Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Festival Culture of the New Millennium'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley 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: Festival Culture of the New Millennium
Presiding Officer: Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

In the nearly five decades since Woodstock, the world has seen as explosion of similar multi-day events, like these larger known festivals and gatherings—Burning Man, Coachella, Tomorrowland, Glastonbury, EDC—as well as thousands of smaller and newer festivals. What are the new trends of large, organized art and music gatherings as formed by changing cultural interests, talents, technologies, and markets? Many contemporary festivals claim to provide a new vision for the production and consumption of goods, food, music, art, and ideology; and such spaces are carefully crafted to awaken “empowered action through hands-on projects and thought-provoking talks that teach [us] tools to become healthier and create a more sustainable world, while connecting deeply with nature and the community around us” (DoLab). What other greater community-building efforts do such events enact? This panel seeks presentations on contemporary art and music festival culture, with specific consideration of the special sub-cultures of recurring mainstream, underground, transformational, and eco-based festival events, gatherings, exhibits, and collaborations.

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.