Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, '21st-Century Literature'
CALL FOR PAPERS
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: Film Studies
Presiding Officer: Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website, http://pamla.org/2018/topic-areas
Eighteen years in, our twenty-first century literary traditions are beginning to take shape, and, indeed, it may be time to bring the unhelpfully-named "contemporary" period to a close. Has our culture indeed shifted into a new literary period? What aspects of the new era provide it a sense of definition? Or, is the defining crisis that will launch a new literary period just on the horizon? The 9-11 Attacks, globalization/neoliberalism, the Anthropocene, the collapse of a post-Cold War détente with the resultant repolarization of world powers, and many other cultural shifts may serve as useful markers of an incipient yet-to-be-labeled era. In this spirit, this special session will address literary works across different genres and cultural origins since the turn of the millennium and the challenges associated with categorizing, examining, and teaching them.
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.