LAST CALL: Dune, from Herbert to Villeneuve (PAMLA, roundtable, conducted remotely)

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (Annual Convention, Las Vegas, November 12-15, 2021,
contact email: 

Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965) is as celebrated as it is because of its depth and complexity, of course. It’s also, however, presumably, because its storyline, and that of its two initial sequels, Dune Messiah (1969) and Children of Dune (1976), of a crusade led by a prophet with superhuman abilities and its legacy, resonated with readers awash in social and political turbulence. It’s not difficult to imagine, then, that adaptations have emerged at regular intervals for similar reasons, beginning with David Lynch’s Dune (1984), John Harrison’s Dune (2000) and Children of Dune (2003), and now Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming Dune (2021). As the saga continued to unfold, however, from the initial to the sequel trilogy—God Emperor of Dune (1981), Heretics of Dune (1984), and Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)—and from there to Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s posthumous execution of Herbert’s notes for the saga’s conclusion—Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007)—it revealed an ever more complex, and so ever more socially and politically provocative storyline. 

In the wake of the new film’s appearance, on October 1, a little over a month before the conference convenes, the roundtable will be an occasion to explore anew the Dune saga’s storyline, in part or in whole, as reflected in the above works and Herbert and Anderson’s five-and-counting prequel series (1999-).

All approaches are welcome.

Submission guidelines: Abstracts, roughly 300 words in length, should be submitted directly to the PAMLA site, at, by Saturday, July 31, 2021. (Please note that the roundtable may coalesce in advance of the deadline, so please submit as soon as possible.) Questions, concerns, and inquiries generally may be forwarded to Trip McCrossin, at: