Welcome to the 2019 MLA Annual Convention


Chicago L with Balloons

Photo credit: Maarten van den Heuvel

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 has something for everyone too! There will be nearly 750 sessions on language, literature, writing, pedagogy, media studies, and much more. Many sessions will focus on professional development and provide you with the tools and information you need to achieve your career goals. Hundreds of sessions are part of the presidential theme, Textual Transactions, and we have special events such as the first Humanities in Five contest, the inaugural MLA Night Out, and the return of the Possible Futures Career Fair and the first Programs Showcase. Register today!

The American Historical Association (AHA) will join us in the Windy City for its own annual meeting, and MLA members will be able to attend and enjoy the many AHA sessions. A number of sessions will be presented at both conventions, so you’ll have double the chances to attend!

An online version of the convention program is available now—check this page and the MLA 2019 convention page for updates and more information to help you make the most of your convention.

Chicago Skyline

Photo credit: Mex Bender

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Karin Bagnall
Head of Convention Programs


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