MMLA's 2024 Convention

"Health in/of the Humanities"

Please Note: MMLA 2024 will be fully in person. No virtual or hybrid panels will be scheduled.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrea Charise

14-16 November 2024
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605


Sleeping Accommodations

Hotel reservations at the convention site, Hilton Chicago, can be made at the member rate until October 21 (or until filled) and canceled without penalty three business days prior to arrival as long as a cancellation number is provided.

  • Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/MidwestModernLanguage
  • Nightly Rate: $229 (excluding tax)
  • Room Sizes:
    • Single King and Bath
    • Two Doubles w/ Two Baths
    • Two Queens w/ Two Baths
  • Address: 720 South Michigan Avenue
  • Phone Number: (312) 922-4400
  • Check-In / Out: 3:00 pm / 11:00 am
  • Hotel Amenities:
    • On-Site, Self Parking - $69/day
    • On-Site Restaurant
    • Food-to-Room Delivery
    • Fitness Center
    • Business Center
    • FedEx Office Print and Ship Center
    • Windy City News and Gifts (among other shops)
  • Roommate Finder:
    • Please stay tuned for more information!

Travel and Transportation

There are two primary airports that service Chicago, IL and a few ways to access the convention site from/to them:

  • O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
    • Airlines: United, American, Spirit, Frontier, Delta, etc.
    • Rideshare: Uber, Lyft, etc.
      • 30-40 Minutes to Hilton Chicago and Downtown
      • ~$40-60 (depending on time of day and current demand)
    • Public Transportation: CTA Blue Line ('L' Train)
      • 60-65 Minutes to Hilton Chicago and Downtown
      • $5.00 Single-Trip Ticket (Up to 3 Rides in 2 Hours)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
    • Airlines: Southwest, Frontier, Delta, Allegiant, etc.
    • Rideshare: Uber, Lyft, etc.
      • 20-30 Minutes to Hilton Chicago and Downtown
      • ~$30-50 (depending on time of day and current demand)
    • Public Transportation: CTA Orange Line ('L' Train)
      • 45-50 Minutes to Hilton Chicago and Downtown
      • $3.00 Single-Trip Ticket (Up to 3 Rides in 2 Hours)
If you plan to sightsee while you are in Chicago, we recommend purchasing a CTA and Pace Pass, which offers unlimited rides on all CTA and Pace trains and buses for a select period of time. Each CTA 'L' train station (including those at O'Hare and Midway airports) has a number of Ventra Vending Machines where passes can be purchased. Current pricing is as follows:
    • 1-Day Pass: $5
    • 3-Day Pass: $15
    • 7-Day Pass: $20

Chicago Activities

Stay tuned for more information!

Important Deadlines

March 15 - All organizers of a Permanent Section must submit their official Calls for Papers to the MMLA, which will be posted online. 
- Those interested in proposing a Pre-Organized Panel and having the MMLA post a Calls for Papers on our member portal must also submit their official CFP.
 April 15 - Individual-paper proposals for a Permanent Section or Pre-Organized Panel are due (no later than this date) to the organizer. For section- and panel-specific deadlines, please visit the Permanent Section and Pre-Organized Panel Calls for Papers.
May 01 - All proposals for a Pre-Organized Panel, Workshop, and Individual Paper for the Convention or an Individual Paper for the Undergraduate Research Symposium are to be submitted to the MMLA. The Program Committee's decisions will be emailed to all candidates by the end of June. 
- All organizers of a Permanent Section must submit their panel details to the MMLA.

July 01 - Applications for a Lodging Award and the annual Book Award are due to the MMLA. 
- Registration for the MMLA Convention and Undergraduate Research Symposium opens.
Sept 15 Participants in the MMLA Convention and Undergraduate Research Symposium must pay for their non-refundable membership and registration fees. (Please Note: After September 15, regular registration will be $160 and special registration $80).
All relevant updates to panels and workshops (including attendees' names, affiliations, as well as presentation titles and abstracts) must be submitted to the MMLA.
Oct 15 - Applications for the Graduate Student Paper Prize are due to the MMLA.
Oct 21 - Final day for attendees to reserve a hotel room at the MMLA-member rate ($229).
Nov 14-16 - The 65th Annual MMLA Convention and Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Hilton Chicago.
Nov 30 - Applications for the Undergraduate Student Paper Prize are due to the MMLA.
- Chairs are asked to report relevant details pertaining to their panel(s) to the MMLA.

 MMLA's Program Committee

Nathan A. Jung University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joe Keener Indiana University Kokomo
Gaywyn Moore Santa Clara University
Darío Sánchez-González Gustavus Adolphus College
Esther Teixeira Texas Christian University