If you’re planning a session for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver, to be held 8–11 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 its meeting in May, and organizers will be informed of the committee’s decision by early June. Please note that all session participants must be MLA members by 7 April or have received a waiver of membership (applications for which are included with the program copy forms). For more information about organizing or participating in a session, please visit Planning Your Convention Session or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in participating in MLA-sponsored excursions during the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver? If so, let us know which of these categories of excursions would appeal to you: art galleries or museums, libraries, science or natural history museums, food and wine tastings, architecture tours. Post your preferences by using the Leave a Reply button below or by sending an e-mail to Stacey Courtney. We thank you for your feedback and look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!
MLA members are invited to submit essays on literature in a diverse and multilingual world for a special issue of PMLA. The issue will seek to provide a critical reflection on the diversity of both dominant and less-taught languages and of their spheres of use, to engage with the vernacular and the indigenous as critical categories, and to consider conceptual or thematic structures that invite literary studies to move outside the rubrics of nation, state, and national language. The coordinator of the special topic is Simon Gikandi (Princeton Univ.). The deadline for submissions is 3 November 2014. For a complete description of the topic and for submission guidelines, please see the MLA Web site.
The volumes Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace, edited by Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Holland; Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, edited by Mark C. Long and Sean Ross Meehan; and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, are now in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Instructors who have taught these works are encouraged to contribute to the volumes by completing surveys about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of each survey.
On 3 March 2014, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to The Digital Ælfric, edited by Aaron Kleist. The volume will be published by Scholarly Digital Editions, Boydell and Brewer.
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 contact the committee at email@example.com.
The MLA is pleased to announce that it will cosponsor the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), which will be held 2–6 June at the University of Victoria. DHSI will offer twenty-eight courses and will include a five-day training workshop, morning colloquiums, lunchtime “unconferences,” birds-of-a-feather sessions, and keynote lectures by Aimée Morrison (Univ. of Waterloo), Alex Gil (Columbia Univ.), and Paul Arthur (Univ. of Western Sydney). Tuition scholarships are available for students. In addition, before 1 April 2014 MLA members can register at the discounted rate of $300.00 for students and $650.00 for nonstudents (use the discount code MLA-Student or MLA-Non-Student). For a full list of courses, to register, or to apply for a tuition scholarship, please go to dhsi.org.
The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s publication awards. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize, which has a 1 March deadline, there are seven annual and sixteen biennial MLA prizes that honor outstanding work in languages, literatures, and interdisciplinary studies and in specific genres (e.g., translation, bibliography, scholarly edition). Information on the individual prizes, their deadlines, and how to submit an entry is available online. You may also request detailed information on any MLA prize by contacting the office of programs (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Organizing a session for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver? The MLA is accepting calls for papers until 21 February 2014. As the session organizer, you are responsible for acknowledging all submissions and inquiries regarding your call for papers. We recommend posting a submission deadline of 15 March or earlier. Please note: a call for papers is not a session proposal but a way to solicit paper submissions for creating a session proposal. Proposal forms for the 2015 convention will be available by early March. Completed proposal forms must be submitted by 1 April.
You may also search or browse existing calls for papers. Note that all participants in convention sessions must be MLA members by 7 April, and potential participants should review other guidelines for the MLA convention before responding to calls for papers.
Members can now read the Spring Newsletter for election results, winners of MLA prizes, Margaret W. Ferguson’s president’s column on humanities education as a public—and common—good, and Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on controversies at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention. To comment on the columns, visit the From the President and From the Executive Director blogs.
To aid users with searching the database, the MLA International Bibliography regularly releases new video tutorials online. Recent additions to the series cover the differences in searching by subject and by keyword on the EBSCO and ProQuest platforms and the advantages of searching the bibliography over a library’s all-in-one search. Tutorials for the Gale Infotrac platform are on their way. Find out about other tutorials in the series and share them with your students. Feel free to link or embed tutorials in your syllabus or LibGuides. To keep up with the latest tutorials as they are released, follow the bibliography on Facebook, by reading the MLA International Bibliography blog on MLA Commons, or by subscribing to our YouTube channel.