Posts Categorized: Feature

MLA Members Receive 2017 NEH Awards

Congratulations to the twenty-one MLA members among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities awards announced in December 2017. The projects recognized include a study of collaborative authorship in early African American and Native American literature, the revitalization of a database on eighteenth-century theater and popular culture in London, an oral history program for… Read more »

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 »

Honoring MLA Bibliography Fellows

The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2017 Fellowship Award recipients: Joshua E. Finnell, head of research and instruction, associate professor, Colgate​ University Marla Harris, independent scholar Michael F. Winter, humanities librarian, University of California, Davis The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2014 to 2017, will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a check… Read more »

Help Shape Literary Studies in the Digital Age Anthology

A new draft essay has been selected for open review in Literary Studies in the Digital Age, the MLA’s first born-digital, publicly available anthology. The anthology’s editors invite you to comment on Jojo Karlin’s “Our Digital Literary Legacy: Producing and Preserving Digital Dissertations in English.” They may then ask the author to review the piece in… Read more »

Suggesting Members for Committee Appointments

In February 2018 the Executive Council will make appointments to sixteen standing committees of the association. These committees and the outgoing committee members will be listed on the committee suggestion page through 7 February, the deadline for making a suggestion. To suggest yourself or another member of the association for a committee, respond to the three… Read more »

Help Feed Students Affected by Hurricane Maria

If you want to help students in Puerto Rico who have been affected by the recent hurricane, Ricia Chansky, an MLA member, encourages you to send food donations to Come Colegial, a group feeding over 1,100 students at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Come Colegial welcomes donations of all nonperishable food items, including rice,… 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 »

MLA Issues Statement on Content Warnings

The Executive Council has issued a statement on the use of content warnings as a matter of pedagogical accessibility and professional ethics. The MLA observes that advance warnings about the nature of classroom material should not serve the purpose of avoiding challenging or controversial content. Instead, used at the discretion of the instructor, warnings should… Read more »

Travel Grants for the 2018 MLA Convention

The MLA offers $400 grants to help cover expenses for travel to the MLA convention, which will be held in New York from 4 to 7 January 2018. Non-tenure-track and unemployed members, as well as members living abroad who were members during the previous year may apply for financial assistance. Graduate students who join the MLA… 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 »