Beyond Career Diversity: Supporting the Independent Scholar (MLA Special Session)

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Sarah Buchmeier, U of Illinois at Chicago
contact email: 

 MLA Special SessionJanuary 9-12, 2020Seattle, WA  CALL FOR PROPOSALS As PhDs in the humanities increasingly find (and are increasingly encouraged to find) careers outside of the academy, this proposed special session for the 2020 MLA Convention aims to look beyond advising models and programmatic changes and asks how professional organizations like MLA or other academic adjacent institutions can support independent scholarship.  What stigma does the "independent scholar" label carry?  How must our conception of a scholar change when the expertise of humanities PhDs becomes less concentrated in one kind of institution?  We welcome papers/presentations that open up the conversation around career diversity either by articulating issues not yet addressed and/or by offering practical approaches to these issues. 


Send 300-word abstracts to Sarah Buchmeier ( by Friday, March 1, 2019