Events Organized or Endorsed by the Caucus The Graduate Student Caucus organizes on average two panels at the annual meeting of the MLA. For more information on the panels, please contact the First Vice-President of the caucus. The CfPs will be circulated on familiar listservs, and any graduate student in the modern languages is eligible to participate. Additional events relevant to graduate students will also be posted below.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 22, 2014!
At the 2015 MLA annual meeting (Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015) the Graduate Student Caucus is sponsoring a panel and a roundtable discussion. The panel and the roundtable have been organized by Kristal Bivona, and all questions and comments regarding these should be directed to her.
Travel, Translation and Circulation in Latin America We seek 10-minute papers for a working group that examines the movement of people, cultural forms, capital and the movement of ideas and texts from one language to another in the context of Latin America. Travel and translation play a central role in the history, self-awareness, and dissemination of Latin American culture. From the first publication authored by an individual born in the New World, a 1595 translation by Inca Garcilaso, to centuries of turbulent relations of power and dictatorships, to contemporary language politics affecting the Indigenous languages of the Americas, questions of translation and the circulation of bodies, cultural production, and capital have always proved central to Latin American culture. This working group invites research that examines the individuals, agencies, and practices that produce these circulating narratives. As this working group may potentially touch on topics from Latin America that deal with many different languages, we respectfully request that papers be in English in order to foster exchange and conversation among all participants. The idea of the working group is to foster communication among scholars before, during, and after the convention so that participants have more profound and meaningful commentary and feedback for each other, and see their own work in the context of current research.
Pursuing Two Passions: On Being a Grad Student and Something Else We seek interventions for a roundtable on pursuing another passion concurrently with graduate study. Papers may examine striking a balance between graduate study and other pursuits. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: · Creative pursuits and graduate study, i.e. creative writing, music, art, · Professional pursuits and graduate study; working towards two careers. · Full-time employment and graduate study. · How that “something else” helps or hurts grad study · Alt-ac careers as an end. · The family business and graduate study. · Pursuing two, unrelated graduate degrees. We invite scholars at all stages of their academic career to submit proposals for short interventions (+/-7 minutes) that explore the aforementioned topics (not limited) in order to reflect on what it means to be a grad student and something else, to lead a “double life,” in order to share approaches and tactics for being successful at both passions.
Sessions organized at the 2014 MLA annual meeting: "Exile, Death, Sacrifice: The Poetics of Suffering in Francophone Literature" (organized and moderated by Loic Bourdeau) "Compromising, Negotiating: Roundtable Discussion on Being a Graduate Student" (organized and moderated by Loic Bourdeau)