Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Cinema and Contemporary War'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University
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: Cinema and Contemporary War
Presiding Officer: Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University,
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

Topics of inquiry may include, but are not limited to: Papers that examine the relationship between contemporary cinema and contemporary war. "War" read broadly to include sustained acts of systemic state violence such as, for example, post-9/11 U.S. policies regarding militarization, mass media and surveillance; the "war on drugs"; the militarized response to human rights demonstrations in Native American communities; the 2001 U.S. invasion of Iraq; the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Papers may consider the following questions: How does film represent, reinforce, reframe, disrupt, or resist contemporary war? How can cinema operate as critical discourse? How can a film co-opt, or creatively and indirectly intervene in, existing power structures? How can film be read more dynamically to include developing technologies and media?

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.