It's January, which means I (like many other academics) am wending my way toward the MLA (Modern Language Association) Convention. I'm very much looking forward to Vancouver this year. I'll be responding to three great papers in Disability and the Arthurian World (session 402, organized by Alex Mueller) and also taking part in a roundtable (session 687) on "Beyond Monolingualism?" (I'm the only medievalist in this session, organized by Avishek Ganguly with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak as respondent).
If you're heading to MLA and are in a position to actually experience the event as a conference, why not resolve to make some changes in your conference-attending habits this year? Here are some example resolutions for MLA this year.
- Make an effort to include a variety of voices when moderating a discussion.
- Attend the MLA Subconference (for other sessions relating to contingent labor in the academy see this list of panels).
- Avoid "all superstar" sessions.
- Explore sessions outside of medieval studies and/or outside my subfield/speciality/academic discipline.
- Use social media mindfully (this includes attributing speakers and using session hashtags on twitter).
- Participate in a political event (e.g., #Ferguson2MLA).
- When meeting a new person, I will speak to their face, not their (affiliation-bearing) name tag.
- Rehearse my presentation and keep it under the time limit.
- Let loose and party (e.g. BABEL Lounging)!
What resolutions are you making this year?