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

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.

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 only allows conference participants to deliver one paper at the conference.
PAMLA does not allow papers to be read in absentia.

The theme for the 116th Annual PAMLA Conference at Western Washington University is “Acting, Roles, Stages.”

Many sessions and papers will explore such topics as: acting as art and metaphor; theories of role play and theatricality; conceptions of the world stage and the public audience; 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.

Conference Program: 

News and Announcements

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

  1. Go to other folks’ sessions, and during the Q&A at the end, 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, polite questioners make a conference more successful.
  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 General Session: Creative Writers Spotlight

Friday, November 9, 2018

WWU, Performing Arts Center Mainstage

9:15 am – 11:00 am (with book signing to follow)

Please join us for the opening event of the 2018 PAMLA Conference!
The PAMLA General Session: Creative Writers Spotlight is a special event welcoming everyone to the conference and introducing four of our region's most interesting and vibrant creative writers, who will read from their works and discuss their writing process. Free and open to all.


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PAMLA Forum: Acting, Roles, Stages

Please join us for our annual PAMLA Forum, always a highlight of our conference, beginning immediately after a brief PAMLA General Membership Meeting (on Saturday, November 10, at 4:50 pm). At the PAMLA General Membership Meeting find out who has been elected to the PAMLA board, where next year’s PAMLA conference will be held, and to be there for the presentation of the PAMLA Distinguished Service Award.

How do actors, roles, and stages move across the world? This year’s PAMLA Forum, beginning on Saturday, November 10 at 5:10 pm, in the Wilson Library Reading Room, and titled “Acting, Roles, Stages,” features two speakers, Melanie Masterton Sherazi and Michelle Bloom, whose research considers fascinating transnational conduits in film, theater, and literature: how Rome offered a stage for African American artists at the beginning...

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PAMLA 2018 Conference Transportation and Shuttle Information

Transportation to Western Washington University/Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham/Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham

You may fly directly to the Bellingham Airport (or indirectly--we've seen roundtrips in the neighborhood of $400), or fly into Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport) and then rent a car or take a Bellair Shuttle (be sure to make a reservation ahead of time) to get to Bellingham (a drive of a bit more than 90 minutes). Or, you can fly into Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada, so you will need your passport, of course), and then drive or shuttle south across the international border to Bellingham (a bit less than a 90 minute drive).

The Bellair Airporter Shuttle has shuttles from SeaTac (Seattle Airport) to...

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PAMLA Saturday Night Live

As part of our 2018 Conference, PAMLA is sponsoring a three-part event on Saturday night, November 10, in downtown Bellingham. Do please join us for some of the wonderful cultural and entertainment opportunities Bellingham has to offer as you mix and mingle with your fellow PAMLA Conference attendees. There will be a complimentary shuttle between the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham, the Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham, and Aslan Depot in downtown Bellingham (a seven minute walk from the SPARK Museum and Mindport). In addition to terrific restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and ice cream shops, downtown Bellingham is the site of our three PAMLA Saturday Night Live events:

Aslan Depot
Saturday, November 10, 7-11 pm
Free to conference goers and their guests over 21
1322 N. State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Aslan Depot is open to 21 and older...

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