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 over 160 approved sessions, and submit an abstract.

The theme for the 117th Annual PAMLA Conference at Wyndham San Diego Bayside is “Send in the Clowns.”

To submit an abstract, 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.

Abstract Proposal Deadline: Monday, June 10
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 to open in late April.

The 2019 PAMLA special session proposal period is complete. Please contact Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526) to make a late special session proposal.

Thank you for your patience as we build and improve our online conference and payment system. 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 (communications@pamla.org), or PAMLA Communications Officer Russell McDermott (support@pamla.org).

News and Announcements

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 160 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 160 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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We are excited to announce that PAMLA.org is in the process of migrating all of our conference materials and digital tools for organising sessions over to a brand spanking new site! It has been quite a long time in the making, but we are sure that this new site will make it easier for our members and presiding officers to propose special sessions (extended deadline: until March 31), propose abstracts to approved sessions (from April 10-June 10), and pay their 2019 membership dues and conference fees (payment system to open in April). For now, however, the system is ready for you to submit a proposal for a special session for the upcoming 117th Annual PAMLA Conference in beautiful downtown San Diego: at the stunning Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday,...
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PAMLA's 2019 Conference Theme: "Send in the Clowns"

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
2019 Conference: San Diego, California
Conference Theme: Send In the Clowns

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. Is all of human tragicomedy concentrated in that brief exchange...

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