For some in the profession, “MLA” is synonymous with the annual convention. The largest scholarly meeting in the humanities, the MLA convention brings together thousands of members to discuss new research, participate in workshops, and build their professional networks.

MLA 2017

The 2017 convention returns to Philadelphia from 5 to 8 January, and the presidential theme for the convention is Boundary Conditions. Stay tuned to the MLA 2017 page for updates on the Philadelphia meeting. Registration and housing will be open for members in early September.

Planning a Convention Session

Want more information on preparing for your 2017 session? Already planning for 2018? Find out how to organize a session, how to run one, and where future conventions will be held.

International Symposium

The MLA’s first international symposium, Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations, will be held 23–25 June 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Visit the symposium site to view the program, learn about hotel and travel deals, and register.

Convention History

Did you miss the 2016 convention, or are you curious about other MLAs past? Access presidential address recordings, videos and audio interviews about the convention, a Program archive, and more on the Convention History page. 

Exhibiting and Sponsorship

Learn more about exhibiting at the MLA convention and other opportunities to connect with MLA members.