Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Extended Deadline CFP, Young Adult Literature

deadline for submissions: 
July 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Taylor McCabe, University of California - Irvine
contact email: 

CALL FOR PAPERS (Extended Deadline!)

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Sunday, November 17, 2019, Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, San Diego, California

Conference Theme "Send in the Clowns"

The 2019 PAMLA Conference is being held over the November 14-17 weekend, in beautiful San Diego, California once again! Do consider joining us at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel this year, and as many PAMLA attendees can attest, the conference itself is sure to be an incredibly enjoyable, friendly, and rigorous experience for scholars at all stages in their professional careers. Go to for more information.

Session: Young Adult Literature (
Presiding Officer: Taylor McCabe
Proposal Due Date: July 10th (Extended)

Panel abstract: Though the notion of “antics” go hand-in-hand with childhood, “clowning around” can take on a more disapproving, if not downright insidious, implication over the course of adolescence, as young people are shepherded towards the presumed seriousness of adulthood. 

This panel invites consideration of the “clown” figure and its utility in Young Adult Literature. This may lead respondents to questions of genre (how does a refusal of seriousness, or an insistence on laughter, function differently in contemporary versus dystopian YA?), questions of history (is “fooling around” more attached to an imagined teenaged past as opposed to an ultra-driven, hyper-scheduled imagined teenaged present?), or questions of gender (does the often-masculinized “class clown” figure necessarily represent a patriarchal “boys will be boys” permissiveness towards men’s antics, or may he also illustrate a rejection of institutions?). 

All papers pertaining to Young Adult Literature are welcome, though papers that attend to the conference theme are particularly welcome.

Note: Feel free to submit a session regardless of the conference theme, and please contact me with any questions or concerns about the panel.

Moreover, for those also interested in other sessions related to Genre or Audience Studies, see and search for this area of study! We look forward to your submission!