120th Annual Conference (Portland, OR) – October 26-29, 2023

Sponsored by University of Washington Humanities Division

The 120th Annual PAMLA Conference

The PAMLA 2023 Conference will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon between October 26-29, 2023.

The 2023 PAMLA Conference is being held entirely in-person. We won’t be having any virtual or hybrid sessions or papers.

Our CFP List and Paper Proposal System is available; more approved sessions will be added over the next few weeks. Our initial paper proposal deadline is May 31, 2023.

PAMLA, founded as the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast in 1899, and the western affiliate of the Modern Language Association, is dedicated to the creation, advancement, and diffusion of the aesthetic practices and knowledge of ancient and modern languages, literatures, cultures, and the arts.

Please email Craig Svonkin if you have any questions about PAMLA or the PAMLA conference: [email protected].                                                         

PAMLA Accommodations

PAMLA has arranged for a block of guest rooms at the Hilton Portland Downtown, the official PAMLA Conference Hotel and site of our conference, at a very special PAMLA rate. Please check our accommodations page for the reservation link and more information.

Please help us out by making your reservation at the official PAMLA Conference Hotel, via our PAMLA reservation link. In order to get our many conference rooms at a reasonable price, we have to sell out our block of PAMLA guest rooms at the Hilton Portland Downtown. So, please use our PAMLA – Hilton Portland Downtown link to make your reservation, so as to help us to make this and future PAMLA conferences possible.

PAMLA 2023 Conference Theme

PAMLA 2023 looks to a figure born in 1899 as the exemplary writer for our times: Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentine essayist, storyteller, and poet, whose life works might best be considered as an ideology and literary theory unto itself.

Therefore, the 2023 PAMLA Conference theme is “Shifting Perspectives.” How might we apply this dynamic to our respective fields of study and shine a light on new approaches, thereby engaging in the critical and theoretical processes of shifting our own views and exploring the results? How might we shift perspectives in terms of our scholarly and intellectual pursuits, our world views, our creative writing, and our teaching?

PAMLA 2023 Vaccination Policy

You must be fully vaccinated (at least two weeks before the conference) and have proof of vaccination available; or you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours of the conference). Those who cannot do one or the other of these will not be able to attend the conference. So, please plan on your vaccination ahead of time. If you have any questions, please contact PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or [email protected].

Join PAMLA Today

PAMLA could use your support! Please join PAMLA for the 2023 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!).