PAMLA 2022 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

PAMLA 2022 will be held in Los Angeles, California at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel between Friday, November 11 and Sunday, November 13, 2022.

Below we have answered the top FAQs. Of course, we must state that many answers to COVID-19 questions are informed and shaped by the current situation, CDC Guidelines, and our own organization’s timeline, but as with all organizations enduring the effects of the pandemic, we promise that we will put our members’ well-being above all other considerations. Contact Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org) and/or Assistant Director Sonia Christensen (assistant@pamla.org) for any other questions.

PAMLA 2022 Conference Questions

1.) Will the PAMLA 2022 Conference be held in-person or virtually?

We are conducting this year’s conference entirely in-person at the UCLA Luskin Hotel and Conference Center. So no papers may be delivered via Zoom or in absentia.

The PAMLA Board voted against hybrid sessions, and against allowing someone to read their papers via Zoom or in absentia, due to a few concerns. First, that doing so would weaken in-person attendance, thus making it more difficult to continue to conduct in-person conferences. Second, due to the unreliability and inordinate expense of contracting for wifi. And finally, due to the benefits of in-person interactions: namely, greater opportunities for networking and intellectual exchange.

However, we have increasingly seen how an all-online conference can be a great service, and we are looking into the possibility of an entirely virtual PAMLA event for the future.

2.) Does PAMLA have a Code of Conduct?

Yes, please read our PAMLA Statement on Dedication to Kindness, our Code of Conduct, here:

https://www.pamla.org/pamla-statement-on-dedication-to-kindnesss/

3.) Does PAMLA have a special room rate at the UCLA Luskin Hotel?

Yes, we do. More information can be found on our PAMLA 2022 Hotel Information page.

4.) When is the latest I can pay for the conference, if I am giving a paper or chairing/presiding at the conference? And what will happen if I don’t pay?

If you haven’t yet paid your PAMLA 2022 Membership and Conference fees, please pay now, as we need time to get the conference program completed. PAMLA membership payment (a small fee) is due for all accepted conference participants by July 1, 2022 (so if you haven’t yet paid your membership, please do so right away). You must pay your PAMLA conference fees by August 31 or you will face a late fee. Conference fees are due by October 15, at the latest, but please do pay sooner. Sign into pamla.ballastacademic.com and click on the Membership tab to pay your membership/and conference fees!

If you have a question or wish to discuss your outstanding fees with someone, please email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: director@pamla.org .

5.) What is the exact COVID-19 policy for the conference?

We are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated, and to bring proof of vaccination with them to the UCLA Luskin. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons must bring a negative COVID test from no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the conference with them. Please send any questions to Craig Svonkin: director@pamla.org.

The remainder of our COVID-19 policies are linked here, as well.

6.) When and where is the conference?

The conference will take place between Friday morning, November 11 and Sunday night, November 13, 2022, at the UCLA Luskin Hotel & Conference Center.

PAMLA 2022 Hotel Information page

Should you wish to attend the conference, if you are not on the conference schedule (not presenting or chairing), you may join as a conference Auditor for a low fee.

7.) If I’m not giving a paper or chairing a session at this year’s conference, do I still need to pay in order to attend?

Yes, you do have to pay (the only exceptions are for those who are from universities that are sponsoring the conference–they may attend for free as long as they aren’t presenting or chairing). But here is some exciting news. If you aren’t delivering a paper or presenting, and if you are not a presiding officer or chair, you may attend the conference at a much reduced rate: the Auditor rate. The Auditor conference option does not include PAMLA membership for the year. It will cost $50 per person, and will entitle you to attend the conference. Remember, however, that anyone scheduled to present, preside, or chair cannot use this Auditor payment option.

Also, current University of California – Los Angeles, California State University – Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and Occidental College students and faculty students who wish to attend the conference but who are not on the conference program (not presenting or chairing) may do so for free, given the generous donations from UCLA’s Department of English, Cal State LA’s Department of English, USC’s Writing Program, Occidental College, and the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies at UCLA.

So, if you are from UCLA, Cal State LA, Occidental College, or USC, simply email Executive Director, Craig Svonkin, to let him know that you would like to attend and which university you are from: director@pamla.org.

8.) If I want to present, what kind of A/V equipment should I bring?

Participants should bring their laptop;  we will provide LCD projectors in A/V friendly rooms. Those who have an Apple laptop may want to bring their own adapter for the projector, as well.

9.) Do I have to be a PAMLA member to submit an abstract or special session proposal?

No, you do not. However, if your paper or session proposal is accepted, you will need to join PAMLA (pay membership) and pay the conference fees right away. Visit the membership page for more information about the benefits of joining our esteemed community.

Deadlines for membership are also listed here.

10.) Do I have to pay both conference and membership fees?

If you are attending our conference, you still need to pay both your membership and conference fees. Our dues breakdown can be found here.

You must pay your PAMLA membership by July 1, or as soon after that as possible.

Please pay your conference fees by August 31 at the latest. Those who haven’t paid conference fees before October 16 will be removed from the conference program.

Note: when registering for our conference through our online portal, click Membership at the top of the page. This is where payment options and dues amounts will appear.

Those who are not participating in the conference (not presenting or chairing any sessions), may pay the PAMLA auditor fee.

11.) How long are conference sessions?

Conference sessions at PAMLA are generally 90 minutes.

12.) What is the difference between a special session and a standing session?

Standing sessions are general sessions that take place at every PAMLA conference. For standing sessions, presiding officers need to conduct an election at the end of the session for a presiding officer for the next year’s PAMLA conference. Special sessions, on the other hand, need to be proposed anew every year (and thus no election for presiding officer need take place).

13.) How do Panels differ from Roundtables, Workshops, and Creative sessions? Can I present in two panels? In one panel and one roundtable or creative session?

Panels are traditional sessions with three to four panelists either reading papers or presenting their paper. In contrast, we also have creative format sessions, like Roundtables (sessions with six to ten panelists giving brief talks and then participating in discussion), Workshops (sessions with participants involved in a significant amount of interaction with the workshop leaders or moderators), and Creative sessions (sessions that involve creative formats, such as poetry readings, discussions with writers or artists, film screenings, and museum tours).

You may not present in two panels.

You may, however, present in a Panel and also a creative format session, like a Roundtable, Creative session, or Workshop.

For more information go to: https://www.pamla.org/conference/session-formats/.

If you have any questions about these rules, please contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: director@pamla.org.

14.) Am I too late to propose a paper for the 2022 PAMLA Conference?

No, there are still over 60 sessions open to proposals. This Last Call Extended Deadline period will keep sessions open until August 15 or the sessions fill (whichever comes first). To see which sessions are still accepting proposals, and to propose, go here: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/CFP

15.) What are the most important deadlines to remember?

Members (or prospective members) may want to take a gander at our deadline list at the bottom of our conference page. Deadlines are subject to change, but will always be updated at the conference page.