Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Aesthetic Modernism'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia
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: Aesthetic Modernism
Presiding Officer: Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia,
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

For many years, people defined modernism in ways which authorized "high modernism" as a period of wild experimentation, avant-garde commitments, difficult texts, and the shock of material considered decadent. No one was sure whether to call these gestures broadly cosmopolitan or elitist--did they produce an inaccessible, hermetic art, unreadable by the masses, or an opening up of convention and platitude to the peculiar and new? What did modernists themselves think that they were producing as members of a creative class? How did they continue and contest styles of the past? This panel proposes to explore seminal and recent work on the Figure in Modernist-style in relation to its materialisms and politics, its cross and intermedia, its global travels, and its cultural histories, and tries to come to some conclusions about the lasting effects of Modernism's crisis of representation on consciousness. Perhaps the Figure can even help us to reimagine the Subject.

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.