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Modern Language Association
Conventional wisdom says that title refers to a tenure-track job. But you wouldn't know it from these listings.
So far, humanists looking for tenure-track listings on the association’s job board aren’t impressed. The good news: New jobs should trickle in for several weeks. The bad news: After that, silence.
The document's only a little over a week old, and absolutely everyone already has an opinion on it. Here's an abridged guide to the most interesting topics of debate.
After the University of California at Riverside was called out for giving job applicants five days' notice of interviews in Chicago, nearly $900 was raised through an Indiegogo fundraiser to offset the candidates’ travel expenses. But only one of the job seekers took advantage of the help.
Hungry at the exhibit hall last week? You could've bought something from the snack table or, for roughly the same amount of money, booked a dinner for six at Alinea. But let's be clear: This isn't the MLA's fault.
The shadow conference, held last week before the annual MLA convention, saw encouraging results. And organizers are already planning for an encore next year.
An anonymous professor lit up the Internet when he solicited partners for an interviewer-meets-search-committee-themed dalliance. The whole thing hasn’t panned out as expected.
There's a fair bit of anger and disillusionment swirling around this year's conference. But that's nothing new, as past insurgencies, protests, and oddball hoaxes show.
The shadow conference, opening today in Chicago, has already attracted plenty of attention. Who scrambles to put a thing like this together?
There are all sorts of fabulously smart people presenting at the MLA. But here are a few academics—and some Twitter accounts—we have our eyes on.
Scholarly conventions like the MLA are really two events taking place at the same time—one full of camaraderie, one a brutal meat market. Why don't we just lop off the unpleasant part?
For all the enthusiasm about digital humanities, the field still has an existential problem: Timeworn tenure incentives just aren't a good fit for this work. That puts practitioners in a difficult position.
How much will a trip to the upcoming Modern Language Association conference in Chicago cost the average graduate student? Check out this hypothetical breakdown, which the author says he hopes "puts things into something of a financial perspective for both potential job-seekers and those who are looking to hire them." (Andytown)
You’ve seen plenty of job listings that emphasize “service opportunities” or tout an “aggressive research agenda,” right? Here’s a guide to decoding some of that jargon.