Loyola University Chicago

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. If you have an announcement you would like us to share with our members, please email us at mmla@luc.edu


Call for Applications

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs has a new grant opportunity: the Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education. This grant supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit underserved populations through the teaching and study of the humanities. Eligible applicants include small- to medium-size two- and four-year institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations whose work advances the humanities at these institutions and among their faculty and students.

The Spotlight program supports activities such as curricular or program development, expert consultations, speakers’ series, student research, creation of teaching resources, and community engagement.

The program application deadline is November 2, 2022, and applications must be submitted via Grants.gov.

For more information consult the Notice of Funding Opportunity. You may also wish to view the informational webinar on the program page, consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions, and/or email NEH at mailto:Mspotlight@neh.gov.


Call for Abstracts, Paper Submissions, and Panel Proposals

"Virginia Woolf & Ecologies," the 32nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, will be hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University from June 8-11, 2023. The conference organizers invite members of the Midwest Modern Language Association to consider submitting proposals.
The submission portal is currently open on the website, though proposals aren't due until January 25, 2023.


The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) is excited to announce its next biennial conference on July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon, on the theme of “Reclaiming the Commons.” 

The conference will be held jointly with The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and will include opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking, and professional development with a variety of sessions sponsored by both organizations. 

ASLE is seeking proposals for scholarly papers and panels, creative work, posters, collaborative work projects, and other forms of scholarly engagement that approach literature, cultural artifacts, infrastructures, geographies, watersheds, borderwaters, atmospheres, and oceans as methods for reclaiming the commons and instilling and motivating a politics of care in our time. 

They are also calling for proposals exploring how the work of the environmental humanities can become more culturally and politically impactful in these ways. For a full description of the conference theme and call for proposals, including instructions on how to submit your proposal, visit ASLE's conference website.

Please contact ASLEconference2023@gmail.com with any questions.


Butler University, which is sponsoring the MELUS 2023 conference in Indianapolis, April 20-23, 2023, invites you to send a proposal for the upcoming conference and announce our extended deadline of November 30th. Individual, panel, and/or roundtable proposals are encouraged.

The 2023 theme will be “Crossings and Crossroads,” and will also be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of MELUS.

Please visit www.melus2023.org to read the CFP, learn about keynote speakers Carmen Maria Machado and Kevin Young, and see more details about attending the conference in Indianapolis.

To be considered for a presentation, send proposals of 250 words to Melus@butler.edu or MELUS/ English Department, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 by November 30th, 2022.