MLA New Permanent Forum in SE Asian Literature

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has approved our proposal for a permanent Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (CLCS) forum in Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic literature and culture.  The forum welcomes proposals on any aspect of literature and cultural production related to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian diasporas, including Sinophone studies (the 2018 Convention in New York City will feature several panels related to Southeast Asia, including presentations on Sinophone topics).  The inaugural forum chair is Cheryl Narumi Naruse of Tulane University.

All MLA members are invited to the first business meeting of this newly established forum at the 2018 MLA Convention on 4 January 2018, 8:45-10:00 p.m., room Clinton, in the New York Hilton Midtown. This meeting will be an opportunity to meet other scholars working on Southeast Asian related topics as well as a time to discuss future MLA sessions, elect executive committee members, and plan forum activities.

We look forward to seeing you.


The Executive Committee of the Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian Diasporic CLCS Forum

Cheryl Narumi Naruse (chair)
Ben Vu Tran (secretary)
Sheela Jane Menon
Brian Bernards <>

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