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Volume 15 | September 2018

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Welcome to this the penultimate FILLM Newsletter of 2018! Below you'll find a brief report from the FILLM Symposium in Vienna in July as well as an update from the General Meeting held at the same time. There is also some good news concerning the federation's membership base and a new publication in the FILLM Book Series. After that, there's plenty of news (incl. some interesting Calls for Papers) from our members.

FILLM Symposium in Vienna (July 2018)

Back in July - on the 13th, to be more precise - FILLM organized a symposium at the University of Vienna. The theme of the event was "The Contribution of Learned Societies to the FILLM SymposiumHumanities: Past, Present, and Future".

The participants' contributions had been circulated in advance and the symposium was organized around individual discussions of these with comments and feedback coming from selected opponents as well as the rest of the participants.

The aim of the event is to have a selection of the papers submitted for publication in an edited volume and based on the discussions the contributions elicited, it would seem that there's material for a good book. The discussions were varied and engaging, and at times the theme had led people to consider what humanities research is all about.

FILLM Committee Meeting (Vienna, 12 July 2018)

In connection with the FILLM Symposium, the federation's Committee also gathered for a General Meeting.
FILLM Committee Meeting
Here a number of important issues for the federation were discussed. Among other things, it was decided to make a few minor adjustments to the federation's Constitution and discussions were held regarding the preparations for the FILLM Congresses in 2020 (Vienna), 2023 and 2026. In relation to the latter, it was also decided to establish a working group (headed by FILLM Vice-President Adams Bodomo), which would look to find ways in which each of FILLM's member associations can be best represented at the federation's congresses.

A working group was also set up to work on FILLM's finances. The group, which is headed by FILLM President Margaret Higonnet, was tasked with drawing up a proposal for systematizing the federation's financial procedures.

The federation would like to thank everyone who participated in the meeting. It was great to see that most of our member associations had found a way to send a delegate to the meeting, several coming from half-way across the world. But perhaps more importantly, it was encouraging to see that those who attended the meeting took a genuine interest in the state of FILLM - its challenges as well as the possibilities it can create. It bodes well for the future!

Also, FILLM would like to give a special thanks to the local organizers,
Adams Bodomo, Anissa Strommer and the rest of the staff at the University of Vienna. (It looks like our 2020 Congress is in safe hands!)

Finally, if you would like to see some photos from the Vienna meeting, you can find them here...

WALSNew Member: The West African Linguistic Society

More good news arrived in the wake of the Vienna Symposium when it was decided to admit The West African Linguistic Society (WALS) as a new member.

Formed in 1965, WALS draws its membership from scholars and teachers interested in the languages of the West African sub-region. Among its main activities can be mentioned the Journal of West African Languages (JWAL) and the West African Language Monograph Series.
For more informaiton, please visit the society's website...

WALS will be represented on the FILLM Committee by its Secretary-Treasurer, 
Professor Constantine Yuka (University of Benin).

FILLM Book Series
FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures
It has recently been announced that the 9th volume in the FILLM Book Series, FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures (John Benjamins), will be published later this year. The book is an edited volume with the title Where Is Adaptation? Mapping Cultures, Texts, and Contexts. The book is edited by Casie Hermansson and Janet Zepernick (both Pittsburg State University).

While you wait for that gem, we recommend that you check out the series's back catalogue. It  includes many interesting titles.

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 Association for Dialogue AnalysisThe Internation Association for Dialogue Analysis holds a conference at the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan. Dates: 25-28 September 2018. Theme: "Dialogue and Becoming: Technologies, Agencies, and Ways of Relating". More information...

The Modern Language AssociationThe Modern Language Association will hold its next annual convention in Chicago, US. Dates: 3-6 January 2019. Theme: "Textual Transactions". For more information...

The next annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association will be held in Georgetown, US in March 2019. For more information...

The 2019 conference of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA) will be held in Indianapolis, US from 13-16 June 2019. More details will be released in the coming months, so keep an eye on the ChLA website...

ACLALSThe next triennial conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 15-19 July  2019. More information is available on the conference website...

The Modern Language AssociationThe Modern Language Association will hold its next international symposium in Lisbon, Portugal. Dates: 15-19 July 2019. Theme: "Remembering Voices Lost". For more information...

The International Association for University Professors of EnglishThe next conference of the International Assocation for University Professors of English (IAUPE) will be held at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland from 22-26 July 2019. For more information on the conference...

The International Comparative Literature Association (AILC) will organize its next conference in Shenzhen, China from 29 July-2 August  2019. More details to be announced later.

The 29th International Congress of the Asociación de Lingüistica y Filología de América Latina (ALFAL) will take place in La Paz, Bolivia between 10-14 August 2020. For more information...

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...

American Comparative Literature AssociationThe deadline for submitting an individual paper proposals to a seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association's Annual Meeting is 20 September 2018. The conference will  be held in March 2019 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. For more information...

The Modern Language AssociationThe Modern Language Association is looking for paper and session proposals for its upcoming symposium in Lisbon, Portugal (15-19 July 2019). The theme of the symposium is "Remembering Voices Lost". The deadline for submitting proposals is 21 September 2018. To read the entire Call for Papers, please check out the symposium website...

The Children's Literature AssocationThe Children's Literature Association is looking for papers proposals for its 46th annual conference to be held in Indianapolis, US in June 2019. The theme of the conference is "Activism and Empathy" and the deadline for submitting is 15 October 2018. To read the entire Call for Papers...

ACLALSThe Call for Papers for the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) next conference in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2019 is now out. Deadline: 30 October 2018. More information is available on the conference website...


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