Posts By: Karin Bagnall

Welcome to MLA 2020!

What will you discover at MLA 2020? What’s the first thing you’ll do when you touch down in Seattle? 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… Read more »

Bringing Jazz Back to the MLA

The MLA is returning to its roots! Over the years, Lead Belly, Bytown Troubadours, John Lomax, smokers, and others have provided musical enjoyment for MLA convention attendees. On Thursday, 3 January 2019, the internationally renowned jazz performer and educator Bob Lark will treat MLA convention goers to a thrilling evening of live music and entertainment… Read more »

Welcome to the 2019 MLA Annual Convention

  Sweet home Chicago! America’s third largest city, and one of the easiest cities to reach from across the United States, Chicago has something for everyone. Incredible architecture; world-class museums; fabulous restaurants; and a wide array of languages, cultures, and neighborhoods combine to make Chicago a city you’ll take to right away. The convention itself… Read more »

Welcome to the 2018 MLA Annual Convention

MLA Convention in NYC

  Welcome to NYC! The city is home not only to MLA HQ and most of my colleagues but to over a thousand MLA members. Native New Yorkers and new arrivals from every state and most countries in the world can be found here (all 8.5 million of us). As Whitman said, I am large,… Read more »

New Session Formats in 2018

The Executive Council, acting on the advice of the Program Committee, has approved several new formats for sessions at the convention as well as some changes to existing formats. We’re excited to launch these new ways for MLA members to discuss their work with one another at the 2018 convention in New York City. In… Read more »

Philadelphia and Beyond

Thank you! It’s been a little over two weeks now since the 2017 MLA Annual Convention ended in Philadelphia. I’d like to thank you all—attendees, presenters, facilitators, session organizers—for creating a wonderful meeting. Hundreds of sessions addressed the presidential theme, Boundary Conditions. We had a number of new initiatives, from K–16 partnerships to more workshops… Read more »

Welcome to the 2017 Convention!

  Welcome! Philadelphia has hosted the MLA convention several times in this millennium and will do so again this January. For those of you who’ve attended those conventions—and certainly for many of us on staff—Philadelphia has become a home away from home. This year all sessions will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott and the… Read more »

Welcome to the 2016 Convention!

Everything’s bigger in Texas—the 2016 convention in Austin certainly is. The Program Committee received more special-session proposals this spring than it has in over a dozen years. We have more than 840 sessions and events on the Program (with over 3,600 participants), and more than 300 address the presidential theme, Literature and Its Publics: Past,… Read more »

Preparing for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention

January 2015 is right around the corner! Or maybe it just seems that way from my desk in the convention office. MLA members have put together a great convention, and all of us on staff look forward to seeing you in Vancouver. This year’s convention includes nearly eight hundred sessions, and more than two hundred… Read more »