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

The initial deadline for paper proposals has passed. However, many sessions have joined the first-come, first served extended deadline list. So, to find a session needing a paper proposal, please check the CFP list for more information.

Our CFP list and online paper proposal system can be found here.

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.

Our online paper proposal system can be found here.

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

There are still many sessions looking for proposals.

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

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 August 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 this...
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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

Our main conference hotel is the full-service, three-star Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham, a thirty-minute walk from the conference registration desk at Western Washington University's Wilson Library (516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225). 

The special PAMLA room rate is $119 a night (plus the 10.7% tax) for two Queens or a single King bed.

To take advantage of the PAMLA rate and for more information please go here. 

For any questions or concerns please contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin at svonkin@netzero.com or by phone at 626-354-7526....

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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.

PAMLA is proud to have so many scholars from outside the United States as members. Many of our long-time members teach abroad. Many more teach in the U.S. but were born abroad.
As an association we are committed to supporting and welcoming our foreign and immigrant colleagues no matter where they are located, believing that we all gain from our discussions and the sharing of our scholarship and knowledge. We are proud to host sessions at our conference on a wide variety of literatures, cultures, and languages. At the 2016 PAMLA Conference in Pasadena we had more than sixty conference attendees from at least eighteen nations outside of the United States. At the 2017 PAMLA Conference in Hawai'i, we had more than seventy conference attendees from at least seventeen nations outside of the United States. The participation of scholars from all...
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