Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 PAMLA conference at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego. We hope you had a wonderful time, and that we'll see you at future PAMLA conferences, including next year's conference at the Riverside Convention Center in California (October 31-November 2, 2014). Please tell us what you thought about this year's conference by completing our online survey:
The special theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is “Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture.” The theme is intended to allow special sessions dealing with all aspects of the intersection of Age, Identity, and Culture, from Childhood Studies to Aging Studies. Special sessions exploring the theme may explore such issues as the analysis of “age” as depicted in literary and cultural products; children’s literature, film, and culture; childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age as constructed or performed identities; the ways that literature and media depict and construct concepts of age, in much the same way that ethnic, Marxist, and gender studies explore ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender formation.
The Forum for the conference will be on the special theme "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture."
The Presidential Address (at the Presidential Address Luncheon on Friday, November 1, 2013) will be delivered by PAMLA's 2012-2013 President, Lorely French of Pacific University.
The Creative Artist Spotlight Speakers for this year's PAMLA Conference 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.