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  • 22 Jul 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have just learned that Tessa Nunn, our Graduate Student Representative, expects to complete her studies in the spring of 2021 and thus will not run for re-election.  As we send our warmest congratulations to Tessa, we must now search for her replacement.

    The Graduate Student Representative brings to the attention of the Executive Committee, via the President, concerns of graduate students relative to the mission of WIF.  She/he/they publicize/s WIF and its activities to student colleagues at graduate student conferences and in social media to recruit new members.  She/he/they organize/s a bi-annual writing exchange among WIF graduate students and early career scholars.

    The Graduate Student Representative serves for two years, but may not continue beyond the year of completion of the terminal degree.  Candidates for the position of Graduate Student Representative must be sponsored by a WIF member.

    We ask that you send your statements, outlining your qualifications and your goals for WIF, for publication in the Fall Newsletter and/or on the WIF Listserv, to both members of the Nominating Committee (Annabelle Rea, rea@oxy.edu and Colette Trout, ctrout@ursinus.edu), at the latest by August 15, 2020. Please note that there is a 100-word limit for candidate statements (this is an overall limit, including both qualifications and goals).  

  • 22 Jul 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NeMLA 2021: 52nd Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

    Philadelphia, PA 

    March 11-14, 2021


    18582: Francophone African Women Writers Embracing Eco-Feminism (WIF session) (Panel) Chair: Anna Rocca (Salem State University)

    This panel welcomes papers exploring francophone African women writers’ narratives that approach human life as deeply embedded in both nature and culture. Some themes of consideration should include, among others: how literary accounts expose the intersectional ties among environmentalism, anti-colonial struggle, and social justice; in what ways African female writers challenge unjust, ecologically destructive forms of imperial development and engage in alternative forms of ecofeminist environmental ethics; how they represent the double oppressions of women and nature; and finally, how do women writers depict communitarian and relational living, and interdependence between humans and nature.

    DEADLINE for Abstract Submission: September 30, 2020

    SUBMIT HERE: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18582


    18583. Visual Africa: Francophone Women's Aesthetic Representations of Africa (WIF session) (Roundtable) Chair: Anna Rocca (Salem State University)

    This panel invites papers on francophone African women's artistic and cinematic representations of contemporary Africa. How do African women artists relate with stereotypes and essential notions and visual representations of Africa, the latter created for Westerners' consumption? How do female artists appropriate and imagine cultural heritage? Are they defining new aesthetics and perspectives of belonging and (national) identity? Do women artist posit a multiplicity of shifting ranging from static binary categories such as North/South, black/white, African/European, foreign /national, to overlapping identity formation as well as localized, situational, and/or hyphenated identities?

    DEADLINE for Abstract Submission: September 30, 2020

    SUBMIT HERE: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18583


    Currently, and provided that city and state officials sanction meetings of groups of 250 or more in March, NeMLA is planning for an in-person conference. NeMLA will of course take all steps to ensure participants’ safety (adjusting seating capacity, following social distancing rules, using masks and working with the hotel to respect health guidelines). In October, Chairs will assess where presenters stand as well.

  • 13 Jul 2020 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WIF Newsletter will continue to feature a teaching dossier in one issue, and a Bibliography in the other. 

    For the Bibliography, please look at previous bibliographies for models of what we seek. As we have published a teaching dossier in this issue, we seek a Bibliography for the Fall. 

    Our upcoming feature focuses on a targeted area. Previous bibliographies have featured topics ranging from French and Francophone Women’s Autobiography to Femmes écrivaines camerounaises to Bibliographies featuring specific authors or cinéastes such as Mireille Best or Agnès Varda. Ideas for bibliographies should be sent to the Vice President of WIF, E. Nicole Meyer (nimeyer@augusta.edu) by August 15, 2020, at the latest. A brief description (100-200 words) is sufficient at this point. The complete bibliography will be due by October 30, 2020. Submissions should be 3-10 pages in length, double spaced in Times New Roman with endnotes, no footnotes. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. Please feel free to forward your teaching dossier proposals (same length, same process) by October 1, 2020. Final teaching dossiers due by January 30, 2020.

  • 10 Jul 2020 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find attached the call for papers for the ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) conference, to take place in October 2021 in Washington DC--if all goes well. The theme of the proposed meeting, "Canada: Far and Near," seems particularly apt in this summer of isolation.

    Announcement: ACSUS 2021 Call for Papers - FINAL.pdf 

  • 10 Jul 2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Femmes dérangées, femmes dérangeantes / Disturbed and Disruptive Women

    Women in French UK-Ireland Biennial Conference

    7th-9th May 2021, Maynooth University, Ireland


    Confirmed Keynotes:

    Naomi Fontaine

    Innu First Nation Writer from Uashat, Québec.

    Giovanna Murillo Rincon

    Paris-based activist committed to supporting the most vulnerable of QTIPOC subjects (Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour).


    The labels ‘dérangées’ and ‘dérangeantes’, which we might loosely translate as ‘disturbed’ and ‘disruptive’, have long been applied to women throughout the course of history. Once a woman does not correspond to the societal expectations and norms that supposedly define ‘proper womanhood’, be that in terms of appearance, behaviour, beliefs or situation, she is cast aside and held in contempt. ‘Good’ women are those who do not disturb and disrupt the patriarchy, but, rather, conform to and uphold systems of male privilege.

    On the flipside, disturbance and disruption by women can often allow for the destabilisation of such androcentric systems. Women who have challenged the status quo in extraordinarily productive ways have often been the most ‘disturbed’ or ‘disruptive’, from the suffragettes to Cixous’ laughing Medusa, from Colette the author to Despente’s murderous heroines. Feminist action has literally made waves to see effective change take place. This is particularly apparent in the creative expression of women, typified in the 70s by the theorisation of écriture féminine: women have historically deployed experimental narrative forms to develop a way of writing that they could truly call their own, that was noticeably different from a male-dominated literary tradition. Content as well as form has also been of fundamental importance. By talking about their own, feminine experiences and desires in literature or art, women have been committing a de facto subversive act. ‘Women’s issues’ ̶ be that menstruation, the menopause, or women’s sexual desire ̶ have been historically absent from cultural representation, as demonstrably taboo subject material. This explains in part the popularity of autofiction as a genre across contemporary women’s writing in French.

    Disruptive action also involves a dissolution of the singular category of ‘woman’ itself, that all too frequently equates the experience of cis-gendered, white, middle-class women with that of all womxn. This monolithic and binary reading of feminine identity not only silences marginal members of our societies further, but also overlooks the transformative power which they can bring to the feminist cause. Trans women in particular have all too often been deemed ‘disturbed’ by transphobic voices in the media (not least from a certain subsection of the feminist community), yet are arguably the most proactive as a group when it comes to dismantling sexist and misogynist ideology. 

    Interestingly and distressingly, then, what constitutes a form of disturbance or disruption on the part of women is often defined by other women. Disturbed or disruptive women are frequently policed by ‘good’ women. Some notoriously disruptive women have also caused disruption that has worked both in the favour of feminist action, and against it. We have only to think of Germaine Greer’s controversial comments on trans women, or Catherine Deneuve’s derisory reaction to the #MeToo campaign in Le Monde. A re-evaluation of the selected terms and of their application can thus enable us to identify (and hopefully reduce) the less obvious reaches of patriarchal power.

    The theme that we have selected for WIF 2021 is evidently one that is rich in interpretation. We encourage our participants to reflect on the different ways in which women in French and Francophone literature, culture, cinema and politics partake in interrupting traditional definitions of femininity and, furthermore, how such transgressions are received and judged. We are, however, particularly interested in papers that consider one or more of the following sub-headings as well as proposals related to our keynote speakers:

    • Women and Mental Health
    • ‘Bad’ Mothers/Transgressive Mothering
    • Women and Sexual Deviance
    • ‘Disgusting’ Women
    • Women and Anger
    • Female Violence and Crime
    • Dangerous Women
    • Selfish Women
    • Disorderly and Misbehaving Women
    • Eco-Feminism and Eco-Feminist Warriors
    • Migrant and Marginalised Women
    • Women and Ageing
    • Female Intellectuals
    • Women and Revolt


    One Book, One WiF

    In partnership with our colleagues in WiF North America, WiF UK is furthering the 'One Book, One WiF' project that began in 2017. The aim of this initiative is to help promote critical interest in less known French and francophone women writers and thus to increase the readership of their corpus. The author for the 2021 conference is Naomi Fontaine and the text is Kuessipan (2011). Proposals for papers or a panel on this book or the author in general are welcomed.

    Proposals are welcome in both English and French.

    Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief bio to the following email address: wifmaynooth@gmail.com 

    Deadline: 15/09/20

    For general queries, please contact Julie Rodgers or Polly Galis.



  • 30 Jun 2020 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We encourage you to support WIF by becoming a candidate yourself or contacting another member about running for one of the open positions.  Please note that neither incumbent will be a candidate.

    Colette Trout (ctrout@ursinus.edu) and Annabelle Rea (rea@oxy.edu) are now accepting nominations for the 2020 WIF elections. The two offices open: two Regional Representatives:  New England and Eastern Canada (NEMLA): Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

    South Central (SCMLA): Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas.

    You may nominate yourself or another, after seeking the permission of that person. We ask that you send your statements, outlining your qualifications and your goals for WIF, for publication in the Fall Newsletter, to both members of the Nominating Committee, at the latest by July 15, 2020. Please note that there is a 100-word limit for candidate statements (this is an overall limit, including both qualifications and goals). Regional Representatives remain in place for three years. 

    Responsibilities of this office:

    Regional Representatives serve as liaisons with the Regional MLAs, overseeing, in particular, the WIF sessions and social events at the conferences. They publicize WIF and its activities to colleagues in their respective regions to recruit new members.


  • 29 Jun 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find attached (below) a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Nouvelles vues : revue sur les pratiques, les théories et l’histoire du cinéma au Québec, on the topic of Intercultural Encounters, prepared by Karine Bertrand (Queen's University) and Mercédès Baillargeon (University of Maryland). Please note that you may submit a proposal in either English of French, and that the deadline to submit an abstract is September 15, 2020. Please share widely! 

    Nouvelles Vue CFP Traduction anglais (1).pdf (English)

    NV_appel_no_22_Rencontres intercuturelles_Baillargeon et Bertrand .pdf (French)

  • 29 Jun 2020 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Framing Narratives:  NEMLA, 52nd Annual Convention

    March 11-12, 2021 | Philadelphia, PA

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please consider submitting an abstract for the following session at NEMLA in Philadelphia, PA, March 11-14, 2021. Abstracts (300 words+ short bio) must be received by September 30 at: 


    Comparative Literature / Cultural Studies and Media Studies Panel:

    The notion of “frame narratives” has a long and honorable history in narratological studies and is updated here under the theme of the 2021 NEMLA convention “Tradition and Innovation.” How narratives are framed visually is a subject in fields as chronologically separated as 21st-century research on graphic novels and comics and the study of framed miniatures in illustrated Medieval manuscripts. This session proposes to update the traditional narratological conception of “frame narratives” to include the interpretive consequences of visual, in addition to rhetorical, framing. Proposals from different national literatures and time periods are welcome.


  • 22 Jun 2020 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prepared by E. Nicole Meyer, VP WIF

    Links related to online and remote best practices:

    1. How to give your students better feedback with technology: Advice guide: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20191108-Advice-Feedback
    2. Seven keys to effective feedback: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept12/vol70/num01/Seven-Keys-to-Effective-Feedback.aspx
    3. Infusing values into your curriculum: https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2020/05/13/consistent-mission-aligned-instructional-framework-fall-and-beyond
    4. Active learning in hybrid and socially-distanced classrooms: https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/active-learning-in-hybrid-and-socially-distanced-classrooms/
    5. Best practices for large enrollment online courses (especially managing groups, peer-review, et al.):  https://teachonline.asu.edu/2018/10/best-practices-for-large-enrollment-online-courses-part-2-managing-groups-peer-review-and-other-peer-to-peer-interactions/
    6. Engaging students in online discussion (U of MN): https://it.umn.edu/services-technologies/good-practices/engage-students-online-discussions


    1. Holistic Rubric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCp1kYhARCc
    2. Analytic Rubric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5h2qiaN1o8
    3. Adding a rubric to an existing activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qeDzHiawM


    1. Syllabus quiz questionshttps://teachonline.asu.edu/2013/12/sample-syllabus-quiz-questions/
    2. PowerPoint narration: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/record-a-slide-show-with-narration-and-slide-timings-0b9502c6-5f6c-40ae-b1e7-e47d8741161c
    3. Course workload estimator that helps to create courses that are balanced and “reasonable” for your institution and classes (Rice University): https://cte.rice.edu/workload
    4. Developing discussion lists (things to consider when students reply to their peers’ posts): https://www.mssu.edu/academics/distance-learning/pdfs/Effectively%20Responding%20to%20a%20Peer.pdf


    The transparency in learning and teaching (TILT) method established by The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education project (TILT Higher Ed),  explicitly focuses on how and why students are learning course content, concepts, and skills in a particular way, and how they will use that learning after college. According to TILT Higher Ed (n.d.), tilting your assignments helps students buy into the short- and long-term goals of their work. It also allows them to efficiently focus their (cognitive) attention on learning and achieving performance targets, rather than on understanding assignment instructions (TILT Higher Ed).

    Transparency in Learning and Teaching Higher Ed (TILT Higher Ed). (n.d.). TILT Higher Ed examples and resources. https://tilthighered.com/tiltexamplesandresources.

    For how it serves underserved students, this article: https://www.aacu.org/peerreview/2016/winter-spring/Winkelmes 

  • 20 May 2020 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonjour à tous et à toutes,

    The WIF graduate student and early career scholars’ writing exchange is starting again! If you are a doctoral student or early career researcher (however you would like to define early) interested in receiving peer feedback on your current writing project (an article, a dissertation chapter, a chapter from a book manuscript), please join us in a convivial and scholarly discussion. I have found our past writing exchanges useful as I received pertinent feedback and suggestions regarding theoretical frameworks, other scholarship to consider, strength of arguments, organization, style, etc. The exchange is conducted through email and Google Drive.

    If you are interested in participating in the Summer 2020 Writing Exchange please contact Tessa Nunn (tessa.nunn@duke.edu) by 15 June. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving feedback on an article-length or chapter-length text and at what stage of the writing process you will be entering in July. It's perfectly okay to participate with an unfinished text.

    We will exchange papers by 15 July, and each small group or pair will set a date by which they will post their comments.

    Happy writing,

    Tessa Nunn

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