PAMLA Standing Session on Autobiography. Riverside, CA, October 31-November 2, 2014. Deadline: May 15, 2014

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PAMLA: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are seeking exceptional papers on all aspects of autobiography, memoir, diary, and life-writing for the standing session on Autobiography at the 112th annual meeting of the PAMLA conference at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California, from October 31st to November 2nd, 2014.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: autobiographic self-representation in new social media; multi-ethnic life-writing; graphic memoir; discovery of archive diary; multi-genre forms of narrative life-writing; and the relationship between autobiography and gender, sexual, ethnic, racial, and/or national identities.

In addition, the conference-wide theme for the 2014 PAMLA conference is "Familiar Spirits." In connection with this theme, we invite you to propose papers on magic, conjuring, spirits, hauntings, Spiritualism, and manifestations as well as presentations that treat the familiar, familial, and the commonplace in relation to the paranormal, strange, and uncanny with respect to life-narrative.

Please submit your proposal online before May 15th, 2014, at .

For questions, please contact the Autobiography Presiding Officer, Dr. Tanya Heflin, at

PAMLA Proposal and Presentation Guidelines:
• One does not have to be a member of PAMLA to propose a paper, but one must become a member by June 15th to be listed in the program.
• In order to propose a paper, a paper title, a 500-word proposal, and a 50-word abstract should be submitted online at: by May 15, 2014. Select "Autobiography" as the Topic Area.
• Conference sessions are 90 minutes long, with three to four papers in each session. Each presentation should be 15-20 minutes to leave time for introductions and discussion.
• Please indicate in your submission whether you will require AV equipment.