Postponed Conference: 118th Annual PAMLA Conference in Las Vegas, NV: "City of God, City of Destruction" Special Session CFP

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
David John Boyd, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 


Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

In order to protect our members during the current pandemic, the PAMLA Board has voted to postpone the PAMLA conference until the fall of 2021. As a result, we will be putting offering a virtual option to our 2021 Las Vegas conference! Should you have any questions, feel free to call or email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin: 626-354-7526 or

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Thursday, November 11, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Conference theme: “City of God, City of Destruction”

The 2021 PAMLA Conference has been postponed to the November 11-14 weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time in recent memory! Do consider joining us 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!

At this time, you may now Propose a Special Session for the 2021 PAMLA Conference (perhaps on our 2021 Conference Theme) via our Ballast portal. You will first need to Create a User Account, and then you will be able to propose a session. When you create your account, you will be able to choose one of the many affiliations we have on file, or if your affiliation isn't there, choose "Not Listed" and then type your affiliation in. Should your special session proposal be accepted (once you've proposed a special session, you will hear back from PAMLA 1st VP Jeremiah Axelrod as to whether your proposal has been accepted or not), you will automatically become the Presiding Officer for the session.

*Note: you do not need to become a member of PAMLA by submitting a special session request, but you will if your session request is approved.

We are especially interested in special session proposals related to Spanish and Portuguese, British and Anglophone, Asian, French, Italian, or Multi-ethnic literatures and/or cultures, as well as any session focused on topics such as Creative Writing, Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy. We are also interested in new proposals that could eventually, after a few successful years as special sessions, become general/standing sessions (Canadian Studies? Medical Humanities? Japanese Literature and Culture? Chinese Literature and Culture? Arabic and Hebrew Literature? Slavic Literatures and Cultures? Caribbean Literatures and Cultures? Australian Studies? Contemporary Visual Arts? Etc.)

We encourage all prospective members to test the waters and submit a special session that may be a bit more radical in its format, ranging from a Creative Conversation (perhaps a conversation with a clown, a poet, or a avant-garde performance artist), to a Roundtable (with multiple brief, informal presentations), to a Workshop (on professional or artistic skills, pedagogy, or innovative approaches), to a Special Event (a poetry reading, puppet show, face-painting and balloon folding, or an art walk or gallery talk of some kind -- virtual options included).

We look forward to seeing your special session ideas submitted to our online application site by the end of the month! Apply at Please also reach out to your friends, colleagues, and students who may have missed the original deadline and might be good candidates to propose a special session. Note the timeline below as well:

Extended Deadline - Proposals for Special Sessions Due: February 15, 2021

Abstract proposals: January 10, 2021 - May 31, 2021

Early-bird conference payment period: January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021

PAMLA membership payment due for all accepted conference participants: July 25, 2021

Regular conference payment period: June 1, 2021 - September 1, 2021

Late payment period: September 2, 2021 - November 1, 2021

After November 2, those who haven't paid their conference fees will be removed from the conference program

Special session proposals should not replicate Standing/General Session topics. Should you have any questions about our special session review process, please email or call PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin ( or 626-354-7526) or PAMLA Assistant Director David John Boyd (

We look forward to your special session abstracts, and hope to see you in person or online for PAMLA 2021!