Scholarship Goes On Amid Policy Tensions at MLA Meeting

Scholarship Goes On Amid Policy Tensions at MLA Convention 1

Oscar Einzig

Marianne Hirsch, the MLA's president, spoke at the convention about "the ongoing vulnerabilities of our academic work" and "the exploitation of part-time and non-tenure-track faculty in our departments."

Enlarge Image
close Scholarship Goes On Amid Policy Tensions at MLA Convention 1

Oscar Einzig

Marianne Hirsch, the MLA's president, spoke at the convention about "the ongoing vulnerabilities of our academic work" and "the exploitation of part-time and non-tenure-track faculty in our departments."

The debate over the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement and Israel's treatment of Palestinians grabbed headlines at the Modern Language Association's annual convention, which concluded here on Sunday.

But to many of the roughly 7,400 language and literature scholars gathered for this year's conference, the spotlight on that debate was too hot. One university-press director described the overall