Guidelines and Procedures

Note: We have extended the date for membership payment to July 1.  The new dates appear below.

The 112th Annual PAMLA Conference will be held at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California, on October 31-November 2, 2014.  We hope that you will propose a paper for this conference.

The call for papers for the sessions is posted online. Please check this website for updates and corrections.

Guidelines and Procedures:

Please adhere to the following rules and procedures pertaining to registering for and presenting papers at the conference.


PAMLA is an organization for its members. All participants in the conference must maintain current membership, which runs from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Conference presenters and presiding officers should remit their dues by July 1, and must pay their conference fees by September 10, in order to be listed on the program.  PAMLA now offers a combined membership/conference fee option, to make paying for membership and the conference a single step.

Presenters who fail to pay their membership dues and conference fees by the appropriate deadlines will not be listed in the program and will not be allowed to deliver their papers at the conference.

Online membership payment is available at our website:

Interested faculty, students, or others not presenting or participating in the conference may attend the conference without being members of PAMLA–although they are strongly encouraged to join PAMLA. They must, however, pay conference registration fees, unless they are students at the host institution, in which case conference attendance is free (unless they are presenting or presiding, in which case they must pay all appropriate fees).

Conference Registration:

Everyone listed in the program must pay the conference registration fee by September 10, 2014 at the very latest, in addition to having paid their 2014 PAMLA Membership.  After September 10, a $10 late fee will apply. Registration materials will be made available online.

  • Please note: conference registration fees are separate from membership dues (you may pay both at one time). 

Students from the host institution who are not on the program may attend sessions and non-fee activities without paying the registration fee or membership dues (although they are invited to join PAMLA at our very reasonable student rate).

Paper Proposals and Presentations:

  • One does not have to be a member of PAMLA to propose a paper, but one must become a member by July 1 to be listed in the program.
  • In order to propose a paper, a paper title, an approximately 500-word proposal, and an approximately 50-word abstract should be submitted online at: by May 15, 2014 (you will first have to register–proposals submitted before the deadline are most welcome).  A select number of sessions are extending their deadlines to May 31.
  • The same paper may not be submitted to more than one session. However, you may submit different paper proposals to different sessions (as long as you let each session’s Presiding Officer know that you have done so, and as long as you remember that you may only deliver a single paper at the conference).
  • A member may preside over only one session, and may not present more than one paper at a conference. The Executive Director and presiding officers shall resolve any conflicts that may arise.
  • Please notify the Presiding Officer and Executive Director if you cannot be present at the conference so that the program can be updated and a replacement found, if possible. While we recognize that emergencies arise, please make your plans as early as possible to attend or not to attend the conference. PAMLA would like to uphold the highest professional standards for its members and participants. Last-minute cancellations in the program, especially those that could have been conveyed early, do not bode well for the organization and the conference. Papers may not be read in absentia.
  • Conference sessions are ninety-minutes long, with three to four papers in each session. Each paper should be 15-20 minutes to leave time for introductions and discussion (for sessions with four panelists, each panelist will have approximately 15 minutes; for sessions with three panelists, each panelist will have approximately 20 minutes–contact your Presiding Officer for the exact time details for your session). Please observe this time limit when writing your paper.
  • AV equipment is very limited this year.  There are no “smart classrooms.” There are no computers on-site, no DVD players, no CD players, no speaker/sound systems, no overhead projectors, and no document cameras.  There will be LCD projection screens available to connect to laptops. Each session should use no more than one laptop.  All presenters who will need AV equipment are required to notify their Presiding Officer online, at the same time that they propose their paper (by May 15). The Presiding Officer will then coordinate with the presenters to ensure one laptop is available, and all presentations must be loaded onto the designated laptop in advance of the session.  Presenters should not plan to switch hookups during a session.
  • Please consider developing your paper into a publishable essay for Pacific Coast Philology (PCP), PAMLA’s annual refereed journal. Guidelines for submission are available on the website and at the conference.

Duties of Presiding Officers:

  • Presiding Officers must be current in their PAMLA dues. 
  • The Presiding Officer reviews paper proposals submitted by May 15 and selects three or four papers for that session (see step-by-step instructions). If the choice of proposals is limited, the P. O. is responsible for soliciting additional proposals from among colleagues, from field-specific listservs, etc. The P. O. may not accept more than one paper from a colleague or a graduate student in his or her own institution. Consult the Executive Director for exceptions. 
  • A Presiding Officer may not read a paper in the same session over which he or she presides. 
  • The Presiding Officer notifies all who proposed papers of acceptance or regrets beginning on May 16 by updating the proposal status online and including a brief note explaining their decision.  Do not accept any paper proposals before May 16, as everyone has until the end of the May 15 deadline to propose a paper.  The presiding officer should finalize the makeup of the session by June 15, except for those sessions with an extended deadline.  When wishing to include a paper in the session, the Presiding Officer invites the proposer, and if the proposer indicates that she or he is committed to attending the conference and presenting a paper in that session, then the Presiding Officer marks that proposal “Confirmed” online. The Presiding Officer should remind invited participants that they may only deliver a single paper during the conference.
  • The Presiding Officer must remind presenters to pay PAMLA dues by June 15, and that the conference registration fee is due by September 10 (there is now a combined PAMLA membership/conference payment option available). 
  • The Presiding Officer finalizes the status of proposals for his or her session online by June 15 at the very latest.

  • The Presiding Officer coordinates use of a laptop during the session, if necessary.  Presenters may indicate that they wish to bring or use a laptop with projector (the only AV equipment available) at the time they submit their proposals.  The Presiding Officer is responsible for deciding which presenter will provide the laptop for the session, and ensuring that all presentations are loaded onto the designated laptop in advance.  Presenters should not switch between laptops during the session, in the interest of saving time and avoiding technical difficulties.
  • At the conference, the Presiding Officer (or session chair) introduces the topic and the speakers, and moderates the session, controlling the time allotted to each speaker.  The Presiding Officer moderates discussion after all the speakers have finished speaking. 
  • At the conclusion of the session, the Presiding Officer of PAMLA standing sessions holds an election for a new P. O. for the following year, and then sends that information to the Executive Director by December 1 (the list of standing sessions is available at . Presiding Officers of special sessions need not hold an election, as these sessions must be proposed anew each year.).  Please observe that deadline carefully, as the Executive Director needs that information for the next Call for Papers. 
  • If the Presiding Officer is not able to attend the conference, he or she is responsible for notifying the Executive Director immediately and for helping the Executive Director to find a replacement. As with presenters, there will, of course, always be emergencies that prevent attendance. Please make plans as early as possible to attend or not to attend the conference. The Executive Director assumes that only the direst emergencies will keep the Presiding Officers and presenters who have agreed to participate in the conference from attending. 
  • The Presiding Officer should encourage all presenters to develop their papers into publishable essays for Pacific Coast Philology (PCP), PAMLA’s annual refereed journal. Guidelines for PCP are available on the website and at the conference. 
  • If you have any questions concerning rules regarding the conference or any questions about your duties as Presiding Officer, please email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: