MLA Announces New Discipline Forums
May 15, 2014
The Modern Language Association announced this week a new way of organizing disciplines and information. Dozens of new "forum" categories replace current divisions and discussion groups, in an attempt to simplify, democratize and update areas of study within the organization, MLA leaders say. Starting in 2016, the forums also represent guaranteed sessions at MLA's annual conference. MLA has published a "Frequently Asked Questions" page to assist members with the change, and is currently recruiting executive committee members for each forum. Some forums have been merged, split or reconfigured from former divisions and discussion groups, and many are new. Examples of new forums include Latina and Latino; African Diasporic; Modern and Contemporary Chinese; Korean; Global Arab and Arab American; and American Sign Language. The discipline review was MLA's first in 40 years. MLA says the new structure was guided by a commitment to languages and their histories; the protection of small fields; an attempt to minimize hierarchies among fields; a desire to lessen the divide between English and foreign languages; and recognition of emergent areas of study.
- Disappearing Jobs
- More Students, More Languages
- MLA report shows declines in enrollment in most foreign languages
- MLA rejects proposal to urge members to talk in class about budget cuts
- Humanities doctoral programs show unexpected boost in new students
- MLA sees decline in job listings in English and languages
- A Tough Job Outlook
- New MLA analysis sheds light on the much-discussed humanities job market
Search for Jobs
Cedar Rapids, IA
Chestnut Hill, MA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
North Dartmouth, MA
Working at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt is a world renowned university and medical center because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of over...
Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is a comprehensive two-year community/technical college ideally situated on the beautiful South Carolina...