Posts Categorized: Convention

John Sayles Receives Phyllis Franklin Award

The fifth Phyllis Franklin Award for Public Advocacy of the Humanities will be presented to John Sayles, film director, screenwriter, and novelist, at the MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. MLA President Marianne Hirsch will present the award during the MLA Awards Ceremony on 11 January 2014 in recognition of Sayles’s advocacy of the arts and… Read more »

Cultural Excursions in Chicago

Registrants for the 2014 MLA Annual Convention are eligible to attend MLA-sponsored cultural excursions in Chicago. This year’s excursions offer attendees insider tours of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Goose Island Brewery and Pub, the Chicago History Museum, and the Newberry Library. Space is limited and fees apply. To participate,… Read more »

Convention Registration Open for MLA Members

MLA members can now register and make travel arrangements and hotel reservations for the 2014 MLA Annual Convention, which will be held in Chicago on 9–12 January 2014. Members will save $30 by registering by 2 October. Nonmembers can join the association now to register at member rates—a savings of $90—and enjoy the best selection… Read more »

Convention Program Proofs to Be Sent to Organizers

In the coming week, organizers of sessions at the 2014 MLA convention in Chicago will receive proofs of convention program copy, with information on the date and time of their sessions. The convention office encourages organizers to notify their participants immediately of this information so that participants can make their travel plans as soon as… Read more »

Future Conventions

The MLA is pleased to announce that in 2015 the MLA Annual Convention will be held for the first time in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 8 to 11 January. In January 2018, the meeting will return to New York City, where the first MLA convention was held, back in 1883. The locations for the 2016… Read more »

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… Read more »

Reflections on the 2013 Convention

Thank you to all those who made the 2013 MLA Annual Convention a success. Nearly 8,000 people attended the Boston convention, and, in a postconvention survey, 67% of attendees rated Boston as an excellent convention city, and 27% as a good choice. We hope that you will continue to share your thoughts about the 2013… Read more »

Invitation for 2014 Presidential Theme: Vulnerable Times

Marianne Hirsch, MLA president in 2013, has now issued an invitation for session proposals on the presidential theme of the 2014 convention: Vulnerable Times. Vulnerable Times addresses the vulnerability of life, the planet, and our disciplines, as well as the acts of imagination and forms of resistance that promote social change—in our time and throughout… Read more »

Convention Guide and Convention Daily

The Convention Guide and the first issue of the Convention Daily for the 2013 convention in Boston are now online and will be available on-site at MLA information centers. The Guide provides general information about convention services, a map of the locations of the convention hotels, and floor plans for meeting venues. The three issues… Read more »

Mobile Convention Program

The Program for the 2013 MLA Annual Convention is now available in a version optimized for mobile devices. Users can search the mobile Program by keyword or subject as well as browse sessions by day, participant, location, and event type; view a map of the convention area; and find general convention information. The mobile Program… Read more »