Session Formats & Topic Areas

Registrants at PAMLA can present one traditional panel paper at the conference, and chair one session, or, if they are not presenting a paper, chair two sessions. In addition to delivering one paper as part of a traditional panel, registrants may also present on a Roundtable, as part of a Workshop (there are no limits on how many Workshops a person may register to take), or as part of a Creative or Special Event.

Please propose your abstracts to only one traditional paper panel. You may propose different abstracts to different sessions, but you may only present one traditional panel paper at the conference. So, if you have abstracts accepted to multiple panels, please quickly let the presiding officers know which one you choose to participate on.

Please do not propose abstracts to more than three sessions.

Possible Session Formats are as follows:

Session Formats

  • Panel — Three to four participants, with each panelist delivering a formal paper (2,300-3,000 words) or presentation of 15-20 minutes as set by the presiding officer, followed by Q&A and discussion.
  • Roundtable — Six to ten participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and then the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.
  • Workshop – Workshops model hands-on learning with discussions led by a moderator or chair. They emphasize participation by all session goers and often focus on the development of professional skills, interests, responsibilities, and proficiencies.
  • Creative – A creative or creatively-designed session, such as a film presentation, art display, architectural walking tour, museum tour, creative writing event/reading, or a conversation with writers, directors, museum curators, historians, musicians, architects, or other creators.
  • Special Event – An event with one to ten speakers that can involve anything from a conference special forum, to a discussion group for a discipline, community, or allied association, to a special reception, to an unusual event (a late-night social, children’s session, or early-morning yoga or walking group).

 Topic Areas

PAMLA conference sessions, both standing and special, are grouped by topic area to help conference attendees looking for sessions in specific broad areas of study. Our current conference topic areas include:

Ancient and Medieval
British and Anglophone
Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Cultural Studies
Drama, Theater, and Performance
Film and Media Studies
French and Francophone
Gender and Sexuality
Genres and Audiences
Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian (Special Conference Theme)
Historical and Political Studies
Multiethnic and Indigenous
Professional and Pedagogy
Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics
Spanish and Portuguese
Theory and Science
Visual and Arts

World Literatures and Comparative Studies