118th Annual Conference (Las Vegas, NV) – 2021

The 118th Annual PAMLA Conference

PAMLA 2021 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel and Virtually between Thursday, November 11 and Sunday, November 14, 2021

In-person sessions will be at the Sahara on Thursday and Friday, November 11 and 12;

Virtual session will be held online on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14.

For those visiting in-person, check out our Sahara floor plan here.

Visit our PAMLA 2021 Accommodations page for more information. As of today, we have a few Double and King rooms still available at the special PAMLA rate. If rooms do sell out, please email Executive Director Craig Svonkin at director@pamla.org ( he can place you on a wait list, to let you know if rooms at the Sahara become available).

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for hosting the conference, as well as the English Department of the University of Texas. The PAMLA Community at large thanks each and everyone of the members at UNLV and UT-Austin that helped make this year’s conference a reality.

We also want to foster a safe and healthy in-person environment, so please do review our COVID-19 best practices primer.

Please visit our conference and registration portal.

PAMLA Dates and Deadlines

  • PAMLA Final Call: Proposals Welcome to a Few Sessions Until Sessions Filled
  • PAMLA membership payment due for all accepted conference participants: July 1, 2021 or when you find out you have been accepted
  • Regular conference payment period: June 1, 2021 – September 1, 2021
  • Late payment period: September 2, 2021 – November 1, 2021
  • After October 30, those who haven’t paid their conference fees will be removed from the conference program

PAMLA 2021 Conference Theme

PAMLA 2021’s Conference Theme is “City of God, City of Destruction,” ideal for Las Vegas, a city known for its Janus-like nature as both a historic spiritual beacon in the frontier of the American West and a modern city that has celebrated the world’s greatest cities! But PAMLA is an open city: open to panels and papers that connect to the special conference theme, and open to panels and papers that do not. More information about the conference theme is available here.

PAMLA would also like to give a special thanks to Nanette Hilton (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for providing this year’s PAMLA conference theme artwork, which we are keen on using for PAMLA 2021 merch, including masks, tote-bags, and t-shirts! Cheers, Nanette!

Nanette Rasband Hilton teaches composition and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is a doctoral candidate in English Literature. She holds a degree in Writing from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Language and Composition. Her research interests are at the intersections of rhetorics, nineteenth century American literature, and composition pedagogy.

CFP & Open Sessions

The PAMLA 2021 Call-for-Papers page (CFP page) and Online Paper Proposal System remain open! We have now entered the final extension period: PAMLA Final Call: Proposals Welcome Until Sessions Are Filled. Should you have any questions, feel free to call or email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or director@pamla.org. Or email PAMLA’s terrific Assistant Director David John Boyd: assistant@pamla.org.

Hybrid Conference

In the attempt to offer options for those who are unable to travel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to offer the option for an in-person and virtual PAMLA conference experience.

All in-person sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday, November 11 and 12, and all virtual sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14.

You can see which sessions are which (Virtual or In-Person) at our CFP Page.

Join PAMLA Today

PAMLA could use your support! Please join PAMLA for the 2021 year, so as to receive our terrific journal, Pacific Coast Philology, and also, if you have a few extra dollars, please make a donation to support PAMLA during these difficult times. Go here to join or rejoin PAMLA (and, if you can, please make a donation to the PAMLA General Fund–we could use your help!).