Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: Disney and Its Worlds (Nov. 11-14 2021)

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Suzy Woltmann, University of California - San Diego
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: Disney and Its Worlds

Contacts: Suzy Woltmann, University of California - San Diego (kwoltman@ucsd.edu)

Description: The sociocultural and literary ramifications of all things Disney have long provided rich terrain for critical scholarly analysis. This panel explores the discursive, literary, filmic, and historical dimensions of the Disney phenomenon in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that draw upon the rich canon of scholarship on Disney and engage with its cultural effects through critical theory, historical analysis, feminist/queer readings, or close reading strategies are particularly encouraged. This session also gives particular consideration to papers that engage with the conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction." Topics might include urbanity and degradation in Disney filmic cities from Mouseton to Zootopia; the representation of gods and god-adjacents from Olympians to Titans; and what some see as the cultural destruction inherent in Disney capitalism.

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.