Call for Submissions: 2017 WCML Awards for 2016

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

The 2016 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 2015 and September 2016.

Please send submissions and inquiries to: Michelle Massé, Dean of the Graduate School, Louisiana State University, at mmasse@lsu.edu

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 9, 2016.

The 2016 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 electronic copies of your CV and abstract, as well as the title of the MLA session in which you are scheduled to present, to:  Michelle Massé, Dean of the Graduate School, Louisiana State University, at mmasse@lsu.edu

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 9, 2016.

For further information about these awards and about the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, including membership, go to:   http://www.wcml.org/

2015 WCML Awards

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The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages is pleased to announce the 2015 Awards for 2014:

Florence Howe Award in Anglophone Languages and Literatures
Adriana C. Gradea
Illinois State University
“Embroidered Feminist Rhetoric in Andrea Dezso’s “Lessons from My Mother.” Rhetoric Review, 33.3 (2014): 219-243.

Cynthia Wu
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
“Asian American Feminism’s Alliances with Men: Reading Hisaye Yamamoto’s “Seventeen Syllables” as an Antidraft Tract.” Signs 39.2 (2014): 323-339.

Florence Howe Award in Foreign Languages and Literatures
Rebecca Gould
Yale NUS (Singapore)
“Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria.” Women Studies Quarterly, 42.3/4 (2014): 209-229.

Annette Kolodny Graduate Student Travel Award for MLA
Christina Mandt
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
“Reworking Disintegration: The Dialogics of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina and Werner Schroeter’s Adaptation.”
Presented in Session 390: Intermediality and Intertextuality in Austrian Literature, Friday, 9 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 3, VCC East

WCML Executive Committee

Dear Women’s Caucus Member,

Many of you have received my letters urging you to renew your subscriptions, and you have responded.  Others, after this year’s MLA, are members for the first time or are returning to active membership.  (I’m attaching the renewal letter below my signature so that I don’t repeat the crucial need for WCML in the current academic environment.)  All of you, by dint of being members, obviously know the importance of the Women’s Caucus’s continuing existence in a climate that sometimes seems dismayingly like that in which the organization was first founded.  I am writing to ask you to take one more step in supporting the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages by becoming a member of the Executive Committee.

Over the last several years, the Executive Committee of the Women’s Caucus has worked vigorously to address issues of professional concern in our well-attended panels, to form collaborations with the other feminist allied organizations through panels and the annual cash bar, and to increase membership.  We have succeeded marvelously on the first two counts, and continue to struggle with the third.  Most recently, we have made membership free to graduate students (see http://www.wcml.org/) and we continue to advocate for the interests of all women in the academic workplace.

The members of the Executive Committee have generously directed a part of their formidable activism, commitment, and organizational skills to the survival of this group, extending their terms to help assure WCML’s stability.  Two of our current EC members, Teresa Mangum and Kirsten Christensen, are stepping down because of other obligations.  Both have been exemplary in their thoughtfulness, dedication, and intelligence:  we all owe them our thanks.

I became President of the WCML several years ago precisely because the group was at risk of not being renewed because of its low membership.  I am asking you to follow the same counter-intuitive logic in becoming a part of the Executive Committee and assuring that the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages will be in place to advocate for the next generation of women.  The charge of the new EC members is not onerous:  one will have primary responsibility for the annual Florence Howe and Annette Kolodny Awards (the readers have already volunteered for next year); the other is a member-at-large.  Both, however, will work with Roseanna Dufault, our unflagging Treasurer, Monica Miller, our Communications Officer, and me to plan annual MLA events, identify member concerns, and help to assure that WCML is able to pass its next MLA review.  Attendance at the annual convention and our annual business meeting is preferred, although not required.  The term is three years.

Please contact me at mmasse@lsu.edu by April 22 with a brief statement of interest and experience if you are willing to help rejuvenate the Women’s Caucus by becoming a member of our Executive Committee.  It’s important.

Cordially,

Michelle Massé

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Michelle Massé

Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of English & Women’s & Gender Studies
Editor, SUNY Feminist Theory and Criticism series
President, Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages

 

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225 578 4086 (phone)
225 578 4129 (fax)

http://www.wcml.org/

 

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Dear Colleague,

 

I am writing to thank your for your continued membership in the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages. As we prepare for the end of another year, what remains unchanging is our need for this women’s organization. Attached are the schedules for our panels and gathering at the Modern Language Association convention. If you are going to be at MLA 2016 in Austin, come join us to lift your voice and to lift a glass with like-minded colleagues at our panels and at our annual cash bar, organized with the support of Feministas Unidas, Women in French, and Women in German.

 

My welcoming your active engagement is not just for the pleasure of getting to know you, but also because I deeply believe that the work of the Women’s Caucus continues to be central during these difficult times in higher education. It seems as though every week brings new grim headlines about program cuts or contentious administration decisions. These changes have disproportionate impact upon women and minorities, whether tenured full professors, contingent workers, or graduate students struggling to find full-time employment in the fields for which they’ve been preparing for years.

 

Nearly 60% of doctorates in languages and literature are now held by women, and that is cause for celebration. However, barely a fourth of faculty positions are now tenured or tenured-track:  a reversal of statistics a mere thirty years ago.  The face of the new workforce known as “contingent faculty” is often a woman’s.  Whether teaching foreign languages, staffing first-year writing classes, or instructing general education students, women are all too often carrying major institutional burdens while watching hard-won gains erode.

 

WCML has spent the past several years reorganizing and focusing our attention on these pressing issues. We have coordinated and collaborated on presentations which address a variety of topics, including feminist activism in the academy, empowered retirement, digital and public humanities, the “alt-ac” track, and feminist vulnerability on the “post-feminist” campus.

 

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages exists to bring us together for common cause. Please forward membership information to your students and colleagues and join us at MLA in Austin so that we can talk about initiatives that will help to support women’s scholarship in the literatures and languages as well as to maintain or produce working conditions that will make the creation of such scholarship possible in the years ahead.

 

Moving forward, we are eager to not only hear your ideas and priorities for feminist scholars today, but to include new perspectives on our executive board. If you are interested in volunteering yourself, nominating someone, or simply learning more about this commitment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And if you cannot bring your ideas to Austin in person, please let us know your thoughts about strategies, initiatives, and projects at http://www.wcml.org/ or email me at mmasse@lsu.edu. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.

 

Cordially,

 

Michelle Massé

2016 WCML Awards

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages is pleased to announce the 2016 Awards for 2015:
2015 Florence Howe Award, Foreign Language
Rebecca Wilkin
Pacific Lutheran University
“Making Friends, Practicing Equality: The Correspondence of René Descarte and Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia,” in Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France. Ed. Lewis c. Seifert and Rebecca M. Wilkin. Ashgate (2015): 161-187.

2015 Florence Howe Award, English
Claudia Stokes
Trinity University
“The Poetics of Unoriginality: The Case of Lucretia Davidson,” in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32.1 (2015): 31-52.

2015 Annette Kolodny Award
Meredith Benjamin
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Performing This Bridge Called My Back”
to be presented in session 771. Metamorphosing Memoirs

 

Membership Dues Eliminated

In order to encourage membership among graduate students and part-time faculty members, WCML has dropped membership dues to zero for those whose income is below $20,000/year. This is only one strategy of many in our campaign to revitalize our membership.

If you wish to take advantage of this membership opportunity, please email Dr. Monica Miller directly (monica.miller-at-lmc.gatech.edu) to register as a new WCML member.

 

2016 WCML Awards

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages is pleased to announce the 2016 Awards for 2015:

2015 Florence Howe Award, Foreign Language
Rebecca Wilkin, Pacific Lutheran University
for her essay: “Making Friends, Practicing Equality: The Correspondence of René Descarte and Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia,” in Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France. Ed. Lewis c. Seifert and Rebecca M. Wilkin. Ashgate (2015): 161-187.

2015 Florence Howe Award, English
Claudia Stokes, Trinity University
for her essay: “The Poetics of Unoriginality: The Case of Lucretia Davidson,” in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32.1 (2015): 31-52.

2015 Annette Kolodny Award
Meredith Benjamin, The Graduate Center, CUNY
for her abstract “Performing This Bridge Called My Back”
to be presented in session 771. Metamorphosing Memoirs

Please join us at the Cash Bar at MLA on Thursday, 1/7, at 8:45pm (Lone Star B, J.W. Marriott) to celebrate with the winners.

Call for Submissions: 2015 Florence Howe and Annette Kolodny Awards

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

The 2015 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 2014 and September 2015.

Please send submissions and inquiries to: Kirsten Christensen, Associate Professor of German, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University at kmc@plu.edu.

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2015.

The 2015 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 electronic copies of your CV and abstract, as well as the title of the MLA session in which you are scheduled to present, to: Kirsten Christensen, Associate Professor of German, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University at kmc@plu.edu.

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2015.