You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new volume in development in the Options for Teaching series, Teaching 9/11 and Its Aftermaths, edited by Eden Osucha. This volume proposes to address the challenge of teaching students whose understanding of the events and their contexts and consequences has no basis in personal memory. The essays will highlight the complexity, diversity, and breadth of the materials available to instructors teaching the literature and culture of 9/11 and its aftermaths, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and in a variety of institutional settings. To learn more about the volume and how to propose an essay, please visit the MLA Web site. Proposals must be submitted to the editor by 30 September 2018.
Voting on the 2018 ratification ballot concluded at midnight (EDT) on 1 June. Members ratified the 2018 Delegate Assembly’s approval of two constitutional amendments. One amendment changes the composition of the association’s board of trustees, provides for different term lengths, includes term limits, and eliminates references to restricted funds and budget accounts that no longer exist; the other ensures representation for community college faculty members on the Executive Council. Support for the amendments ranged from 96% to 98% of the members who voted in that section of the ballot. The amendments have been incorporated into the text of the constitution at the Web site.
Emergency Resolution 2018-2, which called on the MLA to condemn a Trump administration executive order prohibiting entry into the United States by citizens of several Muslim-majority countries as well as other government efforts “to target demographic groups on the basis of religion, race, or nationality,” was not ratified by the membership and therefore does not represent a position taken by the MLA. Resolutions forwarded to the membership must be ratified by a majority vote in which the number of those voting for ratification equals at least 10% of the association’s membership. This year 1,832 votes were required for ratification. There were 1,122 votes in favor of ratification and 134 votes against ratification. The resolution fell short of ratification by 710 votes.
The volumes Approaches to Teaching the Arthurian Tradition, edited by Dorsey Armstrong, and Approaches to Teaching Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, edited by Michael R. Katz and Alexander Burry, are now in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Instructors who have taught the works these volumes address are encouraged to complete surveys about their teaching experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of each survey.
Members are also invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem, edited by Stacy Hartman and Yevgenya Strakovsky. Mission Driven seeks to reimagine the humanities’ potential to thrive in the twenty-first-century landscape and to envision new models of success. The editors invite essays that explore how graduate education can be mobilized to seed these changes. Proposals must be submitted by 1 July 2018.
The Modern Language Association congratulates the 2018 MLA Bibliography fellows who will serve from 2018 to 2021. The MLA International Bibliography staff members work with over one hundred field bibliographers, from all parts of the world, who cover subject areas, journals, and languages that cannot be indexed in the New York office. Each spring, five to ten fellowships are awarded to field bibliographers who, on completion of their fellowships, receive a stipend of $500 and a certificate during the awards ceremony at the MLA convention. For more information on bibliography fellowships, please visit the MLA Web site or contact Helen Slavin.
Congratulations to the following:
- Allison E. Bernard, PhD candidate, Columbia University
- David E. García, professor, Carthage College
- Liorah A. Golomb, associate professor and humanities librarian, University of Oklahoma
- Bassey E. Irele, librarian for sub-Saharan Africa collection development, Harvard University
- S. C. Kaplan, lecturer of French, Rice University
- Antonio Cardentey Levin, PhD candidate, assistant professor, University of Florida
- Britt McGowan, associate librarian, Florida State University
- Jessica D. Ryan, scholarly communications assistant project manager, Smith College
- Christoph Schmitz, PhD candidate, Duke University
- Brian James Stone, assistant professor, California State Polytechnic University
You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work, edited by Neal A. Lester. The essays in this volume will tease back the layers of what constitutes social justice theory and praxis and offer perspectives that reveal the many ways allies and supporters are taking and can take action. This volume proposes to address the actions and changes necessary for all those facing oppression, discrimination, violence, disenfranchisement, and dehumanization; it is meant to be an intervention for those in and outside various justice circles. Proposals must be submitted to the editor by 4 June 2018.
The Nominating Committee has arranged the 2018 elections for second vice president and the Executive Council, and the Elections Committee has arranged thirty-five contests for professional-issues and regional seats in the Delegate Assembly. Information on these elections, on the candidates, and on members’ right to initiate a petition proposing additional candidates has been posted at the MLA Web site.
Final adoption of the constitutional amendments and the resolution approved by the Delegate Assembly at its January 2018 meeting depends on the vote of the membership. The online ratification ballot will be available at the MLA Web site only until the end of the month. All members in good standing as of 17 April who were also members on 6 January, the date of the Delegate Assembly meeting, are urged to vote as soon as possible. The deadline for voting is midnight (EDT) on Friday, 1 June.
The volume Approaches to Teaching Homer’s Odyssey, edited by Lillian E. Doherty, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of the survey.
The Modern Language Association congratulates the five MLA members who were named 2018 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to literary criticism and literature.
- Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
- Bill Brown, University of Chicago
- Simon E. Gikandi, Princeton University
- Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California
- Diana Taylor, New York University
The Modern Language Association congratulates the nine MLA members who were awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants in April 2018. Their various projects include an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on war led by student veterans and a study on the literary cultural connections between the Philippines and Latin America.
Dialogues on the Experience of War
Rosemary Johnsen, co–project director, Governors State University
Project Title: War, Memory, and Commemoration in the Humanities
Project Description: The training of five student veterans to lead discussions for an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on war and its remembrance and four off-campus public discussions in the region.
Humanities Connections Planning Grants
Amy Woodbury Tease, Norwich University
Project Title: Developing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars Project Description: Planning for five interdisciplinary courses on the theme of resilience, taught by faculty members in humanities and nonhumanities fields.
Anne Dwyer, Pomona College
Project Title: Literary Theorist Viktor Shklovsky (1893–1984) and the Arts Policies of the Soviet Union
Project Description: Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the Russian literary theorist Victor Shklovsky.
Patrick Erben, State University of West Georgia
Project Title: German Pietism and American Literature of the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Project Description: Research leading to an article and book on the influence of German Pietism on late-eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature.
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University
Project Title: Reading during the American Civil War, 1861–65
Project Description: Research and writing of a book on reading practices and literary interpretation during the American Civil War.
Kathleen Newman, University of Iowa
Project Title: Argentine Early Sound Film, 1933–35
Project Description: Research and writing leading to publication of a book about Argentinian film from 1910 to 1935.
Paula Park, Wesleyan University
Project Title: Latin America in the Philippines: Rethinking Intercoloniality across the Hispanic Pacific (1898–1964)
Project Description: Research and writing of a book-length study on literary and cultural connections between the Philippines and Latin America.
Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University
Project Title: The Role of Poetry in Contemporary African Literary Communities
Project Description: Research and preparation of an article on the role of poetry in African literary communities.
Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia
Project Title: Theater and the Slave Trade in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain and Portugal
Project Description: Research for a book-length study of relationships between the Atlantic slave trade and the emergence of professional theater in early modern Spain and Portugal.