Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association


2016 MMLA Conference Theme

"Border States"

St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016


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The Deadline for session organizers and chairs to submit the Session Abstract Form is September 1st. For a complete listing of our deadlines visit the Deadlines page. 

2016 MMLA Conference’s MVSA-Affiliated Panel

St. Louis, Missouri

November 10-13, 2016

“Border States” and “Victorian Taste” 

“We all have our different tastes, have we not?”

---Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance

The inaugural permanent Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) affiliated panel at the 2016 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference invites proposals for presentations bridging the topics of “Border States” and “Victorian Taste.”

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, a consideration of the following questions regarding “Victorian Taste”:

  • How did British Victorians at home and abroad discuss, theorize, mark, judge, and consume taste?
  • How was taste imagined and envisioned in relation to literary, visual, and musical arts?
  • How did new knowledge of Britain’s historical and aesthetic past impact tastes of contemporary Victorians?

These concerns of “Victorian taste” should converge with a consideration of “Border States” topics, including but not limited to:

  • race
  • class
  • religion
  • nation
  • liminality
  • precarity
  • regionalism
  • transnationalism
  • trans-identities
  • interdisciplinarity
  • genre-crossing
  • intertextuality
  • translation
  • pedagogical practices

Of special interest are presentations that align with MVSA’s goal of contributing to cross-disciplinary discussion and highlighting varied aspects of nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture.

The deadline for proposals is May 9, 2016.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 1-page vita (as Microsoft Word documents) for consideration to Gretchen Frank at mvsaatmmla@gmail.com.

Registration Fees

The registration fees for the 58th Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO are as follows:

Registration Fees are Non-Refundable 

  •  Through July 1 -- Early Bird Regular Member Registration (full-time faculty, administrators, schoolteachers and librarians): $95
  • Through July 1 -- Early Bird Special Member Registration (students, independent scholars, part-time, unemployed or retired members): $45

  • July 2 to October 15 -- Regular Member Registration (full-time faculty, administrators, schoolteachers and librarians): $105
  • July 2 to October 15 -- Special Member Registration (students, independent scholars, part-time, unemployed or retired members): $55 

  • After October 15 -- Late Registration Regular Members (full-time faculty, administrators, schoolteachers and librarians):  $160
  • After October 15 – Late Registration Special Members (students, independent scholars, part-time, unemployed or retired members):  $80


Registering for the Convention

All attendees must be members of the association to attend the convention. The deadline for convention presenters to pre-register is July 1st, 2016. Registration can be easily completed via mail or online using a third party vendor, 123Signup begining February 15th. 

IMPORTANT: Because of printing deadlines, convention presenters must register by July 1st, 2016 in order to be included in the printed program.

Registration fees and membership dues are separate items that must be purchased. This link allows you to pay them both at the same time, but they are separate line items that must be selected.

NOTE: A convenience fee is charged when using the third-party vendor, 123Signup, for online registration.

IMPORTANT: Pre-registration for convention presenters and non-presenters will end on October 15th, 2016. After October 15th, late and on-site registration will be necessary.


Group Registrations

The MMLA does not provide group registrations for departments or schools. All presenters and chairs at the convention are required to register individually.

IMPORTANT: Any registration forms received via the U.S. mail after October 15th will not be accepted.

Credit cards will not be accepted on-site. Late and on-site registration fees can only be paid using cash, check or via our third-party online vendor, 123SignUp.

Membership Fees

Membership fees and information is available on the "Becoming a Member" page.