Diversity Caucus

The Diversity Caucus has been created to facilitate discussion among NeMLA members about issues of diversity, especially as related to academic life. This group offers a space to bring about conversations among members with shared interest in Africana Studies and Diaspora Studies, and develop NeMLA sessions and initiatives.  


Sign up for free membership to the Diversity Caucus to stay up to date on opportunities provided by NeMLA as well as on events and activities hosted at our annual convention.

Postcolonial Studies Essay Award

The Diversity Caucus awards a special essay prize for a revised paper in Postcolonial Studies presented at the previous NeMLA convention. This prize offers a $100 cash award, and prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

Submitted essays should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). All essays are to be expanded from the original papers presented at the previous convention. Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned.

The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. Submissions not meeting these criteria may not be considered for an award. Essays and cover pages should be attached in the email as separate Microsoft Word document files. Please email submissions to Jennifer Mdurvwa at postcolonial.essay.award@nemla.org.

Application Deadline: December 15

Contact Information

Jennifer Mdurvwa
Graduate Enrollment, University at Buffalo