118th Annual PAMLA Conference CFP: Autobiography

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
PAMLA 2021
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118th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association Conference
Thursday, November 11, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021
Virtual and In-Person Panels, Sahara Las Vegas Hotel
Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

PAMLA’s Autobiography panel is currently accepting submissions for virtual and in-person sessions!

We are open to a wide range of paper topics dealing with subjectivity, authorship, auto-fiction, and identity, but are particularly interested in papers that take new interdisciplinary approaches to Autobiography. As such, papers that draw on cognitive science, psychology, phenomenology, critical race theory, gender theory, or intersectionality in their analyses of Autobiography are particularly welcome. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to: collective autobiography; techniques of self-narration; self-fashioning; neuroaesthetics; intersectional subjectivity; philosophy of race. We are also interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, "City of God, City of Destruction." 

Submit an abstract directly through the Autobiography submission pages (specify your preference of presenting virtually or in person), or search the PAMLA comprehensive Call for Papers. Contact Emily Travis (etravis@ucsc.edu) with any questions.

About PAMLA and this year’s theme:

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association is a scholarly association designed for those teaching or conducting research in a diverse range of literary, linguistic, and cultural interests, both ancient and modern, in the United States and abroad. PAMLA members include faculty and students in language and literature departments in colleges and universities, as well as interdisciplinary scholars from other disciplines and independent scholars.

This year’s theme, “City of God, City of Destruction,” seeks to take the “form analysis” of Las Vegas in a religious direction, considering this shimmering city in the desert as both celestial emblem and den of sin. More broadly, the 2021 PAMLA conference, while welcoming paper proposals on a wide variety of topics, invites meditation on the connections between ideas of the city and the forms of fiction, and the way both may be informed by a religious poetics.