Welcome to the 2017 Convention!

Photo by bklphoto.com for PHLCVB

Photo by bklphoto.com for PHLCVB

 

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 Pennsylvania Convention Center, which are connected by an interior skyway.

This year’s Program features 800 sessions and events and nearly 3,500 participants; almost 400 sessions address the presidential theme, Boundary Conditions. Our updated information page includes a new section on professional-development sessions—be sure to make time for those that are of interest.

Photo by PHLCVB

Photo by PHLCVB

Join the 2017 MLA Convention group and create a group or blog for your session. Deposit your presentation on CORE, add the #mla17 tag, and link to the file from an annotation in the Program. Take advantage of the opportunity to begin a conversation online.

Since the MLA last visited Philadelphia in 2009, the city has many new attractions. Sign up for a cultural excursion and check out the museums, the fabulous restaurants, and more. Philadelphia natives and fans: we’re counting on you to post your favorites, edible or otherwise, on MLA Commons.

The MLA convention is created by members. Members organize sessions, from those proposed by individuals, to forum and committee sessions, to sessions sponsored by allied organizations. This is your convention—register today and come take part in it!

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