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.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 convention in Austin and helped to make it a success. Continue the conversation by posting your presentation materials in CORE and by annotating the Program with links to those materials. Other information about the 2016 convention can be found on the Past Conventions page.

MLA 2017

The 2017 convention returns to Philadelphia from 5 to 8 January, and the presidential theme for the convention is Boundary Conditions. Calls for papers for the 2017 meeting are now open, and program copy forms will be available in March.

Planning a Convention Session

Want more information on planning for 2017—or beyond? Find out about how to organize a session, how to run one, and where future conventions will be held.

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.