MLA. The Edith Wharton Society is an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, and as such, it sponsors one panel (with a competitive second panel) at the annual MLA convention, which is always held the first week in January.
ALA. The EWS also regularly sponsors two panels at the annual American Literature Association convention, which is held in May on Memorial Day weekend every year. The Call for Papers for the Edith Wharton Sessions appears at this site, on the CFP list, and in the Edith Wharton Review, usually by September; the deadlines for proposals are usually in early January.
Meetings. Meetings are customarily held at MLA, ALA, and the Wharton Society conferences. The notice of a conference (through calls for papers, announcements, and so on) also constitutes notice that a meeting may be held.
Elections. Elections for the Executive Board are held yearly. Nominations are accepted until March 30 , and a paper ballot is sent to members. Results of the voting are announced at the MLA. Officers are elected every two years by the same process. It is customary for officers to have served first on the Executive Board. For more details, see the Constitution.
Joining the Edith Wharton Society: Go to our new site at http://www.edithwhartonsociety.org and click on Membership.
As a member of the Edith Wharton Society, you will receive the following:
The Edith Wharton Review, which is published twice a year. The Edith Wharton Review is a peer-reviewed journal and is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography.
Calls for papers to conferences such as MLA and ALA (American Literature Association).
Information and invitations to meetings and social events hosted by the Society, such as the annual dinner at MLA.