Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: Bong Joon-ho (Nov. 11-14 2021)

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
David John Boyd, Independent Scholar
contact email: 

PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Session: Bong Joon-ho: The Global Korean Auteur

Contacts: David John Boyd, Independent Scholar (

Description: This virtual (online) session seeks submissions that investigate the eclectic filmography of Bong Joon-ho in a broader discourse on his transculturality and the global cinematic expansion of Korean New Wave auteurs (Park Chan-wook, Hong Sang-soo, Lee Chang-dong, and Kim Ki-duk). Specifically, we are interested in any submission that examines how Bong's cinematic vision, film philosophy, and/or playful exploration of transcultural genres offers a new cinematic vision of a post-globalized, late capitalist world, from his early works on nuclear anxiety and Korean geopolitical conflict in The Host (Gwoemul, 2003), eco-critical evaluations of anthropocentrism in Okja (2017), or his Marxist spatial allegories of Snowpiercer (Seolgungnyeolcha, 2013) and Parasite (Gisaengchung, 2019). Submissions keen on examining any aspects of our 2021 conference's special theme, "City of God, City of Destruction," which focuses on themes of dystopia, urbanity, or postmodern cityscapes, will also be very welcome.

Conference Note:

This November, PAMLA will be offering both in-person (in Las Vegas, NV) and virtual sessions, which you can search for today, alongside important deadlines, membership details and conference fees.

Top tip: when you log in and enter the Call for Papers portal, remember that you have to click on the title of the session that you are interested in submitting your paper to, and then click on the green “Submit Abstract” icon at the top right corner of the page!

And for those who are interested, note that our conference theme this year is “City of God, City of Destruction,” an homage to contemporary urban literature, culture, architecture, as well as other topics, including the noir genre, postmodern cityscapes, dystopia and postindustrial decay, and/or the sublime, spiritual spaces found across many urban depictions.

We look forward to reading your submissions, and all of us at PAMLA HQ hope for calmer, better days ahead.