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.  

Apply for an MLA Bibliography Fellowship by 1 April, 2020

The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit bibliographic and indexing information for citations in the Bibliography. Open to all MLA members, including graduate students, the 2020 fellowships will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023. Field bibliographers perform a valuable service for the profession and receive institutional recognition while deepening their knowledge of the field as well as their research skills. The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate presented at the convention awards ceremony. For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page. Applications are due 1 April 2020.

The Newberry Library short-term fellowship deadline is one week away!

 

All short-term applications must be submitted by
11:59 PM CST on December 15 in order to be considered.

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities. Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, faculty members, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

 

Call for Proposals: 50th Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Join the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in Chicago in May 2020 as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Founded in 1971, the vision of the society is to "encourage and assist the study of Midwestern literature in whatever directions the insight, imagination, and curiosity of its members may lead." The symposium will be held May 14-16, 2020, at The Newberry Library. SSML is thrilled to be celebrating their 50 years at a prestigious institution in a world-class Midwestern city.

Proposals: SSML welcomes proposals for panels, individual papers, and roundtables on Midwestern literature, and readings of original creative work with a Midwestern emphasis. Proposals related to the work of 2020 Mark Twain award winner Marilynne Robinson are especially invited. The deadline is January 1, 2020. Find the link to an online proposal form here

Book Display and Sales: Due to restrictions at The Newberry, some adjustments have been made to the usual book area. Please refer to the SSML website for more information regarding how book sales and displays will be handled.

Student Scholarship for Travel: Joseph Wydeven Scholarships are available to students whose proposals are accepted. Application for a scholarship must be made within the proposal deadline. The scholarship will cover the following:

  • Membership fee for one year
  • One ticket to the awards banquet
  • Some reimbursement to help defray travel and hotel accommodations (based on distance travelled). 

Registration and Lodging: Information about lodging may be found here. Registration forms will be available in the fall. 

Prizes: SSML sponsors three $250 prizes for unpublished original work read at the symposium in poetry, creative prose, and literary criticism. There is also a $1,000 prize for student work in any genre. Winning entries in all four contests will be published in a volume of MidAmerica.

 

Job Opportunity! 

The University of Texas Permian Basin seeks a generalist in English Composition and Literature Survey courses. In addition, preference may be given to candidates who have a demonstrated ability to teach either Drama or Spanish – or both. The appointment will begin in Fall 2020. Positions are one-year appointments with opportunity for renewal. See the official job posting for more details.  

 

There are just a few weeks left to apply for the Newberry's Long-Term Fellowship Program! 

 

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals to apply for the Newberry's many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

 

Newberry Fellowship Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2019-2020 Newberry Fellowship: Cynthia Smith! Cynthia recently received her Ph.D. in literature from Miami University. Her research at the Newberry Library will inform her current book project, Sentimental Sailors: Rescue and Conversion in Antebellum U.S. Literature.

Sentimental Sailors: Rescue and Conversion in Antebellum U.S. Literature, recovers a largely neglected genealogy of sentimental culture that promote non-national forms of personal and collective identity. The “sentimental sailor” is an antebellum ocean figure who rescues those in physical peril, an act which always leads to conversion. Conversion, however, took on multiple meanings throughout the nineteenth century and while sentimental sailors in religious tracts converted the rescued to Christianity, writers who advocated for humanitarian movements used the sentimental sailor in a broad range of genres to influence readers toward abolition, women’s rights, and mariners’ rights. By recovering the sentimental sailor, my project reveals that the maritime world also had a sentimental literary tradition, one that contradicted the nationalist goals of the land-based sentimental heroine by encouraging Americans to convert to humanist values that could see beyond nationalism and the cultural prejudices of their communities.

 

The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellowship

The Newberry Library is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2020-21 academic year! Newberry Library Fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellowship is a short-term opportunity for scholars working on projects in literary and cultural criticism. Applicants must be members of the Midwest Modern Language Association at the time of application and, if awarded, through the period of their fellowship.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of long- and short-term fellowships opportunities, eligibility requirements, and application guidelines, please visit our website at www.newberry.org/fellowships.

Short-Term Deadline: December 15, 2019

Please circulate this announcement amongst colleagues, students, etc.

Newberry Institute for Research and Education The Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street | Chicago, IL 60610 312-255-3666 | research@newberry.org

 

A New Title in Composition Studies!

Check out The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Composition: A Somewhat Cheeky but Exceedingly Useful Introduction to Academic Writing, by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, published by Broadview Press. You can pre-order an exam copy here

 

Upcoming Modern Language Association Prize Competitions

We invite you to submit works to the Modern Language Association's upcoming publication prize competitions. In January 2021, eighteen publication prizes will be presented at the MLA Annual Convention in Toronto. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the association, the MLA Prize for a First Book, and the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars, 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
  • 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 English
  • collaborative, bibliographical, archival, and digital scholarship
  • studies of Germanic language, linguistics, and literature
  • studies of Native American literatures, cultures, and languages
  • manuscripts in Italian literary studies
  • scholarly work in the field of Yiddish

Detailed information on the prize competitions can be found on the MLA Web site, where you can also learn about our new prize for edited collections and about the new eligibility requirements for the James Russell Lowell Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book. 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 or awards@mla.org)

 

The Newberry is now accepting
fellowship applications for the 2020-21 academic year!

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

 

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).