CFP: NeMLA Panel “In Relation: Sisters and Sisterhood” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

CFP: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference,

March 21-24 Washington D.C.
Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2018

This pre-approved panel seeks to build on and extend the scholarship on sister relationships in literature as presented in such critical works as Sarah Annes Brown’s Devoted Sisters: Representations of the Sister Relationship in Nineteenth-century British and American Literature (2003), among other studies. The focus of the panel is on literature of the Victorian period to the 1920s, and welcomes studies from different national streams. The panel looks to position sisters and the sister relationship as central to the dynamics of their literary works, moving them from the margins to the center, and considering the ways in which a focus on the sister relationship derails and disrupts a narrative’s expected trajectories: the panel’s significance lies in attempting to explore and respond to questions such as, for instance, to what extent does the sister plot challenge or even displace the heterosexual trajectory of the traditional marriage plot? What cultural and social implications emerge when the sister relationship is interpreted as occupying a central position in a fiction’s dynamics? Other issues and topics to be considered may include but are not limited to: recognizable patterns of the sister plot and its disruptions; how rivalry, antagonism, competitiveness engage with care and intimacy; sisterly facilitations of social acceptance or social obstruction; “good” and “bad” sisters; parental relationships among sisters; sisterhood and class mobility; sisterhood as creative/destructive; sisterhood as facilitating and/or resisting the slippage into female stereotypes; sister-artists, among others. The panel is open to different perspectives and theoretical frameworks, but transnational and comparative perspectives and gender and psychoanalytic theoretical approaches are particularly welcome. Please direct queries to

Abstracts can be submitted at:

If accepted, presenters must become members of NeMLA by December 1, 2018. More information on NeMLA and the full call for papers are available at


CFP: NeMLA “Stages and Ages: Challenges for Women in the Academy” (Deadline 9.30.2018)

CFP: 2019 Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention Call for Proposals: “Stages and Ages: Challenges for Women in the Academy” (Roundtable)

Although much has changed in the academy in the last fifty years, many struggles related to gender and the “traditional notions” of the roles women fulfill and the roles men fulfill in the academy have remained strikingly rigid, to the detriment of individuals as well as to the collective institution. Women still bear a service burden disproportionate to that of their male colleagues, still struggle with childbearing and childrearing choices that men in the academy do not face in the same way, and still face sexism and sexual harassment that their male counterparts escape. For women of color, the burdens are magnified. This roundtable will ideally bring together women from a variety of stages and ages in their careers to discuss the unique challenges faced by women throughout their academic careers. The aim of the roundtable is to lend support to women at various stages of their careers and to provide participants in the session with tools to use in forging the paths of their own personal lives and careers.

Please submit abstracts for Session 17422 by September 30 via the NeMLA web site at

Terry Novak, Ph.D. Professor, English
Chair, University Curriculum Committee
Johnson & Wales University

CFP: NeMLA 2019 “Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature” (Deadline: 9.30.2018)

NeMLA 2019 Session: Call for Proposals

“Varieties of the Monstrous Feminine in American Literature”

The monstrous female is a staple of the literary imagination. The Medusa, the witch, the Sirens, the succubus/vampire, the she-devil, the madwoman, the coquette, the cross-dresser—these are just some versions of this trope that can be identified from the earliest periods to the present day. Some figures represent the ways women have been marginalized as “other” and the impact of that designation, while others represent ways that outsider positions can become a locus of power. This roundtable will explore various manifestations of the monstrous feminine trope, specifically in American literature and culture. It will consider questions such as: Who defines monstrosity? How can it be construed as positive as well as negative? How does the monstrous feminine manifest in different time periods and locations (urban vs. rural, east vs. west vs. midwest, north vs. south)? Does the monstrous feminine always have to be female?

Proposals of 300 words should be submitted by Sept. 30, 2018 via the NeMLA portal

On behalf of Dr. Mary M. Balkun (

CFP: Committee on the Status of Women at MLA 2019, Chicago, IL (Deadline: 3.2.2018)

CFP: Committee on the Status of Women at MLA 2019, Chicago, IL
Committee on the Status of Women’s guaranteed session at the 2019 MLA in Chicago, IL. The official call is below. MLA limits CFPs to 35 words, but please email me off list if you have any questions about the panel. We encourage anyone at any rank, including graduate students, to apply for our panel.
Participants will offer and discuss best practices supporting academic freedom, particularly for precarious faculty, for departments, institutions, and professional organizations. 200 word abstract & CV. by 2 March 2018;

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)

For more info & registration:

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: