Call for abstracts

Special Session for the MLA Convention in Philadelphia, Jan. 5-8, 2017

Tracking in the Professoriate (A Roundtable)

Although most scholars realize that possessing a PhD from a top-ranked university is advantageous, David Colander recently quantified the startling degree to which institutional pedigree determines where a PhD holder in English will garner a tenure-track position. This roundtable seeks to further the conversation about tracking in the professoriate. Topics may include the hidden or unacknowledged effects of such tracking; placement patterns in administration or in the faculty labor pools outside the tenure stream; theorizations of tracking as governance or projects of civility; practices of tracking in relation to political economy; and intersections between institutional pedigree and gender, race, class, or sexuality in professorial placements. Other possibilities are welcome.

If interested, please send an abstract (150-250 words) and c.v. to Lynn Arner at by March 17, 2016.  For more information about the conference and about the call for papers, see

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