PAMLA Activities and Deadlines

CFP: Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference

The host of our 2010 PAMLA Conference, Chaminade University of Honolulu, is also hosting a conference in about a month and a half, on May 25-26, 2012, with the keynote speaker being Lois-Ann Yamanaka. If you'd like to visit Hawaii for a warm and intimate conference, you still have a few days to propose a paper. The deadline is April 30, 2012. Here's the link to the OPCA blog:


Special Events at PAMLA 2012

We are proud to announce some of our special events for this year’s PAMLA conference, to be held on Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel and Seattle University (our sessions on Friday will be held at the Renaissance Hotel; Saturday’s and Sunday’s session will be at Seattle University).

ASLE News Highlights PAMLA

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) reports on the PAMLA 2011 conference in the Winter 2012 issue of their newsletter.  Kevin Hutchings and Jessica Carey, University of Northern British Columbia, summarize the two ecocriticism panels and other talks on environmental topics.  They conclude that "All in all, the 2011 PAMLA conference demonstrated that ecocriticism is alive and thriving on the west coast.

Statement Regarding Central Washington University's Proposal to Eliminate German Program

PAMLA members are invited to read the statement from the President and the Executive Committee regarding Central Washington University's plan to eliminate its German program:

Additional letters and materials in support of language and literature programs may be found in the Advocacy section.

PAMLA 2012 Proposal Submission System is Open

The PAMLA 2012 website, and the online proposal submission form, are now available.  There are over 120 approved session topics for this year's conference, to be held October 19-21 at Seattle University.  All proposals must be submitted online through the PAMLA 2012 website by midnight, April 22, 2012.  Presiding Officers will inform submitters whether their papers are accepted or declined between April 23 and May 15.

PAMLA 2012 Membership/Conference Payment Form

You may now join PAMLA or renew your membership for the 2012 calendar year.  You can also register for the 2012 conference at Seattle University.  Participation in the conference requires payment of both membership dues and the conference registration fee.  Like last year, you have the option of paying a combined membership/conference fee immediately, so you don't have to worry about remitting the conference fee later.

Special Session Proposals for PAMLA 2012

If you haven't already done so, please consider submitting a proposal for a special session at the 2012 PAMLA conference, which will be held October 19-21, 2012 at Seattle University. We have extended the deadline for proposing a special session until Friday, December 23rd.

Feedback Survey for PAMLA 2011

PAMLA 2011 is now in the history books.  Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about this year's conference and help us make next year even better by taking the PAMLA 2011 Feedback Survey.

Graduate Student Mixer at PAMLA 2011 Conference

PAMLA graduate students are invited to gather at the Orchard Restaurant & Lounge at the Doubletree Claremont on Saturday, November 5, from 8:30-10:30pm.  It will be an informal opportunity to meet one another, discuss the first day of the conference, and socialize.  Light appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar.


PAMLA 2011 Elections

The PAMLA 2011 Election ballot has been emailed to all members who are current in dues for the 2011 calendar year.  Voting must be completed by midnight, October 31, 2011.  If you were expecting a ballot but did not receive an email, please contact


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