114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

114th Annual Conference

Friday, November 11, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Westin Pasadena
Pasadena, California

California State University, Los Angeles
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Institute for the Study of LA, Occidental College

Pasadena at night

To be held at the Westin Pasadena. The first session will begin at 8:40 am on Friday, November 11, and the last session will conclude at 11:55 am on Sunday, November 13. Regretably, we cannot accomodate requests for specific days or times due to the large number of sessions and participants. 

Registration | Schedule | Things to Do
Graduate Student Scholarships | CFP/Session Topics
Accomodations & Transportation


The online submission system is now closed. Paper proposals were due June 10 and July 1 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.  


News and Announcements

PAMLA Conference AV and Parking and Directions, Oh My!

The 2016 PAMLA Conference will be held entirely at the Westin Pasadena:

Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-2727

Members may obtain a name badge and printed copy of the conference program at the conference registration table located in the Santa Rosa Foyer (on the second floor upstairs from the lobby) of the Westin Pasadena. Registration times are available on the conference schedule.

Go here to see a Floor Plan of the Conference with Conference Rooms

AV Information

Most of the rooms at the Westin Pasadena will have an LCD projector and screen. Panelists will need to bring their own laptop, and, if they have a Mac, the proper adaptor. There will be no laptops...

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

  1. Go to other folks’ sessions, and ask a real, thoughtful 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.
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PAMLA Forum: The Future of Studies and Research in the Humanities

This year’s PAMLA Conference Forum, to be held on Saturday, November 12 in the Madera room of the Pasadena Westin from 5:10-6:40 pm, will explore the future of and research in the Humanities. In the wake of continuing emphasis on the sciences in our universities that too often results in weakened support for the Humanities, in the face of continuing economic pressures that threaten our disciplines, and given the dramatic effects of the digital revolution on research and teaching in the Humanities, we believe the topic of the future of the Humanities will be of great interest to PAMLA members, as well as to larger communities of scholars everywhere.

While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when the crisis in the Humanities began, we can all agree that the Humanities, as academic disciplines, have been and continue to be severely challenged as we gather...

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On Friday, November 11, 2016, as a part of our PAMLA Conference at the Westin Pasadena, we will be holding a very special Creative Artist Spotlight event from 5-6 pm in the Madera room at the Westin Pasadena. The event is titled Straight Out of … Venice, Korea Town, Leimert Park, East Hollywood, and Downtown L.A.: Los Angeles and the Poetry of its Neighborhoods.” Please do try to attend, and feel free to invite your scholarly friends--this event is free and open to the public.

Los Angeles has given rise to poets of national fame, but has one of the world’s great cities and the birthplace of The Movies produced its own style? Essays and books, including Lawrence Goldstein’s Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, have explored the subject. This panel, however, will regard Los Angeles not as a unified entity but as a cluster of distinct neighborhoods, districts, each with its own...

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2016 PAMLA Conference Special Address Luncheons

We will be having a number of very special events at the upcoming PAMLA conference at the Westin Pasadena, including two terrific luncheons and addresses, and a Forum that is sure to be fascinating. The two luncheons do involve an extra fee. Go here to make luncheon reservations: http://www.pamla.org/2016/registration-info

On Friday, November 11, we would love you to join us for the 2016 PAMLA Presidential Address and Luncheon. The luncheon does involve an extra fee, but is entirely worth it. This year, our Presidential Address will be delivered by 2016 PAMLA President John M. Ganim, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside. Professor Ganim’s address is titled “The Haunted Library.” Ganim will explore the contradictions built into the architectural programs of library...

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