The Modern Language Association’s Annual Conference

The Modern Language Association’s annual conference is being held in Vancouver, Canada from January 8 to 11, 2015 and the program features a number of panels related to Asia.


The Modern Languages Association (MLA) is the oldest (founded in 1883) and best known North American organization dedicated to the study of modern languages and literatures. This reception brings attention to Asia in an organization that has traditionally been dominated by European languages, a focus challenged by scholars who have been lobbying for more panels representing other regions.
In honour of those representing Asia within the MLA, the UBC Institute of Asian Research and the Department of Asian Studies are delighted to host a reception from 8 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday, January 9 at our downtown campus, Robson Square.
All are welcome and MLA registration is not required. We have invited researchers attending the MLA to and we encourage all who are in the area to participate. We hope to have a strong showing from our UBC colleagues.
Please RSVP to Christina Laffin at by December 1 so we can ensure ample refreshments. If plans change after this date and you are able to come, please feel free to join us.
We are grateful to the Department of Asian Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, and the Centres of Chinese Research, Japanese Research, and Korean Research for making this possible.