PAMLA Activities and Deadlines

First Proposal Deadline Has Passed

May 15 was the deadline for submitting proposals for the 2014 PAMLA annual meeting.  Most sessions are now "closed" and you will not be able to submit using the online proposal form.  Some sessions will be re-opening with an extended deadline of May 31.  Please consult the Session Topics List to see the latest list of sessions still accepting proposals.

Paper Proposals for PAMLA 2014

A list of approved session topics  for PAMLA 2014 has been posted and our online submission system is now open.  All paper proposals for General and Special Sessions must be submitted via the online system by May 15, 2014 for inclusion in the conference program.

CFP / Session Topics for PAMLA 2014

A list of approved sessions for the 112th PAMLA conference to be held in Riverside, California, from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 is now available: PAMLA 2014 Topic Areas

Join us at MLA in Chicago

If you are planning on attending this year's MLA convention in Chicago, please join us for a regional MLA cash bar on Saturday, January 11, from 8:45 - 10 pm, in the Addison Room of the Chicago Marriott.  It would be lovely to see you there!

Special Theme for PAMLA 2014

The 2014 PAMLA Conference in Riverside, California (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014) will encounter the theme "Familiar Spirits." We invite participants to consider papers and sessions on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny. We anticipate rich and vibrant discussions that defamiliarize the known and draw near the mysterious.

Special Session Proposals for PAMLA 2014 due December 15

Next year's conference will take place at the Riverside Convention Center in California, October 31-November 2, 2014.  Special Session proposals for the 2014 conference are due to PAMLA’s 2014 First Vice-President Heidi Schlipphacke (University of Illinois, Chicago), by December 15, 2013:  Please send Professor Schlipphacke your name, affiliation, preferred email address, and a session title and brief abstract (@ 50 words).

Welcome New Executive Committee Members

Congratulations to the winners of the PAMLA 2013 Elections.  We welcome John Ganim (University of California, Riverside) as our second vice president, and Catherine Cucinella (California State University, San Marcos) and Richard Hishmeh (Palomar College) as Executive Committee members.  The PAMLA Executive Committee appointed John Schwetman (University of Minnesota, Duluth) to the new position of Treasurer/Advancement Officer.  Eva Mendez (Portland State University) will take his place on the Executive Committee for the remainder of his term.

Share your feedback about PAMLA 2013

Help us improve future conferences by sharing your feedback about the recent conference in San Diego at the Bahia Resort:

PAMLA 2013 Elections

The PAMLA 2013 Election ballot will be emailed on October 14 to all members who are current in dues for the 2013 calendar year.  Voting must be completed by midnight, October 25, 2013.  If you were expecting a ballot but did not receive an email, please contact

CFP: Special Issue of Pacific Coast Philology

Pacific Coast Philology Call for Submissions

Special Issue: “Migration, Immigration, and Movement in Literature, Film, and Cultures”


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