CfP NeMLA 2019: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Language Study in the US, 240 Years Later

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2018
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
French History / Studies, German History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Languages, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

Dear colleagues:

Please consider submitting an abstract for the 50th Anniversary NeMLA Convention (March 21-24, 2019 in Washington, DC):
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Language Study in the United States, 240 Years Later (Panel - Italian Studies / Cultural Studies)

The purpose of this panel is to consider both where we stand with language education in the United States today, and from where we have come. 240 years after the hiring of the first language professor in the United States in 1779, we find ourselves at an important crossroad: we face reports of declining enrollments coupled by program cuts, yet studies continue to extol the positive aspects of language learning -- from the benefits of a bilingual brain to the global opportunities for students who are proficient in more than one language and culture. This panel invites both papers that look back and reflect on the history of language instruction in the United States (particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), or look forward to the future of our discipline. Papers might also consider interdisciplinary and administrative efforts to support language study in a post-secondary curriculum. Papers should be in English.

Please submit a 200-word abstract and short bio by September 30, 2018 through the NeMLA site:

If you have questions about this panel, please feel free to contact Lisa Perrone (Bucknell University) at

Best wishes,
Lisa Perrone
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