Posts Categorized: Feature

New Commons Groups for Convention Attendees

Attending the MLA convention in Chicago? Make the most of the convention by participating in convention-related groups on MLA Commons. Two new groups for attendees will help you navigate the convention, connect with colleagues, and stay on top of the latest information. All attendees will want to check out the 2014 MLA Convention group, where… Read more »

2013 Prizewinners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 MLA publication-prize competitions. The publication prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 11 January at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

MLA Cited in Article about Challenges Facing the Humanities

Quoted in a recent New York Times article, the MLA executive director, Rosemary G. Feal, expresses concern about the devaluing of the humanities by legislators. Documenting challenges to humanities funding worldwide, the article also cites Michael Bérubé, a former MLA president, who argues that disputed claims about the decline of humanities enrollments are being used… Read more »

Lists of Convention Sessions on Various Topics

Searching for convention sessions related to a particular topic? A new MLA Commons page features a compilation of lists of sessions and events at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago that have been provided by MLA members and committees, as well as the MLA staff. So far, the page includes lists that may be of interest… Read more »

New Essays Added to the Open-Access Profession Site

Five essays from the Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada have been added to Profession, the association’s online open-access journal. This special section addresses the data presented in the MLA report Data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity and, in the words… Read more »

Vote by 10 December

Less than one month remains for 2013 members to cast their votes on two ballots: the election ballot, which presents the contests for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the division and discussion group executive committees, and the ratification ballot, which covers the constitutional amendment and the two resolutions that the… Read more »

Explore the Opportunities Afforded by Executive Committee Service

Have you ever wondered how to become more involved in association activities? Would you like to expand field boundaries by creating programming for the annual convention? Do you have ideas for developing MLA Commons as a tool for scholarly and professional collaboration? If so, please consider serving on a division or discussion group executive committee…. Read more »

Deadline to Comment on MLA Groups Proposal

The deadline to add your comments to the draft proposal for a new MLA groups structure is 20 November. Member feedback is invaluable for the working group that created the draft, for the Program Committee, and for the Executive Council. Log in to help shape the revised proposal that will be presented for further debate at… Read more »

Winter Newsletter Published

The Winter 2013 MLA Newsletter, now online, features a joint column from President Marianne Hirsch and First Vice President Margaret Ferguson about the discussion of MLA group structure, Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column about her alt-ac experience, a report on the 2012–13 MLA Job Information List, a profile of the incoming director of the Association… Read more »

Report on the 2012–13 Job Information List

A report on the jobs advertised in the 2012–13 MLA Job Information List (JIL) is now available on the MLA Web site. After inching higher each of the past two years, the number of jobs advertised in the JIL fell by 93 (7.5%) in the English edition and by 26 (2.3%) in foreign language edition… Read more »