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MLA NEWS DIGEST 13 January 2021

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Participate in the 2022 MLA Convention

Thanks to all the attendees of the 2021 MLA virtual convention! Session recordings will be available within a week. It's not too early to plan for MLA 2022 in Washington, DC. The 2022 presidential theme is Multilingual US. Calls for papers can be posted through 28 February.

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Brent Hayes Edwards Named PMLA Editor

At its October meeting, the MLA Executive Council appointed Brent Hayes Edwards, Peng Family Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, to serve as the next editor of PMLA. His term begins in July 2021 and runs for three years.

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MLA Humanities Innovation Grant Winners

Congratulations to the five 2020 Humanities Innovation Grant winners! Winners receive $3,000 grants to support the development of innovative interdisciplinary courses and educational programs. Read about this year's winning projects.

Nominate Members for Standing Committees

MLA members who would like to suggest themselves or other members for appointment to standing committees of the association may do so online through 5 February. Learn more.

MLA Group Memberships for Grad Students

Support graduate students' professional development by sponsoring their MLA membership. Departments can save up to 20% when purchasing membership for a group. Learn more.


Free Course on Using the MLA Bibliography  

The MLA offers a free online course aimed at teaching students how to use the MLA International Bibliography for research. Students earn badges for each section they complete. Learn more about the course and our new module on literary research.


Papers: Virtual conference on obscenity and censorship, due 24 Jan.

Essays: Edited volume on climate change in the Pacific, due 31 Jan.

Submissions: Special issue on American countercultures, due 1 Feb.

Papers: Western Association of Women Historians virtual conference, due 1 Feb.


Submissions: Special issue on the Afro-gothic, due 28 Feb.

Submissions: Special issue on rethinking practices of interconnection in a century of crisis, due 28 Feb.

Submissions: Special issue on John le Carré, due 1 Mar.

Submissions: Special issue on Henry James, due 1 Mar.

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