Extended Deadline! 118th Annual PAMLA Conference in Las Vegas, NV: "City of God, City of Destruction" Special Session CFP

deadline for submissions: 
February 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
David John Boyd, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 


Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Conference theme: “City of God, City of Destruction”

The 2020 PAMLA Conference is being held over the November 12-15 weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time in recent memory! Do consider joining us this year, and as many PAMLA attendees can attest, the conference itself is sure to be an incredibly enjoyable, friendly, and rigorous experience for scholars at all stages in their professional careers!

At this time, you may now Propose a Special Session for the 2020 PAMLA Conference (perhaps on our 2020 Conference Theme) via our Ballast portal. You will first need to Create a User Account, and then you will be able to propose a session. When you create your account, you will be able to choose one of the many affiliations we have on file, or if your affiliation isn't there, choose "Not Listed" and then type your affiliation in. Should your special session proposal be accepted (once you've proposed a special session, you will hear back from PAMLA 1st VP Jeremiah Axelrod as to whether your proposal has been accepted or not), you will automatically become the Presiding Officer for the session.

*Note: you do not need to become a member of PAMLA by submitting a special session request, but you will if your session request is approved.

We are especially interested in special session proposals related to Spanish and Portuguese, British and Anglophone, Asian, French, Italian, or Multi-ethnic literatures and/or cultures, as well as any session focused on topics such as Creative Writing, Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy. We are also interested in new proposals that could eventually, after a few successful years as special sessions, become general/standing sessions (Canadian Studies? Medical Humanities? Japanese Literature and Culture? Chinese Literature and Culture? Arabic and Hebrew Literature? Slavic Literatures and Cultures? Caribbean Literatures and Cultures? Australian Studies? Contemporary Visual Arts? Etc.)

While you’re at it, why not check out our diverse list of session formats (https://pamla.org/2020/session-formats)? We encourage all prospective members to test the waters and submit a special session that may be a bit more radical in its format, ranging from a Creative Conversation (perhaps a conversation with a clown, a poet, or a avant-garde performance artist), to a Roundtable (with multiple brief, informal presentations), to a Workshop (on professional or artistic skills, pedagogy, or innovative approaches), to a Special Event (a poetry reading, puppet show, face-painting and balloon folding, or an art walk or gallery talk of some kind).

We look forward to seeing your special session ideas submitted to our online application site by the end of the month! Apply at https://pamla.ballastacademic.com. Please also reach out to your friends, colleagues, and students who may have missed the original deadline and might be good candidates to propose a special session. Note the timeline below as well:

Extended Deadline - Proposals for Special Sessions Due: February 24, 2020

Abstract proposals: March 1, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Invitees should respond to invitations: May 26, 2020 - June 7, 2020

Early-bird conference payment period: January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020

PAMLA membership payment due for all accepted conference participants: July 1, 2020

Regular conference payment period: July 1, 2020 - September 16, 2020

Late payment period: September 17, 2020 - November 1, 2020

After November 2, those who haven't paid their conference fees will be removed from the conference program

Special session proposals should not replicate Standing/General Session topics. Should you have any questions about our special session review process, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin (director@pamla.org or 626-354-7526) or PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (assistant@pamla.org).

We look forward to your special session abstracts, and hope to see you in Las Vegas for PAMLA 2020!