111th Annual Conference

Friday, November 1, 2013 to Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bahia Resort Hotel
San Diego, California

Bahia Resort Hotel beach

Sponsored by University of San Diego; University of California, San Diego; California State University, San Marcos; Palomar College; and the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at San Diego State University.

General Information

The 2013 PAMLA conference was held at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.  We were right on Mission Bay--attendees could walk out of their hotel room and be on the beach--and a five minute walk from the ocean. We were just a short taxi or car ride from downtown San Diego, and Saturday night we offered complimentary shuttle service to various points in San Diego.

The Presidential Address was delivered by Lorely French, Pacific University (PAMLA's 2012-2013 President).  The Plenary Address was delivered by Shelley Streeby, University of California, San Diego. And the Creative Artist Spotlight speakers were Rae Armantrout and Marilyn Chin.

Special Theme

The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference was “Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture.” The theme inspired special sessions dealing with all aspects of the intersection of Age, Identity, and Culture, from Childhood Studies to Aging Studies. Special sessions explored such issues as the analysis of “age” as depicted in literary and cultural products; children’s literature, film, and culture; childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age as constructed or performed identities; the ways that literature and media depict and construct concepts of age, in much the same way that ethnic, Marxist, and gender studies explore ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender formation.


Additional information about the 2013 conference has been archived.  You may download a copy of the program below.