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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


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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 Conference Schedule is now available:

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

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:

PAMLA Membership Payments: Due in July. Please pay now, if you haven't yet done so!

Late Conference Payment Fees: After Tuesday, October 1

PAMLA's online Registration/Membership dues and Conference fees payment system is now available. You can also pay for luncheons, make a donation to the scholarship funds, or pay for other items via the Registration & Membership tab at

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 ( or 626-354-7526), PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (, or PAMLA Communications Officer Russell McDermott (

News and Announcements

Do you have a child you are bringing to the PAMLA 2019 Conference in San Diego? If so, they are welcome to join you at panels and events. And some of our PAMLA panels and events are great for kids. For example, feel free to bring your children (and other guests) with you to Thursday’s Warm-up Act – The Art of Teaching Creative Writing in Our Communities: SCIPP. This creative writing workshop, from 11:20 am until 12:50 pm in Pacific C in the Wyndham (on Thursday, November 14), welcomes any family members who might want to join you for this fun, creative workshop.
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2019 Pacific Coast Philology Outstanding Article Award

On behalf of PAMLA's Pacific Coast Philology Award Committee, we are honored to inform our community that there were two winners of PAMLA’s Pacific Coast Philology Outstanding Article Award for 2019: Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod’s "Mutiny on the Sofa: Historical Patterns of Patriarchy and Family Structure in American Science Fiction, 1945–2018" and Kathryn K. Stevenson’s “Felons, Not Families”: U.S. Immigration Policies and the Construction of an American Underclass.” Both essays are incredibly engaging, innovative, and knowledgeable articles that serve as exemplars of the...

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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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