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Honoring Judith Fetterley at MLA – 40th Anniversary of The Resisting Reader

Please join us at at the 2018 MLA to celebrate the

40th anniversary of  The Resisting Reader

Session 749:

         Before #Resist:  Judith Fetterley’s The Resisting Reader at Forty

Featured speaker:  Judith Fetterley

Sunday, January 07, 2018    8:30 AM – 9:45 AM  

Sheraton New York Times Square, Central Park East meeting room


Mary Jo Bona, Stony Brook University, “Fetterley’s ‘Palpable Design’: Feminist Blueprint for Resisting Scholars”

David Bleich, University of Rochester, “Immasculation in the Language Uses of Science and Philosophy”

Yung-Hsing Wu,  University of Louisiana, “Identification Matters:  One Legacy of The Resisting Reader

for more information:

link to the session description in the Program 


MLA Workshop – Graduate Students encouraged to participate/attend

Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies (REAADS)

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Scholars of African American experiences have long insisted that we shift perceptions about evidentiary privilege. Now, in tapping historical and contemporary humanities data, how do notions about evidence and recovery change when we reconsider what gets labeled “absent” or “present?” What are the advantages of meaning-making at the margins? From Colored Conventions to Ida B. Wells to the recent #SayHerName movement, subjects and figures once considered invisible are now core to varied approaches to studying the intersection of race, class, and gender.

Building on models in the field, this workshop aims to foster a community of scholars interested in developing digital projects in African American studies. We will do so by igniting a conversation about evidence and data that challenges popular ideas about obscurity and ubiquity connected to Black intellectual enterprises. Along the way, participants will also learn about practices in data curation, mapping, and text analysis.

Join us as we gather at the Studio@Butler to examine these case studies. No previous experience in digital humanities is needed, but those with digital humanities experience at any level are welcomed.

In this workshop participants will take up the questions about how digital methods can extend or reconstruct the ways that we have thought about, collected, and analyzed evidence. How do we interpret graphs, maps, and more to situate them within larger critical conversations about identity, technology, and evidentiary privilege, thereby transforming African American cultural studies as well as digital humanities?

The workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary collective focused on nurturing and exploring humanist approaches to the documentation, preservation, and interpretation of African American history and culture.

Initial collaborators include:

  • Caitlin Pollock (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)
  • Trevor Muñoz (African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities, University of Maryland)
  • Katie Rawson (Emory University)
  • Sarah Patterson (Colored Conventions Project, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Jim Casey (Colored Conventions Project, Princeton University)

Call For Nominations: Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages (Deadline 12.11.2017)

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages welcomes submissions for its annual awards.

The 2017 Florence Howe Award
Each year, the Florence Howe Award for feminist scholarship recognizes two outstanding essays by feminist scholars, one from the field of English and one from a foreign language. Each recipient receives $250 and is honored at an event hosted by the Women’s Caucus at the annual MLA meeting.

To be eligible for consideration, essays of 6250-7500 words, written from a feminist perspective, must have been published in English between June 2016 and September 2017.

Please send submissions to Michelle Massé, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Louisiana State University, at

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 11, 2017.

The 2017 Annette Kolodny Award
The Annette Kolodny Award is presented annually to a graduate student member of the Women’s Caucus who is scheduled to give a paper at the MLA. The recipient receives $400 and is honored at an event hosted by the Women’s Caucus at the annual MLA meeting.

To apply, please send your CV, the title of the MLA session in which you are scheduled to present, and the abstract for your presentation to Michelle Massé, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Louisiana State University, at

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 11, 2017.

You can also find more information about these awards and the WCML, including membership and 2018 MLA convention panels, on our web site:

CFP: Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces: An Electronic Roundtable (Deadline 3.10.17)

CFP: Feminist Pedagogy in Digital Spaces: An Electronic Roundtable

Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

MLA Convention, New York City, January 4-7, 2018 (proposals due March 10)

Digital spaces present a number of challenges to feminist discourses: platforms such as Twitter suffer from design affordances that amplify trolling and harassment, unmoderated online forums can easily become havens for misogynist discourse, and being visible as a woman online is associated with sexual harassment and continual microaggressions. The recent election and its aftermath have particularly brought attention to the discursive challenges faced in the context of charged, intersectional, feminist debate. However, digital spaces are increasingly sites of learning, from massively online courses to online and mixed mode learning conducted in learning management systems such as Blackboard and Canvas. We will examine methods for integrating feminist discourse into digital pedagogy while considering the challenges of accessibility and inclusion.

This roundtable intersects with previous conversations surrounding digital pedagogy at the MLA, but makes explicit the challenges that traditional digital humanities assumptions present for marginalized voices and feminist discourse. As a digital roundtable, this session will include a short overview with interactive digital display stations for each participant to engage with small groups in dialogue throughout the event. We invite proposals of 250-300 words addressing:

  • Tools and strategies for creating intersectional feminist spaces within existing learning management systems

  • Successful (and unsuccessful!) uses of technology in literature and writing curriculum

  • Digital projects (such as games and web resources) designed to support intersectional feminist pedagogy

  • Social media-based experiments or exercises designed for deployment in the literature or writing classroom

  • Products and methods for critical making as part of intersectional feminist pedagogy

Presenters should include specific information on what they plan to share as part of their digital display. Please email your submissions to and by March 10th.

Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Ph.D. | Librarian for English Language and Literature and Lecturer in American Culture | University of Michigan |