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MLA Forum Executive Committee Elections

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    Matthew Levay
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    Dear colleagues,

    I’m honored to stand for election to the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century English Forum. A role on that Committee demands real attention to a host of responsibilities, chief among them the responsibility to ensure that all of the Forum’s convention panels, roundtables, and workshops reflect the full scope of our membership and its interests. In practice, this means that all convention programming should be accessible, should speak to the field’s current directions and intellectual emphases in clear ways, and should invite participation from as wide a range of our constituency as possible (and, relatedly, make concrete efforts at facilitating that participation, particularly from members who lack institutional support). It also means that we must create lineups of presenters that include graduate students, early career scholars, contingent faculty, and those working broadly in and across multiple career paths inside and outside of academia as well as tenured researchers; BIPOC, queer, trans, and disabled scholars; and members from community colleges and smaller teaching institutions as well as larger research universities. I am committed to fostering and maintaining this culture within the Forum, and pledge to develop panels and other convention programming that focuses on the very issues of representation, labor, interdisciplinarity, and critical responses to our present moment that characterize our most important scholarship.

    Our field is uniquely poised to tackle the most pressing issues of our time, and I would be honored to serve on the Executive Committee of the Forum to make sure that our commitments—intellectual and political, to our individual members and to the mission of a humanities education more broadly—are front and center in everything we do. Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to get in touch (levamatt@isu.edu) if you have any questions about my candidacy or positions. Voting closes on Dec. 10.

    Yours,

    Matt Levay

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