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The latest from the MLA: Convention proposals due April 1

Posted in The Education Industry by Arnold Pan on March 29, 2010
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We usually don’t do CFPs (aka Calls for Papers) here, but I got an email yesterday from the MLA reminding me that the deadline for all panel proposals for the January 2011 MLA convention are due this Thursday, April 1.  The reason I’m posting this is that the MLA announced earlier this month that it is promoting panels and papers on the ever-worsening status of the profession, under the catchily-titled theme “The Academy in Hard Times”.

Just thought we’d put out a PSA about the MLA convention deadline, especially if you’re more together than I am and can get a proposal together in the next few days.  Here’s a link to the MLA proposal submission site.  At this point, I think single paper proposals to panel CFPs are all but closed by now, so you’ll have to come up with a panel topic, then find a few colleagues and friends with papers to round out the proposal.  One helpful tip: It’s a bit confusing to navigate the MLA submission site, especially if you aren’t a member and don’t have a login–actually, you can’t even submit anything if you aren’t member, so don’t waste your time if you’re not!

Hopefully, some of panels listed under “The Academy in Hard Times” will consider post-academic issues.  Good luck, and let us know if you have a panel accepted, whether it’s about “Hard Times” or good times!