The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus welcomes members interested in feminist scholarship, women’s and gender studies, and the status of women in the profession at all stages of their careers. The Caucus organizes panels, promotes publication, and fosters the establishment of networks linking senior and junior faculty including graduate students.
The NeMLA WGS Caucus operates a mentoring program for junior faculty and doctoral students. The application form is available online. The application process will close on December 15th and mentees will be notified in early January. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a mentor please contact Elizabeth O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At its annual meeting held at the NeMLA Convention hotel site, the Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus takes nominations for new officers and invites suggestions for speakers and topics for future NeMLA Conferences.
Boston 2013: Suzanne Matson, Boston College, “Writing Women’s Lives: A Fiction Reading and Discussion”
Rochester 2012: Stephanie Li, University of Rochester, “The Gospel According to Toni Morrison”
New Brunswick 2011: Sharon Jimenez, “Stand, Fight and Persevere: One Woman’s Journey Beyond Barriers”
Montreal 2010: Novelist Madeleine Monette presented selections from her recent text America is Also a Québec Novel
Boston 2009: Scholar Carole Boyce Davies (Cornell University), “Caribbean Women and the Black Radical Intellectual Tradition”
Buffalo 2008: Poet NourbeSe Philip, selections from and commentary on her remarkable poem Zong! (Wesleyan U Press, 2008). (Jointly sponsored with the CAITY Caucus)
Baltimore 2007: Novelist Elizabeth Nuñez, “The Women in Shakespeare‘s The Tempest: The Perspective of a Woman Novelist”
The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.” The award is given for a paper presented at any session of the previous NEMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation. The winning paper will be considered for publication in Modern Language Studies.
Send entries to Rachel N. Spear, President, NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus: email@example.com by 18 October 2013 with “NeMLA WGS Essay Submission” in the subject.
Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards:
Submitted essays should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words (there is a 10,000 word limit, notes and works cited included). Unrevised paper presentations are not accepted and will be returned. The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet. If this information appears elsewhere, the submission will be disqualified.
Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies; all essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.
2013: Marisa Palacios Knox, Universtiry of California at Berkeley. “Literary Nunneries: Women’s Education, Sterility and Detachment”
2012: Melissa A. Schaub, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “Middlebrow Feminism and the Politics of Sentiment: From The Moonstone to Dorothy L. Sayers.”
2011: Christopher Byrne, McGill University. “Using a Thorn to Dig out a Thorn: Tao Shan's Buddhist Perspectives on Gender.”
2010: Daniel Moore, Queens University. “Mourning the Mourners: Gender Politics of Commemoration in the First World War.”
2009: Zach Hutchins, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Eschewing Eve and Emulating Elizabeth: The Wisdom of Anne Bradstreet.”
2008: Catherine Keyser, The University of South Carolina. “Keeping Ironic Company: Mary McCarthy and the Smart Woman in Politics.”
You can join the NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus by indicating your interest on the registration form when you join NeMLA or renew your NeMLA membership.
Joint memberships are also available. Add $5.00 to the higher paying member’s dues.