Call for Submissions: 2017 WCML Awards

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

The 2017 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 2016 and September 2017.

Please send submissions to Michelle Massé, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Louisiana State University, at mmasse@lsu.edu.

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 11, 2017.


The 2017 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 your CV, the title of the MLA session in which you are scheduled to present, and the abstract for your presentation to Michelle Massé, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, Louisiana State University, at mmasse@lsu.edu.

Please note that applicants must be members of the Women’s Caucus.
Deadline for submission: December 11, 2017.

For further information about these awards and about the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, including membership, visit our website.

Call for Papers: “Critical Feminist Exits, Re-Routings, and Institutional Betrayals in Academia”

CALL FOR PAPERS

“Critical Feminist Exits, Re-Routings, and Institutional Betrayals in Academia”
a Special Issue of Feminist Formations
Full papers due February 15, 2018
Edited by Marta Maria Maldonado and Katja M. Guenther

While universities often identify diversity as an important concern and goal, the neo-liberalization of academic contexts has in many ways fostered the entrenchment and rearticulation of hegemonic racial and gendered ideologies and practices. As a result, critical scholars often face institutional environments that are hostile and/or unresponsive to their concerns and perspectives, and broadly speaking, to issues critical to women, LGBITQ people, people of color, and other marginalized groups. Scholars who experience discrimination, bullying, harassment, and/or hostile work environments may find themselves relocated, either by “choice” or as an outcome of administrative processes.

This special issue focuses on the politics of the movement of critical feminist scholars—those who routinely challenge racialized, gendered, ableist, heteronormative or homophobic, and/or first-worldist scripts within their fields or departments, through their embodied presence and their substantive work. We invite manuscripts that map out and examine scholars’ movements within, across, and out of academic institutions. Of interest also are analyses of how administrators and academic institutions initiate, negotiate, and/or respond to moves and exits by critical scholars. We seek thoughtful examination of institutional failures to support critical feminist scholars, analysis of the consequences of such failures, as well as discussion of administrative responses that embrace and support critical feminist scholars and their work, as a way to identify transformative possibilities.

The fact that critical feminist scholars move within, across (and sometimes out of) academic institutions is not new. It is also not unique, as scholars whose work is not particularly feminist or critical move and exit academic units and institutions routinely. The premise that motivates this special issue, however, is that there are particular institutional and structural constraints and conditions which impel the moves and exits of critical scholars, especially of those who occupy marginalized social locations through their embodiment of non-dominant ethnoracial and gendered characteristics, identities, and histories. Also, the consequences of moves and exits are likely to be different for critical scholars from marginalized social locations than for “mainstream” scholars occupying dominant social locations. For example, given dominant ideologies of gender, sexuality, and race in academic contexts, the actions and rationales of scholars from marginalized social locations are likely to be coded or interpreted negatively, and even dismissed, with repercussions for the racialized and gendered academic enterprise of knowledge production.

The Guest Editors encourage submission of manuscripts that sustain and advance critical, systemic reflection on and analysis of the following (and related) questions:

  • What factors drive the exit/movement of critical feminist scholars from one department/unit/institution to another? What kinds of marginalization and epistemic and/or political friction prompt such moves?
  • Are there disciplinary/academic sites that routinely expunge critical feminist scholars or fail to stop them from leaving? What are the various types of receiving sites?
  • What kinds of issues within “critical academic units” like Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Ethnic Studies cause critical feminist scholars to leave them? What role do differing understandings of equity and social justice play in such moves?
  • To what extent are several types of moves understood as voluntary or as a matter of “personal choice?” Who gets to make choices, and under which constraints?
  • What is revealed when we shift focus from individual to collective exits and moves? To what extent can we think of critical feminist exoduses, or even exiles? What does it mean to consider those who have not necessarily chosen to exit particular contexts, but who have been effectively banished, displaced, removed, dispossessed, disappeared, or exiled from particular spaces, or from the academy more broadly? Who replaces those who leave (or are forced to leave)?
  • What are the implications of the exits of critical feminist scholars for feminist practice and institutional transformation?
  • How do critical feminist scholars negotiate exits in different type of institutions (e.g., research university, 4-year teaching college, community college, research institute, etc.)?
  • Are opportunities and limitations for critical feminist scholars similar across national contexts? Do administrative responses vary across nations? What propels some critical feminist scholars outside of academia altogether?
  • How does the movement of critical feminist scholars vary across career levels (grad students, ladder- rank, contingent faculty) and what are the implications at different levels?
  • How are exits and re-routings managed, justified, and understood/explained by the scholar who moves, the sending unit, the receiving unit, and by administrators?
  • What happens after a move? How do relocated faculty discover and negotiate the constraints that unfold as they confront sexist/ableist/racist/settler/class/sexuality hegemonies within the receiving department?
  • What are the (positive or negative) consequences of critical exits for individual faculty, departments, campuses (including students), and disciplines? Do such exits influence how interdisciplinarity is understood and valued? How does the social location of the exiting scholar shape the consequences of moving?
  • What lessons accrue for universities and administrators who care about equity, inclusion, diverse knowledges, social justice?  What types of interventions are effective at addressing the negative drivers and consequences of critical academic migrations? What does a critical feminist agenda regarding such movements look like?

We welcome submissions from scholars across disciplines, as well as analyses that draw on personal experience with critical feminist exits.

Papers should be submitted on our Submittable page directly. The full call is posted at https://www.feministformations.org/submit/calls-for-papers

2016 WCML Awards

The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages is pleased to announce our 2016 awards (2016).

The Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship

from the field of English:

Leah Claire Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, Grinnell College
“The Pleasures of Dangerous Criticism: Interpreting Andrea Dworkin as a Literary Critic”
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Fall 2016, vol. 42, no. 1, 49-70

from the field of foreign languages
Elizabeth W. Son
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University
“Korean Trojan Women: Performing Wartime Sexual Violence”
Asian Theatre Journal Fall 2016, vol. 33, no. 2, 369-94

The 2016 Annette Kolodny Award for graduate student travel to present a paper at MLA:

Isadora Wagner
Graduate student, Department of English, University of Mississippi
“Undoing the ‘Traditional Logics of War’ with Soldiers’ Transgendering Makeup Performances in Vietnam War Literature”
Panel sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies’ Forum

Call for Papers: Console-ing Passions

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International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

July 27-29 2017
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.

The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee invites proposals for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and pre-constituted forums that consider television, video, audio, or new media alongside gender, sexuality, race, and/or other intersected components of identity. We also welcome proposals for video, audio, or new media creative works related to gender and other modes of identity. In light of the possible persistence of House Bill 2 in North Carolina, the host committee encourages and will give special preference to panels, forums and creative works that engage with the stakes and consequences of studying, teaching and writing about LGBTQI representation and how it intersects with gender identity, racial and economic justice, class, immigration and citizenship, ability and disability, incarceration, and other categories and social concerns. In particular, we encourage encourage panels and forums specifically devoted to critically interrogating HB2 and anti-LGBTQI legislation in North Carolina and elsewhere in order to make CP@ECU a venue for engaging and analyzing the impact of this legislation as well as a space of resistance.

Submission Guidelines:
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, January 16 2017.

Call for Papers – CP Conference 2017

Proposal Guidelines:

Proposers may submit:
1.    one paper or creative project, and one CP Forum.

Attendees may present:
1.    one paper or creative project, and may participate in one CP Forum.

Please direct any questions about the conference and/or the submission process to the conference organizers:

Email: cpgreenville2017@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter: @CPECU17
Like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/CPECU2017/

Visit the conference website for updates about events, schedules, travel information, and more:

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Join us for MLA 2017 in Philadelphia!

Please join the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages at our Cash Bar, co-sponsored with Women in French and Women in German (Thursday, 1/5, 8:45 – 10:00, Grand Ballroom Salon J, Philadelphia Marriott), as well as our two panels: “Crossing Gendered Boundaries: Professional and Life Stages in Academia” (Friday, 1/6, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Franklin 6, Philadelphia Marriott), included in the Presidential Theme, “Boundary Conditions,” and “Teaching Difficult Topics” (Saturday, 1/7, 3:30-4:45 p.m., 105A, Pennsylvania Convention Center).

Call for Submissions: 2017 WCML Awards for 2016

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/

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