Expanded MLA 2020 CFPs

Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages:  MLA 2020 CFPs!

Please distribute these CFPS for MLA 2020 widely, and send in a proposal yourself. 

1)  Balancing Acts:  Academia’s Gendered Cost of Living

Description:  This roundtable examines how women and men pay dearly for degrees in “feminized” fields.  We know about students’ economic debts, which women have more of, while earning fewer dollars for repayment.  What about the other expenses, psychological and social, of seeking degrees, pursuing jobs, maintaining community, and supporting family?  How do you decide what load the budget can bear, negotiate spending, and the bottom line in these venues?    250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed. 

Send proposals to:  Michelle A. Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)

2)  All Too Human:  Gender and Aging in Academic Workforces

Co-sponsored with the Age Studies Transdisciplinary Connections Forum

Description:  This collaborative roundtable examines aging/gender in academic life stages.  We are interested in the non-linear temporal torsions in academia’s timeline entangling chronological age and career stage.  The Neverland of graduate studies/contingent labor that suggests one is too young for adult identity, mid-career responsibilities, as well as retirement’s Promised Land, which may be unenterable, but is also yoked to being too old to continue working, are some key examples.  250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed. 

Send proposals to:  Michelle A. Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu

3)  Being Online: Risks and Rewards for Women in Academe

Description:  Gift or poison? Source of solidarity or star system? Means of connection and collaboration or more uncounted work? This guaranteed roundtable will build on the conference theme of “being human” by addressing the risks and rewards of being online for women in academe. How is social media used to counter and/or reinforce institutional inequities? What unique opportunities and/or threats—professional, political, personal—does it pose? 250-word proposal; two-page c.v.; no title needed.

Send proposals to:  Rebecca Colesworthy (rebecca.colesworthy@gmail.com)

MLA 2020 CFPs

We are excited to announce the following WCML and joint session CFPs for MLA 2020 in Seattle, WA.

All of the following roundtables ask for a 250-word proposal, a two-page c.v., and have a deadline of 3/15/19, with proposals to be sent in a single file to the session organizers. Roundtables do not require presentation titles and are limited to 10-12 minutes per presenter (depending upon number of presenters) in order to encourage general discussion. Longer descriptions will follow soon, but please distribute both the short CFPs and the longer ones widely, and send in a proposal yourself!  

1)  Balancing Acts:  Academia’s Gendered Cost of Living

Description:  This roundtable asks about the costs, financial and psychological, of seeking degrees, pursuing jobs, maintaining community, supporting family.  How do you decide the bottom line you can afford?    

Proposals should be sent to: Michelle A. Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)

2)  All Too Human:  Gender and Aging in Academic Workforces

Co-sponsored with Age Studies Transdisciplinary Connections Forum

Description:  This collaborative roundtable examines age/gender in academic life stages from the temporal Neverland of graduate studies/contingent labor through retirement’s Promised Land, which can be either unenterable or utopian.

Proposals should be sent to: Michelle A. Massé (mmasse@lsu.edu)

3)  Being Online: Risks and Rewards for Women in Academe

Description:  Gift or poison? Source of solidarity or star system? Means of collaboration or more uncounted work? Guaranteed roundtable on how social media counters and/or reinforces institutional inequities.

Proposals should be sent to: Rebecca Colesworthy (rebecca.colesworthy@gmail.com)

MLA 2019 Sessions

Below is a list of sessions organized by WCML as well as other feminist organizations and MLA committees. You can learn more about each organization by clicking on their name. Sessions marked with * are included as part of the MLA Presidential Theme, “Textual Transactions.”

  • Cash Bar Arranged by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Feministas Unidas, Women in French, and Women in German
    Friday, Jan 4 7:15-8:30pm / Grand Ballroom D South, Hyatt Regency

Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages

  • *Harassment over Time: When #MeToo Becomes #MeThen and #MeAgain
    Thursday, Jan 3 1:45-3:00pm / Roosevelt 3, Hyatt Regency
  • *Turning Gold into Straw: The Feminization of Contingent Labor
    A collaborative session with Feministas Unidas
    Saturday, Jan 5 1:45 3:00pm / Columbus CD, Hyatt Regency
  • *Alt-Ac: When Quit Lit Becomes (Positive) Chick Lit
    Sunday, Jan 6 8:30-9:45 am / Michigan 3, Hyatt Regency

Feministas Unidas

  • Gender(s), Language, and Identities in Hispanic Studies
    Friday, Jan 4 5:15-6:30 / Sheraton Ballroom I, Sheraton Grand

Women in French

  • *Radical Transactions: Teaching Women in French and the Twenty-First-Century Classroom
    Thursday, Jan 3 3:30-4:45pm / Erie, Sheraton Grand
  • *Adaptations: Aesthetic, Textual, and Cultural Transactions in Contemporary Francophone Practices of Rewriting
    Saturday, Jan 5 1:45–3:00pm / Missouri, Sheraton Grand

Women in German

  • Defining Bodies: Medical Discourses in German-Speaking Countries
    Friday, 4 Jan 3:30-4:45pm / Michigan B, Sheraton Grand

Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

  • Supporting the Vulnerable: Responsibility and Academic Freedom
    Thursday, Jan 3 12:00-1:15pm / New Orleans, Hyatt Regency
  • What is the Status of Women in the Profession?
    Friday, Jan 4 5:15-6:30pm / Roosevelt 3, Hyatt Regency
  • Vulnerable Positions? Feminism and Contingent Labor
    Sunday, Jan 6 8:30-9:45 / Randolph 3, Hyatt Regency

Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages: 2018 Awards

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages now welcomes submissions for its annual awards. The Caucus is gender-inclusive and welcomes feminist scholarship from all authors.

The 2018 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. Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.

To be eligible for consideration, essays of no more than 10,000 words, written from a feminist perspective, must have been published in English between June 2017 and September 2018. Applicants are limited to two submissions in an award year.

Please send submissions to Michelle Massé, President of the Women’s Caucus, at mmasse@lsu.edu.

Deadline for submission: December 7, 2018.


The 2018 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. Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus, and that membership is free for graduate students.

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, President of the Women’s Caucus, at mmasse@lsu.edu.

Deadline for submission: December 17, 2018.

 

WCML at MLA 2019

We are pleased to announce that the following 3 WCML panels have been accepted at MLA 2019. Dates, times, and locations will be posted once the MLA 2019 program has gone live.

  1. Alt-Ac: When Quit Lit Becomes (Positive) Chick Lit
  2. Harassment over Time: When #MeToo becomes #MeThen and #MeAgain
  3. Turning Gold into Straw: The Feminization of Contingent Labor
    Collaborative with Feministas Unidas

WCML’s 2019 MLA CFPs

All of the following roundtables ask for a 250-word proposal, a two-page c.v., and have a deadline of 3/15/18, with proposals to be sent in a single file to mmasse@lsu.edu. Please distribute widely!

1)  “Alt-Ac:  When Quit Lit Becomes (Positive) Chick Lit”
Description: This guaranteed roundtable addresses decision-making by Ph.D.s who pursue non-faculty positions after NTT jobs or positions with poor fit.

2)  “Turning Gold into Straw:  The Feminization of Contingent Labor”
Co-sponsored with Feministas Unidas
Description:  This roundtable explores the gendered stratification of language/literature Ph.D.s as a contingent workforce and explores modes of resistance.

3)  “Harassment over Time:  When #MeToo becomes #MeThen and #MeAgain”
Description: This roundtable considers individual and institutional durational effects of harassment/assault over time when harassment is a decades-long pattern for self and others.

Join us for MLA 2018 in New York!

Please join the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages at MLA 2018 to celebrate feminism, intersectionality, activism, and engagement in the year ahead!

Cash Bar, co-sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, Feministas Unidas, Women in French, and Women in German
Friday, 1/5, 7:15 – 8:30 (Session 444, Gramercy West, Hilton)

Come celebrate solidarity and this year’s recipients of the Florence Howe and Annette Kolodny awards!

Roundtable: Administering Feminism: Leadership, Activism, and Diversity
Thursday, 1/4, 12:00 – 1:15 (Session 24, Gramercy East, Hilton)

Women who are directors, chairs, deans, and humanities center directors–as well as the new Executive Director of MLA–reflect on how and why feminism is central to their work as leaders, as well as in their activism and commitment to diversity.  Selected as part of the 2018 Presidential Theme, “States of Insecurity.”

Speakers: Katie J. Hogan, U of North Carolina, Charlotte; Paula M. Krebs, MLA; Teresa Mangum, U of Iowa; Sheri Parks, U of Maryland, College Park; Robyn Warhol, Ohio State U, Columbus.

Roundtable: Learning through “Failure”: Feminism on Campus in the Years Ahead.  Co-sponsored with Feministas Unidas
Saturday, 1/6, 1:45 – 3:00 (Session 613, Concourse A (Hilton)

Feminism in academia is at risk—as activism, as complicit in hierarchy, as an academic field, as postfeminism.  The ostensible failure of feminism in the current political climate, however, is subject to debate. This session explores the “low theory” of resistance and transformation.  Selected as part of the 2018 Presidential Theme, “States of Insecurity.”

Speakers: Hilda Chacón, Nazareth C; Melanie Micir, Washington U in St. Louis; Beth Ann Muellner, C of Wooster; Veronica Popp, Elmhurst C; Christine M. Probes, U of South Florida, Tampa.

And join the WCML!  Membership is free to graduate students!  Learn more at www.wcml.org.