Registration open

Register for MSA 17 “Modernism & Revolution, ” Boston, Nov. 19-22

I am happy to announce that registration is now available for MSA 17 “Modernism & Revolution” at the Westin Copley Place in Boston (Nov. 19-22).

Before you begin registering, please visit the conference website to learn about the exciting events you might wish to select. The registration information page provides a helpful walkthrough of the process. Registration will be facilitated if you have your MSA login and password available. If you are a new member or your membership has expired (most did in June) you will need become a current member while completing registration for the conference. If you are uncertain of your login information, there is a retrieval tool on the membership page. If you need assistance, you may contact JHUP customer service at: 1-800-548-1784 or

A few potentially tricky spots: There is no “promo code” for the conference (but an obligatory box appears on the second screen). If you do not wish to sign up for one of the seminars, locate the “skip” button at the bottom of the seminar selection screen to continue checking out.

And a few notes about the exciting conference we are preparing:

This year, we are offering both pre- and post- conference workshops focused on professionalization. As usual, you have the option of joining a seminar  one of the MSA’s most unique and productive conference offerings. Seminar participants circulate position papers and meet for two hours during the conference to discuss their work. Seminars are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also join a “What are You Reading” session simply by naming a book you would like to present in the form provided during registration.

We are offering one off-site event, an excursion to the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Exhibit “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957” on Friday evening, Nov. 20. The cost for the museum and transportation is just $10 for MSA members, but space is limited, so register early! Our website includes more information on the exhibition, ICA’s remarkable collection, and a series of roundtables about Black Mountain College that will be held at the conference venue.

There will be keynote talks by Anne A. Cheng (Princeton University) and Martin Puchner (Harvard University). And a plenary roundtable  on “Modernism & Revolution” featuring Toral Gajarawala (New York University), Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania), Janet Lyon (Penn State University), and Tavia Nyong’o (New York University).

You will be entertained by Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood’s POEMJAZZ on Thursday and a performance of Mary Manning’s Passages from Finnegans Wake: A Free Adaptation for the Theatre by the Here Comes Everybody Players on Saturday evening.

So check out the registration information page. Dust off your MSA login and password. And register! We look forward to welcoming you to Boston in November!


Carrie Preston

for the MSA 17 Host Committee

Marjorie Howes (Boston College), Carrie Preston (Boston University), and Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross)

Graduate Assistants: Linda Martin, Nell Wasserstrom, & Bryan Russo

Webmaster: Alex Christie,