If you haven’t already registered for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver, make sure to register by 8 October to take advantage of the lowest registration rates and enjoy the best selection of hotels. The regular member rate will increase by $30 on 9 October, when nonmember registration opens. After you have registered, you can book your hotel reservation, sign up for MLA cultural excursions, and make travel arrangements at discounted prices.
Thinking about attending the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver? Get a preview of all the sessions in the online Program. Find sessions by participant, subject, meeting time, or keyword or browse sessions related to the presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory. If you are a participant, you can annotate your session listing with links to abstracts, drafts, or other supplementary material. Print copies of the Program should reach members and convention registrants in early November, and a PDF of the print Program will be linked from the online Program. A version of the Program optimized for mobile devices will be available for use when the convention starts.
The special Fall convention issue of the MLA Newsletter is now available to members. The issue features information on the presidential theme, tips for graduate students, highlights of what’s new about the 2015 convention, suggestions for things to do in Vancouver, and much more.
On 5 September 2014, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to two new editions: Henry James, The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1878–1880, volume 2, edited by Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias, to be published by the University of Nebraska Press; and Joseph Conrad, Victory, An Island Tale, edited by J. H. Stape and Alexandre Fachard, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
The CSE serves as a clearinghouse for information about scholarly editing and editorial projects, offers advice and consultation to editors on request, honors excellence in editing by awarding emblems to qualified volumes, and promotes dissemination of reliable texts for classroom use and among general readers. Editors or publishers who wish to submit their editions (preferably before or at the copyediting stage) for consideration for the CSE seal should write to the committee at email@example.com.
Earlier this year, the MLA Executive Council forwarded three proposals for constitutional amendments to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The council proposed amendments to allow the implementation of the new forum structure that will replace the current division and discussion group convention structure; to eliminate references to printed matter, including a printed directory, from the constitution; and to eliminate a limiting gender reference to “men and women of letters.” The next step in the amendment process is consideration by the Delegate Assembly at its meeting during the January 2015 convention in Vancouver. Additional information about the proposed amendments, including the texts of the amendments, is available at the Web site.
If you’re attending the 2015 convention in Vancouver, consider exploring the city on a cultural excursion arranged by the MLA. This year’s excursions offer attendees insider tours of Granville Island and the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, the Vancouver Public Library, and locavore restaurant Raincity Grill. Space is limited, and fees apply. To participate, sign up during the convention registration process, or, if you have already registered for the convention, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Convention registrants may also sign up a limited number of guests for each excursion. View full descriptions of the excursions on the MLA Web site.
As the letter of recommendation season begins for faculty members and graduate students in MLA fields, don’t forget that the MLA has a new set of guidelines for writers, readers, and requesters of letters of recommendation. Faculty members can refer to the document if they want to explain why they are keeping their letters short and not detailing dissertation projects that candidates themselves will describe in the letter of application; job candidates can find advice on how many letters to request and what materials the recommenders will find helpful; and department chairs can find suggestions for how to describe requirements for letters of recommendation in job ads. We encourage you to read the guidelines and to share them with colleagues.
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 Vancouver from 8 to 11 January 2015. To find out if you are eligible to receive a grant and to learn how to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014. Please refer questions to Annie Reiser at email@example.com.
Financial assistance for travel to the convention is partially supported by member contributions to the Professional Education Assistance Funds and the Good Neighbor Fund. If you can, please make a donation to help those who need assistance; your contribution is tax-deductible.
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. The JIL database is updated weekly to make job listings available in a timely manner. Please visit the MLA Web site for more information about access to the JIL and for tips on searching. To contact the JIL, e-mail JILeditor@mla.org.
MLA members can now register and make travel arrangements and hotel reservations for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention, which will be held in Vancouver from 8 to 11 January 2015. Members will save $30 by registering by 8 October. Nonmembers can join the association now to register at member rates—a savings of $90—and enjoy the best selection of hotels (nonmember registration opens 9 October). Please visit the main convention page to learn more about the 2015 meeting, including the presidential theme, convention exhibitors, and cultural excursions in Vancouver.