The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus welcomes members interested in feminist scholarship, women’s and gender studies, and the status of women in the profession at all stages of their careers. The Caucus organizes panels, promotes publication, and fosters the establishment of networks linking senior and junior faculty including graduate students.
The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award” 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.
Earlier WGSC Essay Award Winners
The NeMLA WGS Caucus operates an interdisciplinary mentoring program, which pairs senior faculty mentors with junior faculty and doctoral students. The application process for mentees will open in late fall. To access the application, please click here. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a mentor please contact us at email@example.com with the subject "WGS Mentorship Program."
At its annual meeting held at the NeMLA Convention hotel site, the Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus takes nominations for new officers and invites suggestions for speakers and topics for future NeMLA Conferences.
Niagara Falls 2023: Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto, "Freedom's Revenge: or Towards Liberation"
Baltimore 2022: Emily Anne Parker, Towson University, "The Body Figures the Denial of Matter of the Polis"
Virtual 2021: Grace L. Sanders Johnson, University of Pennsylvania, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Multi-modal and Eco-literacy Approaches to Transnational Feminist Research"
Boston 2020: Marjorie Howes, Boston College, “Irish Women Writers and Literary History”
Washington D.C. 2019: Ricardo L. Ortiz, Georgetown University, “Sex and Gender After ‘Latinx’”
Pittsburgh 2018: Janet Lyon, Penn State University, “Love, Idiocy, and Modernism”
Baltimore 2017: Bernadette Wegenstein, Johns Hopkins University, “Is There Such A Thing As A Feminist Documentary?”
Hartford 2016: Crystal Parikh, New York University, “The Unyielding Earth: Women of Color Feminism and Cold War Fictions”
Toronto 2015: Sara Horowitz, York University, “‘If He Knows to Make a Child...’: Integrating Gender into Holocaust Survivor Narratives”
Harrisburg 2014: Ann Jurecic, Rutgers University, “Susan Sontag’s Trouble with Memoir”
Boston 2013: Suzanne Matson, Boston College, “Writing Women’s Lives: A Fiction Reading and Discussion”
Rochester 2012: Stephanie Li, University of Rochester, “The Gospel According to Toni Morrison”
New Brunswick 2011: Sharon Jimenez, “Stand, Fight and Persevere: One Woman’s Journey Beyond Barriers”
Montreal 2010: Madeleine Monette, selections from her recent text America is Also a Québec Novel
Boston 2009: Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University, “Caribbean Women and the Black Radical Intellectual Tradition”
Buffalo 2008: Marlene NourbeSe Philip, selections from and commentary on her remarkable poem Zong! (Wesleyan U Press, 2008)
Baltimore 2007: Elizabeth Núñez, “The Women in Shakespeare‘s The Tempest: The Perspective of a Woman Novelist”
You can join the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus by indicating your interest on the registration form when you join NeMLA or renew your NeMLA membership.
Joint memberships are also available. Add $5 to the higher paying member’s dues.
Duties for the Secretary position
This is a rolling position. Duties include:
Duties for the Vice President position
Duties for the Board Representative position
This is a three-year position. The Board rep acts as the liaison between the Caucus and the Board, and NeMLA's administrative staff when required. The Board rep works closely with the other Board members to ensure that the Caucus and the organization as a whole both contribute to and benefit from the other's strengths. As a member of the NeMLA board, the Board Representative
Duties for the Social Media Representative position
This is a yearly position, volunteered for at the spring convention business meeting. Duties are primarily overseeing the Caucus Facebook page, which will include adding a few WGS Caucus announcements throughout the year and approving caucus members’ posts to the page.
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Roger Williams University
Penn State University
Representative to the NeMLA Board