117th Annual Conference - San Diego

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Registration Call for Papers | Accommodations

Our 2019 PAMLA Conference will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside beginning on Thursday, November 14 and ending on Sunday, November 17.

You may now View the 2019 PAMLA Conference Call for Papers List with many sessions still searching for proposals, and submit an abstract.

The theme for the 117th Annual PAMLA Conference at Wyndham San Diego Bayside is “Send in the Clowns.” Not all sessions require that you engage with the theme.

To submit an abstract or rejoin PAMLA for the 2019 year, you will first need to Create a User Account. When you create your account, you'll be able to choose one of the many affiliations we have on file, or if your affiliation isn't available, choose "Not Listed" and then type your affiliation in.

Extended Abstract Proposal Deadline: First-Come, First-Served, so propose soon
Conference Early Bird Payment/PAMLA Membership Deadline: Monday, July 15
Late Conference Payment Fees: After Tuesday, October 1
Final Deadline for Membership/Conference Payments: Tuesday, October 15

PAMLA's online Registration/Membership dues and Conference fees payment system is now available.

The initial 2019 PAMLA abstract proposal period is complete, but many sessions are still looking for papers. So, please go to https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/CFP to find sessions still open to submissions. Do submit quickly, as sessions will close to submissions when full. Please contact Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526) with any questions.

To help our members to better plan for their conference experience, and to allow for more session options, we now offer multiple Session Formats and sessions are searchable via Subject Area (such as American, Asian, Film and Media Studies, and German). Our Conference Theme is "Send in the Clowns," but paper proposals not related to the theme are welcome. 

Should you have any questions about our conference or proposal system, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526), PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (assistant@pamla.org), or PAMLA Communications Officer Russell McDermott (support@pamla.org).

News and Announcements

Please join us for the 2019 PAMLA Plenary Address and Luncheon on Saturday, November 16, beginning at 11:45 am. Our Plenary speaker, Dr. Paul Alonso, will be delivering an address titled Clowns and Court Jesters as Political Communicators: Mexican Brozo and Other TV Satirists in the Americas.” The Plenary Address Luncheon, which does involve an additional expense, is sure to be a highlight of the conference. Go here to make a reservation: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/

In the post-truth era—dominated by global infotainment, celebrity culture, and fake news—new satirical political communicators have emerged in public discourse, challenging notions of “truth,” “journalism,” and “freedom of expression.” This talk focuses on clowns and court jesters from the Americas that have confronted power in their nations, negotiating their own authority...

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PAMLA’s New Membership & Conference Payment System

We have been building a new system for membership and conference payments/registration, luncheon reservations, and donations to our Scholarship Funds. Thank you for your patience while we have been putting the finishing touches on it.

Well, now you can go to https://pamla.ballastacademic.com to join or re-join PAMLA and also pay the conference fee for the 2019 PAMLA year (there is a handy COMBO Membership/Conference payment option). With our new, improved system, you will first have to create a new user account, and then you’ll be able to join PAMLA for the 2019 year (and pay the conference fee as well, if you wish). We hope you are considering joining us for the 2019 PAMLA conference in beautiful, sunny San Diego, but even if you can't, do please consider paying our...

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PAMLA Conference and Registration Committee

Are you interested in getting involved with PAMLA, but are unsure how? Do you have students, friends, or colleagues that are itching to be a part of the PAMLA community? Would you like to have a chance to give back to your community, meet new friends, and get a free lunch in the process? Well, look no further than the PAMLA Conference and Registration Committee! We are looking for eager PAMLA members to help bolster our ranks at this year’s 117th PAMLA Conference in beautiful San Diego, CA, which will be taking place from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, November 17th at the lovely Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel. The goal of the committee is to have an email group to offer advice before the conference, as well as help with conference registration throughout the mornings and afternoons of the conference. We may also ask committee members to help out with other...

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Are you looking forward to joining us in lovely San Diego, California in November for the 2019 PAMLA Conference? Then please take a look at our approved sessions to decide what session or sessions to propose an abstract to.

You may now View the 2019 PAMLA Conference Call for Papers List with over 165 approved sessions, and submit an abstract.

At this time, you may submit a paper proposal for the 2019 PAMLA Conference via our new conference and registration portal (https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/home/cfp), where we have more than 165 approved sessions!

With PAMLA 2019, we now offer multiple...

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Did you miss the March 16th deadline for special session proposals for the 2019 PAMLA Conference? Well, you are in luck! We are excited to announce that PAMLA is extending the deadline for special session proposals for the November 14-17, 2019 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, in San Diego. Our new special session proposal deadline is now Sunday, March 31st.

Thank you if you already proposed a special session for the 2019 PAMLA Conference. You will hear back soon from us regarding your proposal. But if you haven't yet proposed, we'd love to have a few more strong proposals engaging our diverse session formats (workshops or creative conversations, roundtables or special events, anyone?) and subject areas, with a few more playing with the conference theme of “Send In the Clowns,” which centers on the carnivalesque, clowning,...

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