116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

116th Annual Conference

Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

At Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Sponsor: Western Washington University

While the initial deadline for paper proposals has passed, a few sessions might still be in need. Please check the CFP list for more information or to contact presiding officers.


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


The 2018 PAMLA Conference is being held over the November 9-11 weekend, at lovely Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Washington. More information about the conference and about the official PAMLA conference hotel will be up online soon. Do consider joining us, as Bellingham is a lovely and inviting town in northwestern Washington, and the conference itself is sure to be a wonderful, friendly experience.

You may fly directly to Bellingham, Washington, or fly into Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) and then rent a car or take a shuttle to get to Bellingham (a drive of a bit more than 90 minutes). Or, you can fly into Vancouver, British Columbia (with your passport, of course), and then drive or shuttle south across the international border to Bellingham (a bit less than a 90 minute drive).

Contact PAMLA Executive Director, Craig Svonkin, with any problems, questions, or concerns: svonkin@netzero.com or 626-354-7526.

PAMLA Conference Deadlines:
May 30, 2018 Initial proposal deadline
June 27, 2018: Paper proposals due for extended deadline sessions
July 5, 2018: Deadline for presiding officers to respond to all proposers 
July 15, 2018: Deadline for conference panelists to join PAMLA for the 2018 year
October 1, 2018: Deadline for conference participants to pay their 2018 conference fee

You may submit to more than one session (if you do so, please let the presiding officers know you are doing so), but may only deliver one paper at the conference itself (so if you agree to join one session, please let all other presiding officers you proposed to know that you have already agreed to join a different session).

Please do not submit proposals to more than two or three sessions, and do not submit the same proposal to multiple sessions.

The theme for the 116th Annual PAMLA Conference at Western Washington University is “Acting, Roles, Stages.” Papers at the conference, however, are not required to engage the conference theme, and many sessions do not touch on the theme at all. For more information, look at the description of each session by clicking on its title.

Should you wish to engage with the conference theme, consider exploring such topics as acting as art and metaphor, theories of role play and theatricality, and conceptions of the world stage and the public audience. Other possible topics might include: styles of acting across time and media; naturalist or anti-realist techniques of performance and stagecraft; the staging of everyday life; social roles and role play (e.g., Goffman’s “presentation of self in everyday life”); and performativity and technologies of mediation.

News and Announcements

2018 PAMLA Conference Luncheons and Addresses

Please join us for one or both of our PAMLA Luncheons. They do cost a bit extra, but are some of the most memorable and useful events at the conference. You can join us for a lovely luncheon and the Friday Presidential Address and/or Saturday Plenary Address by making your reservation here: https://www.pamla.org/2018/registration-info

We invite you to join us for the 2018 PAMLA Presidential Address and Luncheon on Friday, November 9, beginning at 11:30 am. Our PAMLA President, Katherine Kinney, will be delivering an address titled “I learned it at the movies.” The Presidential Luncheon, which does involve an additional expense, is a definite highlight of the conference.

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Students presenting at this year's PAMLA Conference on a topic in the field of German Studies have a new funding opportunity. Please encourage them to apply for the PAMLA German Studies Grant on the PAMLA website.

Applications are due on September 10th, 2018.

As a reminder:

PAMLA German Studies Grant for Graduate Students

The PAMLA German Studies Grant honors the memories of a number of Germanists who had been active in PAMLA, including Gunter H. Hertling, Wolfgang Nehring, Jens Rieckmann, Thomas Saine, Hans Wagener, and others.

To be eligible for this grant, students must

  • Be in good standing in a field of German studies at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, or other equivalent level in an accredited university program.
  • Be current PAMLA members.
  • Have a paper proposal marked as confirmed for the 2018 PAMLA Conference on a topic related to the field of German studies.
  • Not have previously received...
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  • Did you miss the initial PAMLA paper proposal deadline?
  • Did you get brain-lock and neglect to propose a paper for PAMLA 2018?
  • Are you a tad blue, perhaps even a deep blue-purple-despondent, as a result?

Well, do we have GOOD news for you! We have now entered the "Sudden Death, First Come, First Served Extended Deadline Period" (SDFCFSEDP to connoisseurs of unmanageable acronyms).

SDFCFSEDP is the period for those PAMLA Conference sessions in need of just one or two more papers.

SDFCFSEDP is perfectly designed for you if: a) you somehow slept...

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Conference Hotel Information and Rate

We have two conference hotels: the lovely, new, full service Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham (about a 15 minute drive from the Western Washington University conference site) and the full-service Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham, a thirty-minute walk from the conference registration desk at Western Washington University (516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225). The Four Points appears to be sold out for most nights, but you can double-check just in case.

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham is a lovely full-service, three-star hotel, with a full-service restaurant, a heated indoor pool, free wifi, free parking, a fitness center, and a business center.

The Holiday Inn is just minutes from the Bellingham...

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Please join us for the 2018 PAMLA Conference, to be held over the November 9-11 weekend, at lovely Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. With over 125 approved sessions, please join us for this scholarly conference devoted to the advancement and sharing of knowledge of ancient and modern languages, literatures, media, and cultures. To propose a paper or for more information about the various sessions: https://pamla.org/2018

Paper proposals are due by May 30 (via PAMLA’s online proposal system).

Please share information about PAMLA 2018 with interested colleagues, graduate students, and friends.

Contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin with questions: svonkin@netzero.com OR 626-354-7526.