112th Annual Conference

Friday, October 31, 2014 to Sunday, November 2, 2014

Riverside Convention Center
Riverside, California

Sponsored by University of California, Riverside
Co-sponsored by La Sierra University, Riverside City College,
California Baptist University, CSU San Bernardino, and Chaffey College

Riverside Convention Center

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Our 2014 PAMLA Conference will be held at the beautiful, brand-new Riverside Convention Center (3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501), in Riverside, California. The closest airport to Riverside, California, for those of you flying in, is the Ontario, CA International Airport (ONT--sometimes referred to as the LA/Ontario International Airport) (see travel info).  Our Accommodations page has information about conference hotels and special rates.

There is free parking for PAMLA conference attendees in the Riverside Convention Center parking lot behind the convention center.  The entrance to the parking lot is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Main.

Downtown Riverside is a hidden gem of Southern California, less than a half hour drive from the Ontario, CA International Airport, an hour’s drive from LA and about 90 minutes from San Diego. With its historic Mission Inn and many fine restaurants, boutiques, and museums, its almost-always lovely fall weather, and its proximity to so much of Southern California’s natural beauty and cultural sites, Riverside is a truly lovely and relaxing site for our conference. For ideas about what to explore, see Places to Eat, Things to Do in Riverside, and Things to Do in Southern California.

We are planning some very special events for Halloween and the entire conference, including our special conference theme, “Familiar Spirits.” See Keynotes & Special Events. As part of this theme, in addition to many regular standing sessions not focused on the theme, we invite you to propose papers on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny. We anticipate rich and vibrant discussions that defamiliarize the known and draw near the mysterious.

The deadline to propose a paper (or two—although our PAMLA rules only allow you to present one paper at the conference, you may propose more than one, and then decline an offer should you be accepted more than once) was Thursday, May 15, at midnight. A number of sessions are extending their deadlines to Saturday, May 31, at midnight (at the end of May 31, going into the morning of June 1). There are more than 100 approved sessions you can propose a paper to.

Questions about special session topics may be sent to heidis@uic.edu. Questions about conference planning and logistics may be sent to svonkin@netzero.net.

News and Announcements

Students and faculty of sponsoring institutions may attend PAMLA 2014 for free, as long as they are not presenting or chairing a session.  Sponsoring institutions include:

  • University of California, Riverside
  • La Sierra University
  • Riverside City College
  • California Baptist University
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Chaffey College

Conference presenters and chairs must pay membership and conference fee.

Spread the word to your colleagues at these institutions.


We've added information about keynote speakers and special events at the upcoming conference in Riverside.  Speakers include Cheryl Edelson (Chaminade University of Honolulu), Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern (California State University, San Bernandino), David Skal (film historian), Imke Meyer (University of Illinois at Chicago), Kate Thomas (Bryn Mawr College), and Sangita Gopal (University of Oregon).  Special events include a Halloween Cash Bar and Candy Feast, Conference Reception, and Tour of Tio's Tacos.  For more details see PAMLA 2014 Keynotes & Special Events.


A tentative schedule for the 2014 PAMLA conference is now available: Tentative 2014 Schedule.  The schedule is still subject to change.

Please review the schedule and inform Craig Svonkin (svonkin@netzero.com) of any changes, including cancellations and changes to paper titles or abstracts.  Check that you are not scheduled to present a paper and chair a session at the same time.

We've also added several pages about Riverside and the surrounding area:

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We’ve arranged for a block of rooms at the Riverside Marriott at the Convention Center and the nearby Mission Inn at extremely competitive rates ($109 a night plus tax at the Marriott; $135 a night plus tax at the historic Mission Inn).  Please see the Accommodations page for information about how to make your reservations at these conference hotels.


If you are a graduate student enrolled in an M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. program, you may apply for a scholarship to defray the cost of participating in the 2014 conference.  Applications are due by August 1.  See Graduate Student Scholarships for more info.