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

We hope all of our PAMLA friends and members are well. In order to protect our members during the current pandemic, the PAMLA Board voted to postpone the PAMLA conference until the fall of 2021. As a result, we put everything on hold for a bit. But now that things are looking more bright, and the COVID vaccine looks like it will be out by the summer for us all to get (let’s hope), we’ve re-opened things.

We’ve re-opened the special session proposal system (at pamla.ballastacademic.com) until January 31, 2021. So if you have an idea for a special session for the fall, please go and propose away. We are working on both an In-person and a Virtual conference, so when you propose a session, do decide whether you wish to propose it as In-person (face-to-face) or as Virtual (online).

We’ve also re-opened the CFP page and online paper proposal system at pamla.ballastacademic.com. You have until April 15 to propose a paper to one (or more) of our many (and more coming) approved sessions. Should you have any questions, feel free to call or email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or director@pamla.org.

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

PAMLA 2021 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada between Thursday, November 11, 2020 and Sunday, November 14 at the Sahara Las Vegas Hotel. We are so pleased that the 118th annual conference will be hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

We are also working on a virtual alternative to the in-person conference, for those who cannot travel and still wish to participate.

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 as well as a modern city that has celebrated the world’s greatest cities!

Please visit our conference and registration portal to sign up today.

PAMLA Dates and Deadlines

  • Special session proposals are due by January 31, 2021
  • Proposal abstracts can be made between January 10, 2021 and  April 15, 2021
  • Early-bird conference payment period: January 1, 2021 – May 31, 2021.
  • PAMLA membership payment due for all accepted conference participants: July 1, 2021.
  • Regular conference payment period: June 1, 2021 – September 1, 2021
  • Late payment period: September 2, 2021 – November 1, 2021
  • After November 2, those who haven’t paid their conference fees will be removed from the conference program