Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: Bible and Literature (Nov. 11-14 2021)

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Leonard Koff, University of California - Los Angeles
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: Bible and Literature

Contacts: Leonard Koff, University of California - Los Angeles (

Description: We seek papers that think deeply about the connection between forms of literary art and ideas of cities or places — in Jewish biblical or post-biblical texts, in canonical or non-canonical Christian scriptures — as celestial locations or dens of sin. We are interested in papers that look at: cities or places where God is, was, or promises to be present; cities or places, holy or unholy, to which men are led, or lead themselves, to establish or re-establish values: moral or ethical or social or political or theological. If Las Vegas is a modern example, the New Jerusalem (in Ezekiel) and the Heavenly Jerusalem (in Revelation) are examples, too. Other proposals on other topics involving the Bible and literature are also 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.