Midwest Modern Language Association - MMLA

Midwest Modern Language Association - MMLA A non-profit organization of teachers & scholars of literature, language, & culture. The MMLA is a regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association.

The Midwestern Modern Language Association (MMLA) is an academic association and a regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association. The MMLA provides a forum for disseminating scholarship and improving teaching in the fields of literary and cultural criticism. Building on its rich history, Loyola University Chicago supports the mission of the MMLA by serving as its institutional host.

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Just a reminder that registration is open until October 15. Get your tickets now!
09/24/2021

Just a reminder that registration is open until October 15. Get your tickets now!

Registration for the MMLA Convention is now live! For more information, visit our page at luc.edu/mmla.

Registration for the MMLA Convention is now live! For more information, visit our page at luc.edu/mmla.
09/22/2021

Registration for the MMLA Convention is now live! For more information, visit our page at luc.edu/mmla.

Registration for the MMLA Convention is now live! For more information, visit our page at luc.edu/mmla.

See you in Milwaukee, MMLA! See luc.edu/mmla for more.
09/16/2021

See you in Milwaukee, MMLA! See luc.edu/mmla for more.

See you in Milwaukee, MMLA! See luc.edu/mmla for more.

Special Sessions and Permanent Section Proposals for the upcoming fall Convention for the MMLA are both due on May 1st! ...
04/29/2021

Special Sessions and Permanent Section Proposals for the upcoming fall Convention for the MMLA are both due on May 1st! Submissions not assigned to a special session or permanent section panels are due by May 20th! Visit our website for more info and email us those submissions!

Special Sessions and Permanent Section Proposals for the upcoming fall Convention for the MMLA are both due on May 1st! Submissions not assigned to a special session or permanent section panels are due by May 20th! Visit our website for more info and email us those submissions!

Please email us if you're interested in being considered!
04/22/2021

Please email us if you're interested in being considered!

Please email us if you're interested in being considered!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal. The Fall Journal is a special issue on “Confinement.” ...
04/15/2021

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal. The Fall Journal is a special issue on “Confinement.” Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words. Check out our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal. The Fall Journal is a special issue on “Confinement.” Articles should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words. Check out our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment” ...
04/08/2021

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment” and the deadline is May 15! Articles should be between 7,000 to 10,000 words. Check out https://www.luc.edu/mmla/journal/ to learn more.

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment” and the deadline is May 15! Articles should be between 7,000 to 10,000 words. Check out https://www.luc.edu/mmla/journal/ to learn more.

We’re proud to announce the new Antiracism Permanent Section of the MMLA as part of our initiative and commitment to fur...
03/30/2021

We’re proud to announce the new Antiracism Permanent Section of the MMLA as part of our initiative and commitment to further examine and combat systemic racism. Visit our website in order to learn more about the new section, explore some sample topics, and email your proposals to Dr. Cedric Burrows!

We’re proud to announce the new Antiracism Permanent Section of the MMLA as part of our initiative and commitment to further examine and combat systemic racism. Visit our website in order to learn more about the new section, explore some sample topics, and email your proposals to Dr. Cedric Burrows!

Our 2021 Convention theme is “Cultures of Collectivity”! Proposals for Permanent Sections and Complete Panels/Individual...
03/25/2021

Our 2021 Convention theme is “Cultures of Collectivity”! Proposals for Permanent Sections and Complete Panels/Individual Papers are all due by June 1st. Visit our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

Our 2021 Convention theme is “Cultures of Collectivity”! Proposals for Permanent Sections and Complete Panels/Individual Papers are all due by June 1st. Visit our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

The MMLA will announce in June whether our 2021 Convention “Cultures of Collectivity” will be in person or virtual. The ...
03/18/2021

The MMLA will announce in June whether our 2021 Convention “Cultures of Collectivity” will be in person or virtual. The membership and registration links on our website are currently disabled until we are able to make this decision.
Despite some lingering uncertainty, we are currently enthusiastically accepting submissions for individual papers, permanent sections, and special sessions.
To view our full statement visit our website at https://www.luc.edu/mmla/!

The MMLA will announce in June whether our 2021 Convention “Cultures of Collectivity” will be in person or virtual. The membership and registration links on our website are currently disabled until we are able to make this decision.
Despite some lingering uncertainty, we are currently enthusiastically accepting submissions for individual papers, permanent sections, and special sessions.
To view our full statement visit our website at https://www.luc.edu/mmla/!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal - a special issue on "Confinement." The past year has m...
03/04/2021

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal - a special issue on "Confinement." The past year has made most of us acutely aware of the word and its many connotations, while others have been intimately familiar with confinement as punishment, consequence, or necessity for years. We're looking for work that engages with and problematizes the topic of confinement and it's many nuances. Check out our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Fall Journal - a special issue on "Confinement." The past year has made most of us acutely aware of the word and its many connotations, while others have been intimately familiar with confinement as punishment, consequence, or necessity for years. We're looking for work that engages with and problematizes the topic of confinement and it's many nuances. Check out our website to learn more and email us your submissions!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment."...
02/25/2021

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment." Visit our website to learn more and email us your work!

The MMLA is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Journal. The theme is “Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment." Visit our website to learn more and email us your work!

Call for Papers! Visit our website for more information about the Convention and email us your submissions!
02/18/2021

Call for Papers! Visit our website for more information about the Convention and email us your submissions!

Call for Papers! Visit our website for more information about the Convention and email us your submissions!

11/30/2020

The MMLA is excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for our 2020 and 2021 Book Awards. Both the 2020 and 2021 book prizes will be awarded at the 2021 convention with a prize of $500 each to the best book published by an MMLA member. Creative publications should be comprised of all books published from January 1, 2019 – February 15, 2021, representing the 2020 Book Award. The deadline to submit texts for consideration will be February 15, 2021.
If you are interested in being considered for the award, please email us at [email protected].

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Virtual Book Exhibit! Although we are unable to exhibit in person this year, we are ...
10/29/2020
Midwest Modern Language Association

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Virtual Book Exhibit! Although we are unable to exhibit in person this year, we are still offering discounts on titles from nine of our publishers. A full list of titles and offers can be found on our website, along with order forms and sale books and T-shirts. Orders placed before December 15th, 2020 will be guaranteed the discount, so don’t wait to fill out your order!

Members of the MMLA are invited and encouraged to submit articles to the JMMLA. Please note that the Journal no longer accepts submissions on open topics: each Spring issue will be a single-topic special issue; each Fall issue will be devoted to papers building on the conference theme from the previ...

10/28/2020
Long-Term Fellowships | Newberry

Reminder! The deadline for the Newberry Long-Term Fellowship Program is rapidly approaching. For more information about this opportunity, and to apply by November 1, visit the Newberry's website.

Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are open. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities, including Fellows’ Seminars and Weekly Colloquium. These...

06/19/2020

Dear MMLA Members,
In light of recent police violence against African Americans and widespread protests against that violence, the MMLA Executive Committee seeks to voice its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Please read our full statement here: https://www.luc.edu/mmla/

Dear MMLA Members,The Executive Committee has discussed the MMLA's upcoming conference on "Cultures of Collectivity" and...
06/09/2020
Conference 2020 questions

Dear MMLA Members,

The Executive Committee has discussed the MMLA's upcoming conference on "Cultures of Collectivity" and decided that it would be ill advised, and harmful to collectives large and small, to go ahead with the conference if current conditions with respect to the virus don't improve dramatically by the end of the month.

We will be monitoring the impact of the "re-opening" closely over the next 2-3 weeks. We are also thinking about other formats for the conference, and to that end would like to ask for our members' thoughts in the following 3-question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HYYG76

Your answers will be used to guide us as we continue to plan and make decisions about November’s conference.

In the meantime, we would also like to extend our most sincere wishes for the safety and health of our whole MMLA community.

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee of the MMLA

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Dear MMLA Members,The Executive Committee has discussed the MMLA's upcoming conference on "Cultures of Collectivity" and...
06/09/2020
Conference 2020 questions

Dear MMLA Members,

The Executive Committee has discussed the MMLA's upcoming conference on "Cultures of Collectivity" and decided that it would be ill advised, and harmful to collectives large and small, to go ahead with the conference if current conditions with respect to the virus don't improve dramatically by the end of the month.

We will be monitoring the impact of the "re-opening" closely over the next 2-3 weeks. We are also thinking about other formats for the conference, and to that end would like to ask for our members' thoughts in the following 3-question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HYYG76

Your answers will be used to guide us as we continue to plan and make decisions about November’s conference.

In the meantime, we would also like to extend our most sincere wishes for the safety and health of our whole MMLA community.

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee of the MMLA

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We hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend! As of right now, we are still planning on hosting an in-person conference t...
05/26/2020
Permanent Section Call for Papers: Midwest Modern Language Association: Loyola University Chicago

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend! As of right now, we are still planning on hosting an in-person conference the first week of November in Milwaukee. The deadline for submissions is May 31st!! https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/permanentsectioncallforpapers/ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NGG90hQlpXDxu5sJPurKeQgKsIeWDgvTya5MhseaToM/edit

Permanent Section Call for Papers Click the drop down arrows below to access Permanent Section and Associated Organization CFPs for the 2020 Conference. African Literature CFP to be posted soon! African American Literature Identity and Liminality in African American Literature This panel seeks prese...

05/01/2020

Check out another new CFP! French III, Cultural Issues: Culture et collectivité
We are seeking papers that examine any aspect of French and Francophone culture, with a particular focus on scholarly research that examines interdisciplinary study (popular culture, literature, film, art, etc.) of the conference theme of “Cultures of collectivity.”
250-500 word abstracts should be emailed to the panel chair, Scott Sheridan, at [email protected] by May 15, 2020.

05/01/2020

Share this new MMLA CFP!

Multicultural Literature in the Classroom: Politics and Pedagogy

In this session, we are interested in proposals that seek to explore how “Cultures of Collectivity" are manifested in multicultural literatures. We are interested in how this concept can be found in literature, pedagogy, or research. In line with the conference theme we are interested in “How, for example, are cultures created by the gathering together of human subjects? What modes of collectivity, be they formal or informal, arise from culture, or have arisen historically? How might we meet and answer the salient political and social challenges of our time through collective response and collaboration—as artists, as academics, as teachers and students, and as laborers? We seek proposals that wrestle with these (or related) transhistorical questions about what it means to work, think, and join together under the auspices of language, literature, and culture”:
Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:
• Decolonial methods of analysis or instruction
• Latinx Studies
• World Literatures
• Asian/American Studies
• African American/Black Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Native American Studies
• Collective movements throughout the history of art and culture (i.e. literary or critical “schools,” film collectives, art collectives)
• Interdisciplinary / crossover work in contemporary art and the humanities
• Language communities
• Cultures of diaspora, including refugees and migrant communities, and their representation in literature / culture
• Subcultures, the avant-garde, and countercultural movements
• Collaborative scholarly and artistic forms (i.e. co-authoring)
• Collaborative pedagogy and team-teaching
• Collaborations in the classroom (i.e. group assignments, collective grading, etc.)
Please send proposals of 250 words maximum by May 31, 2020 to Dr. Julio Enríquez-Ornelas, [email protected]. Participants are welcome to propose papers in English or Spanish.

04/22/2020

Program Information forms will be due on June 15 for chairs of all sessions. Decisions regarding individual papers submitted to the MMLA will be made July 1.

UPDATE: We are extending the submission deadlines for all Permanent sections, Special Sessions, Associated Organizations...
04/22/2020
Permanent Section Call for Papers: Midwest Modern Language Association: Loyola University Chicago

UPDATE: We are extending the submission deadlines for all Permanent sections, Special Sessions, Associated Organizations, and Individual Papers to May 31. Please check out the CFPs for Permanent sections and Special Sessions.

https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/permanentsectioncallforpapers/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NGG90hQlpXDxu5sJPurKeQgKsIeWDgvTya5MhseaToM/edit

Permanent Section Call for Papers Click the drop down arrows below to access Permanent Section and Associated Organization CFPs for the 2020 Conference. African Literature CFP to be posted soon! African American Literature Identity and Liminality in African American Literature This panel seeks prese...

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Founded in 1959, incorporated in 1971, and based at Loyola University Chicago, the Midwest Modern Language Association is a non-profit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, language, and culture. A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association, the MMLA provides a forum for disseminating scholarship and improving teaching in the fields of literary and cultural criticism. The members of the MMLA hail from many different departments, including Comparative Literature, English, French, German, Italian, Linguistics, and Spanish. The MMLA's annual November meeting builds a sense of community among many specialized fields with over 200 sessions, some coalescing around an informal convention theme and others focusing on widely ranging topics that represent the varied interests of the association's fields. Annual meetings also feature professionalizing workshops and a book exhibit that foregrounds the recent publications of its members. The MMLA's Journal publishes their work in two semi-annual issues. Starting this year, the MMLA Spring issue will be a guest-edited Special Topics issue. The inagural issue of this new model is in planning for Spring 201. Each Fall, the JMMLA is a special convention issue that includes essays of varying lengths bringing the previous year's informal theme to fruition. Every issue of the JMMLA also includes book reviews.

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Join us for a free online roundtable event in French/English for K-16 educators and university students on FRENCH/ FRANCOPHONE IMMERSION EDUCATION IN THE US TODAY. NEW PERSPECTIVES SATURDAY, MARCH 6 9:00-11:30am(CST),10:00-12:30pm (EST),4:00-6:30pm (UTC+1) Registration:https://sites.google.com/view/jifuchicagoevent/accueil This event is supported by AATF, the Consulate of France in Chicago, the Quebec Government Office in Chicago, the University of Chicago Language Center and Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GOTHIC NOW A round-table discussion at the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention sponsored by the MLA CLCS Gothic Studies Forum (deadline 3/15/21; convention 6-9 January 2022) What are the driving forces behind and recurring conceits of the twenty-first-century Gothic? Why has the Gothic assumed such a position of prominence in contemporary literature and media? The Gothic Studies Forum of the Modern Language Association invites proposals for short presentations (7-8 minutes) addressing these questions for a round-table discussion at the 2022 MLA Convention in Washington, DC. 200-word proposals focused on a specific keyword or theme and abbreviated CVs, as well as questions, may be directed to Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock at [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is March 15th. Those selected for the round-table must be MLA members or join by April 7th, 2021.
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The program in Global French Studies (GFS) at DePauw University invites applications for an instructor to begin in fall 2020. The successful candidate will teach two courses in elementary and/or intermediate French in the fall and one in the spring (or one course in the fall and two in the spring). Applicants who possess a terminal degree (PhD) in French, doctoral candidates (ABDs), and holders of an MA in French are encouraged to apply. Native or near-native fluency in French is required. Candidates should have at least one year of teaching experience at the university level. Submit applications including a cover letter that summarizes how the job criteria are met, (including teaching experience), CV, and two letters of recommendation in which recommenders attest to the candidate’s teaching effectiveness to Dr. Cheira Lewis, GFS Director, at [email protected]. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. DePauw is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women, members of under-represented groups, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For information about the program, see
Andreea Marculescu (Oklahoma) and myself (Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, Vermont) are preparing an MLA volume on "Options for Teaching Emotions in World Literature." We are interested in any language, any approach. 350–400-word abstract and a short biography (100–150 words) due by 15 April 2020 to both Andreea Marculescu ([email protected]) and Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier ([email protected]) Please share it with your friends and colleagues! The call for papers is attached (https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-Book-Publications/Contribute-to-a-Book-in-Development/Emotions-in-World-Literature)
Hi Folks--this is a reminder that the MLA Gothic Studies Forum is sponsoring two paper sessions at the 2021 convention in Toronto. Details are below and the deadline for proposals for both is March 1st. Anthropocene Gothic How and why is the gothic being used to narrate the anthropocene? How is the gothic transformed by this focus? Papers on literature, film, or other media. 250-word abstracts (March 1): [email protected] Capitalism and the Gothic What is the relationship between the Gothic as a genre and capitalism as an economic mode? 250-word abstracts by March 1st to [email protected].
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