Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Spaces of Danger and Opportunity in Grimm's Fairy Tales'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College


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: 'Into the Woods': Spaces of Danger and Opportunity in Grimm's Fairy Tales
Presiding Officer: Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College,
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

One of the most ominous and dangerous places in the Grimm's fairy tales are the woods, filled with evil spirits, witches, sorcerers, robbers, and monsters. Whereas the villages, castles, and towns represent civilized society regulated by laws that define normative behavior, the "wilderness" of the woods is their counterpoint. Devoid of leadership and control, the inhabitants are either good, kind, and helpful, that is "tame," or they are vicious, depraved, and abhorrent, that is "untamed." Nevertheless, the protagonists' encounters and interactions with the "wild" is necessarily a seminal force in their lives, leaving them not chastised or rewarded, but often more experienced and thus wiser. The session invites proposals that investigate the woods as (gendered) spaces where "anything can happen": maturation, transgression, preservation, salvation, or damnation.

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.