Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 Presidential Address

The Presidential Address was delivered at the 2013 MLA Annual Convention in Boston by Michael Bérubé, then president of the association. A transcript of his speech, which was introduced by Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal, appears here. The full address will be published in the May 2013 issue of PMLA. How We Got Here Last… Read more »

Snapshots from MLA 2013: Day Two

On day two temperatures inched into the thirties, Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian discussed his work, members of the Flying Words project got expressive, the last MLA Commons t-shirt found a home, and a few attendees took to the dance floor after Michael Bérubé’s Presidential Address, “How We Got Here.”    

Tonight’s MLA Awards Ceremony

Tonight we hope you will join us as we honor the winners of the MLA book prizes. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the Sheraton Boston at 6:45 p.m. in the Constitution Ballroom on the second floor. MLA President Michael Bérubé will preside, and the awards will be presented by… Read more »

Snapshots from MLA 2013: Day One

The first day of the Boston convention featured the Presidential Forum, a Creative Conversation between Michael Erard and Dennis E. Baron, and single-degree temperatures! Attendees quickly mastered the indoor connection between the Hynes and Sheraton, and hundreds of members picked up t-shirts when they activated their Commons accounts. Only a handful left!

A Day of DH at #THATCamp #MLA13

A guest post by Genie Giaimo, Elizabeth Hopwood, Meg Tarquinio Roche Early on the second morning of the year, over 100 scholars braved the Boston cold to come together at Northeastern University’s Digital Media Commons for the 2013 THATCamp MLA—an unconference sponsored, in part, by the MLA and NUlab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. The… Read more »

Questions They Might Ask You

This post by Katherine Ellison and Cheryl Ball originally appeared on their Get a Job! blog and was previously published by Inside Higher Ed. The questions you’re asked at a preliminary interview (phone, Skype, at Modern Language Association meeting, etc.) will depend on the job description, sometimes on your rank (e.g., whether you’re entry-level or advanced),… Read more »

Boston Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendations for restaurants near the convention hotels from MLA Program Committee member Anjali Prabhu: For those coming with kids in particular (best organic burgers in town) For those who can’t do without P.F. Chang’s, there’s one close by at the Prudential All-time favorite Never go wrong at And there are two… Read more »