Deadline Extended for the MLA’s First International Symposium

The deadline for proposals for the MLA’s first conference outside the United States and Canada has been extended to 15 September. The symposium, Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations, will be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016 and is organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University. Anthony Appiah, 2016 MLA president, will open the symposium, which will also include a reading and reflection by the authors Aminatta Forna, Eva Hoffmann, and Yoko Tawada. The conference will feature 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. To propose a paper, panel, session, or workshop, please write to othereuropes2016@hhu.de. To learn more about the conference, including proposal requirements, please visit the conference site on MLA Commons. The registration fee for the conference will be 150 euros for MLA members; complete registration and travel information will be available on the conference site in winter 2015–16.

Connected Academics Proseminar Attracts Broad Interest

Nearly two hundred and fifty candidates applied for the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar, a program offering twenty language and literature doctoral candidates and recent PhD recipients in the New York City area an opportunity to explore a range of career options. As the project’s coordinator, Stacy Hartman, writes in a recent blog post, applicants were inspired not only by pragmatic concerns about pursuing an academic position but also by an enthusiasm for finding new ways to use their training to help others: “The applications reflected a powerful belief in the humanities and in humanistic thought and a conviction that those who decided to pursue a connected career were not abandoning their ideals—far from it.” The participants will begin their work in September. To follow the project, we encourage you to visit the Web site, join the group on MLA Commons, or attend Connected Academics sessions at the MLA convention in Austin.

 

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for two new Options for Teaching volumes: Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English, edited by Janine Utell, and Teaching Young Adult Literature, edited by Karen Coats, Mike Cadden, and Roberta Seelinger Trites. You are also invited to answer a survey and submit essay proposals for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood, edited by Tiffany Potter.

Join or Renew by 31 July

The 2015 MLA membership online enrollment period will come to a close on 31 July 2015. Members who have not yet renewed for 2015 can log in to renew today. Nonmembers can join the association for 2015, and former members can reinstate their membership. If you become a member by 31 July, you will be able to register early for the 2016 convention in Austin, will receive five issues of PMLA, and will have access to the members-only features of MLA Commons. Learn about the many other member benefits and what your dues support.

15 August Deadline for Proposals for MLA Symposium

Are you interested in participating in the MLA’s first conference outside the United States and Canada? Proposals for sessions at Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations (to be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016) are due by 15 August. Organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University, the symposium 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. Sessions will be ninety minutes long and include thirty minutes of discussion at the end. To propose a session, please write to ​othereuropes2016@hhu.de. To learn more about the conference, including proposal requirements, please visit the conference site on MLA Commons.

New Resources Site on MLA Commons

MLA Commons is the new home to listings of Announcements of General Interest, Forthcoming Meetings and Conferences, and Fellowships and Grants. All three resources—and a calendar of dates and deadlines—are now available on the Professional Resources site, where you can search for upcoming conferences, calls for contributions to book volumes or journals, fellowships, and more. If you would like to submit an announcement for possible inclusion on the site, use the Submit a Resource button and complete the online form.

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities Available for Open Review

The editors of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, a new MLA publication in development on the Commons, invite your participation in the open peer review of the project. Each entry in this collection focuses on a keyword in the practice of digital pedagogy (ranging from “queer” to “interface” to “professionalization”), which is briefly contextualized and then supported by ten artifacts, such as syllabi, prompts, exercises, lesson plans, and student work drawn from courses, classrooms, and projects across the humanities. New keywords will be added in batches throughout 2015, and fifty keywords will be included in the final project.

Please visit https://digitalpedagogy.commons.mla.org/ to read through and respond to the first set of keywords. The official review period for the first batch will end on 3 August 2015.

Contribute to an MLA Volume on Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women’s Writing

The volume Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women’s Writing, edited by Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi, is now in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. Instructors who have taught works in this area are encouraged to contribute to the volume. For more information, visit the volume’s MLA Commons site, where you can find a description of the volume, a list of resources, and a call for essay proposals.

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.