51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020

Boston, Massachusetts
Marriott Copley Place

This bronze statue by Nancy Schön of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from Robert McCloskey's children's book "Make Way for Ducklings" is a popular attraction in Boston Public Garden. Credit: Karim Rezk [Creative Commons 2.0] https://www.flickr.com/photos/krezk/8318517173.

Please join us for NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, conveniently located in the heart of the city. 

The theme of NeMLA 2020 is "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures"--a topic embracing the many facets that define each and every human being across cultures and languages, as well as the many ways in which we interact with each other in today's rapidly changing global world. 

We are thrilled to announce that Boston University is our local host institution and that our featured author is Andre Dubus III, whose novel Gone So Long will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." The opening address will be given by Professor Maurice Lee, author of the award-winning Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in 19th-century American Literature

Special thanks to the generous support of Boston University, our local host institution, and the University at Buffalo, our administrative home.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

This flyer is for the 51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, March 5-8, 2020. An image is shown featuring a bronze statue by Nancy Schön of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from Robert McCloskey's children's book "Make Way for Ducklings" in Boston Public Garden. Please join us for NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, conveniently located in the heart of the city. The theme of NeMLA 2020 is “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures”— a topic embracing the many facets that define each and every human being across cultures and languages, as well as the many ways in which we interact with each other in today’s rapidly changing global world. We are thrilled to announce that Boston University is our local host institution and that our featured author is Andre Dubus III, whose novel "Gone so Long" will be the focus of “NeMLA Reads Together." The opening address will be given by Professor Maurice Lee, author of the award-winning "Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-century American Literature." We look forward to seeing you in Boston! Abstracts due September 30, 2019. NeMLA's Areas of Study include: American Studies, Anglophone Literature, British Literature, Canadian Literature, Classics, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities & Urban Ecology, French & Francophone, German Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Italian Studies, Media Studies, Pedagogy & Professional, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies, Rhetoric & Composition, Russian Literature, Spanish/Portuguese, Women’s & Gender Studies, and World Literatures. This year's convention is hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of General Studies at Boston University. The administrative host of NeMLA is the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Search our full schedule online, on our new mobile app, or in this printable PDF!

The online schedule and mobile app will be the most up-to-date sources. Updates will also be available at the Registration Desk (Marriott Copley Place, Fourth Floor) and in convention program inserts.

Mobile App

Our new mobile app, powered by EventMobi, helps improve your conference experience! Download the app or open its web page to enjoy numerous features:

  • Search for and schedule your presentations and the panels you want to attend
  • Arrange to meet with your friends and colleagues
  • Contact NeMLA staff
  • Share photos
  • Create polls and take questions from your audience
  • Share your slideshow and flyers
  • Find your way around the hotel and the city
  • Search sessions
  • Plan your itinerary
  • Submit questions to our Keynote Speaker and other Invited Speakers
  • Message presenters and convention staff
  • And more!