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Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM) The FILLM Newsletter
Volume 9 | December 2016

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The next volume of The FILLM Newsletter will come out on 15 March 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 March 2017).


End-of-the-Year Greetings!

Hello! And welcome to the final FILLM Newsletter of 2016.

As last year, I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you a few thoughts on FILLM and its work over the past year.

For FILLM and the members of its committee, 2016 has mainly been focused on preparations for the federation's 27th Congress in Delhi, India next March. A lot of the most important preparations took place during the course of the year (incl. the process of gathering and selecting the papers and the process of registration). And, even though there still remains things to sort out (especially, for FILLM President Meenakshi Bharat and her team of local organizers) we're now starting to look forward to receivingyou in Delhi.

We are very excited about the prospect of the Congress. Everything suggests that it will be an interesting and rewarding academic gathering.

Prior to the Congress itself, the FILLM Committee will have its General Meeting. The most important points during the meeting will be to elect a new set of officers. An election committee consisting of Professor Roger D. Sell, Professor Anders Pettersson and Professor Laurent Tissot, has been hard at work over the course of the year selecting candidates for the FILLM committee.

Beyond the election, an important part of the General Meeting will also be to assess the progress of the federation since the last Congress in Ningbo, China (2014) and outline a strategic plan for the next term.

Beyond looking forward to the Congress, we are happy that the federation's membership base also grew in 2016. Even though only one academic association joined FILLM last year, we consider The Modern Language Association of America's (MLA) decision to become a member of FILLM again after a few years' absence very important. The fact that the MLA has decided to resume its membership suggests to us that FILLM is moving in the right direction.

In 2017, we'll continue our work to expand FILLM's membership base. We have already planted a few seeds, as it were, and (without promising too much) it looks as if a few of those might grow to bear fruit in the coming year.

It has also been encouraging to see that the FILLM Book Series is beginning to find its feet. In the past year, three volumes were published. The topics were wide-ranging, stretching from a collection of articles on literature in contemporary media to a monograph on modern American experimental poetry and a theoretical and pedagogical introduction to the study of place in literature. But all three books kept a high academic standard.

The next year promises to be equally exciting and the publisher of the FILLM Book Series, John Benjamins, have recently announced that next three volumes will be published in the first months of 2017.

2016 was also an eventful year for our member associations which organized ten conferences and gatherings over the course of the year. We hope you were able to attend as many of them as possible!

The coming year promises to be a little more quiet with five conferences and events in the offing at the moment, including the "World Humanities Conference" organized by CIPSH (FILLM's link to UNESCO) in Liège, Belgium in August 2017.

Finally, we would like to say
 that we hope you've enjoyed receiving the FILLM Newsletter and found it to be a useful source of information. If it has drawn your attention to a fascinating conference or helped gather more abstracts for an event you're organizing, it has served its main purpose.

Please remember that you are free to circulate the FILLM Newsletter on your website, on email lists, social media, etc. And if you have any comments and suggestions on how the Newsletter can be improved or if you'd like to contribute, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

On behalf of everyone involved with FILLM, I'd like to thank you for the past year and wish you the best of luck for 2017!

Adam Borch
FILLM Communications Officer, 2014-2017

Sri Venkateswara College, University of DelhiThe 27th FILLM Congress

The next FILLM Congress in Delhi is only a few months away (15-17 March 2017). We hope everyone who had a proposal accepted remembered to register in time (deadline was 30 November 2017).

If you're still in the process of planning your trip,
the organizers have put together some good advice about travelling to and from India. For more information on travel and accommodation ...

Remember also that if you're a member of the FILLM committee,
the General Meeting will be held on the day before the Congress begins (14 March 2017). We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

FILLM Book Series
FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures
Three new volumes in the FILLM Book Series, FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures (John Benjamins), are set to be published in the first months of 2017: Don't forget to check out our publications from 2016 which included Elina Siltanen's study of experimentalism in contemporary American poetry, Jason Finch's introduction to Deep Locational Criticism and Sarah J. Paulson & Anders Skare Malvik's collection of articles on literature in contemporary media culture. For more information...

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

FILLM Brochure

As some of you may know, we recently had a brochure designed which briefly introduces FILLM, its mission and purpose, and our Member Associations.

The leaflet is intended as a tangible way of spreading knowledge about FILLM, so if you're attending an academic gathering where you feel people might be interested, feel free to print a few copies and distributed them. You can download the brochure here...

FILLM on Social Media

And, finally, remember to follow FILLM on Facebook and Twitter!

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 Modern Language AssociationThe Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) will takes place in Philadelphia, US between 5-8 January 2017. The presidential theme of the convention is "Boundary Conditions" For more information ...

Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes PostcolonialesThe postcolonial research centre CEREP will be holding a symposium around the theme “Illuminating Lives: The Biographical Impulse in Postcolonial Literatures” in Liège, Belgium, on 2 and 3 March 2017. The full programme of the event can be found on the conference website.

The Global Rhetoric Society is organizing a conference on the theme "Theory and Practice: New Scenery of National Communication Studies". The conference will take place from 24-26 March 2017 in Xi'an City, China. For more information...

The Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (ALFAL) has announced that its 18th Congress will be held 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 Modern Language AssociationThe 2018 Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) will takes place in New York City, US between 4-7 January 2018. The Call for Papers is expected to be released in November 2016.   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. 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...

The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) are still looking for scholars and researchers to submit symposia and paper proposals for the The World Humanities Conference in Liege, Belgium from 6-12 August 2017. The theme of the conference is "Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition". For more information...
The Global Rhetoric Society is looking for paper proposals for their conference on "Theory and Practice: New Scenery in National Communication Studies" The conference will take place from 24-26 March 2017 in Xi'an City, China. For more information...


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