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

Our 2019 PAMLA Conference will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside beginning on Thursday, November 14 and ending on Sunday, November 17. More information about the conference hotel and our special PAMLA rate will be available in March.

You may now Propose a Special Session for the 2019 PAMLA Conference (perhaps on our 2019 Conference Theme "Send in the Clowns") via our new Ballast portal. You will first need to Create a User Account, and then you will be able to propose a session. When you create your account, you will be able to choose one of the many affiliations we have on file, or if your affiliation isn't there, choose "Not Listed" and then type your affiliation in. Should your special session proposal be accepted (once you've proposed a special session, you will hear back from PAMLA 1st VP Martin Kevorkian by April 10 as to whether your proposal has been accepted or not), you will automatically become the Presiding Officer for the session.

Special Session Proposal Deadline: Saturday, March 16
Abstract Proposal Deadline: Monday, June 10
Conference Early Bird Payment/PAMLA Membership Deadline: Monday, July 15
Late Conference Payment Fees: After Tuesday, October 1

PAMLA's online registration/membership dues and conference fees payment system to open in late March.

Thank you for your patience as we rebuild and improve our online conference system and payment system. To help our members to better plan their conference experience, and to allow for more session options, we will now ask special session proposers to choose a Session Format and a primary and secondary Subject Area (such as American, Asian, Film and Media Studies, and German). We encourage special session proposers to engage with the Conference Theme "Send in the Clowns," but sessions on other topics are also welcome. 

Special session proposals should not replicate Standing/General Session topics. Should you have any questions about our special session review process, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526) or PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (communication@pamla.org).

Session Formats


News and Announcements

Information about this year's conference theme is now available:

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
2019 Conference: San Diego, California
Conference Theme: Send In the Clowns
Deadline for Special Session Proposals: March 16, 2019

We live in a time of great contentiousness, an age in which opposing social and political factions appear to share little with respect to art and culture much less ideology. One archetype that traverses a polarized polis, however, is that of the clown. In his essay “On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist,” Jewish Romanian novelist Norman Manea (Bard College) reflects on the ways in which variations of the punchinello emerge as a tropes for the fascist despot and the subversive poet:

And so, in the bright arena, Auguste the Fool faces the Clown of Power. Their eyes meet...

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