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. 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

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 and titled “Acting, Roles, Stages,” features two speakers, Melanie Masterton Sheraziand 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 of the Civil Rights movement and the...

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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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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.

The critic Frank Kermode begins his great work, The Sense of an...

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