Proposed MLA Cuban & Cuban Diaspora Discussion Group
Call for Papers Date:
On behalf of the organizing committee for a proposed new MLA Cuban & Cuban Diaspora Discussion Group, I invite you to join the petition to found the group.
A small group of MLA members, including myself, Gema Guevara, Vicky McCard, Rita Martin
(and others) have been working toward founding a new Discussion Group
through the MLA. We have had successful special sessions at the MLA
the last two years (one on MirtaYŠŮez, the next on the politics of
race and gender in Cuban cultural production).
Through discussion, we have agreed that the Discussion Group would be
open to sessions/topics related to Cuba (on the island) as well as the
Cuban Diaspora. We would be open to sessions on Cuban culture,
literature, language and cultural production in its broadest sense. If
our Discussion Group petition is approved, we would automatically have
the right and responsibility to one session every year at the MLA. We
would be listed as one of the options that any MLA member could choose
when renewing membership to the MLA (every MLA member may sign up for
no extra charge for five Divisions and two Discussion Groups). Also,
we would have the right to maintain a listserve related to the group.
When the group has been started, we would look to the membership to
propose sessions and/or papers within those sessions.
Now the Program Committee has advised us that we may propose the new
Discussion Group. To do that, we need the names of 35 MLA members who
are interested in seeing the group start. To my understanding, this
is not a commitment to any particular attendance or service for the
group, but rather a general approval that the group be started as well
as a general interest in the topic.
May we add your name as an MLA member who supports the petition to
start the group? Also, may we add your name to an e-mail distribution
group solely for the purposes of starting this group?
Do please contact me by e-mail with any questions and to add your name to the petition.
Sara E. Cooper
Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures
California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0825 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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