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English Professional Resources
General scholarly English associations:
Modern Language Association
"Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. Learn more about the MLA's mission."
The American Literature Association
"A coalition of societies devoted to the study of American authors...The American Literature Association is committed to exploring the richness and diversity of American writing and welcomes all forms of scholarship. It is not limited to any specific critical methodology or dogma."
American Comparative Literature Association
"The American Comparative Literature Association, founded in 1960, is the principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involves several literatures and cultures as well as the premises of cross-cultural literary study itself."
Modern Humanities Research Association
"Encourages and promotes advanced study and research in the field of the modern humanities, especially modern European languages and literature, including English, and also cinema."
South Central Modern Language Association
"Our mission is to enhance our members’ involvement in scholarship, teaching, and research in the modern languages and literatures."
Categorical/topical English associations:
African American Literature and Culture Association
"The African American Literature and Culture Society (AALCS) initiates and encourages critical dialogue, scholarly publications, conferences, programs, and projects devoted to the study of the African American Literature and Culture."
American Folklore Society
"The American Folklore Society connects AFS to its members, and folklorists to each other and to the world at large."
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
"The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment offers access to emerging conversations and debates, innovative classroom work, as well as some of the finest environmental writing you will find anywhere."
MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
"MELUS endeavors to expand the definition of new, more broadly conceived US literature through the study and teaching of Latino, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific American, and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works, their authors, and their cultural contexts."
Popular Culture Association
"The mission of the Popular Culture Association is to promote the study of popular culture throughout the world through the establishment and promotion of conferences, publications, and discussion."
Science Fiction Research Association
"The oldest professional association dedicated to scholarly inquiry into Science Fiction and the Fantastic across all media."
Society for the Study of American Women Writers
"The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was established in 2000 to promote and advance the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication."
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature
"The Society for the Study of Southern Literature is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 devoted to scholarship on writings and writers of the American South. Membership is open to all who have an interest in the literature of the South."
Wikipedia has a more exhaustive list of literary societies.
Calls for Papers
If you intend to publish an article or present at a conference during your undergraduate or graduate career, it's a good idea to check for CFPs related to your intended term paper topics for publication opportunities. If you have questions about the publication process, visit our Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
Many of the associations listed on this page have their own CFPs.
UPenn CFP List
The English department at the University of Pennsylvania keeps a regularly updated list of CFPs submitted by dozens of associations, conferences, and university presses.
Graduate School Resources
Peterson's Grad School Search Tool
Search for graduate programs with this tool that includes helpful comparison metrics such as size, student/faculty ratio, and admission requirements, as well as compiling program information such faculty research interests.