(CFP: PAMLA 2021) Poetry and Poetics

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Toshiaki Komura / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The Poetry and Poetics standing session at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) seeks abstract submissions exploring any aspect of poetry and poetics. We are open to paper topics that encompass a wide range of subgenres, time periods, and critical approaches; we are also interested in papers that engage with the PAMLA special conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction." Possible topics related to the conference theme could include, but are not limited to: poetry and the city, or poetry of the city; anti-pastorals; poetry and plague; theories of religious poetics; visions of heaven and social protest poetry; performance and desire; rituals of sacrifice; representations of eternity or illusions of timeless space; poetry and masking, fantasy, and escape; the end of town and the end of time; destruction, post-apocalypse, haunting; exile and longing; depictions of outsiders in the earthly city; among others.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, until the sessions are filled or June 30th, whichever comes earlier.  Poetry and Poetics offers both in-person option (designated as Poetry and Poetics I) and virtual option (designated as Poetry and Poetics III).

The 2021 PAMLA Conference is scheduled to be held at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV (and online) from Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14.

More information about the conference can be found at PAMLA’s conference website:


Paper proposals can be submitted via our online system found here:


The abstract proposal deadline is June 30th, or when the sessions are filled.