Tag Archives: MLA


A History of the MLA Job List


Jonathan Goodwin was going to give a talk at last weekend’s Modern Language Association convention on “Jobs of the MLA,” a look at the history of the MLA’s Job Information List. Unfortunately, he got sick and was unable to travel; happily, he was able to post the talk online. The MLA gave him almost 50 years of page-scans of the JIL, which were then OCRed for ease of searching. As he read the ads to plan how to make a database of them, he began tweeting s…


Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences

A nest-shaped bowl with buttons with Twitter logos, a hash and @ signIt’s no surprise that we here at ProfHacker like Twitter. We’ve covered how to start tweeting (and why you might want to) and practical advice for teaching with Twitter. I’ve found Twitter to be a tremendous boon to developing my professional networks and helping me stay on top of what’s happening in my fields of scholarship. But there’s one place where where Twitter perhaps ends up being more valuable for me than other place: at conferences.

Tweeting at conferences is a great way to share what …


Publishing Your Dissertation Online: What’s a New Ph.D. to Do?

Early this week, the American Historical Association (AHA) released a controversial statement that strongly advised graduate programs and libraries to adopt a policy allowing the embargoing of the publication of completed dissertations online for up to six years. The statement has generated much praise and much criticism. Supporters of the statement argue that it protects junior authors, given that in the current academic climate a completed, published, single-authored monograph continues to be …


New MLA Guidelines on Digital Authorship and IT Support


This week, the Modern Languages Association‘s Committee on Information Technology released updates to two 2000-era guidelines that will interest many ProfHacker readers: one on authoring digital resources, and another on how institutions might support humanities IT work.


Occupying MLA

[This is a guest post by Mark C. Marino and Rob Wittig, the writers behind @occupymla. Mark teaches at the University of Southern California, and Rob teaches at University of Minnesota Duluth, both as non-tenure-track faculty. You can find out more about each of them via their websites -- http://markcmarino.com/ and http://robwit.net/ -- or follow them on Twitter: @markcmarino, @Netprov_RobWit, & @occupymla).]

@occupymla: In our list of demands, only the Oxford comma divides us!

@occupymla: Do n…


Announcing Three Digital Workshops at the 2013 MLA

Boston MBTA train outside Boston Garden[This is a collaborative post written by Brian Croxall, Ryan Cordell, and Adeline Koh.–@bc]

As of this week, registration for the 2013 MLA Convention has begun. While there is always lots to do at the convention, we want to draw your attention to three associated events that you may want to sign up for as well.

1. A Digital Pedagogy Unconference

If you would like to talk with other people working in the modern languages about different methods, philosophies, or assignments for integrating digita…


Getting Your Digital Work to Count

A plush doll of The Count from Sesame Street

Here at ProfHacker, we regularly write about the stages of professional life in academia. One of the most important–and therefore the most stressful–is preparing for promotion and tenure. George wrote about this subject last week; Anastasia has had advice about starting a tenure box; Nels has covered writing annual reviews; and Natalie recently featured a list of our posts on annual reviews and CVs.

Of course, ProfHackers also tend to like digital tools, both in our teaching and research, and s…


Share Your Digital Project at DHCommons’ Open MLA 2012 Project Mixer

dhcommons_logoIn August I encouraged readers interested in digital humanities to apply for the “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” pre-convention workshop at MLA, which is sponsored by a project I’m involved in, DHCommons. Both fortunately and unfortunately, very many folks responded to this call. In short, we received far more applications than we had spaces in the workshop. Though we accepted as many newcomers to the field as we could, we had to turn away many qualified applicants. Moreover, we know the…


Digital Humanities (Triumphant?) at AHA and MLA 2012

January promises to be a good month for digital humanists. There will be nearly two dozen digital history sessions at the American Historical Association’s meeting in Chicago, including THATCamp AHA (We write about THATCamp quite a bit here at ProfHacker). In its announcement of these digital sessions, the AHA claims that it “hopes that its meetings will become a hub where scholars and digital technologists come to debate, present new work, and stay up-to-date in research and publishing technolo…


Get Started in Digital Humanities at MLA 2012

dhcommons_logoDisclosure: I will discuss DHCommons in this post. I am one of the primary contributors to the DHCommons project, and one of the organizers of the event I’m promoting here.

If you’re a regular reader of ProfHacker, there’s a good chance that you have some interest in the digital humanities (DH). Digital humanities panels were the buzz of the past two MLA Conventions, and the field has recently been featured in a series of articles, “Humanities 2.0,” in the New York Times. Many new scholars are e…