Comparative Media: PAMLA 2014, Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2)

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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If, as Marshall McLuhan famously asserts, media act as prosthesis, then our increasingly haptic relationship to digital technologies (think the nearly ubiquitous touchscreen interface of tablets and smart phones, as well as the rise of immersive VR as evidenced by Facebook's recently announced acquisition of Oculus) seems only natural. What, then, might constitute a denaturalized mediated environment? In addition to general comparative media topics, this standing session invites proposals that engage with PAMLA 2014's special conference theme, "Familiar Spirits."

Possible topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Spiritualism as Media
  • Deus Ex Machina: The Supernatural as Narrative Mediation
  • Haptic Media v. the Ghost in the Machine
  • Digital Voyeurism as Contemporary Haunting
  • Hot v. Cool Media
  • Analog Media as Today's Strange Stranger
  • Explorations of the Uncanny Valley
  • YouTube as Paranormative Commons

To submit a proposal, please visit and select "Comparative Media" from the drop-down menu. Each proposal should include the following:

  • Your name and institutional affiliation
  • Working paper title
  • Approximately 500-word abstract
  • Approximately 40-word mini-abstract
  • AV requirements, if any

Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Conference Date: 31 October - 2 November 2014
Location: Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, Calif.

Full submission guidelines and procedures are available at

Questions? Please contact Lisa Brown Jaloza at