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Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) The FILLM Newsletter
Volume 11 | June 2017

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The next volume of The FILLM Newsletter will come out on 15 September 2017. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter or have some information for us to include, please send a message to aborch@abo.fi (Deadline: 1 September 2017).


Whereas the previous volume of the FILLM Newsletter came out a little early, the present one appears under the heading 'better late than never' and with the sincerest apologies for the delay from the federation's Communications Officer.

Sri Venkateswara College, University of DelhiThe 27th FILLM Congress

The previous volume of the Newsletter came out on the eve of the 27th FILLM Congress which took place from 15-17 March 2017 in Delhi, India. The Congress seems by all accounts to have been a success: inspiring and productive for the participants as well as for FILLM as an organization.

In case you missed the event, Lianpuii Ralte has written a concise report on the Congress. Thanks to former FILLM President Meenakshi Bharat and current FILLM Treasurer Leena Eilittä we have also been able to share a few photos from the event: Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

It is in this connection worth pointing out that
it is still possible to listen to Professor Tania Lewis's (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) talk "Magical Modernities: he Familiar and the Exotic on Indian Spiritual Lifestyle TV" online. Prof Lewis was meant to deliver this talk as a plenary at the FILLM Congress, but had to cancel at the last minute. She instead permitted FILLM to publish her talk on the federation's website.

The New FILLM Committee (2017-2020)

At the General Meeting of the FILLM Committee, which was held in conjunction with the 27th Congress, a new committee was selected for the period 2017-2020. The new committee will be headed by Margaret Higonnet (University of Connecticut, USA). For more information on how the rest of the Committee looks ...

It is worth noticing that, at the General Meeting, the FILLM Committee decided to act on a specific recommendation put forward by the Nominating Committee: to reward out-going FILLM President Meenakshi Bharat (University of Delhi, India)
for the excellent work she has done for FILLM in the past and to ensure her further involvement, it was decided appoint Ms Bharat  "Assistant Officer for the Indian Sub-Continent" for the next three years.

In this connection, FILLM would like to thank out-going Committee members S
onia Faessel (Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, New Caledonia) and Shin-ichi Morimoto (Showa Women's University, Japan) for their work on behalf of the federation. All the best for the future!

Finally, FILLM would also like to thank the Nominating Committee for their work in putting forward candidates for the new FILLM Committee. The Nominating Committee was chaired by Roger D. Sell (Åbo Akademi University, Finland). Further members were: Anders Pettersson (University of Umeå, Sweden) and Laurent Tissot (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland).

The Finnish Literary Research SocietyNew FILLM Member

At the General Meeting it was also decided to accept the membership application from the Finnish Literary Research Society, also known as Kirjallisuudentutkijain Seura (KTS) in Finnish.

Founded in 1927, the KTS acts as a coordinating association for literary scholars in Finland. It advances the study of literature and promotes general interest in literary research. For more on the society...

The KTS will be represented on the FILLM Committee by its Chair Hanna-Leena Nissilä (University of Oulu, Finland).

Future FILLM Events

Apart from discussing plans for the 28th FILLM Congress in 2020, which will be held at the University of Vienna, Austria and is organized by FILLM Vice-President Adams Bodomo), the FILLM Committee also used the General Meeting in Delhi took consider how to celebrate the federation's 90th anniversay in 2018 and also look forward to its 100th anniversary in 2028.

It was decided that the FILLM Committee will work to create a digital archive of the federation's documents (stretching back to its foundation in 1928). The archive should be ready during FILLM's anniversary year in 2018. Other plans to celebrate the federation's anniversaries were also discussed and information on those will be announced at a later date.

FILLM Book Series
FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures
Finally, we'd just like to recommend that you check out the volumes published in the FILLM Book Series, FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures (John Benjamins). Three volumes have been published so far in 2017: 
You can check out the rest of our back-catalogue here...

Below you'll notice that the Series Editor, Roger D. Sell, is very interested in receiving typescripts which fit the overall aims of the series. He is especially keen to get more proposals with linguistic, philological and pedagogical topics.

Note also that members of FILLM's Member Associations are entitled to a 30% discount on volumes in the FILLM Book Series.

News from CIPSH and our Member Associations
The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH)  will co-organize The World Humanities Conference together with UNESCO and LIEGETOGETHER in Liege, Belgium from 6-12 August 2017. For more information....

The Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (ALFAL) will hold its 18th Congress in Bogotá, Colombia from 24-28 July 2017. For more information...

The International Association for Dialogue AnalysisThe next conference of The International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) will held at the University of Bologna, Italy from 11-14 October 2017. The theme of the conference  is "Dialogue, Interaction and Culture: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Language Use in Everyday Life." For more information...

The Global Rhetoric Society (GRS) organiuzes a conference on the theme "New Scenery of Global Rhetorics: Classical and Modern, Amalgamation and Development" at the Huaqiao University, China from 15-17 December 2017.

The Modern Language AssociationThe 2018 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) will takes place in New York City, US between 4-7 January 2018For more information ...
The International Association for University Professors of English
The next conference of the International Assocation for University Professors of English (IAUPE) will be held at the University of Poznan, Poland in July 2019. More details to follow.

ACLALSThe next triennial conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2019. More details to follow later.

The International Comparative Literature Association (AILC) will organize its next conference in Shenzhen, China in 2019. More details will be announced later.

Call for Papers
FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures
FILLM is looking for contributions to its book series FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures. While FILLM is looking for contributions within all areas of language and literature studies, we're particularly keen to receive proposals focusing on linguistic, philological and pedagogical topics.The series is published in collaboration with John Benjamins Publishing Company and former FILLM President Roger D. Sell is the Series Editor. For more on the aims of the series and how to submit a book proposal...

14th conference of the European Society for the Study of English. The deadline for submitting proposals for parallel lectures, seminars and round tables have now passed. But it is possible to submit individual papers for seminars and the doctoral symposium, as well as individual proposals for round tables and posters until 31 January 2018. More information here...
The Global Rhetoric Society is looking for paper proposals for their conference on "New Scenery of Global Rhetorics: Classical and Modern, Amalgamation and Development" The conference will take place from 15-17 December 2017 at the Huaqiao University, China. For more information...


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