2013 Convention Information and Services
Registration and Housing
All persons wishing to attend meetings or use
convention services must register for the convention.
Membership in the MLA
Individuals who join the association while
registering for the convention are entitled to register at members’
rates. MLA membership runs from 15 January through 14 January of
the subsequent year. For the convenience of those who would like to
join the MLA, as well as for continuing members who would like to
pay their 2013 dues, a membership desk will be located in the
Early registration fees from 4 September through 3
October are as follows: regular members, $150; regular members
outside the United States and Canada, $55; graduate student
members, $50; emeriti members, $55; non-tenure-track and unemployed
Registration fees from 4 October through 7 December
are as follows: regular members, $180; regular members outside the
United States and Canada, $55; graduate student members, $50;
non-tenure-track and unemployed members, $55; emeriti members, $55;
nonmembers, $240; graduate student nonmembers, $70.
Registration fees after 7 December are as follows:
regular members, $210; regular members outside the United States
and Canada, $65; graduate student members, $60; emeriti members,
$65; non-tenure-track and unemployed members, $65; nonmembers,
$270; graduate student nonmembers, $80. Registrations will be
accepted after 7 December, but programs (for nonmembers) and badges
may not be sent.
Members attending the convention who have not
registered may register during the convention at the registration
area located in the Hynes Convention Center (Prefunction Hall D,
level 2). The registration area will be open on 3 January from 8:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on 4 and 5 January from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
and on 6 January from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Requests for refunds of registration fees must be
made in writing, accompanied by unused convention badges, sent to
the director of convention programs at the MLA office, and
postmarked no later than 4 January 2013. Refunds requested after 4
January 2013 will not be granted. A $10 service fee will be
deducted from all refunds.
Hotel rooms at the special MLA rates are available
only to persons who are registered for the convention. Each
convention registrant can reserve one hotel room. Housing forms
will not be processed if they include the names of persons in the
profession who have not paid their registration fees for the
convention. (Spouses, friends, and family members who wish to share
a room with a registrant and who are also engaged in the study of
language and literature must register and pay their registration
fees for the convention.) Convention registrants who arrive in
Boston without hotel arrangements may go to the registration and
information desk at the Hynes Convention Center (Prefunction Hall
D, level 2). A representative of CMR, the MLA housing service, will
be there to help such attendees find housing and to assist
attendees with any hotel issues they may have.
Transportation to and in Boston
For information, click here.
A searchable program for the convention is available (www.mla.org/program). A streamlined version for mobile devices will be available during the convention.
Audio- and Videotaping at Sessions
Neither audiotaping nor videotaping of sessions is
normally permitted. Occasional exceptions may be made for members
of the media taping short segments designed to convey the
convention atmosphere. Such arrangements must be made through the
press office and require the consent of all speakers at a session.
When taping is approved, a representative of the media staff will
accompany the reporter and crew. The session organizer will
announce to the audience that audio- or videotaping will take place
during a part of the session. Only background taping is allowed,
not the taping of an entire session. Requests to film the
convention as part of a creative or documentary project must have been
submitted to the Executive Council by 17 October.
Badges are required for admission to convention
sessions, the exhibit hall, and the Job Information Center. Badge
holders are available at the MLA registration and information
center in the Hynes Convention Center, at the satellite
registration and badge replacement center in the Sheraton Boston,
and at the satellite badge replacement desk in the Westin Copley
Place. Lost badges can be replaced for $8 at the MLA registration
The Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession
reminds attendees that refraining from using scented products will
help ensure the comfort of everyone at the convention.
A convention speaker may obtain a pass for a family
member or friend who has no professional interest in language or
literature to hear a paper given by that speaker. These passes must
be requested at the MLA information center by the speaker on the
day of the session. The speaker must provide his or her name,
session details (session number, room, date, and time), and the
guest’s name. Passes may not be requested by guests of speakers,
MLA members who have not registered for the convention, or by
speakers for guests for any reason other than to see that person
speak in a particular session.
All MLA members and members of the profession that
the MLA serves are required to register in order to participate in
or attend sessions. Please note that if you need a pass for an
evening session you must obtain it before the information center
MLA convention registrants may obtain free passes to
the exhibit hall for guests they accompany in the hall. Persons who
are not registered for the convention and who are not accompanied
by registrants may purchase a one-day pass to the exhibit hall for
$10. These passes are available at the Exhibit Registration booth,
Hynes Convention Center (Hall D, level 2).
You may need to have a government-issued photo ID
when you check in to your hotel. Security personnel may ask to see
a hotel room key or may ask that you be accompanied by a hotel
guest with a room key.
Modern Language Association's Policies Against Discrimination and Harassment
The MLA prohibits discrimination in employment, including discrimination in the form of harassment, against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Sexual harassment (such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature) is a specific type of discriminatory harassment and is prohibited. The MLA has policies in place to ensure that any violations involving MLA employees will be handled in an appropriate manner. If you believe you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination by an MLA employee, please contact Terrence Callaghan, Nelly Furman, or Judy Goulding.
The MLA reminds participants in the convention that federal law prohibits discrimination in employment, including discrimination in the form of harassment, against any person. Please ensure that all individuals in your organization who are participating in the MLA’s convention as your representatives are made aware of and understand that they must comply with applicable law.
Reading in Absentia
To encourage discussion and dialogue among panelists
and attendees at convention sessions, reading in absentia (whether
by Skype, videoconferencing, audio delivery, or presentation by
surrogates) is not normally permitted. Presenters who are unable to
attend the convention because of unforeseen emergencies are
reminded that they may include a link to their papers in the online Program.
Smoking is prohibited in most buildings in
Sheraton Boston, Penfield’s Office, 2nd floor
(Thurs.–Fri., 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sun.,
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)
Hynes Convention Center, FedEx Office, level 1 (Thurs.–Sat.,
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
MLA members who use child care services provided by
one of the convention hotels or another service are eligible for
reimbursement. The MLA has funds available to reimburse up to $300
each to members who use child care during convention hours. If more
requests are received than can be reimbursed with available funds,
preference will be given to graduate students and members in
lower-income categories. Members should submit a request for
reimbursement, along with supporting documentation such as a
receipt from a child care service, no later than 21 January 2013 to
Maribeth Kraus, Director of Convention Programs, Modern Language
Association, 26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789.
Convention Guide and Convention Daily
The Convention Guide, containing city and
hotel maps and providing general information pertinent throughout
the convention, will be available as a PDF on the MLA Web site in
December and at the convention. The Convention Daily prints
special notices, changes in schedule, and brief reports on
convention activities and appears Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
during the convention. Copies are available free at the MLA
information center; the 3 January issue will appear on the MLA Web
site before the convention.
Disabilities, Facilities and Services for Persons with
The MLA is committed to making arrangements that
allow all members of the association to participate in the
Meeting Rooms. Meeting rooms at the convention
are accessible by elevator, and the doors are wide enough to
accommodate wheelchairs. There will be a desk in the convention
registration and information center at the Hynes Convention Center
(Prefunction Hall D, level 2) staffed with personnel who can
provide assistance to convention attendees with disabilities. There
will also be desks in the lobbies of the Sheraton Boston and the
Westin Copley Place.
To reserve hotel rooms that are specifically equipped
for persons with permanent or temporary disabilities, participants
must have checked the appropriate boxes on the convention
registration form and the housing reservation form or written or
called Karin Bagnall in the MLA convention office by 12
Shuttle Bus. A complimentary transportation
service will be available throughout convention meeting hours to
transport attendees with disabilities. Arrangements may be made at
the desks for persons with disabilities in the Hynes Convention
Center (South Lobby, level 4), the Sheraton Boston (Lobby level),
and the Westin Copley Place (Lobby level). Further details and
phone numbers will be posted at the convention center and
Sessions. Speakers are asked to bring five
copies of their papers, even in draft form, for the use of members
who wish to follow the written text. Speakers who use handouts
should prepare some copies in a large-print format (14- to 16-point
type size). Speakers should indicate whether they want their papers
and handouts returned. Sign language interpreters and real-time
captioning are available on request. The deadline to arrange for an
interpreter is 12 November, though the convention office will make
every effort to accommodate late requests. To arrange for either of
these services, write or call Karin Bagnall in the MLA convention
Scooter Rentals. Scooters, for navigating the
convention more easily, can be rented from Scootaround (888
441-7575 or www.scootaround.com/rentals/m/mla).
Karin Bagnall coordinates arrangements for persons
with disabilities; she can be reached at the MLA convention office
Display and Video of 2012 MLA-Prize-Winning Books
A display of the books that are 2012 MLA prize winners and a video featuring material from the winners will be located near the exhibit hall (Prefunction Hall D, level 2, Hynes Convention Center). Many of the prizewinning publishers are exhibiting and will have copies of these books for sale at their booths. The winners will receive their awards at the MLA Awards Ceremony, which will take place Saturday, 5 January, at 6:45 p.m. in the Sheraton Boston (Constitution Ballroom) and will be immediately followed by a reception.
We encourage attendees to tag their convention photos
with mla13 on Flickr.
Friends of Bill W.
In the Sheraton Boston, Forest Hills (5th floor) is
set aside for the Friends of Bill W. throughout convention
Headquarters offices will be located in the Hynes
Convention Center (200, level 2) and the Sheraton Boston
(Conference, 3rd floor). Members of the MLA convention staff will
be available in these ofﬁces whenever sessions are in progress to
handle problems that might arise with meeting rooms or meeting
facilities. Program organizers are asked to refer questions on such
matters to one of the headquarters ofﬁces, not to the hotel
management. More general questions will be answered by staff
members at the MLA information center.
Local Information and Restaurant Reservations
A Boston Visitor Information Center desk is located on the
Plaza level of the Hynes Convention Center. Staff members are
available to answer travel questions, provide directions and public
transportation information, assist with itineraries, and make
recommendations on dining, nightlife, sightseeing, and cultural
options, as well as make complimentary dining reservations. The
desk also provides maps and travel guides. The desk will be open
during business hours.
Areas furnished with comfortable chairs and tables
where members may congregate for discussion or relaxation will be
provided in the Hynes Convention Center (Boyleston Hallway, level
2). A graduate student lounge will be located in the Sheraton
Boston (Exeter, 3rd floor).
Mail and Messages
Although the hotels will make every effort to deliver
mail and messages received during the convention, the MLA can
assume no responsibility for failure in delivery. Determine the
recipient’s hotel by referring to the “Who’s Here” listing (see
“Who’s Here” section) posted near the members’ lounge in the
convention center, then leave messages with the desk clerk at the
appropriate hotel. Bulletin boards where convention attendees may
post messages for their colleagues will also be provided in the
MLA Information Center
General questions about the convention and the
association will be answered at the MLA information center in the
Hynes Convention Center (Prefunction Hall D, level 2). Copies of
the Program and the Job Information List will be sold at the
center; the Convention Guide and the Convention Daily
will be available free at the registration and information area in
the Hynes Convention Center, at the satellite registration and
badge replacement center in the Sheraton Boston, and through the
MLA Web site. The information center will be open on 3 January from
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on 4 and 5 January from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., and on 6 January from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Sheraton Boston, Beacon B, 3rd floor
Print Copies of the Program
Copies of the Program can be purchased for $12 at the
MLA information center. Free copies are available only to those who
received in their registration packets a card entitling them to a
complimentary program or to foreign registrants who did not receive
Shuttle Bus Service
A free shuttle service will operate between the Hynes
Convention Center and designated locations. Further details will be
available at the convention and on the MLA Web site. There will be
a shuttle service available throughout the convention meeting hours
to transport attendees with disabilities.
Speaker Ready Rooms
Space in the Sheraton Boston (Kent, 3rd floor) and
the Hynes Convention Center (310, level 3) has been reserved to
allow speakers to run through their audiovisual presentations
before their sessions. Those who have computer presentations are strongly encouraged to pretest their presentations in one of the speaker ready rooms during convention hours. Please contact Karin Bagnall (email@example.com) with audiovisual questions. Requests for audiovisual equipment were due 1 April; we are unable to accommodate late requests.
We encourage attendees to tweet sessions using the
convention hashtag (#mla13) and session hashtags (e.g., #S380).
“Who’s Here” Directory
The “Who’s Here” directory will be posted in the
members’ lounge in the Hynes Convention Center (Boyleston Hallway,
level 2) and near the Job Information Center in the Westin Copley
Place (4th floor). The directory will include the names and
convention addresses of persons who make hotel reservations through
the housing bureau or send their local addresses to the MLA office
before 10 December. Only the names of hotels listed on the
convention housing form or local addresses are listed. Members are
advised to check their own “Who’s Here” listings for accuracy and
to make any necessary revisions. The information used to compile
the list comes from the housing service, not from the MLA.
The MLA is providing free wireless Internet access in the meeting rooms and public areas of the Sheraton Boston and in the Hynes Convention Center.
Job Information Center
For Prearranged Interviews
Consult the interviewer’s sign-in file in the Westin
Copley Place (American Ballroom, 4th floor) if you do not know
whether your interview is scheduled for a hotel room or the
interview area or if you need to find out the hotel room number for
your interview. Allow yourself ample time to obtain this
information. If your interview is scheduled for the interview area,
proceed directly to the Westin Copley Place (American Ballroom, 4th
floor), and ask a staff member for the table number.
If the interviewer has not signed in, consult the
“Who’s Here” directory in the members’ lounge in the Hynes
Convention Center or near the Job Information Center in the Westin
Copley Place (4th floor). Once you know where the interviewer is
staying, you can call the hotel information desk and be connected
with the interviewer’s hotel room. (For reasons of safety, hotel
staff members will not give guests’ room numbers to callers.) If
the interviewer is not in, use the hotel’s message facilities. A
message left in a hotel mailbox will be flashed on the guest’s room
telephone. If the person is not listed in the “Who’s Here”
directory, check the Program Participants section of the convention
program to see whether that interviewer is speaking at or chairing
a session and can be reached at a specific time and place or ask a
Job Information Center staff member for help.
The MLA Job Information Service will operate a center
at the Westin Copley Place (American Ballroom, 4th floor).
Positions that become available after the printing of the December
Job Information List will be posted, and a counseling
service for job candidates will be available in the interview area
on 4 and 5 January. An interviewers’ sign-in file will be
maintained. Space will be available for interviews, but candidates
and interviewers are urged to arrange interviews in advance. Job
candidates are reminded that almost no unscheduled interviews take
place at the convention. Therefore, members are advised not to
attend the convention for the sole purpose of seeking employment if
they do not have scheduled interviews.
Location and Hours
The Job Information Center (American Ballroom,
4th floor, Westin Copley Place) will be open on 3
January from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on 4 and 5 January from 8:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m., and on 6
January from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Be sure to schedule time to visit the exhibit hall
(Hynes Convention Center, Hall D, level 2). The hall is open from
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on 4 and 5 January and from 9:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. on 6 January. Take advantage of special
promotions and visit the new Exhibit Hall Theater. View the Exhibit
Hall Theater schedule for
presentations and product demonstrations by your
favorite exhibitors, and incorporate these events into your
convention calendar. Connect with over one hundred firms that
represent a variety of materials and services of interest to
teachers and students of language and literature. Admission to the
exhibit area is restricted to persons wearing badges or carrying
appropriate passes. To view a list of the 2013 exhibitors, please
refer to the Convention Guide or visit
Exhibit Hall Theater
In the new Exhibit Hall Theater (MLA Exhibit Hall, Hynes Convention Center, Hall D, level 2), exhibiting companies
will conduct scheduled presentations, readings, and product
demonstrations during exhibit hall hours. View the Exhibit
Hall Theater schedule for
To view a list of the 2013 exhibitors, go to
MLA Exhibit Booth Happenings (Booth 406)
Saturday, 5 January
10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon. The editor of the MLA International Bibliography will be in the booth to talk to authors about listing their publications in the bibliography, offer demonstrations and expert search advice, and answer questions.
3:30–4:30 p.m. Reception celebrating the 128th annual convention and all titles released by the MLA in 2012
Sunday, 6 January
10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon. The editor of the MLA International Bibliography will be in the booth to talk to authors about listing their publications in the bibliography, offer demonstrations and expert search advice, and answer questions.
MLA Awards Ceremony
The awards ceremony will take place at 6:45 p.m. on 5
January in the Sheraton Boston (Constitution Ballroom, 2nd floor).
First Vice President Marianne Hirsch will present awards to the
recipients of the William Riley Parker Prize, James Russell Lowell
Prize, MLA Prize for a First Book, Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, MLA
Prize for Independent Scholars, Howard R. Marraro Prize, Katherine
Singer Kovacs Prize, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for
Comparative Literary Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for
French and Francophone Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for
Germanic Languages and Literatures, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize
for a Translation of a Literary Work, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione
Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies, MLA
Prize for a Distinguished Bibliography, William Sanders Scarborough
Prize, and Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish
Studies. Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal will present the
MLA International Bibliography Fellowship Awards and
announce the recipients of the seal of approval from the Committee
on Scholarly Editions. Marianne Hirsch will announce the recipient of the
ADFL Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. The session is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
The Presidential Address will take place at 6:45 p.m.
on 4 January in the Sheraton Boston (Constitution Ballroom, 2nd
floor). Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal will report on the
association’s 2012 activities and President Michael Bérubé will
deliver the Presidential Address. The session is open to the public
and will be followed by a reception.
The Presidential Forum will take place at 5:15 p.m.
on 3 January in the Sheraton Boston (Constitution Ballroom, 2nd
Informational Sessions and Workshops
Council of Editors of Learned Journals
Officers and experienced editors who are members of
the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) will be available
for consultation and advice for other editors and scholars who have
questions about what to expect in journal submission, peer review,
and publishing processes. Beginning scholars (graduate students and
entry-level professors) are particularly welcome.
Editors from CELJ will be available to provide
informal information and private consultations on 4 and 5 January
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Jamaica Pond, Sheraton. Please visit www.celj.org/node/1829 for more information.
Electronic Literature Exhibit: “Avenues of Access”
This exhibit, curated by Dene Grigar and Kathi Inman Berens, brings together thirty-two “born digital” works of electronic literature by current MLA members as well as artists whose poetry and fiction are viewed as seminal to the field. The
exhibit will include multimodal narrative and poetry, e-essays, literary games, and mobile-geolocative work. Please visit http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/mla2013 for more information
on this exhibit.
Hynes Convention Center, 312, level 3
Thursday, 3 January, 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 4 January, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 5 January, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On 5 January from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 210 of the
Hynes Convention Center, representatives from federal-government
agencies will offer a workshop highlighting government careers that
utilize foreign language and cultural expertise. Afterward, from
4:00 to 6:00 p.m., representatives will be available at the Hynes
Convention Center (210) to answer questions about government
careers that use skills in languages and cultural expertise.
The MLA will launch its new scholarly communication
platform, MLA Commons, at the convention. MLA Commons
is designed to facilitate active member-to-member communication, to
support the work of divisions and discussion groups, and much more.
A live presentation on the new platform will be held in the Exhibit
Hall Theater at 10:30 a.m. on 4 January, and volunteers will be
available to demonstrate the platform's function and to assist with
account activation in the registration area.
On 4 January from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 210 of the
Hynes Convention Center, representatives from the NEH will offer a
workshop that highlights recent awards and outlines current funding
Northeastern University, centerNet, and NITLE
Northeastern University, centerNet, and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), will sponsor a preconvention workshop, “Get Started in the Digital Humanities with Help from DHCommons," at Northeastern University. Ronald Bernier (Wentworth Inst. of Tech.), Ryan Cordell (Northeastern Univ.), Rebecca Frost Davis (NITLE), Quinn Dombrowski (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Paul
Schacht (State Univ. of New York, Geneseo), and Lisa Spiro (NITLE) will organize and preside over the event. The four-hour workshop welcomes language and literature scholars who wish to learn about, pursue, or join digital humanities projects but do not have the institutional infrastructure to support them. Representatives of major digital humanities projects and initiatives will share their
expertise on project design, outline available resources and opportunities, and lead small-group training sessions on DH technologies and skills. Scholars must have applied in advance for the workshop at http://dhcommons.org/mla2013. Enrollment was limited to fifty participants.
Established in 1971 as an elected body representing
the membership at large, the Delegate Assembly, composed of over
270 delegates, debates issues of concern to the membership and
advises the Executive Council on the association’s policies,
direction, goals, and structure.
Formal deliberations of the assembly, at which any
MLA member can speak, are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on 5 January in
the Sheraton Boston (Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor).
An open hearing of the Delegate Assembly, at which
MLA members may present their views, will be held at 10:15 a.m. on
4 January in the Sheraton Boston (Fairfax B, 3rd floor). Members
who wish to submit formal resolutions to the Delegate Assembly
should attend the open hearing on resolutions held on 6 January at
12:00 noon in the Sheraton Boston (Fairfax B, 3rd
Procedures for submitting resolutions, which are
general statements of membership sentiment, are described in
article 11.C.3 of the MLA constitution; copies of this section of
the constitution will be available at the MLA information
Illness and Medical Emergencies
Procedures may vary from one location to another. Sheraton Boston. Dial 1000 from any house phone. Hynes. Dial 617 954-2111. Westin. Dial 7300 from any house phone.
What to Do in Case of a Weather or Other Emergency
If weather or an emergency in Boston should delay or
otherwise affect the scheduling of convention sessions, full
information on such changes will be posted on the MLA Web site. If
a local or personal emergency should cause you to have to delay or
cancel your attendance at the convention, you should contact your
hotel as early as possible. Registrants who booked their travel
through MacNair Travel should call 877 410-8195; others should call
their carrier directly. Requests for registration refunds must be
postmarked by 4 January. Visit www.mla.org/conv_registration for
more information. If you are scheduled to speak or participate in a
session, please notify the session organizer. You may also want to
annotate your session listing in the online Program.
Calls for Papers
Calls for papers may be submitted online at
www.mla.org/cfp_main or reviewed online at www.mla.org/conv_papers
for the 2014 MLA convention in Chicago (9–12 January 2014).
The 129th MLA Annual Convention will take place in
Chicago from 9 to 12 January 2014.
The 133rd MLA Annual Convention will take place in New York City from 4 to 7 January 2018.
Locations for conventions beyond 2014 will be
determined at a later date. Please visit www.mla.org/future_conventions for updates.
Forms and instructions for organizing sessions for
the 2014 convention in Chicago will be available on the MLA Web
site in February 2013.