Monthly Archives: September 2015

MLA Receives Grant for Expansion of MLA Commons

The MLA has received a generous $225,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the association’s scholarly communication platform, MLA Commons. With support from the Mellon Foundation, the MLA will create Humanities Commons, a federated open-source network of sites that will link the MLA to other humanities societies to further interdisciplinary collaboration. During this pilot phase… Read more »

Special Convention Issue of MLA Newsletter Now Available

The Fall MLA Newsletter, a special issue dedicated to the 2016 convention in Austin, is now available to members. The issue features information about the presidential theme, including session highlights; a preview of what’s new about the 2016 convention; suggestions for things to do in Austin; and much more.

Program for Austin Convention Online

The Program for the 2016 MLA Annual Convention, which includes nearly 850 sessions and events, is now available on the MLA Web site. Find sessions by participant, subject, meeting time, or keyword. You can also browse sessions related to the presidential theme, Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future, including the Presidential Plenary and… Read more »

Provide Feedback about ORCID

ORCID, which provides authors with unique identifiers to distinguish their scholarship, is seeking feedback from MLA members about their knowledge and use of ORCID. To contribute, please take this brief survey.

Suggesting Nominees for the 2016 Forum Executive Committee Elections

When the executive committees of the MLA’s forums meet during the January 2016 convention in Austin, they will take up the matter of nominations for the executive committee elections that will be held in fall 2016. Though the executive committees are responsible for making nominations, they are required to nominate at least one candidate who… Read more »

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Earlier this year, the MLA Delegate Assembly forwarded proposals for constitutional amendments to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The amendments that the committee formulated allow the assembly to deal with the effects that the implementation of the new convention forum structure will have on the assembly’s size and composition. The next step in… Read more »

Travel Grants for 2016 MLA Convention

The MLA offers financial assistance to eligible non-tenure-track and unemployed members, regular and life members residing abroad, and graduate student members. The $400 grants partially reimburse expenses for travel to the MLA convention, which will be held in Austin from 7 to 10 January 2016. To find out if you are eligible to receive a… Read more »

New Office of Outreach

The MLA is pleased to announce the creation of the office of outreach. Overseeing convention services, promotions, sales, communications, and development, the new office will work to broaden the reach of the MLA and strengthen communications and member engagement. Leading the new unit is Siovahn Walker, who joins the MLA from the Council for European… Read more »

2015–16 Job Information List Opens

The MLA Job Information List database is now available for searching. Access to the database is free to all users. To search the list, users can log in with their MLA member credentials or create a nonmember log-in. (Please note that nonmember credentials are not stored from year to year, so you will be asked to create… Read more »

Member Registration Open for Austin Convention

MLA members can now register and make travel arrangements and hotel reservations for the 2016 MLA Annual Convention, which will be held in Austin from 7 to 10 January 2016. Members will save $30 by registering by 1 October. Nonmembers can join the association now to register at member rates—a savings of $90—and enjoy the best selection of hotels… Read more »