121st Annual Conference (Palm Springs, CA) – Nov. 7-10, 2024

Sponsors (TBA: Please contact Executive Director Craig Svonkin if your college, university, or association would like to become a conference sponsor: [email protected])

The 121st Annual PAMLA Conference

The PAMLA 2024 Conference will be held at the lovely Margaritaville Resort in sunny Palm Springs, California (formerly the Riviera Resort, a favorite hangout of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and other Hollywood and musical stars). We will be opening our conference with a welcome event on the Thursday, November 7, and continuing the conference through Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2024.

The 2024 PAMLA Conference is being held entirely in-person at the Margaritaville Resort Hotel and Conference Center. We won’t be having any virtual or hybrid sessions or papers.

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), the west coast affiliate of the MLA, is a warm, welcoming, inclusive Humanities and Arts association dedicated to the creation, advancement, and diffusion of the aesthetic practices and knowledge of ancient & modern languages, literatures, cultures, and the arts. Approximately 800 to 1,000 faculty, students, writers, and interested independent scholars and members of the community attend our annual PAMLA conference, which offers scholars and writers the opportunity to share research and creative artistic works in a friendly, stimulating atmosphere.

Special session and paper submissions are not limited to the theme of this year’s conference, “Translation in Action.” But if you’d like to touch on the theme that would be most welcome.

Our PAMLA 2024 Special Sessions Proposal Deadline  is March 31, 2024, but please try to submit your special session proposal as soon as possible. Special session proposals can be connected to our 2024 Conference Theme, “Translation in Action,” or may be on other topics of interest, perhaps topics that will help PAMLA to expand into other important academic fields of interest. If you do not see a field of study or topic on our Standing Sessions list**, please feel free to create and submit your special session proposal!

Our 2024 PAMLA CFP page and online paper proposal system is open now until April 30. Newly approved sessions will be added on a daily basis. You will need to log in to https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/ to propose a paper to one of our approved sessions.

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].

**The following General (Standing) Sessions present programs at the Association’s annual conference: 21st-Century Literature; Adaptation Studies; African American Literature; American Literature before 1865; American Literature 1865-1945; American Literature after 1945; Ancient-Modern Relations; Anime and Manga; Architecture, Space, and Literature; Asian American Literature; Asian Literature; Austrian Studies; Autobiography; Beyond Binaries; Bible and Literature; British Literature and Culture: To 1700; British Literature and Culture: The Long Eighteenth Century; British Literature and Culture: The Long Nineteenth Century; British Literature and Culture: 20th and 21st Century; Carceral/Prison Studies; Children’s Literature; Classics (Greek); Classics (Latin); Comics and Graphic Narratives; Comparative American Ethnic Literature; Comparative Literature; Comparative Media; Composition and Rhetoric; Creative Writing; Critical Theory; Cultural History; Digital Arguments; Digital Studies; Disability Studies; Disney and Its Worlds; Drama and Society; East-West Literary Relations; Fantasy and the Fantastic; Feminisms; Film and Literature; Film Studies; Folklore and Mythology; Food Studies; French; Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Literature; Germanic Studies; Gothic; Hip Hop Poetics; Horror and the Supernatural; Indigenous Literatures and Cultures; Italian; Italian Cinema; Italian Ecocriticism; Jewish Literature and Culture; Latina/o Literature and Culture; Linguistics; Literature & the Other Arts; Literature and Religion; Medieval Literature; Middle English Literature, including Chaucer; New Italians; Oceanic Literatures and Cultures; Old English Literature, including Beowulf; Poetry and Poetics; Post-Colonial Literature; Religion in American Literature; Rhetorical Approaches to Literature; Romanticism; Science Fiction; Shakespeare; Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Jewish Culture & Literature in Trans-Iberia, Spanish and Portuguese (Latin American); Spanish and Portuguese (Peninsular); Teaching with Media and Technology; Teaching Writing Across the Disciplines; Television Studies; Travel and Literature; Veterans Studies; Video Game Studies; Western American Literature; Women in Literature; Young Adult Literature and Culture.

PAMLA 2024 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!).