What will you discover at MLA 2020?
Will you grab a coffee from your favorite café?
Text your friends attending MLA 2020 to meet up?
Go to a workshop on the first day and stay in the carefully curated schedule you created in the online program?
Or will you branch out? Maybe you’ll attend a Just-in-Time session, visit the Language and Literature Program Innovation Room, go to Humanities in Five, hear about Research Projects from the MLA Reading-Writing Pedagogy Institutes, or take part in Strategies for #Decolonizing.
Perhaps you’ll make a new connection at a reception in the exhibit hall.
Maybe you’ll meet another Koolhaas aficionado at the Seattle Library excursion.
You might find yourself waiting for the elevator at your hotel with another attendee who shares your love of Korean speculative fiction. Not familiar with Korean speculative fiction? Learn more at this session!
As the largest academic conference of its kind, the MLA convention has always been the place to go for sessions on the big topics: Human Rights and the Human, Presidential Plenary: On Being Human, Why Teach Literature?, Keywords for the Future.
You have an opportunity to reflect on and remember writers and scholars like Toni Morrison, Hayden White, Paule Marshall, and Jean Starobinski. But the convention is also the place to share and discuss research that focuses more specifically. (We’ll have curated lists on specific topics like this one on professional development—watch this space for updates!)
I’m sure you’ll attend the sessions that most interest you, but I hope you’ll make space for the tangential and serendipitous as well! Go to a session completely outside your field—just because!
As you plan your time in Seattle, consider all the possibilities the convention provides.
Explore them with us!
Director of Convention and Events