Posts Categorized: Convention

2019 Presidential Theme: Textual Transactions

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. Textual transactions are the mutually constitutive engagements of human beings, texts, and their contexts. Transactions are more than mere interactions, in which separate entities act on one another without being changed at… Read more »

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Receives Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award

The MLA is pleased to announce that Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, will receive the eighth MLA Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. The Executive Council selected Spivak for the award on the recommendation of the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Review… Read more »

2 October Deadline for Career Development Boot Camp for PhD Students at the Convention

Applications are still being accepted for the inaugural Connected Academics Career Development Boot Camp, which will take place 3–7 January 2018 at the MLA Annual Convention in New York City. PhD students who have advanced to candidacy by January 2018 are invited to apply, and twenty boot camp fellows will be selected. The boot camp… Read more »

Help Select Cultural Excursions for the 2018 Convention

Are you interested in participating in an MLA-sponsored excursion during the 2018 convention in New York City? If so, let us know if you have a specific suggestion or contact and which types of excursions you’d be interested in: art galleries or museums, libraries, science or natural history museums, food and wine tastings, or architecture… Read more »

Replacement Convention Programs

A few copies of the convention program (September PMLA) were missing pages. If your copy was affected, you may request a replacement by contacting membership@mla.org.

Submit a Session for the 2017 Convention

If you’re planning a session for the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, to be held 5–8 January, please visit the MLA Web site to access forms for submitting program copy and for proposing sessions. The deadline for all forms is 1 April. Special-session proposals and nonguaranteed-session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee at… Read more »

2017 Presidential Theme: Boundary Conditions

Kwame Anthony Appiah, the 2017 MLA president, has chosen Boundary Conditions as the presidential theme for the 2017 convention, which will be held in Philadelphia. Boundary conditions are, for mathematicians, the parameters that define the space in which one seeks solutions. So the theme offers, first, an invitation to reflect together on the parameters that… Read more »

2016 Mobile Program and Convention Guide

Planning your time in Austin? Both the 2016 mobile Program and the Convention Guide offer quick information about on-site convention resources and floor plans for meeting venues. Visit mla16.org on your smartphone or tablet to search or browse convention sessions and events. You can even save sessions to a personalized list. The mobile Program can be browsed off-line and is updated… Read more »

Update on Convention Childcare

Because of a minimal interest in the proposed on-site childcare service, the MLA is instead offering reimbursements of up to $300 to members who are registered for the convention and use childcare services, whether through one of the convention hotels or another service, during convention hours. If more requests are received than can be reimbursed with… Read more »

Cultural Excursions in Austin

If you’re attending the 2016 convention in Austin, consider exploring the city on a cultural excursion arranged by the MLA. This year’s excursions offer attendees insider tours of Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, and the LBJ Presidential Library. Space is limited, and fees… Read more »