If you are a 2014 member, you can now vote for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the division and discussion group executive committees. You may vote online (member log-in required) until 12:00 midnight (EST) on Wednesday, 10 December. If you wish to exit the ballot system while voting, your votes will be saved until your next session. To request a paper ballot, please e-mail the coordinator of governance by 17 November.
Previously available only through library subscriptions, James L. Harner’s award-winning online Literary Research Guide is now available for individuals. Updated regularly, the new, sixth edition of the Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.
Users can purchase either monthly ($14.95) or yearly ($89) access and can also purchase several months of access. Members receive a 30% discount. There is no automatic renewal of subscriptions. Please visit www.mlalrg.org for more information or to subscribe.
Looking for resources for teaching research? The MLA’s video tutorial series on using the MLA Bibliography offers tips on searching, introductions to the bibliography and the MLA Directory of Periodicals, and a new tutorial, “Researching Film, Television, and Radio in the MLA International Bibliography.” The new video offers basic and advanced search strategies for researching international film, television, and radio in the MLA Bibliography. 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, read the MLA International Bibliography blog on MLA Commons, or subscribe to our YouTube channel.
If you are attending the 2015 MLA convention in Vancouver and would like to have child care during the meeting, you may preregister for a possible on-site child care service through KiddieCorp. If a sufficient number of children are registered for child care by 31 October, a daytime child care center will operate in the Fairmont Waterfront. If a sufficient number of children are not registered for the service by that date, the MLA will have funds available to reimburse up to $300 to each member who uses child care services provided by one of the convention hotels or another service during convention hours. If more requests are received than can be reimbursed with available funds, preference will be given to graduate students and members in lower-income categories. More information and a preregistration form are available on the MLA Web site.
Continuing a yearlong series, four presentations from the 2014 convention session “The Politics of Language in Vulnerable Times” have now been published in Profession, the MLA’s journal devoted to the fields of modern languages and literatures as a profession. Featuring contributions by Suresh Canagarajah; Mary Louise Pratt; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; and Guadalupe Valdés, Luis Poza, and Maneka Deanna Brooks, the cluster looks at the vulnerability of languages—and of language itself—in an era of globalization. Presentations from the final Presidential Forum session will be published in the journal next month. Essays in Profession may be read for free by all; to comment, log in to MLA Commons with your member credentials.
In accordance with the provisions of the MLA constitution, members have petitioned to add one second vice president candidate and three Executive Council candidates to the 2014 election ballot. An updated election announcement has now been posted at the Web site. Voting will open during the third full week of October and will close at midnight (EST) on 10 December. All 2014 members are eligible to vote; those who wish to join or renew for the 2014 membership year may e-mail email@example.com by 30 November.
The MLA is pleased to announce that it will again partner with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), giving MLA members the opportunity to register for the institute’s digital humanities courses at a discounted rate. The DHSI will take place in June 2015 at the University of Victoria, and participants may choose to attend one, two, or all three weeks of the institute. Each week of DHSI will include a training workshop; the central week (8–12 June) will also include morning colloquiums, lunchtime unconferences, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. Keynote lectures by Malte Rehbein, David Hoover, Claire Warwick, and Constance Crompton are scheduled over the three weeks of the DHSI. Before 1 April 2015, MLA members can register for each weeklong course at the discounted rate of $300.00 for students and $650.00 for nonstudents. In addition, tuition scholarships are available for students. For a full list of courses, to register, or to apply for a tuition scholarship, please go to dhsi.org. Be sure to register using your MLA membership number and an MLA discount code (MLA-Student or MLA-Non-Student).
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.