Sunday, October 2, 2011

Call for Nominations for GLQ Caucus Awards

 Dear Colleague:

The GL/Q Caucus of the MLA invites nominations for each of our three annual awards:

This award serves not only to honor a GLBT academic activist every year, but also, in Eve Sedgwick's words, "to publicize and celebrate—and as widely as possible—the range, the forms, the energy, and the history of queer activism by academics." Michael Lynch wanted to honor those whose activism is academic in context but not limited to work for the Caucus or Division. This activism might consist of activities including (but not limited to) direct service to, or administrative advocacy on behalf of, LGBTQ students; action that results in non-discrimination clauses in contracts; working to establish domestic partner benefits, awareness of transgender issues in housing and health services, or other LGBT-friendly campus policies; facilitating connections between campus and LGBT community activists; or other forms of campus, public, or media activism. Lynch also wanted the award to offer a way that, in Eve Sedgwick's words, "the achievements and struggles of each of the generations of lesbian/gay scholars who are currently active could become more visible to the others."

Nominations for this award, including a summary of the nominee’s qualifications, may be submitted to Committee Chair Scarlet Bowen at Scarlet.Bowen@Colorado.EDU
no later than November 1, 2011.

Named in honor of a scholar whose two landmark books have been profoundly influential in gay and lesbian studies, the Bray Award will be given to the best book in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies in literature and cultural studies, all broadly construed.

Eligibility: all books must bear a 2010 copyright date.
Deadline: all books must be received by November 1, 2011.

To nominate your own book, contact your editor and have him or her email Committee Chair Richard T. Rodriguez at

To nominate someone else's book, contact the author with this info (or, if necessary, email the nomination to Richard T. Rodriguez).  Direct contact from an editor is preferred.

The Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in lesbian, gay, queer studies in the modern languages/literatures pays tribute to Louis Crompton, who passed away in 2009, and Dolores Noll (Kent State University), two early scholar/activists who helped found the gay and lesbian caucus of the MLA. The award recognizes the important work of lesbian, gay, and queer studies in the modern languages and the history that has helped make this current work possible.

Essays published between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 may be submitted by email attachment to Committee Chair Kenneth B. Kidd at no later than November 1, 2011.


Winners will be announced at the GL/Q Caucus cash bar during the MLA Convention in Seattle.

I hope to see you there!


Lourdes Torres, President, GL/Q Caucus

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