MLA Conference 2020

The 2020 MLA Annual Convention takes place in Seattle, 9–12 January, at the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Sessions will begin at 12:00 noon on 9 January, with workshops at 8:30 and 11:45 a.m. The last sessions will end at 3:00 p.m. on 12 January. 

The 2020 American Literature Society sponsored panels are as follows:

  1. States of the Field: The 1921 Prize in American Literature

5:15 PM–6:30 PM Jan 9, 2020

Washington State Convention Center-611


Helane Androne, Miami U, Oxford

Michaela Bronstein, Stanford U

Elizabeth Duquette, Gettysburg C

Christopher Pexa, U of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Claudia Stokes, Trinity U

Jane F. Thrailkill, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Laura L. Mielke, U of Kansas

  1. American Archival Absences

5:15 PM–6:30 PM Jan 10, 2020

Washington State Convention Center-611


1: The Missing Muslims in Antebellum Slave Narratives

Leila Mansouri, U of California, Berkeley

2: At the Juncture of Stasis and Change: Black Divas, Scrapbooks, and Archival Methods

Kristin Moriah, Queen’s U

3: Archiving AIDS

Christine Cynn, Virginia Commonwealth U

4: This Is How We Do It: The Making and Unmaking of Johns Hopkins University’s Black Americana Collection

Gabrielle Dean, Johns Hopkins U, MD


Alisha Gaines, Florida State U


Miriam Thaggert, U at Buffalo, State U of New York

  1. Editor’s Roundtable: Futures of American Literary Scholarship

10:15 AM–11:30 AM Jan 11, 2020

Washington State Convention Center-608


Nathan Grant, St. Louis U

Gordon N. Hutner, U of Illinois, Urbana

Samantha Pinto, U of Texas, Austin

Marion Leeson Rust, U of Kentucky

Gary Totten, U of Nevada, Las Vegas

Priscilla B. Wald, Duke U


Derrick R. Spires, Cornell U

  1. MLA Awards Ceremony

7:00—8:00PM – Saturday January 11th

Sheraton Grand A

(Includes presentation of American Literature Society’s Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement to Lauren Berlant)

Presiding: Simon Gikandi, Princeton U, MLA President