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Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) The FILLM Newsletter
Volume 24 | December 2021

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The next volume of The FILLM Newsletter will come out on 15 March 2022. 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 March 2021).


FILLMHappy Holidays!

With this last Newsletter of 2021, FILLM would like to wish all our members Happy Holidays and all the best for 2022.

Here at the end of 2021, the past year can feel like something of a rollercoaster. With the recent surges in infection rates and subsequent lockdowns across the globe, we might feel as if it's back to square one. A depressing thought, indeed. However, there is cause to be hopeful too. As vaccine programmes were rolled out during the year, many countries saw something resembling a return to normality, if only periodically. In 2022, hopefully, vaccinations will continue, reaching even further, so that once the next wave comes it will be a little less severe.

Looking back on 2021, the big event for FILLM was its 28th International Congress in July. Initially set to take place at the University of Vienna in 2020, the pandemic forced us online, as it did for so many others.Nonetheless, especially due to the efforts of FILLM President Adams Bodomo and his team in Vienna, we feel that the event was a success. With over 50 individual speakers and several additional panels, the Congress was well attended and the discussions lively and engaging. It was particularly encouraging to see that some of our Member Associations took the opportunity to organize panels under their own banners. It is something we would like to see more of in the future.

During the Congress, the Committee held its usual meeting. The minutes from that are now online.

A silver lining in the postponement of our 28th International Congress is that there is only two years (instead of three) until the next. This will take place in Accra, Ghana in 2023 and in 2022 the preparations will begin to take pace. Next year will also see the publication of the first volume in our book series under the editorship of Haun Saussy, who took over after Roger Sell's retirement back in May. At the moment, we cannot say much about the nature of the volume so keep an eye out on the website.

Finally, we just wish to remind you that our members are entitled to a 30% discount on the books in our series, so do go and check out the backcatalogue on John Benjamins website. Also, our Member Associations have plenty of events planned for the coming. Do check them out below!

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2022,

Adam Borch

FILLM Communications Officer, 2020-2023

News and Call for Papers
ACLAThe next Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) was supposed to be held at in Taiwan, but it will now be held virtually between 15-18 June 2022. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 15 January 2022For more details...

ACLALSThe Asscoation for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) will hold its next conference in Toronto, Canada from 11-15 July 2022. Theme: "The Ruptured Commons". The deadline for submitting proposals has passed. For more...

ALUSThe Asscoation for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) is organizing its third international conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara on 17-19 February 2022. Theme: "Cities Under Stress: Urban Discourses of Crisis, Resilience, Resistance, and Renewal". The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.  For more...

AILCThe International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) is organizing its next triennial congress in Tblisi, Georgia from 24-29 July 2022. Theme: "Re-Imagining Literatures of the World: Global and Local, Mainstreams and Margins". Deadline for submitting individual proposals is 31 December. Keep an eye on the congress website for more info.

Please also note that the ICLA has its own newsletter which is published on its website. You can find the latest here.

AULLA, the Australian Universities Language and Literature Association, organizes a conference on the theme "Secrets, Subterfuge, and Silence" from 13-16 June 2022. The deadline for submitting proposals has passed. For more...
The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) will hold its next conference in Atlanta, Georgia from 1-4 June 2022. The theme is "City in a Forest". The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.  For more details...

ESSEThe European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) will hold its 16th conference in Mainz, Germany from 29 August to 2 September. It is possible to submit individual paper proposals to the seminars and the doctoral symposium until 31 January 2022. For more details check out the conference website...

IADAThe next conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) will be held in Moscow, Russia from 12-14 July 2022. The theme of the conference is "Dialogue in a Globalized World:  Retrospective and Prospective Studies". The deadline for submitting panel and session proposals is 31 January. For individual abstracts the deadlines are 1 March 2022 (short) and 15 March 2022 (extended). More info...

IASSThe International Association for Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will hold its 34th conference in Tromsų, Norway in 2023. More details to be announced in due course. Keep an eye here...

The International Association for University Professors of English (IAUPE) was set to hold its next triennial conference between 18-22 July 2022. It has since been moved to July 2023. The place - Sidney, Australia - remains the same. As of yet not much else information is out, but keep an eye on the association's website.

ISOLAThe International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) will hold its 14th conference in Paris, France in 2023. As of yet, there is no other information available. Keep an eye on their website...

The Modern Language AssociationThe Modern Language Association (MLA) will hold its next annual convention from 6-9 January 2022 in Washington DC. Presidential theme: Multilingual US. The deadline for submitting proposals has passed. For more information...
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 FILLM Vice-President Haun Saussy is the Series Editor. For more on the aims of the series and how to submit a book proposal...


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