Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Children's Literature'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University
contact email: 


Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Conference theme: “Acting, Roles, and Stages”

Session: Children's Literature
Presiding Officer: Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University,
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

This general session invites submissions on a wide range of topics relating to children’s literature, including novels, picture books, graphic novels, or theatrical performances intended for, or consumed by, children. We are particularly interested in papers that engage with the special conference theme of “Acting, Roles, Stages.” As such, papers dealing with issues such as acting as art and metaphor, theories of role play and theatricality, and conceptions of the world stage and the public audience, in connection to the session’s topic of children's literature, are particularly welcome.

Possible topics could also include, but are not limited to: works that explore theater that is created for or performed by children, including those that address relevant questions in the theory, history, and practice of children’s theater; the culture of childhood actors; the development of theater for children; translating novels to scripts; elements of stage craft for children; works of literature that specifically address acting and performance on the stage; Shakespeare adaptations for children; children’s nonfiction about acting, performance and theater; naturalist or anti-realist techniques of performance and stagecraft; the staging of everyday life; social roles and role play (e.g., Goffman’s “presentation of self in everyday life”); and performativity and technologies of mediation.

We are also interested in submissions regarding how culture is performed in works of children’s literature. Culture in this context includes the performance of race, religion, sexuality, nationality, and gender.

Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. We look forward to your submission.

Note: The PAMLA Conference, held over the November 9-11, 2018 weekend at lovely Western Washington University in idyllic Bellingham, Washington, is a broad conference for scholars of a wide variety of literary, cultural, or media topics. There are over 125 approved sessions you could consider proposing to. You may submit to more than one session (if you do so, please let the presiding officers know you are doing so) but may only deliver one paper at the conference itself.

Please do not submit proposals to more than two or three sessions, and do not submit the same proposal to multiple sessions.