CFP: Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies Session (PAMLA)

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
contact email: 

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is now accepting proposals for its Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies sessions. The conference will take place Nov 9-11, 2018, at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington.

We invite proposals for individual papers exploring any aspect of Asian American literary or cultural studies. We have a particular interest in presentations that engage across disciplinary boundaries; make connections to issues in the field at large (transnationalism, biopolitics, aesthetics, memory, etc); focus on texts not often discussed; or attend to genres not often represented in Asian American literary and cultural studies. One of the panels will likely focus on trauma, memory and art; proposals that engage with these themes are especially welcome. 

"Texts" here is defined broadly to include visual, performing and digital arts, film, new media, disciplinary landscapes, geographic terrain, the politicized body (and more). We also invite proposals in conversation with this year's theme, "Acting, Roles, Stages." This too solicits broad interpretation, including (and certainly not limited to) artistic and cultural media and methods, acting/roles/stages as metaphor, as well as issues of performativity, new technology, identity, visibility/invisibility, surveillance, the public and the everyday. Close readings of specific works, broader theoretical and thematic discussions of the subject, and presentations that take a form other than the traditional twenty minute conference paper are all welcome.

Ultimately we hope to address and encourage emergent issues and robust conversations in the fields of Asian American Literary and Cultural Studies.

How to Submit

Please submit proposals via PAMLA's online proposal submission form (you will need to register and login to access the form).

The proposal deadline is June 27, 2018.

Contact Info:

LuLing Osofsky, University of California Santa Cruz