117th Annual Conference - San Diego

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Co-hosted by the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, Palomar College, and the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature


CFP List | Accommodations

Our 2019 PAMLA Conference will take place at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside beginning on Thursday, November 14 and ending on Sunday, November 17.

Our 2019 Tentative Conference Schedule is now available: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Webforms/Schedule.aspx

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference schedule, or need to cancel (we hope not!), please contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or director@pamla.org.

For information about sessions annd presiding officers please check out our CFP list here.

The theme for the 117th Annual PAMLA Conference at Wyndham San Diego Bayside is “Send in the Clowns.” Not all sessions will engage with the theme.

To join or rejoin PAMLA for the 2019 year, you will first need to Create a User Account or log in with your user account here: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com.

Late Conference Payment Fees: After Tuesday, October 1
Final Deadline for Membership/Conference Payments: Tuesday, October 15

PAMLA's online Registration/Membership dues and Conference fees payment system is now available.

To help our members to better plan for their conference experience, and to allow for more session options, we now offer multiple Session Formats and sessions are searchable via Subject Area (such as American, Asian, Film and Media Studies, and German). Our Conference Theme is "Send in the Clowns," but papers and panels will cover a wide array of subjects. 

Should you have any questions about our conference or proposal system, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526), PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (assistant@pamla.org), or PAMLA Communications Officer Russell McDermott (support@pamla.org).

News and Announcements

Our 2019 Tentative Conference Schedule is now available: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Webforms/Schedule.aspx

If you are joining us for the 2019 PAMLA conference, November 14-17, 2019, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside, please do explore the tentative conference schedule. You can search for yourself by typing your name into the search tool. Or your colleagues by typing in a city or your university's name. You can also search the full schedule in a number of ways. Click on a session to "telescope" more information out. Click on a paper title to read a brief abstract or see a brief bio. If you see anything that needs changing in the program, such as a mistake in your title or abstract or bio, please contact your presiding officer with...

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Please join us for the 2019 PAMLA Presidential Address and Luncheon on Friday, November 15, beginning at 11:45 am. 2019 PAMLA President Dr. Stanley Orr will be delivering an address titled “‘A Clown’s Nightmare of a Masquerade Ball’: John Kneubuhl’s The Moon and I.” The Presidential Address Luncheon, which does involve an additional expense, is sure to be a highlight of the conference. Go here to make a reservation: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/

Professor Stanley Orr, PAMLA’s President and Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu, will speak in his Presidential Address on The Moon and I (1942), a newly recognized play by Samoan-American dramatist John Kneubuhl (1920-1992). With recourse to contexts developed through Kneubuhl’s other stage and screen dramas, Orr will discuss the...

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Please join us for a refreshing beverage (wine or beer), light snacks, and our brief PAMLA General Membership Meeting (Wine & Cheese Reception) on Saturday, November 16, at 4:40 pm, to be immediately followed by the exciting "Saturday PAMLA Forum: See You in the Funny Papers,” featuring two leading humor scholars, Dr. Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow) and Dr. Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University).

During this "PAMLA General Membership Meeting (Wine and Cheese Reception)," President Stanley Orr will acknowledge the organization's newly elected PAMLA officers, as well as honor the Pacific Coast Philology Outstanding Article Award and PAMLA Distinguished Service Award recipients. Executive Director Craig Svonkin will speak about the health of the organization. Treasurer/Advancement Officer John Schwetman will introduce our graduate student scholarship recipients...

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Please join us for the 2019 PAMLA Plenary Address and Luncheon on Saturday, November 16, beginning at 11:45 am. Our Plenary speaker, Dr. Paul Alonso, will be delivering an address titled Clowns and Court Jesters as Political Communicators: Mexican Brozo and Other TV Satirists in the Americas.” The Plenary Address Luncheon, which does involve an additional expense, is sure to be a highlight of the conference. Go here to make a reservation: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/

In the post-truth era—dominated by global infotainment, celebrity culture, and fake news—new satirical political communicators have emerged in public discourse, challenging notions of “truth,” “journalism,” and “freedom of expression.” This talk focuses on clowns and court jesters from the Americas that have confronted power in their nations, negotiating their own authority...

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PAMLA’s New Membership & Conference Payment System

We have been building a new system for membership and conference payments/registration, luncheon reservations, and donations to our Scholarship Funds. Thank you for your patience while we have been putting the finishing touches on it.

Well, now you can go to https://pamla.ballastacademic.com to join or re-join PAMLA and also pay the conference fee for the 2019 PAMLA year (there is a handy COMBO Membership/Conference payment option). With our new, improved system, you will first have to create a new user account, and then you’ll be able to join PAMLA for the 2019 year (and pay the conference fee as well, if you wish). We hope you are considering joining us for the 2019 PAMLA conference in beautiful, sunny San Diego, but even if you can't, do please consider paying our...

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