The 51st Annual NeMLA convention will meet in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5 to 8, 2020, at the Marriott Copley Place.

A full schedule is available here.

Our new and updated mobile app will be available for download before the convention to search the most up-to-date schedule. We will also share a searchable and downloadable PDF of the schedule.

Please check for schedule updates throughout the convention on the mobile app, at the Registration Desk, in convention program inserts, at, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Registration Desk

Thursday, March 5, 2020: 11 AM to 5 PM

Friday, March 6, 2020: 8 AM to 5 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2020: 8 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, March 8, 2020: 8 AM to 10:30 AM

Daily Schedule

THURSDAY, March 5, 2020

11-5 PM Registration Desk

1-5 PM Exhibit Hall

12-2 PM

Track 1 Workshops

2:15-4:15 PM

Track 2 Seminars

4:30-6 PM

Track 3 Sessions

6 PM-7 PM

Track 4 Business Meetings

CAITY Caucus Annual Business Meeting

Graduate Student Caucus Annual Business Meeting

7 PM

Track 5 Opening Event: Maurice Lee, "The Office of Literature," Marriott Salon E


FRIDAY, March 6, 2020

8 AM-5 PM Registration Desk & Exhibit Hall

8:30-9:45 AM

Track 6 Sessions

10-11:30 AM

Track 7 Sessions

11:45 AM-1 PM

Track 8 Sessions

12-4 PM Free Professional Photograph Headshots, Marriott Salon E

1:15-2:45 PM

Track 9 Sessions

3-4:30 PM

Track 10 Sessions

4:45-6:15 PM

WGSC Area Special Event: Marjorie Howes, “Irish Women Writers and Literary History,” Marriott, Regis Room

Track 11 Sessions

7 PM Keynote "NeMLA Reads Together" Keynote Address: Andre Dubus III, "Finding a Life through Words," with an interview by Christina Milletti for "The Humanities on the Road"; book signing to follow; Marriot Salon E

8-10 PM Graduate Student Caucus Social at the Pour House (907 Boylston St)


SATURDAY, March 7, 2020

8 AM-5 PM Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall

8:30-10 AM

Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Mentorship Program Meeting and Business Meeting

Track 13 Sessions

10:15-11:30 AM

Track 14 Sessions

11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Track 15 Sessions

Workshop: "Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances"

12-4 PM  Free Professional Photograph Headshots, Marriott Salon E

1:30-3 PM

Track 16 Sessions

3:15-4:30 PM

Track 17 Sessions

4 PM

LOCAL CULTURAL EVENT: The Children at SpeakEasy Stage Company (Tickets available at a discounted rate)

4:45-6 PM

Track 18 Sessions

6:30 PM


Comp Lit/Cultural Studies/Spanish Special Event: Emilio Sauri, "Document or Represent? Literature and Art at the Limits of the Present," Marriott, Arlington Room

Anglophone/Diversity Special Event: Joseph Valente, “This Disability Which Is Not One: Autistic Intermittency and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time," Marriott, Simmons Room

Creative Writing Special EventChoke Box: A Fem-Noir: A Fiction Reading with Christina Milletti, Marriott, Regis Room

French & Francophone Special Event: Patrick Autréaux, “The Dark Room: La chambre noire," Marriott, Tufts Room

German Studies Special Event: Renate Ludanyi, “German as a Heritage Language in the USA," Marriott, Boston University Room

Italian Studies Special Event: Millicent Marcus, “From the Mirror of Narcissus to Mirror Neurons: What Cognitive Science Has to Teach Us about Films (Italian Ones in Particular),” Marriott, Wellesley Room

7 PM rEvolution at the Boston Ballet (Tickets available at a discounted rate)


SUNDAY, March 8, 2020

8 AM-12 PM Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall

8:30-10:30 AM

Track 20 Seminars

10:45 AM-12:15 PM

Track 21 Sessions

11:45 AM-1:30 PM Membership Business Meeting and Brunch