PAMLA Activities and Deadlines

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”

Watch videos of PAMLA 2012

Jerome Loston has produced two videos about the 110th annual conference that was held in Seattle in October 2012.  You can view them on YouTube:

2013 PAMLA Conference Creative Artist Speakers Announced

We are proud to announce that the Creative Artist Spotlight Speakers for this year's PAMLA Conference, at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego (November 1-3, 2013), will be the celebrated poets Rae Armantrout and Marilyn Chin.  Armantrout and Chin will read from their poetry and discuss their work with PAMLA members on Friday evening, November 1, 2013.

Deadline extended to May 12 for some PAMLA 2013 sessions

Close to fifty sessions for PAMLA 2013 have extended their deadlines to May 12.  Please see Session Topics for a list of open sessions and submit your proposal using the Online Submission Form.  Submit early to avoid last-minute technical snafus!

2013 Online Membership Payment Now Available

UPDATE: The online registration form for the 2013 membership year and the 2013 annual conference is temporarily unavailable.  Please use the mail-in registration form until further notice.

Join or renew your membership today!  All conference participants must be current on their dues in addition to paying the conference registration fee.  For rates see the Dues Chart.


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