112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

This page is about the 2014 conference. For 2015 conference info, go to PAMLA 2015.

The Haunted Sixties II

Session Chair: 
Deborah Paes de Barros, Palomar College
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Ballroom B
Topic Area: 


  1. Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside
    Critiquing Emily McAvan's The Postmodern Sacred by reading Marco Vassi's The Stoned Apocalypse, this paper will detail how the New Age counterculture used psychedelic chemicals and psychedelic trip narratives to explore simultaneously livable realities, one rational, materialist, and one irrational, spiritual. 
  2. Jocelyn Heaney, Glendale College
    Beginning in 1970 with the dissolution of the Beatles, this essay will explore the tension between exorcism and evocation of the Beatles myth by examining John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album,  Yoko Ono’s art work and recordings since Lennon’s death in 1980, and in the realm of supernaturally-themed Beatles fan fiction.    
  3. Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside
    The haunting events and existentialism of the 1960s in the television series Mad Men forms the basis of a new genre I have termed the ‘New American Midcentury Gothic,’ which is characterized by psychological trauma, uncanny architectural spaces, mysteriously infiltrating technology, cultural unrest, and fear of the racial Other.
Session Cancelled: