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 on Whova.

For those visiting in-person, check out our Sahara Hotel maps here.

Visit our PAMLA 2021 Hotel Information (with maps) page for more information. Please bring plenty of masks; everyone in the Sahara Conference Center must be masked.

For those using our virtual Whova app, participants will need to go to Whova and create an account using the same email address you use for PAMLA. The only way to access virtual sessions as a speaker, attendee, or auditor, is via the Whova platform or app. You can access the site by checking your emails for the link. Moreover, Whova integrates Zoom into its software for our presentations, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with Zoom, if you have not already.

Note: The period for reserving hotel rooms at the PAMLA rate is now over. If you still need a room, please email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkindirector@pamla.org

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For those who want a PAMLA t-shirt, mask, or hat, with PAMLA art on it, order soon if you want it in time for the conference! A portion of every purchase goes to the PAMLA scholarship fund!

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as well as the English Department of the University of Texas – Austin. We thank the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Texas – Austin English Department for their support and generosity.

We want to foster a safe and healthy in-person environment, so please 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 25, 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 like to give a special thanks to Nanette Hilton (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) for providing this year’s PAMLA conference theme artwork. T-shirts, masks, tote bags, and other merchandise with Nanette’s artwork can be found at our PAMLA Merch Store!

Conference Schedule

The PAMLA 2021 Conference Schedule is available here. Check on your session, friends’ sessions, or students’ or colleagues’ sessions. Search the schedule by date, subject, or keyword. Contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin (626-354-7526 or director@pamla.org) or Assistant Director David John Boyd (assistant@pamla.org) with any questions.

Hybrid Conference

In the attempt to offer options for those who are unable to travel, we are offering both in-person and virtual PAMLA sessions.

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.

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!).