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MLA News Digest

17 October 2019


What's Happening at the 2020 Convention?

Access the online program for the 2020 MLA convention to discover exciting sessions—like a tribute to Toni Morrison that includes Imani Perry and Tayari Jones—to learn about special events, and much more. The online program allows you to save your own itinerary, which you can view from any device. Not yet registered for the convention? Register now!

Publication Spotlight

Octavia E. Butler

Teaching Octavia E. Butler

Discover ways to teach Butler's works of science fiction in a variety of contexts and from a range of perspectives in this new MLA volume.


MLA Convention Travel Grants Available

MLA members who are graduate students, non-tenure-track faculty members, unemployed, or living outside the US and Canada may be eligible for $400 grants to help cover travel expenses for the 2020 convention. Apply by 1 December 2019.


Get the Fall MLA Newsletter Online

MLA members can access the fall MLA Newsletter and read a tribute to Toni Morrison as well as an article on the groundbreaking work of the Cave Canem Foundation, a quick guide to the 2020 convention, and more.

Volunteer at the 2020 MLA Convention

Graduate students who are not presenting can volunteer at the 2020 convention. Volunteers will receive a registration waiver and other benefits. Apply today!

Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

If you've taught Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, share your experience: take a survey and consider proposing an essay for a volume in development.


24–26 Oct.: Association for Political Theory conf., Irvine 

7–10 Nov.: Historical Poetics Now symposium, Austin

15–17 Nov.: South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference, Atlanta


CfP: Conference on James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney, due 1 Nov.

CfP: Comparative Drama Conference, due 3 Nov.

CfP: American Conference for Irish Studies, due 15 Nov.

CfP: Conf. on literary authorship, politics, and celebrity culture, due 29 Nov.

CfP: Derrida Today Conference, due 30 Nov.

CfP: ACMRS conference on unfreedom, due 30 Nov.

Call for Applications: Collaborative research grants for Willa Cather scholarship, due 1 Dec.

CfP: Symposium on US migration and borders, due 15 Dec.

CfP: Conference on revelry and reverence, due 15 Dec.



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MLA Grants and Awards

Member News


Nine MLA Members Awarded NEH Grants

Gerhard Weiss

Gerhard Weiss, Remembered

MacArthur Foundation

Three MLA Members Named MacArthur Fellows

News and Opinion


Grad Students and Public Humanities 


Support at Community Colleges

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Skills for All Humanists 

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African Languages in the US


State Policy and Higher Education

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Scholarship as a Career

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Engaging Students in Learning

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Hiring for Faculty Diversity

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