I recently presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference here in Baltimore. The conference is an annual event from NeMLA, a professional organization for a variety of scholars of language. I presented as part of a panel on Social Identity, Affect and the First-Year Classroom. My presentation was on Queer Across the Curriculum, a model for how Queer Studies might repurpose the model used by Writing Across the Curriculum to spread composition writing across the university over the last 40 years.
The conference was a great opportunity to meet scholars across a variety of fields and to hear the research they are working on. One highlight from another speaker on my panel was the way in which educators can use StoryCorps in writing classrooms.
Another panel that caught my attention was Transgender Theories of Voice, which presented a variety of papers that blended gender studies, transgender theory, musicology and media technology.
NeMLA was also an opportunity to engage on social media. I tweeted highlights of many of the panels I attended and was able to continue my conversation about the conference and the ideas being shared there to other attendees on Twitter as well as my followers who weren’t there.
I’m putting together my proposal now for the 2018 conference in Buffalo. If you want to connect with me there (or on Twitter), or if you’d like to work with me to create a panel or paper, don’t hesitate to reach out.