MSAX: Modernism and Global Media: Vanderbilt University: November 13-16, 2008 Nashville TN


Registration Information



Key Dates:


Seminar Registration: July 28, 2008 (we cannot guarantee seminar placement after this date)


Audio/Visual (A/V) Requests :  Please contact Amanda Hagood by July 28, 2008 if you will need A/V equipment for your panel or roundtable.


Conference Registration:                         Early Registration Deadline:  September 29, 2008

                                                               Conference Registration Deadline:  October 27, 2008

                                                               Register on site after that deadline (space permitting).        




Early Registration Fee:  On or before September 29, 2008: US$120
Early Student/Retired Faculty Fee:  US$65
Regular Registration Fee:  As of September 30, 2008:  US$140
Student/Retired Faculty Fee: US$85
Business Lunceon: US$10

The Business Lunch offers everyone the opportunity to meet and chat with other members of the society, discuss future plans and developments in the organization, and enjoy a well-appointed lunch on site.  To attend the business lunch, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. The lunch is being generously subsidized by Johns Hopkins University Press. Please note: Monday, October 27th is the deadline to register for the MSA Business Lunch online. After this point, please contact Amanda Hagood at to register for the lunch, and please plan to pay onsite.


The conference registration fee includes admission to all conference sessions and special events, receptions, refreshment breaks, and conference materials, except the business lunch. 

All conference participants must be current members of the MSA, with membership dues paid in full (see below). Please note that MSA membership is not included in the conference registration fee.


All conference participants are required to pay the registration feeThere are no reduced fees for presenters/participants wishing to attend only part of the conference.


Note: Registration will not be processed until payment is received. 



How to Register: 


MSA  Membership: You must be a  paid-up member of the MSA to attend this year’s conference in Nashville.  MSA membership is not included in the conference registration fee.  Note: in the summer of 2008, the MSA membership year is changing to July 1-June 30.

Dues for new members and for lapsed members who are rejoining will be $60.00 for regular members and $40.00 for graduate students and adjunct faculty.  For international members add $6.00 for postage to Canada or Mexico and $13.40 for postage outside North America.  The 2008-09 payment will include eligibility for the conference in Nashville, and a subscription to four issues of Modernism/Modernity (in hard copy and with free electronic access through Project Muse), starting in September 2008.  Please visit the MSA website to begin your membership or to rejoin MSA.  

Continuing currently paid-up members who are renewing their memberships will, for this one year only, pay dues for 75% of a year, from Oct. 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.  Dues for this one time only will be $45.00 for regular members and $30.00 for graduate students and adjunct faculty.  Additional postage rates are $4.50 for Canada/Mexico, and $10.95 for Outside North America.  After July 1, 2009, everyone will be on the same annual dues schedule.  Please access the renewal forms here.



Conference Registration:


Online Registration:  This is a secure connection through Johns Hopkins University Press.  Your personal information is encrypted to ensure a secure transaction.


Register by Mail:  If you would prefer to register by check or money order, complete the Registration Form and mail it with your check made payable to the address provided below.  Forms can also be faxed and checks mailed separately.


Mail:                Amanda Hagood

                        Department of English

                        Vanderbilt University

                        Box 1654, Station B

                        Nashville, TN 37235-0001


Fax: (615) 343-8028, Attn: MSAX, Derrick R. Spires


Seminar Registration:  For signup instructions and seminar topics see our Seminar Topics page.


What Are You Reading?  To participate in a What Are You Reading session, please check the appropriate box on the registration form and name a book you might be interested in presenting.


Cancellations and Refunds:  Full refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be granted to cancellations received by Monday, October 27, 2008No refunds will be issued after this date.  Refunds will not be given to no-shows.  Substitutions are permitted. If you registered via the Johns Hopkins University Press's online registration and wish to request a refund, please contact Alta Anthony at If you registered through the mail or fax with a paper registration form and wish to request a refund, please contact Amanda Hagood at







All conference events will be at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Located on West End Avenue across the street from Vanderbilt University and only a few minutes away from downtown Nashville, the Loews features spacious and luxurious guest rooms. Guests have acces to a fitness center and a business center. The hotel also has a salon and a spa, and offers childcare, dry cleaning and laundry service, and a gift shop. It is also a stone's throw from the world's only complete Parthenon, featuring a massive statue of Athena reputed to be by a descendent of Phidias.


We have secured a special rate of $175 (plus tax) for a single or a double (discounted from $250), $195 for a triple, and $215 for a quad, for conference registrants who register by October 10, 2008.


To receive the special rate, registration for the MSA Conference is required. Failure to register for the conference may result in forfeiture of room or increase in room rate. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation (1-800-336-3335) and mention the Modernist Studies Association to get the special rate. If you plan to make your reservations online, use the following registration code to obtain the conference rate: MSAO08.


Good News! Additional rooms are now available at the Loews Vanderbilt! Though we have filled the original block of reserved rooms, Loews has granted MSA X an additional one hundred rooms per night at the special conference rate. Reserve now to secure the conference discount!



We have also secured conference rates at three overflow hotels. These new blocks of rooms will be held at the Embassy Suites until October 31st, and the two Hampton Inns nearest Vanderbilt until October 24th. Consult the following for more details:



Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt


1811 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, United States 37203

Tel: 1-615-320-8899

Fax: 1-615-320-8881

Conference Rate: $144 for single or double (plus tax, etc.)


Ask for Cara and then ask for the MSA conference rate. The rate includes a hot breakfast (featuring made-to-order omlettes), free shuttle service between hotels (though it is not a long walk to the Loews Vanderbilt) or downtown to the honky tonks, and complimentary cocktail service ecah day from 5:30-7:30, including appetizers and free drinks. To make online reservations, visit the Embassy Suites Nashville website, and use the following code to secure the conference rate: VMS.



Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt-Elliston Place


2330 Elliston Place, Nashville, Tennessee, United States 37203

Phone: 1-615-320-6060

Fax: 1-615-327-4723

Toll Free Reservations: 1-888-880-5395 (ask for the MSA rate)

Conference Rate: $129 (plus tax)


This hotel is easy walking distance to the Loews Vanderbilt. To make online reservations, visit the Hampton Inn & Suites Vanderbilt-Elliston Place website, and use the the Group/Convention code box and the following code to secure the conference rate: MSA.



Hampton Inn Vanderbilt-West End


1919 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, United States 37203

Phone: 1-615-329-1144

Fax: 1-615-320-7112

Toll Free Reservations: 1-888-880-5394

Conference Rate: $119 (plus tax)


This hotel is also easy walking distance to the conference hotel. It is not quite as new and is therefore slightly cheaper. To make online reservations, visit the Hampton Inn Vanderbilt-West End website, and use the Group/Convention code box and the following code to secure the conference rate: MS1. Please note the difference codes for the different Hampton in locations.






Roommate Finder:


Seeking a roommate? Our newly established MSAX Google Group offers a place to post and read roommate requests. To learn more, or to join, contact Amanda Hagood at



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