CFP: Panel on Time to Degree for 2014 Modern Language Association Convention (Chicago, Jan. 9-12, 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Heather Steffen / MLA Cmte. on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
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We are seeking papers that theorize or analyze the effects of pressure to decrease time to degree (often without reducing requirements) on Ph.D. students, their scholarship, their teaching, or the profession at large.

Rather than offering ways to decrease time to degree, we are hoping to begin a discussion about what it means to do so. To that end, theoretical and analytical explorations, as well as narratives, will be welcomed, but proposals to shorten time to degree are discouraged. We're interested in hearing from faculty, graduate students, directors of graduate studies, and administrators on this issue.

This panel is being organized by the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession for the 2014 Convention of the Modern Language Association, which will take place January 9-12 in Chicago. Panelists must be members of the MLA (or exempted from membership requirements) to present. More information may be found at:

Please submit a 300-word abstract and short bio to by March 11, 2013. Inquiries prior to submission of a formal abstract are welcome.