112th Annual Conference

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

Riverside Convention Center
Riverside, California

Riverside Convention Center

The deadline for proposal submissions was midnight, May 15.  Approximately forty sessions are extending their deadlines to May 31.  See the CFP for latest list of open sessions.

Our 2014 PAMLA Conference will be held at the beautiful, brand-new Riverside Convention Center, 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).

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.

We are planning some very special events for Halloween and the entire conference, including our special conference theme, “Familiar Spirits.” 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) is 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

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.

We are pleased to announce that PAMLA's new online registration system is now available.  The system is powered by Eventbrite and Paypal, bringing our members ease of use and a secure way to pay their dues and conference fees.  You can also use the online form to purchase seats at the conference luncheons or donate to our graduate scholarship fund.


Online Registration Form


Thank you for your patience while we worked to establish this new system.

Conference participants were originally asked to pay their membership dues by June 15.  Due to the delays in establishing our new online registration system, we have extended the deadline to July 1.  We have high hopes that the new online form will be available by the end of the week.

The proposal submission form for most PAMLA 2014 sessions closed on May 16.  Over 40 topic areas extended their deadlines to May 31.  All Session Topics are now closed.

If you submitted a proposal, you should be hearing from the Presiding Officer by June 15 about the status of your proposal.

Late Proposals

If your paper was accepted for a session over email or in-person, it must be submitted online for inclusion in the conference the program.  This is also how we add presenters to our conference mailing list.  If you need to enter a late proposal, please do the following:

  1. Create an account on this website (if you don't already have one).
  2. Send the following to the webmaster Heather Wozniak at webmaster@pamla.org:
  • Name of the panel
  • Title of your paper
  • Abstract of 500...
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Approximately forty approved sessions are still in search of high quality paper proposals.  So, if you are interested in attending the 2014 PAMLA Conference, but you missed the original deadline, take a look at one of these open sessions and propose a paper by Saturday, May 31 at midnight at the latest (in other words, by 12:01 am on Sunday, June 1).

Please consult the Session Topics List to see the latest list of sessions still accepting proposals.

Open Sessions currently include:

  • A Return to Aesthetics?
  • Ancient-Modern Relations
  • Asian Literature
  • Baltic Studies
  • Beowulf & Related Topics
  • Children's Literature
  • Classics (Latin)
  • Comparative American Ethnic Literature
  • Comparative Media
  • Continental Romanticism
  • Creative Writing: Ekphrastic Poetry
  • ...
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