MLA Members Named National Humanities Center Residential Fellows

Among this year’s National Humanities Center Fellows are three members of the Modern Language Association. Each fellow will work on individual research and benefit from the center’s seminars, lectures, and resources. The MLA commends them for their contribution to humanistic scholarship.

Hurford Family Fellowship

Gretchen Murphy, University of Texas, Austin
Field of study: English language and literature
Project title: “Disestablishing Virtue: Federalism, Religion, and New England Women Writers”

John Hope Franklin Fellowship

Trudier Harris, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Field of study: American literature
Project title: “Ungraspable? Depictions of Home in African American Literature”

H. Abrams Fellowship

Ted Underwood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Field of study: English language and literature
Project title: “A Perspectival History of Fiction in English, 1800–2008”

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Teaching and Studying Transnational Composition, edited by Christiane Donahue and Bruce Horner. Proposals must be submitted to the editors by 31 December 2018.

You are also invited to submit essay proposals for a new volume in development in the Options for Teaching series, Teaching the History of the Book, edited by Matteo Pangallo and Emily Todd. Proposals must be submitted to the editors by 17 December 2018.

National Humanities Alliance Webinar: How to Build Relationships with Members of Congress

On 15 November at 3:30 p.m. EST, the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is hosting a Between Two Bookshelves Webinar on how to build strong relationships with members of the new Congress.

Among the panelists will be Leigh Whittaker, legislative assistant to Representative David Price (D-NC), and Kristen Adams, associate director of federal relations at Cornell University, who will contribute their expertise to discussions on how to

– raise the visibility of humanities funding as members of Congress set their priorities;
– collaborate effectively with campus government relations officers; and
– advocate effectively in-district through meetings and events.

Because the MLA is a member of the National Humanities Alliance, MLA members have free access to NHA webinars and resources. RSVP to attend the webinar.

MLA Members Awarded ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships

The Modern Language Association congratulates the four MLA members who were awarded American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowships in 2018. Their various projects include a coauthored book on Transylvania’s geopolitics and a Web site and art exhibition on how power and privilege influence data science and visualization.

Anca Parvulescu, Washington University in St. Louis
Project title: Comparatizing Transylvania: Rurality, Inter-Imperiality, and the Global Modernist Market

Lauren Klein, Georgia Institute of Technology
Project title: Data Feminism

Lisa Voigt, Ohio State University, Columbus
Project title: The Epistemology of the Copy in Early Modern Travel Narratives

Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon
Project title: To Speak of Common Places: A People’s History of Oregon’s Public Lands

Herbert Lindenberger, Former President of the MLA, 1929–2018

The MLA is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Herbert Lindenberger, who served as president of the MLA in 1997. An accomplished teacher and scholar, Lindenberger published on a variety of topics, including historical drama, opera, critical theory, aesthetics, and the Holocaust. Before founding Stanford University’s comparative literature program in 1969, he taught at the University of California, Riverside, and at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindenberger committed eleven years of service to the MLA as a member of several committees, including the PMLA Editorial Board, the Committee on Professional Employment, and the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. He also served as an MLA trustee from 2002 to 2014.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Earlier this year, the Executive Council forwarded a proposal for constitutional amendments to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The amendments clarify the scope and force of resolutions and motions and make changes to the association’s resolutions process. The next step in the amendment process is for the Delegate Assembly to consider the proposed amendments at its meeting during the January 2019 convention in Chicago. The official notice of the proposed amendments, including the texts of the amendments, has now been posted on the Web site.

Travel Grants for the 2019 MLA Convention

The MLA offers $400 grants to help cover expenses for travel to the MLA convention, which will be held in Chicago from 3 to 6 January 2019. Non-tenure-track members, unemployed members, and members living abroad who were members during the previous year may apply for financial assistance. Graduate students who join the MLA by 30 November are also eligible but must be members before applying for travel grants. For more information and to apply online, visit the MLA Web site. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2018. If you have questions, write to Annie Reiser at

Travel grants are supported by contributions to the Professional Education Assistance Fund and the Good Neighbor Fund. Please consider making a donation to help those who need assistance; your contribution is tax-deductible.

Free Dossier Account Available through the JIL and Interfolio

Job seekers can now create a free Interfolio Dossier account and apply for positions directly from advertisements in the MLA Job Information List (JIL). You can send application materials, including writing samples and letters of recommendation, through your Dossier account, at no cost to advertisers who use the Interfolio Faculty Search management platform.

MLA members can activate their free Dossier account by logging in with their username and password, while nonmembers can obtain access by creating a free JIL account or by visiting InterfolioJIL users also receive a ten percent discount on the annual fee for a Dossier Deliver subscription, which allows you to send application materials to career opportunities anywhere. A yearly Dossier Deliver subscription includes fifty deliveries (a single delivery can include multiple documents).

Deadline for Submitting Delegate Assembly Proposals

Motions and regular resolutions that the Delegate Assembly will consider at its next meeting, which will take place during the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago, must be submitted by 1 October of this year. The assembly’s Web page provides information about placing an item on the agenda for the meeting as well as links to several resources about motions and resolutions. Questions about submitting a motion or a resolution may be directed to the coordinator of governance (

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Teaching Literature and Writing in Prisons, edited by Sheila Smith McKoy and Patrick Elliot Alexander. The essays in this volume seek to examine the teaching practices that animate literary learning communities in contemporary prisons in the United States. The editors invite contributions that explore the power and historical significance of literary studies and writing for incarcerated adults and children. Proposals must be submitted to the editors by 15 November 2018.

You are also invited to submit essay proposals for a new volume in development in the Options for Teaching series, Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media, edited by Cajetan Iheka. Proposals must be submitted to the editor by 30 November 2018.