As some of you might have seen, I’ve been nominated to stand for election to the Modern Language Association’s Executive Council.
The Executive Council “has fiduciary and administrative responsibility for the association,” according to the official description. Basically, as I understand things, the Executive Council advises the Executive Director (Rosemary Feal) on a variety of topics, and is designed to provide a breadth of viewpoints and to reflect a variety of constituencies within the MLA at the level of executive decision making and action.
My own nomination has come about because I tick some of those boxes quite well, namely, that I’m a graduate student at a non-US, non-R1 institution. This year, of the seven individuals nominated for the Executive Committee, the membership must elect one regular member of MLA and two graduate students. I am one of five students standing; two of us will be joining the council, however things work out. Of the folks standing, I am the only one not at a US institution and, I believe, the only one currently living outside of the US. All hail the Canadian incursion.
I’ve pasted my official, MLA-produced profile here for folks to take a look at. As it’s a bit dense and full of abbreviations, I’ll be elaborating on a few different things over the coming weeks that I feel aren’t quite captured by this listing.
Daniel Powell. Grad. student English, Univ. of Victoria. MA, Univ. of Victoria. Current appointment: Early Stage Researcher and Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Fellow, Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network, King’s Coll. London. Institutional service: grad. student conference planning comm., 2010; ch., Academic and Professional Comm., English Grad. Students’ Soc. (EGSS), 2011–12; pres., EGSS, 2013–14; PhD representative, Dept. of English, 2013–14; Grad. Representative Council, Grad. Students’ Soc., 2013–14. Mellon fellowship, THATCamp, 2011; NEH travel grant, 2012; Digital Humanities Winter Inst. scholarship (Maryland Inst. for Technology in the Humanities), 2013; NEH stipend, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2013. Mairi Riddel Memorial Book Prize (for best seminar essay), Dept. of English, Univ. of Victoria, 2012. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory scholar, 2011– ; steering comm., Advanced Research Consortium, Texas A&M Univ., 2013– ; steering comm., Renaissance Knowledge Network, Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 2014– . Renaissance Soc. of America, Assn. for Computers and the Humanities, Canadian Soc. for Digital Humanities, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). MLA activities: Comm. on Information Technology, 2014–17. Coed.,Graduate Training in the 21st Century, 2014– ; ed. asst. (for digital publication), Early Theatre, 2012–15. Invited lectures: Univ. of Western Sydney, Mar. 2014; Natl. Univ. of Ireland, Galway, Nov. 2014. Conference presentations: Canadian Soc. for Digital Humanities, 2012; Digital Humanities Summer Inst. Colloquium (Univ. of Victoria), 2012; Pacific Northwest Renaissance Soc., 2012; Rocky Mountain MLA, 2013; MLA, 2014; ADHO, 2015. Publications include coed., A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (BL Add 17,492) (2015); contrib., Literary Studies in the Digital Age: A Methodological Primer (2012), Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications: A Collaborative Handbook (2013); articles in Scholarly and Research Communication, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, Religion and Literature.
My, how exciting.