1 April Deadline for 2014 Convention Program Forms

Planning a session for the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago?  Forms for submitting program copy and for proposing sessions are available on the MLA Web site and are due by 1 April. Special-session proposals and nonguaranteed-session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee at its meeting in May, and organizers will be informed of the committee’s decision by early June. Please note that all session participants must be MLA members by 7 April or have received a waiver of membership (applications for which are included with the program-copy forms). For more information about organizing or participating in a session, please visit Planning Your Convention Session or contact convention@mla.org.


M. Thomas Hester

I’m interested is presenting at the Conference–Do I need to jin or form a session or just submit a paer or abstract for consideration. I am Alumni Distinguished Professor of English, mainly a scholar of Donne [11 books, many articles and presentations] and Shakespeare [several articles] and other published articles on Renaissance authors [Herbert, Vaughan, Milton, Jonson, and esp. Donne–currently working on “The Complete Letters of John Donne,” under contract with Oxford Univ. Press]. I missed the last three conferences because of a family tragedy, but want to get “Back on the Case” [like Chief Inspector Clouseau]. Can you send me information anew about how to go about this opportunity?
Thank yo for your assistance and time.
M. Thomas Hester
Distinguished Professor, Alumni Distinguished Professor
North Carolina State University

Anna Chang

Dear Professor Hester,

We’re delighted that you’re interested in participating in the 2014 convention. To participate as a presenter, you may propose a special session with other panelists, using the forms at http://www.mla.org/ssp_main, or you may respond to a call for papers at http://www.mla.org/callsforpapers. Although most calls for papers had a deadline of 15 March or earlier, there are a few that have slightly later deadlines (22 or 25 March, for example). Membership is required to propose a session; to participate in a session organized by another member, you would need to renew your membership by 7 April. If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail convention@mla.org.

Best wishes,

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