Extended Deadline: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: The Other(ed) Beats (Nov. 11-14 2021)

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu
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: The Other(ed) Beats

Contacts: Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu (cedelson@chaminade.edu)

Description: Since Jack Kerouac coined the term “beat generation” in 1948, the Beat literary movement has been defined in terms of the life and art of several men, among them the poets Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gergory Corso, and Gary Snyder. Paradoxically, these central Beat artists engaged in various gestures of self-Othering only to achieve canonical centrality. However, critics such as Ronna C. Johnson, Nancy M. Grace, and Maria Damon have illuminated the work of lesser known Beat poets, including Joyce Johnson, Mary Fabilli, Helen Adam, Bob Kaufman, and Ted Joans. This panel invites submissions on the self-Othering dynamics of canonical Beat poets as well as papers that address doubly alienated Beat figures who operated on the margins of this countercultural movement.

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.