Propose/Chair a Session
- The deadline for 2018 Pittsburgh convention session proposals
- The opportunity to submit 2019 Washington,
DC, convention session proposals will open online as early
- More information on chair guidelines is below.
- Session proposals must be submitted online only. Sign in or create a user account to submit.
- By submitting a session proposal, you commit to be the session
chair should the proposal be accepted. Once your panel is accepted,
you as session chair must ensure that your membership is current.
- NeMLA looks for focused sessions that will draw interesting,
quality debate. Your proposal should clearly establish the title,
main topic, theoretical approach, and goals for the session.
Co-chairs allowed. No pre-formed sessions are
- Before composing your proposal, familiarize yourself with the
of sessions and view NeMLA's Areas of Inquiry for
information on topics sought.
Deadlines and Format Requirements
- Sessions proposals are due here in March or April of the year prior to the
convention. Confirmation whether a session proposal is accepted is
sent to chairs during the summer of the year prior to the
- All session submissions are electronic and thus have space
restrictions (character and word counts are listed below).
- Each session proposal must include:
- A title (80 characters, including spaces)
- A session
format (choices: panel, roundtable, seminar, creative,
workshop, poster presentation)
- A primary subject area and an optional secondary subject
area (choices include current Areas of Inquiry as
well as Canadian, Russian, non-European languages, Rhetoric &
Composition, and Interdisciplinary Humanities)
- The name of your co-chair (optional; co-chairs must be NeMLA members at
time of proposal)
- An abstract, including a statement of the significance
of the proposed session (200 to 300 words)
- A description to appear in the online call for papers at
CFP List and
in the NeMLA Summer
Newsletter (no more than 100 words). Do not include the session
title, deadline, any contact information, or length of abstracts.
You may list the preferred language for abstracts.
- Additional comments (optional; will not be published in CFP
List and are visible to only chairs and NeMLA staff)
- It is recommended that you write your proposal in a word
processing program, then copy it to paste into the online
- The submission page allows text to be put into italics. Please
proofread proposals to add italics where needed.
- Should your proposal be accepted, you will be notified via
email in the summer the year before the convention. Once you
receive notification of your panel's acceptance, be sure to update
membership and review the chair