Monthly Archives: January 2014

Profession Launches in New Format

Profession, the MLA’s journal of commentary and research on higher education and the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession, is now publicly available on MLA Commons. The site, which will accept submissions on a rolling basis, has launched its new format with “Common Core Standards: Past, Present, Future,” a 2014 convention presentation… Read more »

Language and Area Studies Survey

The National Council of Area Studies Associations is conducting a survey. The survey aims to gather data on foreign language and area studies specialists and students in order to assess the state of the field and to inform policies on language and area studies training in the United States. The survey, which takes approximately ten… Read more »

A Thank-You to 2014 Convention Attendees

Thank you to all of you who made the 2014 MLA Annual Convention such a success. We encourage you to continue the conversation by posting and discussing presentation materials in the convention forum on MLA Commons, by sharing those links through annotations in the Program, and by taking the session surveys available there. We hope… Read more »

A Message from Incoming MLA President Margaret W. Ferguson

In a new post on the From the President blog, Margaret W. Ferguson, 2014–15 MLA president, introduces herself and shares her thoughts on the association’s activities and goals. If you’re new to the association or want to catch up on some of its recent initiatives, we encourage you to visit the blog to learn more… Read more »

Deadline for Commenting on Revisions to Division and Discussion Group Structure

1 February is the deadline for commenting on a new draft of the proposal from the Working Group for the Revision of the MLA Divisions and Discussion Groups. This latest draft, which was revised in response to nearly 1,000 member comments on MLA Commons and discussed in sessions at the 2014 convention in Chicago, includes brief explanatory comments… Read more »

2015 Presidential Theme: Negotiating Sites of Memory

Margaret Ferguson, the 2014 MLA president, has chosen Negotiating Sites of Memory as the presidential theme of the 2015 convention, which will be held in Vancouver. The theme invites MLA members to think expansively about sites of memory that are important to their work as scholars, teachers, students, and members of an association that negotiates on behalf of… Read more »

Profession E-Book

The 2013 issue of Profession is now available for free in e-reader formats on the MLA Web site. The issue features regular submissions, presentations from the 2013 Presidential Forum, a section from the Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada, and an editor’s column by Rosemary G. Feal…. Read more »

Convention Daily

The first issue of the Convention Daily for the 2014 convention in Chicago is now online and will be available on-site at the MLA registration and welcome centers, the headquarters offices, and other locations throughout the hotels. The Daily features updates to sessions, exhibit hall events, and other timely information. Two more issues will appear, on Friday,… Read more »

Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund is accepting applications for fellowships to support temporary academic positions for scholars whose lives or work are endangered. Awards are disbursed through academic institutions that host scholars and that, in most cases, provide additional assistance. To learn more about applying for a fellowship, nominating a scholar, or… Read more »

Joint Bulletin on Contingent Faculty Issues Now Available

A special joint issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin on contingent faculty has been posted on the ADE and ADFL Web sites. An initiative of the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession, the joint bulletin brings together data, analysis, and firsthand experience to reflect on the current state of contingent labor… Read more »