PAMLA Standing Session on Autobiography. San Diego, CA, Nov 1-3, 2013. Deadline: Apr 15, 2013.

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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We are seeking exceptional papers on all aspects of autobiography, memoir, diary, and life-writing for the standing session on Autobiography at the 111th annual meeting of the PAMLA conference at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego from November 1-3, 2013. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: autobiographic self-representation in new social media; multi-ethnic life-writing; autobiography in the graphic novel; 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. Please submit your proposal online before April 15 at

The conference-wide theme for the 2013 PAMLA conference is "Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture." The theme is intended to allow special sessions dealing with all aspects of the intersection of Age, Identity, and Culture, from Childhood Studies to Aging Studies. Sessions might explore such issues as the analysis of "age" as depicted in literary and cultural products; children's literature, film, and culture; childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age as constructed or performed identities; the ways that literature and media depict and construct concepts of age, in much the same way that ethnic, Marxist, and gender studies explore ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender formation.

For questions, please contact the Autobiography Presiding Officer 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 1 to be listed in the program.

• In order to propose a paper, a paper title, an approximately 500-word proposal, and an approximately 50-word abstract should be submitted online at: by April 15, 2013. (You will first have to register; proposals submitted before the deadline are most welcome.)

• The same paper may not be submitted to more than one session. However, you may submit different paper proposals to different sessions (as long as you let each session's Presiding Officer know that you have done so, and as long as you remember that you may only deliver a single paper at the conference).

• Please notify the Presiding Officer ( and Executive Director ( if you cannot be present at the conference so that the program can be updated and a replacement found, if possible. While we recognize that emergencies arise, please make your plans as early as possible to attend or not to attend the conference. PAMLA would like to uphold the highest professional standards for its members and participants. Last-minute cancellations in the program, especially those that could have been conveyed early, do not bode well for the organization and the conference. Papers may not be read in absentia.

• Conference sessions are ninety-minutes long, with three to four papers in each session. Each paper should be 15-20 minutes to leave time for introductions and discussion (for sessions with four panelists, each panelist will have approximately 15 minutes; for sessions with three panelists, each panelist will have approximately 20 minutes--contact your Presiding Officer for the exact time details for your session). Please observe this time limit when writing your paper. All presenters who will need AV equipment are required to fill out the AV request field online, at the same time that they propose their paper (by April 15). Presenters who request equipment later than that date may not receive their requested AV equipment.

• Please consider developing your paper into a publishable essay for Pacific Coast Philology (PCP), PAMLA's annual refereed journal. Guidelines for submission are available on the website and at the conference.