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Special Events

Forum on the Executive Orders on Immigration

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 4:45 PM, Falkland Room

NeMLA Executive Board officers will introduce an open forum in which attendees can discuss, respond to, contextualize, and strategize about the recent Executive Orders on immigration.

Area and Caucus Special Events

CV Clinic

Friday, March 24, 2017, and Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8AM-5PM, Exhibit Room

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus, these one-on-one thirty-minute advising sessions will be open throughout the Convention for all interested participants contemplating the job market, especially graduate students, contingent faculty, and adjunct faculty. These sessions will offer constructive advice and feedback on advisees’ curriculum vitae, with advisers drawn from the most experienced tenured faculty attending the convention. Whether you are a mentee or a mentor, please sign up at for advising slots, and bring hard copies of your CV with you to the convention. Faculty wishing to volunteer to assist with the CV Clinic should email Indigo Eriksen,, by February 15, 2017.


American & Cultural Studies and Media Special Event

Brian Norman, “The Posthumous Autobiography and Civil Rights Memory”

Brian Norman

Saturday 25 March, 2017, 6:30PM, Grand Ballroom IV

This talk will discuss works by such icons as Lorraine Hansberry, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X, as Dr. Brian Norman will bring together his longstanding interests in the talking dead, American civil rights memory, and literary collaboration.

Brian Norman is Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland where he also serves as Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. He is the author of Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature (2013), Neo-Segregation Narratives: Jim Crow in Post-Civil Rights American Literature (2010), The American Protest Essay and National Belonging (2007), and numerous articles and chapters on American literature and social movements. With Piper Kendrix Williams, he co-edited Representing Segregation (2010).


CAITY Caucus Special Event

Annual Meeting

Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:30 PM, Bristol

Join NeMLA members who advocate for contingent, adjunct, or independent scholars and faculty at two-year institutions to discuss the business and goals of the CAITY Caucus. Topics include panels, speakers, and continuing to advocate for our members on topics including pedagogy, unionizing, and non-traditional career paths. 


British and Anglophone & Comparative Literature Special Event

Douglas Mao, “Authenticity and Utopia”

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:45 AM, Grand Ballroom X

Douglas Mao

This talk will examine some of the complexities of relation between imperatives of authenticity and desires for utopia in the third quarter of the twentieth century. Recent publications, such as Lauren Groff’s novel Arcadia, have reminded us of the strong affiliations between utopian dreaming and an ideal of authenticity animating the U.S. counterculture. Yet writings by postwar social and cultural critics also reveal important tensions between the desire for a better social order and the desideratum of truth to one’s being.

Douglas Mao, Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, is a renowned scholar of modernism in literature. A past president of the Modernist Studies Association and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, he currently serves as Series Editor of Hopkins Studies in Modernism (from Johns Hopkins University Press), as Senior Editor of ELH, and as a member of the editorial boards of Textual Practice and Modernism/Modernity.


Creative Writing Special Events

Annual Creative Writers and Editors’ Reception, sponsored by Modern Language Studies

Saturday March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Chasseur

Have a drink, something to eat, and engage in discussion with editors and writers from universities across the region. Discuss what you have seen so far at this year’s conference, have a friendly chat, and think about editing and creative writing session ideas and readings for upcoming conventions. And of course, it is a great place to make connections and to share experiences as editing and creative writing professionals working in a rapidly-changing academy and publishing marketplace! The sponsor of this reception, Modern Language Studies, is the peer-reviewed journal representing the wide-ranging critical and creative interests of NeMLA members. The reception will precede " 'Language a Wood for Thought': A Poetry Reading" with Susan Howe.

Susan Howe, " 'Language a Wood for Thought': A Poetry Reading"

Credit: Nina Subin

Credit: Nina Subin

Saturday March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Chasseur

One of the most influential American poets and scholars of her generation, Susan Howe is known for innovative verse that weaves together poetry and prose with archival materials. She has been described as a “library cormorant,” a “haunter of archives,” and a “serious war poet,” in her search for lost voices, abandoned ideas, and forgotten violence that can speak to problems and possibilities within American history that continue to evolve in the present.

The author of over a dozen poetry collections and two volumes of criticism, Howe’s book The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993) was named an “International Book of the Year” by the Times Literary Supplement. Among her many awards, she has received two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry from Yale University, and a Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin. Recently she was an Artist In Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and her word collages were exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in Spring, 2014. Her most recent book, Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives was published by New Directions in 2014. Now Professor Emeritus, Susan Howe held the Capen Chair of Poetry & the Humanities at the University of Buffalo.

* Meet the Authors: Fiction & Poetry Reading with Johns Hopkins University Writers

Saturday March 25, 2017, 10:15AM, Chasseur

A recently added initiative, this event allows NeMLA to continue to feature creative writers from our partner institution at our annual conference. This year, writers from our 2017 partner institution, John Hopkins University, read from their poetry and fiction. 

Photographer: Joanna Chattman

Photographer: Joanna Chattman

Dora Malech is the author of Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean(Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems appear in publications that include The New YorkerPoetryTin House, andThe Best American Poetry 2015 (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She has been the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Writers' Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center, and she has served as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California. She is a co-founder and former director of the arts engagement organization the Iowa Youth Writing Project. She is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she recently received the 2016 Crenson-Hertz Award for Community Based Learning and Participatory Research. In 2017, she is in residence at The Amy Clampitt House through a Clampitt Residency Award.



Photographer: Jason Puchet

Photographer: Jason Puchet

Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was a finalist in the AWP Book Awards Series and named ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year (Short Fiction). She is a fiction editor for Barrelhouse Magazine and co-founder of the annual Conversations & Connections Conference: Practical Advice on Getting Published. Her new book, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction and the American Book Award, and shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award. She is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is an Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College and a lecturer in the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program.



Diversity Special Event

Diversity Mixer

Friday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 PM, James Joyce Pub, 616 S. President Street

Join us to discuss any and all diversity issues as related to academia in the current cultural and political climate. Bring your friends and colleagues to the James Joyce Pub, next to the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. Beer and wine will be served.

French and Francophone Special Event

Image (c) Gilles Vidal

Image (c) Gilles Vidal

"An Evening with Abdourahman A. Waberi"

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30 PM, Grand Ballroom III

Born in 1965 in Djibouti, Abdourahman A. Waberi writes an impressive literary oeuvre in French influenced by multiple cultural traditions. He lived and taught in France before coming to the United States and has published several novels, short stories, and books of poetry, including In the United States of Africa (2009), Transit (2012), and Harvest of Skulls (2016). A poet, novelist, short story writer, and critic, Waberi often brings into his writing remarkable thematic and aesthetic innovations.

His work, translated into a multitude of languages, ​​has earned him numerous international literary prizes and prestigious scholarships, including DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogram, Académie de France-Villa Medici Rome Italy, Newhouse Humanities Fellowship Wellesley College, and William Podlich Fellowship Claremont McKenna College. A nomad by temperament, Waberi crisscrosses the world while teaching French and Francophone literature and Creative Writing at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He writes a column for the newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique.

German Special Event

"Poetry, Translation, and Migration in Contemporary German Poetry: Reading and discussion with German poet Uljana Wolf and her translator Sophie Seita"

(C) Mirko Lux

Uljana Wolf. (C) Mirko Lux

Saturday March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Grand Ballroom I

Award-winning poet Uljana Wolf will share new work and selected poems from her 2013 publication meine schönste lengevitch with her award-winning translator, Sophie Seita. Both writers will lead a discussion on how the multilingual nature of Wolf’s work relates to migration and language politics, as well how this presents challenges for translation.

Uljana Wolf was awarded the 2016 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, which recognizes authors whose work is affected by cultural change. She lives in Berlin and New York, where she teaches German and literary translation at New York University and the Pratt Institute.

Sophie Seita. Credit: Brian Callingham

Sophie Seita. Credit: Brian Callingham


Sophie Seita is a Junior Research Fellow in English Literature at Queens' College, University of Cambridge. She received a 2015 PEN/Heim Award to translate Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (Belladonna, 2017) and also translated Wolf’s recent chapbook i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where (Wonder, 2015).

Graduate Student Caucus Special Events

Graduate Student Caucus Annual Business Meeting

Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:30 PM, Atlantic

The Graduate Student Caucus invites you to discuss how NeMLA can better serve its graduate student members. We welcome agenda additions via email ( but will certainly cover: panels/roundtables the GSC might propose, graduate student experience at the Convention, what we can do during the rest of the year to advocate and keep you informed, and opportunities for you to get involved.

Graduate Student Caucus Baltimore Meet and Greet

Friday, March 24, 2017, 9 PM, Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, 1401 Fleet Street

Join our caucus members to socialize and network with fellow graduate students with drinks and snacks at Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, 1401 Fleet Street, less than a ten-minute walk from the NeMLA Convention hotel at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Dinosaur is open until 11 PM and offers a late-night happy hour. 

Italian Special Event

Anthony Julian Tamburri, “Re-appropriating the Forget-me-nots: Italian Cultural Hegemonic Privilege and Disregard for Diasporic Cultural Production”

Anthony Tamburri

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Dover C

This lecture addresses the state of affairs of Italian/American studies in both Italy and the United States, a series of issues that contribute to both the development of the discipline as well as its alternative stifled state due to its relationship or lack thereof with canonical fields of study such as American studies and italianistica in both countries. Why is Italian/American studies ignored in Italy as a discipline overall? Why do programs of italianistica in the US exclude Italian/American studies, specifically writing in Italian, yet include immigrant writers to Italy in their course offerings? These and other issues are what programs and departments of italiansitica need to address before the situation for Italian/American studies can improve both in Italy and the United States.

Anthony Julian Tamburri is a Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College-CUNY. His research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies, and he most recently published Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (2014). Dr. Tamburri has been a Delegate for Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association, a member of its Executive Committee for the Division on Modern Italian Literature, co-founder of the Discussion Group on Italian/American Literature, and, as of July 2016, member of the Advisory Board of the PMLA. For the Italian American Studies Association, he was the Newsletter editor for eight years, a member of its Executive Council since 1993, and its president from 2003-2007. He was also vice-president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for 2006-2007, and served as president for 2008-2009.


Spanish and Portuguese Special Event

Ann Marie Stock, “Making Cuba Connections: Remix & Reflections”

Ann Marie Stock

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Grand Ballroom II

Ann Marie Stock, a Professor at the College of William & Mary, is a W&M Libraries Faculty Scholar as well as member of the departments of Hispanic Studies and of Film and Media Studies. She has authored and edited numerous publications including World Film Locations: Havana (2014) and On Location in Cuba: Street Filmmaking during Times of Transition (2009). She is the founding director of the non-profit Cuban Cinema Classics ( She has developed a unique understanding of Cuba’s culture during some 60 trips to the island over nearly 30 years. She is a frequent contributor to U.S. and international media, and has shared her insights with NBC, CBS, the New York Times, Public Radio, and Voice of America. Stock also consults with foundations, cultural organizations, government agencies and academic institutions seeking to develop partnerships with their Cuban counterparts.


Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus Special Events

Bernadette Wegenstein, “Is There Such A Thing As A Feminist Documentary?”


Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:30PM, Bristol

Documentary film has traditionally been understood as non-interventionist. Bernadette Wegenstein’s talk troubles that narrative by delving into the method of directing Cinema Verite characters and the contract that develops between director and characters on set. Drawing from her experience directing the documentaries The Good Breast (2016) and Devoti tutti (in progress), she argues that feminist documentary practice, far from documenting the world in a passive sense, requires a fully interactive and embodied approach. 

Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born linguist and tenured professor of media studies at the Johns Hopkins University, where she is also the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Media Studies. She is author of the several influential books in the field of media studies, such as Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory (2006) and The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty (2012), and Living Books About Life: Cosmetic Surgery (2011). Wegenstein has published numerous articles on body criticism and media culture, including “Machinic Suture: Technologies of Beautification” (2013), ”Seeing, Believing, Suffering: the Body as Medium in Religion and Contemporary Media Practice” (2014), ”The Good and the Bad Breast: Cosmetic Surgery and Breast Cancer” (2015), and ”The Self as Artwork in the Age of Digital Capital” (2015). She also is the editor of Reality Made Over: The Culture of Reality Television Makeover Shows (2008). In addition to The Good Breast and Devoti tutti, she produced and directed the documentaries Made Over in America (2007) and See You Soon Again (2012). She is a programmer for the first Austrian Human Rights Film Festival thishumanworld, an Executive Board Member for the Austrian WWTF Vienna Science and Technology Funding Programme, reviewer for the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the European Research Council, and an Executive Board Member of International Comparative Literature Association and peer reviewer for Theory, Culture and Society.

Shakespeare's Sister Mentoring & Membership Breakfast

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:30-10:00 AM, Grand Ballroom IX

Now in its sixth year, the Shakespeare’s Sister Mentor Program welcomes new participants, mentors, and mentees. This interdisciplinary mentoring program pairs senior faculty mentors with junior faculty and doctoral students. The 2017 convention will feature a breakfast for current and prospective mentors and mentees and all Caucus members. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please contact us at

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Business Meeting

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10-11:30 AM, Grand Ballroom IX

The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus welcomes current as well as prospective members. The agenda includes suggestions for future speakers and topics at NeMLA conferences, as well as nominations for Caucus officer positions. 

Sunday Membership Business Meeting and Brunch (open to all members)

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 12:15-1:30 PM, Grand Ballroom V

In addition to the free continental breakfast for the second and third days of the convention, NeMLA will host its annual free Sunday late-morning Membership Brunch, which allows all members to converse and network. At the Membership Brunch, we will announce the winners of NeMLA Essay Awards, congratulate outgoing members of the Board and welcome new members of the Board, and announce the beginning Call for Sessions for our 2018 Pittsburgh convention due before Summer.  

RSVP for this free event at, then click "Registration & Membership" at the top of the page.

New 2017 Initiatives

For additional information on any of these initiatives, please contact Claire Sommers, NeMLA Promotions Fellow, at

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Networking Opportunities

Want to meet people who share your research specialties? Visit our common area at the Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom V), where throughout the convention we will have tables devoted to specific disciplines. We will also have these tables at Sunday brunch. In addition, the Saturday evening reception will feature a designated area for networking. All are welcome, especially early career scholars. NeMLA’s board members, administration, and staff will visit all networking events, so you meet and share your NeMLA experiences with the people who put this conference together!

Social Engagement Challenge (Prize: Free NeMLA 2018 Pittsburgh 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. 

Organize get-togethers with your presenters, take a photograph of your gathering, and email it to with the names of all attendees. Session chair(s) in the winning photo will receive free convention registration for our 2018 meeting in Pittsburgh. (Don't forget to propose a session for NeMLA 2018!)

Scavenger Hunt

Do you want to use your skills of deduction at this year’s convention? We will be holding a special NeMLA-themed scavenger hunt throughout the hotel over the duration of the convention. Learn more about the city of Baltimore and test your knowledge of literature, language, and history as you search for clues. Participate solo or team up with your fellow conference attendees. Solve a mystery worth of Edgar Allan Poe himself while staying in his hometown! A fun time will be had by all.

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