|I have heard, but have not managed to confirm anywhere official (e.g., the MLA website), that the date of the convention has now been changed so that it begins on the first Thursday after Jan 2, presumably occurring from Thursday to Sunday. Was anyone out there at the Delegate Assembly when this was debated and, apparently, agreed? And why is there no announcement on the website, or anywhere else for that matter?|
This certainly seems like a good thing since it moves the conference away from the period between Christmas and New Year's, and since everyone everywhere seems to complain about the date of the conference. On the other hand, note that the first Thursday after Jan 2 will mean the conference will occur:
So, were you at the meeting? Was the fact that the conference might end as late as Jan 12th discussed? And how do you feel about going straight from the convention into your first class of the semester? Personally, I think I prefer going straight from the convention to a New Year's Eve party, but of course the current schedule has its own tremendous difficulties, especially for people who celebrate Christmas (and whatever the conservatives might say, I suspect this is still a majority of academics, though certainly a far smaller percentage than the general US population, right?) And it makes it pretty difficult to take any sort of real vacation and still attend the conference. If the conference were Jan 6-9, e.g., one could take a trip right after the fall semester ends and still get back in time for the conference.
- in 2008, January 3-6 (perfectly fine)
- in 2009, January 8-11 (couldn't that be even more stressful than Dec 27-30, since for most academics the spring semester will either start immediately upon our return from the conference or will have already started?)
- in 2010, January 7-10 (and so on moving back each year until 2013 when it's Jan 3-6 again)
- in 2014, January 9-12 (the latest it can possibly be)
If you were at the meeting, let us know. Can you confirm or deny this report? After all, isn't one of your New Year's resolutions to de-lurk on BtR?