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Midwest Modern Language Association

Opportunities and Announcements

The MMLA regularly posts updates and announcements that might be of interest to our membership: Conference CFPs, grant and fellowship openings, publication opportunities and anything that engages with the scholarly interests of our members. Check this page regularly for new updates. 

Newberry Institute for Research and Education Summer Programs


Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Chicago, 1893-1955

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty at the Newberry Library

July 8- August 3, 2019
Stipend: $3,300

What is Chicago's contribution to the modernist movement? This institute will explore Chicago's distinct literary and artistic culture as well as the city's connections to other modernist metropoles. We will consider the dominant styles and guiding aesthetics that characterize Chicago from the turn of the century through the aftermath of the Second World War, asking how Chicago's cultural output during these decades is connected more broadly to transatlantic modernism. The institute will begin by studying the persistent cultural resonances of the 1893 World's Fair, which gave rise to many of the city's key cultural institutions, clubs, and smaller arts organizations. We will then explore what scholars have called the "Chicago literary renaissance" of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly the work of writers who challenged the subjects and styles of a genteel literary tradition. We will look at the interracial collaborations supported by the Works Progress Administration in Chicago during the Great Depression, considered the beginning of the Chicago Black Renaissance, a period from the 1930s through the early 1950s which has inspired a rapidly growing body of scholarship. An important goal of the institute is to develop an expansive understanding of literary history that brings together Modernist Studies and African American Studies. Faculty: Liesl Olson (director), Davarian Baldwin, Jacqueline Goldsby, Amy Mooney, Walter Benn Michaels, and Sarah Kelly Oehler.

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 (applicants will be notified on March 29, 2019)


Material Maps in the Digital Age

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty at the Newberry Library

June 13 - July 6, 2019
Stipend: $3,300

The Newberry Library's Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is pleased to announce its 2019 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty, "Material Maps in the Digital Age." The four-week seminar, led by James Akerman (The Newberry Library) and Peter Nekola (Luther College), will focus on the practice of critically reading and teaching from original map documents, informed by the most recent cartographic scholarship. In many ways, reading historic maps is more productive in the digital age. However, the visual qualities of digital map documents do not displace the need to understand them as material objects. These issues will be at the heart of Material Maps in the Digital Age, a course of reading, discussion, map study, and research immersed in the Newberry's extensive and renowned collection of historic map documents and other humanities materials. This seminar will be mindful of how map research in the humanities, and map literacy itself, is being transformed by the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution.

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 (applicants will be notified on March 29, 2019)

Assistant Professor Opening at Park University

Assistant Professor of English - Professional and Technical Writing

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Park University is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor of English - Professional and Technical Writing to teach professional, technical, and first-year writing classes, upper-level rhetoric and composition courses in the English major, and develop courses for an existing minor in professional and technical writing.  This is a full-time, tenure-track position starting August 2019 with a standard teaching load of 4/4 with a mix of face-to-face and online classes.  There is potential for an applicant with the right experience to eventually coordinate first-year or professional writing.  Additional administrative duties come with appropriate release time.  The successful candidate will join a small but active department that values innovative teaching and collaboration.  The candidate selected for this position will be expected to participate in scholarship and engage in service to the department and the university. 

Minimum qualifications:  Ph.D. in professional and technical writing and/or rhetoric and composition with specialization in professional and technical writing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; Ph.D. is required at time of appointment; evidence of successful teaching of professional, technical, and/or first-year writing courses; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate coursework.  

Desirable qualifications: experience teaching and designing online courses; experience working with diverse student populations; experience designing new courses in professional and technical writing; experience in writing program administration.

Qualified applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, transcripts, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 of which emphasize teaching proficiency).  

Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.   The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.   Park University, a private, not-for-profit University, founded in 1875, offers academic programs at 40 campus centers nationwide and online. The main campus is located approximately 10 minutes north of downtown Kansas City on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, in Parkville, Missouri.  Park University has an excellent benefits package including health and life insurance, retirement plan, and tuition paid undergraduate classes for employees and dependents. Park University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.  

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Dr. Silvia Byer and Dr. Stacey Kikendall, Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dept. of English and Modern Languages




The MLA Publication Award is now accepting submissions

We invite you to submit works and to call attention to the Modern Language Association’s upcoming publication prize competitions. In January 2020, eighteen publication prizes will be presented at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the association and the MLA Prize for a First Book, prizes will be awarded for the following subject areas and genres:

  • studies of Latin American and Spanish literatures and culture
  • comparative literary studies
  • French or francophone linguistic or literary studies
  • literary translations into English
  • scholarly translations into English
  • studies of black American literature or culture
  • studies of Italian languages, literatures, and culture
  • studies of twentieth- or twenty-first-century literature and thought
  • the teaching of languages other than English
  • scholarly editions of letters
  • scholarly editions of literary works
  • studies of Slavic language, linguistics, and literature
  • Latina and Latino or Chicana and Chicano literary and cultural studies
  • manuscripts in Italian literary studies

Detailed information on the prize competitions, including the number of copies required for submission, can be found on the MLA Web site.

Please note that books may compete for either the James Russell Lowell Prize or the MLA Prize for a First Book and one other prize, provided they meet eligibility requirements. Only books published in 2018 may compete for the annual prizes and for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies; for biennial prizes, books published in 2017 and 2018 are eligible. Each prize consists of a cash award and a certificate.

Some prize competitions require MLA membership; authors who are not currently MLA members may become eligible to compete for these prizes by joining the association before the competition’s deadline.

For more information, please contact Annie Reiser (646 576-5141; awards@mla.org).