Extended Deadline! | Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Japanese Visual Culture from Kowai to Kawaii'

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow
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: Japanese Visual Culture from Kowai to Kawaii
Presiding Officer: David John Boyd, University of Glasgow
Proposal Due Date: June 27, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website, http://pamla.org/2018/topic-areas

Panel description:

From manga, anime, and video games to fashion, print media, and the fine arts, contemporary Japanese visual culture is a vast philosophical landscape for thinking through the complexity of media ecologies, the contradictions of art histories, and the existential and postcolonial anxieties of "overcoming modernity," as Harry Harootunian writes. Hence, this session welcomes papers on all aspects of Japanese visual culture, especially those focused on this year's theme highlighting performance (and performativity), theatricality and stardom, and the dramatization of fashion or idol culture.

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. For more information about the conference, check our homepage here: http://pamla.org/2018