Interdisciplinarity and the Job Market

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45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014

Navigating interdisciplinarity when on the job market is tricky, and interdisciplinarians often shortchange specialties to fit traditional calls. This roundtable aims to examine how to capitalize on and effectively foreground interdisciplinary strengths within the pivotal context of application materials. Co-sponsored by NeMLA's Graduate and Women's and Gender Studies Caucuses, this session's goal is to cover best practices to help craft one's letter and C.V. better.

We invite abstracts on a range of topics that would be most beneficial in assisting scholars from all ranks in better negotiating the nuances of the job market and interdisciplinary studies.

Please send abstracts and a one-page CV to both Rachel N. Spear ( and Barry Spence ( by September 30, 2013. With your abstract, be sure to include the following: your name and affiliation, postal address, phone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration – if none, please indicate this). Lastly, please have the subject of your email read: "Interdisciplinarity and the Job Market."

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.