Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'Museums and Storytelling'

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
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: Museum and Storytelling
Presiding Officer: Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
Proposal Due Date: June 27, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

Museums exist to serve as cultural repositories as well as shapers of the public appreciation of history, science, art, and popular culture. Museums have then both created their own narratives from the content of their collections and their arrangement, and have themselves provided the subjects and settings for fiction and non-fiction narratives. How do museums tell stories? How have museums, curators, and the museum-going experience itself constructed (or warped) historical narratives? How have museums been represented in literature, film, and popular culture? What is the future of the museum as a communal experience and an educational space? Broadly conceived, this session seeks papers that address museums and storytelling, both as a narrative spaces and experiences, and as significant subjects or settings for literature, film and other narratives.

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. For more information about the conference, check our homepage here: