113th Annual Conference

Friday, November 6, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

Portland, Oregon

Sponsored by Portland State University

Co-sponsored by Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University, and Marylhurst University

Portland skyline

To be held at Hilton Portland & Executive Tower and Portland Marriott City Center. The first session will begin at 8:50am on Friday, November 6, and the last session will conclude at 1:40pm on Sunday, November 8.  Regretably, we cannot accomodate requests for specific days or times due to the large number of sessions and participants.


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The online submission system is now closed. Paper proposals were due May 15 or June 10 for extended deadline sessions. Visit the CFP/Session Topics page to get the name and email of your presiding officer if you have any questions.


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2015 PAMLA Conference Room and AV Information

The full 2015 PAMLA Conference schedule, with all rooms assigned, is now available online: http://www.pamla.org/2015/schedule.

If you could check to see where your session or sessions are, that would be a great help. Also, if you could plan ahead when it comes to AV for your session, and perhaps come up with an alternative to AV, just in case of problems, that would be a great help as well.

If you are in a room with a LCD-projector (see below) and plan on using AV, please be sure to arrive at your room early, so as to be sure you can use your AV, and that your interface with your laptop will work (in case of a problem, please send someone to the Registration desk to report the problem, or text Craig Svonkin your room and session number, so he can send someone to try to assist you: 626-354-7526).

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This year’s PAMLA Conference Forum, to be held on Saturday, November 7, in the Hilton Portland’s Parlors room (on the Ballroom Level), from 5:20-7 pm, will feature, together on stage for the first time, two of the Pacific region’s most influential intellectual and creative figures, Fred Moten and David James. The Forum, entitled “Blur and Focus; Musicality in Film and Poetry,” will range from classic film musicals to Woodstock, and from Stokely Carmichael to contemporary opera. This event, open to all, is sure to be one of the intellectual highlights of the conference.

Our first Forum speaker, David E. James, is a Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He has also taught at Korea University, Shanghai University of Science and Technology, the Beijing Film Academy, National Taiwan University, and Viet Nam National University, Hanoi. Among his many books is...

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15 Unsolicited Pieces of Advice for Novice PAMLA Conference Attendees/Presenters

  1. Go to other folks’ sessions, and ask a real question or two (don’t make a speech disguised as a question). Doing so will be good for you, and good for the presenter and the entire session. Good listeners and thoughtful and polite questioners make a conference a success.
  2. Go to as many other sessions as you can. Don’t just give your paper and leave. The karma you generate as a result of attending other sessions will mean more people will attend your session in turn. If everyone followed this rule, no one would have to complain about the size of their own session’s audience.
  3. Read through (out loud) and time your presentation a few times before you present, both to make sure you will not go over your allotted time and to be sure your paper reads well and is clear.
  4. Project. Be sure those all the way at the back of the room can hear you...
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We will be hosting two lovely and fascinating luncheons at the 2015 PAMLA Conference: the Friday, November 6th Presidential Address Luncheon, featuring PAMLA President Heidi Schlipphacke, and the Saturday, November 7th Plenary Address Luncheon, featuring Plenary Speaker, Kara Keeling (both luncheons will be located at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower). The luncheons do cost an additional fee ($29), but each Address Luncheon is sure to be a highlight of the conference. To join us for one or both Address Luncheon, visit our Registration page (http://www.pamla.org/2015/registration), and use our safe and easy-to-use online Eventbrite payment system to make a reservation.

If you have any questions about the luncheons, please email PAMLA Executive Director, Craig Svonkin: svonkin@netzero.com.


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Our 2015 PAMLA Conference will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 6-8, 2015, at two lovely three-star hotels right in downtown Portland:

  • The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
  • The Portland Marriott City Center

Sessions will be located in these two hotels, which are approximately a five minute walk apart. We have therefore arranged for extremely reasonable PAMLA room rates at both hotels.

We may run out of hotel rooms at these two hotels, and the normal room rate at commensurate hotels in the area will probably exceed $200 a night for this weekend, if you are able to find a room at all. So, please do make your room reservations sooner rather than later, using the information on the PAMLA Accommodations page:


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