Film Studies at PAMLA (Deadline: 4/5/2010)

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PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)

ATTN: PAMLA's 2010 Conference in Hawaii: Film Studies Panel(s)

Aloha Concerned Cinema Citizens,

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) is the western regional affiliate of MLA. The 2010 conference will take place November 13-14 at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.


I am looking for papers in a selective but open-ended fashion, where applicants can choose from several topics, time periods, directors, actors and languages, so long as they have an explicit argument to make. Proposals on Global Cinema (French, Vietnamese, German, African, Latin American) are more than welcome, as well as papers dealing with form and content, and the use of music and editing in the Hollywood narrative. Your paper may concern film movements such as Neorealism, New Queer Cinema, European or Asian New Wave cinema, Dogma 95, German Expressionism, Mumble Core, Blaxploitation, Italian Futurism, American Indiewood and Garbage Mouth Cinema. Also welcome: arguments dealing with genre films such as noir, samurai, horror, romantic comedy, BroMance cinema, science fiction, the war film, fantasy, as well as documentaries, cult movies, children's films, silent films, caped crusaders, anime, comedies and Japanese pinku movies. Directors of interest and concern could just as well deal with films by Agnès Varda, Shohei Imamura, QT (is back!), Terry Gilliam, PIXAR, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Wong Kar Wai, Sophia Coppola, Catherine Breillat, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Miranda July, Ousmane Sembène, Fellini and more. I am open to any kind of discipline and approach to cinema, and additionally, I am open to grouped proposals as well. If you know someone of more interest, please feel free to forward this to any other interested parties.

For those of interest, please submit THE ACTUAL proposals online by April 5 at and if you have questions about the panel itself, please contact me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mahalo nui,

Matthew Snyder

Lecturer, Ph.D.
English Department &
University Writing Program
University of California-Riverside