NeMLA 2024: Call for Session Proposals

Jiwon Ohm Announcement
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields
Humanities, Languages, Literature, Cultural History / Studies


NeMLA's 55th Annual Convention


The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) is a non-profit organization of teachers, scholars, and students of literature, language, and culture as well as the largest regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association (MLA). NeMLA provides a forum for the dissemination of scholarship and the advancement of teaching in modern languages and literatures. We hold a yearly four-day convention to carry on a tradition of lively research and pedagogical exchange. This event showcases different areas of inquiry and includes regular sessions (panels, roundtables, seminars), interactive workshopsspecial events, caucus meetings, literary readings, film screenings, a separate undergraduate research forum, and guest speakers.

We are currently accepting session proposals for our 55th convention which will be held on March 7-10, 2024 in Boston, MA.

Our Thursday opening address will be given by Rickie Solinger.
Our Friday keynote event will be given by Tiphanie Yanique.

"SURPLUS" is the keyword for 2024 NeMLA convention for critical and creative work that, in addition to the commonly associated meanings of profit and value, can be more broadly construed as excess or excessive, as surfeit, or what is leftover, or unwanted: an excess of emotions (anger, fear, passion, desire), for example; or surplus time (leisure or its absence); or populations rendered “surplus”—migrants, the marginalized, the unemployed, the incarcerated.

Each session proposal must include:

  • A title of no more than 80 characters
  • A chosen session format (panel, roundtable, seminar, creative, workshop)
  • A primary subject area and an optional secondary subject area (see our Areas of Inquiry)
  • An abstract of 200 to 300 words
  • A shorter one- to two-sentence description to appear in the online call for papers at CFP List and in the NeMLA Summer Newsletter.

Submit by May 20, 2023.


Contact Information

NeMLA Staff:

Northeast Modern Language Association
Department of English
University at Buffalo
306 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

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