WCML Events at MLA 2014

 Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages

Awards, Panels, and Cash Bar at MLA  2014

 

Thursday, 09 January

187. Alt-Academic Feminism: Teaching outside the Classroom through Digital Humanities

        **Part of the Presidential Theme, “Vulnerable Times”**

7:00–8:15 p.m., Indiana-Iowa, Marriott

Presiding: Teresa Mangum, Univ. of Iowa

Speakers: Anne Balsamo, New School of Public Engagement; Natalie M. Houston, Univ. of Houston, University Park; Tara McPherson, Univ. of Southern California; Safiya Umoja Noble, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Roopika Risam, Emory Univ.

Cash Bar:  Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, together with the Ages Studies Discussion Group/ European Network in Aging Studies, Feministas Unidas, GL/Q Caucus, Women in French, and Women in German

8:45 – 10:00 p.m., Chicago VIII, Sheraton

2013 Award Recipients:

Florence Howe Award in Anglophone Languages and Literatures

Suzanne Leonard (Simmons College)

“The Americanization of Emma Bovary: From Feminist Icon to Desperate Housewife.” Signs 38/3 (2013): 647-669.

Florence Howe Award in Foreign Languages and Literatures

Michiko Suzuki (Indiana University)

“Husband’s Chastity: Progress, Equality, and Difference in 1930s Japan.” Signs 38/2 (2013): 327-52.

Annette Kolodny Graduate Student Travel Award for MLA

Nancy el-Gendy (University of Oklahoma)

“The Veil as Cultural Myth in Contemporary Arab American Female Muslim Discourse”

to be presented in Session 709:  “Representations of the Veil: Between Vulnerability and Resilience

Sunday, 12 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Colorado, Sheraton Chicago

 

Friday, 10 January

385. Feminists Leading for Change: Alt-Academic Feminism

5:15–6:30 p.m., Parlor C, Sheraton

Presiding: Michelle A. Massé, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Speakers: Maria Cotera, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Florence Howe, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Paula M. Krebs, Bridgewater State Univ.; Ellen Lee McCallum, Michigan State Univ.; Monica Miller, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

 7:30   WCML dinner business meeting

Sunday, 12 January

 745. Feminist Vulnerability on Postfeminist Campuses: Alt-Academic Feminism

        **Part of the Presidential Theme, “Vulnerable Times”**

       In collaboration with Women in French

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Erie, Sheraton

Presiding: E. Nicole Meyer, Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay

1. “Toddlers and the Tenure Track: Best Practices for Protecting Academic Parents,” Kayla Walker Edin, MilliganCollege

2. “Women, Rape, and Academia,” Donna L. Potts, Kansas State Univ.

3. “Feminist Research for Institutional Change: The Status of Women at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls,” Greta Gaard, Univ. of Wisconsin, River Falls

 

 

MLA 2014 Sessions

WCML is pleased to be hosting three sessions at this year’s MLA conference in Chicago:

187. Teaching outside the Classroom through Digital Humanities: Alt-Academic Feminism
Thursday, 9 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m.
Indiana-Iowa, Chicago Marriott

Presiding:
Teresa Mangum, Univ. of Iowa
Speakers: Anne Balsamo, New School; Natalie M. Houston, Univ. of Houston, University Park; Tara McPherson, Univ. of Southern California; Safiya Umoja Noble, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Roopika Risam, Salem State Univ.

Session Description:
Can digital and public humanities reshape studies by and about women in language, art, and culture? Feminists, people of color, LGBT communities, and differently abled and aged women are creating collaborative spaces despite uneven developments and digital divides. How can digital tools and practices serve feminist pedagogy and critique, resituating feminism within and beyond the academy?
For position statements and resources, write to teresa-mangum@uiowa.edu.

385. Feminists Leading for Change: Alt-Academic Feminism
Friday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m.
Parlor C, Sheraton Ch
icago

Presiding: Michelle A. Massé, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Speakers: Maria Cotera, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Florence Howe, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Paula M. Krebs, Bridgewater State Univ.; Ellen Lee McCallum, Michigan State Univ.; Monica Miller, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Session Description:
This panel addresses feminism in academia as a living practice that permeates not only the classroom and the library but all of higher education. The speakers will discuss the importance of integrating feminist principles into fields such as graduate student activism, curriculum design and policy, administration, public humanities, and publishing.

745. Feminist Vulnerability on Postfeminist Campuses: Alt-Academic Feminism
Sunday, 12 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m.,
Erie, Sheraton Chicago

Presiding: E. Nicole Meyer, Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay

1. “Toddlers and the Tenure Track: Best Practices for Protecting Academic Parents,” Kayla Walker Edin, Milligan Coll.
2. “Women, Rape, and Academia,” Donna L. Potts, Kansas State Univ.
3. “Feminist Research for Institutional Change: The Status of Women at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls,” Greta Gaard, Univ. of Wisconsin, River Falls

 

2013 Awards–Call for Submissions

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages

welcomes submissions for its annual awards.

 The 2013 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 2012 and September 2013. Applicants must also be members of the Women’s Caucus.

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

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2013.

The 2013 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 information on 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: November 30, 2013.

 

MLA 2014: Calls for Papers

The Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages is issuing its calls for proposed panels at the 2014 Modern Language Association convention.  Please share these CFPs widely.   And, as we say here in Louisiana, throw us something–preferably before March 15!  And, whether or not you send us something, come to the party at next year’s cash bar!

Alt‑Academic Feminism I: “Teaching Outside the Classroom through Digital Humanities, Women’s Caucus for Modern Languages at the MLA, Chicago, 1/9‑12/2014. Amid Fembot Collective, Black Girls Code, MOOCs, Abrogrammers, new collaborations, how are women teaching, learning, connecting (or not) via DH? 250‑word proposals to Teresa Mangum (tmangum@uiowa.edu) by March 15, 2013. We invite you to propose a topic for this 2014 guaranteed session, a roundtable in which 4‑5 participants offer provocative comments to inspire lively discussion.

Alt‑Academic Feminism II: “Theorizing Collaborative Action Beyond Classrooms”: Community‑based, integrative, and service‑learning as recognized high‑impact practices but also vulnerable programs; what are models/risks of framing activist work as teaching/research/service responsibilities? 250‑word proposals by March 15, 2013 to Jessica Ketcham Weber (jweber@cascadia.edu).

Alt‑Academic Feminism III:  “Feminist Vulnerability on Post‑Feminist Campuses.”  Success, support, problems, or backlash in developing programs/curriculum, equity in policy (e.g., FMLA, harassment), personnel (e.g., representation/workload), and hiring (e.g., contingent labor).  What does it mean to live on a post-feminist campus with a pre-feminist workload?  To have colleagues or administrators behave as though activism on policy, guidelines, or hiring is passé when women have “taken over”?  What are the best practices to assure that workplaces support gendered issues?  250-word proposals by March 15, 2013 to Michelle Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)