Our 2022 PAMLA Conference was held at the UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center and Hotel between Thursday, November 10 and Sunday, November 13!
The theme for the 119th Annual PAMLA Conference was “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian,” in honor of Los Angeles, a city of spatial contradictions. As we did in 2019 and 2021, we unveiled our PAMLA 2022 theme artwork, designed by Faye Kwan. We were proud to present our favorite creative spotlights and guest speakers, including special talks on the theme in our presidential and plenary address, a theoretically-informed puppet show, a conversation with Masauko Chipembere on African diasporic music across Los Angeles and South Africa, creative writing workshops, readings by creative writers, a fabulous tour of Joan Didion’s special exhibition at The Hammer Museum, a film showing and discussion of a lost Hollywood starlet, an animation film festival, as well as roundtables surrounding our yearly PAMLA Arts Matter gallery.
We want to thank our sponsoring university partners, Cal State LA Department of English, USC Writing Program, Occidental College, D-phi, and CMRS Center for Early Global Studies at UCLA for all of their support and help with organizing the 2022 conference!