Your photo should be yours 
  • Please submit in black and white only 
  • Photos should be in black and white, 300 dpi at 7 inches wide. JPEG or TIF format only 
  • Winners agree to have their photo published in MLS and on the MLS and NeMLA webpages, and to be used as well for publicity purposes in connection with the 2020 convention. All rights revert to the photographers after publication and the convention 

 

We look forward to seeing you at the NeMLA convention in Boston, March 5-8, 2020! Please forward our call for session proposals to your colleagues ahead of the April 29 deadline.

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Post-convention Message
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2019

 

Thank you for a wonderful 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention! We have news to share about the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus, including deadlines for elections and session proposals for the 2020 NeMLA Convention

 

Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award

 

This year's winner was Nancy Kang at the University of Manitoba for her essay “Sin Sexo: Auto-Historiography and Reproduction in Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Sor Juana’s Second Dream.” Congratulations, Nancy! 

 

If you presented at the 2018 or 2019 convention on a women's and gender studies topic, please consider revising your paper and submitting it for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Essay Award by November 15, 2019. The award includes a $100 cash prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. For more information, click here.  

 

Secretary Nominations Deadline: May 17, 2019

 

Self-nominations only are accepted. Please submit a 350-word statement to wgsnemla@gmail.com by May 17, 2019. The electon will then be held online. For more information about the responsibilities of the WGSC Secretary, click here

 

WGS Session Proposals, 2020 NeMLA Boston convention

 

NeMLA welcomes sessions from all subject areas of the modern languages and literatures, covering a broad spectrum of scholarship and advancing innovative approaches to teaching. While there are many WGS possibilities in these areas, interest in submissions on the wide range of scholarly topics, themes and approaches that interest all those working in WGS remain high. We welcome submissions that reflect your current scholarly interests and hope that you and your colleagues consider submitting a proposal. Submit your proposals here for seminars, roundtables, creative sessions, workshops, and panel proposals by April 29, 2019. And please distribute the call for session proposals widely to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate! 

 

NeMLA WGSC Facebook Page

 

Our new Social Media Representatives, Meghan Riley and Sarah Yahyaoui, are hard at work updating our Facebook page. Like our page here.

 

Visit our web page and check your inbox for more information coming in late spring to vote for WGSC Secretary. Please email any questions to wgsnemla@gmail.com. Until then, best wishes for the rest of the semester! 

NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration Volume
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 8, 2019

 

CFP NeMLA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration 

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 cmardoro@buffalo.edu and simona@tcnj.edu 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.

 

[1] 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.

2020 NeMLA CFP and Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

 

We loved having you celebrate our 50th Anniversary Convention with us, and we look forward to seeing you for our 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

  • CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS: The call for session proposals for NeMLA 2020 is now open, and you can submit here.
  • PUBLICATION: We are delighted to announce the publication of an edited volume in celebration of NeMLA's 50th Anniversary. The volume will include the best research on the topic of transnational studies. Please consider submitting an abstract to Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu) and Carine Mardorossian (cmardoro@buffalo.edu).
  • SURVEY: Please also complete our short survey about our 50th Anniversary Convention so we can keep making NeMLA better! 
  • VIDEO: Check out our video featuring testimonials from returning and new NeMLA members about our 50th Anniversary Convention!

 

Sincerely, Carine Mardorossian
Chair, Department of Media Study
Executive Director, Northeast Modern Language Association
Professor of English University at Buffalo

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus at NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

This year's 50th Anniversary Convention promises to be especially exciting as the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus gather to experience a wide range of panels in every field and, of course, to celebrate 50 years of vital scholarship and invigorating collegial exchange through NeMLA! Below are some of the WGSC-sponsored activities in Washington, DC:

 

"Movements: Social Activism and Academia"
Saturday, March 23, 3:15 to 4:30 PM, Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D

 

WGSC Special Event, co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature Area
"Sex and Gender After 'Latinx,'" with Ricardo L. Ortiz from Georgetown University, Friday, March 22, 11:45 AM to 1 PM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

WGSC Mentorship Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 to 10 AM, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

 

Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Special Event
A reading by Shelley Jackson, Saturday, March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Eastern Shore 1

 

WGSC Convention Table: Volunteers are welcome to sign up via email to sjgoldbo@buffalo.edu. Stop by for a free ribbon or drop of a copy of your recent work and business card to promote yourself!

 

Check your email for more information about all the Women's and Gender Studies sessions at the 50th Anniversary Convention, as well as more information to get involved as an officer in the WGSC and to propose a session for the 51st Annual Convention in Boston!

 

The WGSC wishes you well with NeMLA preparations, and safe travels!

Graduate Student Caucus vice presidential election and 50th Anniversary Convention events
10/31/19

Posted Monday, March 4, 2019

 

If you haven't already, please take a moment to vote for the Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus with this ballot. Voting closes Sunday, March 10

 

We also wanted to let you know about our GSC events at NeMLA's upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention at the Gaylord National Resort. 

 

Thursday, March 21, 6-7 PM
GSC Annual Business Meeting (pick up Travel Awards and share input about GSC activities) 
Location: Azalea 2 

 

Friday, March 22, 9-11 PM 
ABD Brew-Ha-Ha: Where GSC members can snack, socialize, and chat about All But Dissertation
Snacks and limited drink tickets provided.
Location: Granite City Food & Brewery National Harbor

 

Saturday, March 23, 10:15-11:30 AM 
University Labor Relations and Graduate Student Labor Concerns (Roundtable) 
Location: Woodrow Wilson Ballroom D 

 

Saturday, March 23 4:45-6:00 PM 
From PhD to the Public: Alternative Career Prospects and Life Outside Academia (Roundtable) 
Location: Magnolia 2 (Media Equipped) 

 

Learn more about the GSC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

GSC Vice President Election: Deadline March 10
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019

 

Attention Graduate Student Caucus members: please take a moment to vote for GSC Vice President! 

 

Please read the three candidates' narratives and vote with this ballot by March 10

 

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for helping to make the GSC even stronger! 

 

Learn more about the GSC online and on Facebook and Twitter.

CAITY Caucus & NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary Convention is just over a month away, and the CAITY Caucus is gearing up for an exciting time to meet, discuss, and grow, both as members of NeMLA and as a Caucus.

 

As a follow up to the survey that was sent to CAITY members during the fall, it’s critical that those of you who responded know that their voices were heard and that there will be a follow up at CAITY's Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6 PM in Azalea Room 1 at the Gaylord National Resort Center.

 

This business meeting will address:

  • leadership
  • caucus name
  • who the Caucus represents and the kind of representation constituents want
  • labor issues
  • financial questions
  • judging of CAITY Awards

 

CAITY will also have a giveaway! Those who attend the meeting and come up with options for a new Caucus name (to be voted on later by constituents) or viable ideas for increased participation will take home a special piece of our 50th Anniversary celebration swag!

 

For more information, please visit CAITY online or email CAITY@nemla.org.

GSC Vice President Nominations Due Friday
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 18, 2019

 

Nominations for Vice President of the Graduate Student Caucus are due Friday, February 22, 2019

 

Vice President is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention

 

To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves. 

 

If you are interested in sharing your time, experience, and expertise with the GSC, please forward all nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by Friday, February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. 

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines: the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.); other relevant experience; and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus. 

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote. 

 

If you have any questions or clarifications, please email nllowman@buffalo.edu

Hotel block expanded!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We have added rooms to our NeMLA-discounted hotel block at the Gaylord Convention Center. Please make your reservations before March 1. 

 

For more information, please contact support@nemla.org.

Volunteer for our Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019

 

We are excited to offer again this year the ​Publishing Mentorship Program, in which we will pair senior faculty with emerging scholars in a similar research area. After meeting at our 50th Anniversary Convention in March, the senior scholar can offer guidance throughout the year on an article that the emerging scholar is hoping to publish. The arrangement would be at the discretion of the mentor and mentee, but the mentor might be willing to read a draft or suggest possible venues for publication. 

 

We have already received a great number of applications from mentees, and we would like to ask you to be please consider volunteering to be a mentor in this program. If you are interested in being a mentor in the Publishing Mentorship Program, please email jobclinic@nemla.org by February 25. We also ask that you provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you with someone in your field. Mentors will be invited to discuss the mentorship as part of a special panel during the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator. Thank you for your time and help with this new initiative.

Here's Our Winter 2019 Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Please enjoy the Winter issue of the NeMLA newsletter in preparation for our 50th Anniversary Convention in DC! 

 

And remember to vote in our upcoming Board elections. The deadline to vote is February 20. 

Reserve your hotel room at the Gaylord National!
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, February 7, 2019

 

  • Our 50th Anniversary Convention schedule is online. Download a PDF copy here.
  • Hotel: We've added more rooms at the Gaylord National Resort--reserve your room by March 1!
  • Travel: Our official airline this year, United Airlines, offers discounts for up to 10% to NeMLA travelers

 

Questions? Email support@nemla.org.

Nominations now accepted for GSC Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Monday, February 4, 2019

 

The Graduate Student Caucus will hold an election for the Vice President position before the 50th Anniversary Convention

 

This is a two-year position. The Vice President assists the President with Caucus affairs. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for administrating the GSC Travel Awards and Essay Award, holding GSC elections, and conducting the GSC post-convention survey. The Vice President also proposes and chairs a GSC session at the yearly convention. To be eligible to run, please note that nominees must be graduate students at the time of the election. Once elected, a GSC officer may continue to serve their functions until the completion of their mandate even if their status changes at any time during their term, unless the NeMLA Executive Board disapproves.

 

Please email nominations to GSC President, Nicole Lowman (nllowman@buffalo.edu), by February 22, 2019. Self-nominations are very much encouraged. Please include the nominee’s name, email address, institutional affiliation, and current program and year of study. As well, include a brief narrative that outlines the nominee’s experience and involvement with NeMLA (e.g., as presenter, chair, area or conference volunteer, etc.), other relevant experience, and details on the nominee’s planned contributions for the specific position and more generally, the Graduate Student Caucus.

 

The election will be held via an online survey shortly after the deadline, and graduate students will be sent a secure link with which to vote. All graduate student members of the NeMLA GSC in good standing and with up-to-date memberships will be eligible to vote.

 

Please email questions to nllowman@buffalo.edu

Sign up for our Job Clinic and Publishing Mentorship Program!
10/31/19

Posted Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

Please pre-register as a Job Clinic mentee by logging into your account and choosing the "2019 Washington, DC, Job Mentoring Circle and Clinic" option under "Registration and Membership" by February 10, 2019

 

If you are interested in being a mentee in our Publishing Mentorship Program, please complete the application and email it with your CV to by March 1, 2019. Please provide your affiliation (institution, department, job title) and areas of specialty so we can pair you up with someone in your field. Please note that mentees must be ABD or above in order to participate. Mentees will be asked to submit a brief report of their work in the mentorship by December 1, 2019.

NeMLA 2019 Chairs: Please Proofread Your Sessions
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

Our 50th Anniversary Convention is quickly approaching! If you are a session chair, please log into your user account to:

 

  • Confirm audio-visual for your session
  • Email your presenters to remind them to register if they have not done so already, so their name is not removed from the program 
  • Proofread and edit titles of your session and its presentations by 17 January 

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

CAITY Essay Award Deadline: Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award application deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit your essays by January 10, 2019.

 

The competition is limited to revised papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the 2018 NeMLA convention in Pittsburgh. The winner will receive a $100 cash award and is automatically considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

 

Please read rules and criteria, and submit essays or questions to CAITY@nemla.org.

NeMLA Members Presenting at MLA
10/31/19

Posted on Thursday, January 3

 

We are so proud of our members' presentations at the Modern Language Association this week in Chicago!

 

We've included this helpful guide listing some of our members' presentations.

 

Are you a NeMLA members presenting at MLA? Reply to these threads at Facebook and Twitter!

NeMLA Board Elections (Vote by Feb 15)
10/31/19

Posted Monday, December 10, 2018

 

A central part of our organization's ability to provide a meaningful scholarly community for our members and constituents depends on electing NeMLA Board Representatives. Open positions for May 2019 include: 

 

 

Descriptions for positions are available here.

 

Membership vote occurs electronically until February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Newly elected board members begin their term at the Sunday brunch on the last day of the NeMLA convention.

 

Please read candidates' biographies and statements of purpose, then vote here. For more information, please email support@nemla.org.

CFP: How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class (NeMLA Italian Studies Volume XLI)
10/31/19

 

Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018

 

NeMLA Italian Studies, the refereed journal published by NeMLA's Italian section under the sponsorship of NeMLA and The College of New Jersey, has a call for papers for Volume XLI, "How to Use Literature in the Italian Language Class."

 

The use of literature in language classes can be considered as one of the most effective way to teach language and culture. In this call for papers the editors welcome original contributions that investigate the relevance of the use of literary-based input for teaching and learning Italian language and culture, and highlight strategies educators can use to effectively engage students through literature in the classroom.  Preferred contributions should address all levels of Italian courses, particularly the beginning and intermediate ones.

 

Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and can be either in English or Italian (with preference given to English). Authors must comply with the MLA bibliographic standards for citations and documents of source. Contributors should send their manuscripts together with a 300-word abstract and 50-word bio and CV to the editors by June 30, 2019 with the subject line "NIS VOLUME XLI" to (please include all in email) Paola Nastri (paola.nastri@gmail.com), Paola Quadrini (paolaquadrini@gmail.com), and Simona Wright (simona@tcnj.edu).

CAITY Caucus Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, November 26, 2018

 

The CAITY Caucus, based on feedback received during its business meeting at the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh, in addition to questions about participation in the Caucus and representation within NeMLA, has created this brief survey. This feedback will help CAITY learn more about how to best represent contingent, adjunct, independent scholars, and two-year faculty, and gain insight about levels of participation. All responses are anonymous.

 

If you have questions, please email CAITY@nemla.org

Promote Your Book!
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

At NeMLA, we are proud of our members’ accomplishments, and we would like to list your book on our website and advertise it on site at our annual convention. We hope to facilitate networking among our attending authors by displaying their research and flyers in our Exhibit Hall

 

If you would like your information on our new web page, please email us your name, book title, publisher, and date of publication. Please also let us know whether you will have your book and flyers with you to display in the Exhibit Hall to set up the display table.

Book Award Deadline extended to December 1
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Presented annually at our convention, the NeMLA Book Award is an annual award bestowed upon the best unpublished book-length manuscript on any of NeMLA's focal literatures, languages, or cultures.

 

We have extended the deadline for submissions to December 1. For consideration, please email the following to book.award@nemla.org

 

  • A copy of your manuscript
  • An overview of the proposed book (2 to 3 single-spaced pages)
  • A round-up of competing books 
  • A brief explanation of the uniqueness of the proposed project

 

Please email any questions to book.award@nemla.org

50th Anniversary Convention Schedule Now Online!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Our schedule for the 50th Anniversary Convention is now online!

 

Please email any questions to support@nemla.org.

NeMLA at MLA 2019!
10/31/19

Posted November 13, 2018

 

Join NeMLA at the Modern Language Association! This year, members of NeMLA have developed the following session for the January 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 AM, Columbus H (Hyatt Regency)

Presenters: Amanda Lagji (Pitzer College), Ellen M. Scheible (Bridgewater State University), Tina Yih-Ting Chen (Penn State University Park), Claire Sommers (Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience.

 

This session explores how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. Members from NeMLA will also discuss our Publishing Mentorship Program.

 

NeMLA also will host a table with other Regional MLA, with information about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC!

 

And we’d love to hear from NeMLA members presenting or chairing at the MLA: tell us about your session on Twitter, Facebook, or via email at support@nemla.org.

 

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!

Finalize Sessions by October 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, October 14, 2018

 

October 15 is the deadline for chairs to finalize sessions. Login and complete the following steps: 

 

  1. A/V: Indicate A/V needs via your presenters' abstract submission page (one request per session will ensure A/V for the session)
  2. Email everyone about their abstract's status (declined, under consideration, or accepted) 
  3. Click the Finalized button 
  4. Register and email your presenters to remind them to do the same via their user account by December 9.
  5. Alert us ASAP if you are withdrawing your session 
  6. Seminars follow a specific format (pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations). Please inform your presenters about this format.

 

If you have any questions, please email support@nemla.org.

Chairs: Finalize Your Sessions by Oct 15
10/31/19

Posted October 8, 2018

 

The deadline to finalize your session is October 15. 

 

  1. NeMLA does not allow participation in more than one session of a kind. Make sure your presenters are not double booked. 

  2. Click on ACCEPTED, and the database will alert you if your presenter is double booked.
     
  3. Please let ALL presenters know of their status once your session is finalized.

  4. Please ask your participants to confirm their A/V requests. NeMLA provides projectors, but presenters will need to provide their own laptops and dongles for Apple devices. 

  5. Please remind your presenters to join NeMLA and pay registration before December 9. Registration is open

  6. Seminars and roundtables can accommodate more presenters. Seminars involve pre-circulated papers and 5-minute presentations. Please email support@nemla.org if you need assistance with the format of your session. 

  7. The number of second sessions is limited, and you will be notified by October 20 whether your request is approved. 

  8. No papers may be read in absentia; please do not accept participants who cannot attend our convention in Washington, DC, in person. 

  9. Please email your Area Director if you have any questions. 
CAITY Essay Award submissions due Jan 10
10/31/19

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

 

It's never too early to submit revised essays in the CAITY Caucus Essay Award! Along with a $100 cash prize, the winning essay will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's peer-reviewed journal.

 

If you are an independent scholar or faculty who are contingent, adjunct, or teach at a two-year institution, please consider revising your presentation from our 2018 Pittsburgh convention and turn it into your essay submission.

 

For more information, please email CAITY@nemla.org.

Board Nominations due June 15
10/31/19

Posted Saturday, June 2, 2018

 

NeMLA is turning 50! Our continued success depends on our engaged, volunteer Board. 

 

Nominations are due by June 15, and self-nominations are welcome. 

 

Board openings

 

 

For positions opening in our caucuses, please contact the caucus presidents directly. 

 

Caucuses

 

NeMLA 2019 CFP: Session Proposal Deadline Extension
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 31, 2018

 

Due to the many requests for extensions related to the holiday weekend, we are writing to invite you to submit a session proposal for NeMLA 2019 until Wednesday, June 6. We hope that this extension will allow those interested in chairing a session to submit a proposal.

 

NeMLA's 50th Anniversary in Washington, DC will feature Professor Homi Bhabha as its keynote and Cameroonian author Imbolo Mbue as its opening speaker. The convention will take place in the beautiful Gaylord National Resort Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Nominees: CAITY Vice President
10/31/19

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

There is now an opening for vice president of the CAITY Caucus. Duties will include: facilitating the CAITY Travel Award, assisting with the coordination and creation of CAITY conference events and posters/flyers, and taking minutes during the CAITY business meeting. The newly elected vice president will receive free conference registration. 

 

Anyone interested in the position should email a brief bio and a statement of interest to CAITY@nemla.org by June 29th, 2018. Self nominations are welcome! 

 

Please email any questions to CAITY@nemla.org

WGSC News and Updates
10/31/19

Posted May 16, 2018

 

2018 Pittsburgh Post-convention Survey
10/31/19

Posted Monday, April 16

 

How was the 2018 convention in Pittsburgh? How can we improve? What is missing you would like to see added? What are we doing well, and which new additions did you see this year that we should continue at the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, DC?

 

Fill out our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVB8HFF.

CFP, MLA 2019: "Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process" (Abstracts due March 15)
10/31/19

Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Posted Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

The Regional Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA), including NeMLA, seek submissions for a panel we are organizing at the meeting of MLA in Chicago, January 3 to 6, 2019. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a 75-word bio to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu) by the new extended deadline, March 15. 

 

Pitch to Page: Teaching the Publication Process 

 

Professors have been advised to “publish or perish” for nearly 100 years. First coined in 1927, this phrase warns professors that in order to maintain their jobs, they must publish their work. Publishing has always been central to academia, as it is the primary vehicle through which scholars share their research with a larger audience. Yet, in recent years, academia has changed so that publishing is not reserved for those who are already professors. Instead, publishing has become a requirement for any one who is applying to become a professor, with PhD students being encouraged to publish their research before they have finished their degrees. 

 

This panel will explore how academic departments, organizations, and publishers can best teach and support the publishing process. We welcome proposals from all career stages (graduate student through full professor) and scholars who can share their experiences as publishers, editors, and submission reviewers. Some of the questions we seek to answer include:

 

 

  • What should scholars know about publishing? 
  • How can institutions and academic departments mentor graduate students and early career faculty on publishing? 
  • How can academic and professional organizations help to guide its members in the publishing process? 
  • What guidance can journal editors and academic presses provide? 
  • How can publishing education be incorporated into the education of graduate students and professor lives of early career faculty? 
  • How can we teach scholars about all aspects of the publishing process (abstract, submission, revisions)? 
  • How can we mentor scholars on the differences between different types of publications? 

Please submit a 250-word proposal and 75-word bio by March 15 to Claire Sommers (csommers@gc.cuny.edu).

Hotel block open at the Westin in Pittsburgh
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

In addition to our room block at our 2018 Pittsburgh convention site at the Omni William Penn, NeMLA has also secured a room block at the Westin Convention Center. The Westin is about a 5-minute walk to the Omni, with daily shuttles. 

 

NeMLA has coordinated with the Westin to offer a discounted rate of $154 to our registered convention attendees. You can reserve online by March 20.

Here's the Winter 2018 NeMLA Newsletter!
10/31/19

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

The Winter 2018 NeMLA newsletter with information about the 49th Annual NeMLA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is now in your mailboxes and online! 

 

The newest issue also has information about NeMLA's 

 

 

You can access the newsletter digitally here.

Deadline extended: CAITY Essay Award
10/31/19

Posted January 9, 2018

 

 

The CAITY Caucus Essay Award deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018!

 

NeMLA awards this annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members in any field. The winner receives a $100 prize and automatic consideration for publication by Modern Language Studies. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the CAITY Caucus Travel Award deadline is February 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Our NeMLA members' presentations at MLA 2018!
10/31/19

Posted January 4, 2018

 

We at NeMLA are pleased to see so many of our members presenting at MLA 2018! Below are some of their presentations:

 

Susan Ko, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, and Richard Schumaker, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York

"Teaching Languages and Literatures Online: Key Principles for Course Design"
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 AM, Hilton Concourse B

Thomas Oliver Beebee, Penn State University Park

"The Logic of the Purloined Letter: Barbara Johnson on Poe, Lacan, Derrida"
Thursday, January 4, 12 PM
Sheraton Riverside Suite

"Chat with an Editor"
Friday, January 5, 9-10 AM, and Saturday, January 6, 11 AM-12 PM

Lee Abraham, Columbia University 

"Promoting Critical Thinking and Reflection through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning"
Thursday, January 4, 5:15 PM, Hilton Hudson

Anna Ciamparella, Louisiana State University

"Reflection of 'Many Italies': Toward an Italian Ethnicity as a Cosmopolitan Category, Reconciling Contrasting Literary Representations in the Poetry of the Italian Diaspora"
Friday, January 5, 12 PM, Hilton Gibson

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Georgetown University

"Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces"
Saturday, January 6, 3:30 PM, Hilton Sutton Center

 

 

And we are proud of our NeMLA Board Members, Graduate Student Fellows, and Staff participating in two Regional MLA sessions:

 

"Blurring Boundaries: Designing an Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum"
Saturday, January 6, 8:30 AM, Hilton Madison

"From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel"
Saturday, January 6, 10:15 AM, Hilton Concourse E

 

Did we forget to add your session? Email us at support@nemla.org or tweet us @northeastmla.