40% Off Approaches to Teaching World Literature Titles

More than 130 titles in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series are now on sale. To take advantage of the best discount we’ve offered on these titles, visit the online bookstore and use the promo code ATT2015 at checkout. The 40% discount applies to all paper and cloth titles purchased on the Web site through 31 August 2015.

MLA Headquarters Is Moving

The MLA will be moving its headquarters offices in New York next month. During the move, from 10 to 12 July, mla.org, ade.org, and adfl.org will be temporarily unavailable. Visitors will still be able to access public content on MLA Commons, but members will not be able to log in. If you need to renew your membership, update your contact information, or access a private Commons group, we encourage you log in by 9 July.  After the move, you’ll be able to contact us at 85 Broad Street, suite 500, New York, NY 10004-2434. MLA e-mail addresses and phone numbers will remain the same. Thank you for your patience as we get settled in our new location.

MLA International Bibliography Launches ORCID App

The MLA International Bibliography is pleased to announce the launch of MLA BibLink, a new application that enables authors to associate their works listed in the bibliography with a unique author identification number from ORCID. MLA BibLink allows you to search the MLA Bibliography for your publications, including works you’ve published under variant names, and in one click link them to your ORCID identifier to create a digital record of your scholarship. If you’ve already created an ORCID profile, any alternative names you’ve included there will be prepopulated in an MLA BibLink search. Haven’t created an ORCID profile yet? You can register for one from the MLA BibLink welcome page and immediately start adding works.

MLA Supports Tenure and Academic Freedom in Wisconsin

The MLA has issued a joint statement with the American Historical Association and twenty other scholarly associations to denounce proposed changes that would threaten tenure, shared governance, and academic freedom in the University of Wisconsin system. These principles, cornerstones of higher education in the United States, are critical to fostering innovation, rigorous scholarship, and intellectual discovery. We encourage you to read and comment on the full statement on the Executive Council Web site.

Call for Papers for MLA Symposium in Germany

Join the MLA in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016 at the association’s first conference outside the United States and Canada. Organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations will bring together an international group of scholars; it seeks to develop ways of thinking that emerge from and address Europe’s evolving political, economic, historical, and philosophical role in a world of ever-shifting migrations, translations, and transformations. The conference will feature several keynote talks and roundtables, as well as traditional sessions with three or four fifteen-minute papers, workshops with precirculated papers, and roundtable conversations based on five-minute presentations. Proposals for sessions in any of these formats are welcome and may be sent to ​othereuropes2016@hhu.de by 15 August 2015. To learn more about the conference, including proposal requirements, please visit the conference site on MLA Commons.

Resource Spotlight: Video Tutorials on Using the MLA International Bibliography

If you’re seeking resources for teaching research, the MLA’s video tutorial series on using the bibliography offers tips on searching, introductions to the MLA International Bibliography (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) and the MLA Directory of Periodicals, and guides to researching specific subject areas. Feel free to link to or embed tutorials in your syllabi 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.

Suggest Candidates for PMLA Editor by 15 July

The term of the current editor of PMLA, Simon Gikandi, ends in June 2016, and MLA members are invited to suggest candidates to serve as the next editor of the journal. The Executive Council subcommittee leading the search is seeking candidates who possess

  • a wide range of intellectual interests, including a commitment to a variety of scholarly approaches and an understanding of more than one language;
  • an awareness of contemporary literary scholarship and critical methods and an openness to new technologies and methodologies;
  • an ability to work within the structure of the MLA and PMLA, including a commitment to the principles guiding current editorial policy and a recognition of the journal as the organ of a large membership organization reflecting diverse scholarly and critical views;
  • past experience with PMLA (as author, referee, Advisory Committee member, or Editorial Board member) or substantial editorial experience with another scholarly journal in the field.

To suggest candidates, please send information about their scholarly credentials and editorial experience to Judy Goulding by 15 July 2015.

Connected Academics Invites Applications for Proseminar in New York

During the 2015–16 academic year the MLA’s Connected Academics project will offer twenty language and literature doctoral candidates and recent PhD recipients in the New York City area an opportunity to participate in a proseminar dedicated to exploring multiple career options. Participants will learn how to use their teaching and research experience in a wide range of employment contexts and will develop skills that will be valuable in any career. They’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at organizations that employ humanities PhDs and conduct informational interviews with humanities PhDs working in a variety of careers. Proseminar participants will receive a $2,000 stipend. Successful applicants must either hold a PhD or be a doctoral candidate in language or literature and must be able to travel to New York City monthly. Applications are due by 15 June 2015. For more information or to apply, please visit the Connected Academics site on MLA Commons.

Participate in a Survey about Korean Literature

The MLA Publications Committee seeks to develop several new titles in Korean for the MLA Texts and Translations series and has appointed an editorial board of specialists in Korean for 2014–17. If you teach Korean texts or translations, the board would like your feedback about the materials you use. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete a three-question survey on the office of scholarly communication Web site, where you’ll also find information about how to propose a title for the series.

Beta Launch of Open Repository on MLA Commons

The MLA is pleased to announce the beta launch of CORE, the Commons Open Repository Exchange, on MLA Commons. Developed in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS), CORE allows MLA members to deposit their published articles, essay drafts, dissertations, data sets, syllabi, photographs, and other works in a library-quality repository to maximize the discoverability of their scholarship. When you upload a file to the repository, you can choose a Creative Commons license, get a DOI, and share your work with any of your MLA forum groups. Click on the CORE tab at the top of the MLA Commons home page to explore the new repository or read more about the project.