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The Travel and Literature standing session of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) is now accepting proposals for the organization’s 116th annual conference.
The session welcomes proposals focused on travel, odyssey, and mobility through literary lenses as broadly conceived, with special interest in movement through city spaces. Since this year’s conference theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages,” Since this year’s conference theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages,” we are particularly interested in essays that consider the ways in which literary works address the city as a theatrical site for generating, reflecting, and/or facilitating the construction of identities, through characters who travel to/from or move through its urban spaces in varied forms. How does travel or movement throughout city spaces address issues of performativity, hierarchy, perception, or power through literature?
Possible topics and focuses to consider include, but are not limited to, the following: the urban odyssey; flânerie; urban dance (i.e., Jane Jacobs); the city street as social, artistic, and/or political stage; travel discoveries of third-spaces in a city’s texture (Edward Soja); proxemics; labyrinths/undergrounds as conduit for traveling through city spaces; the role of traveler as heterotopian (i.e., Alejandro Morales); interpretations/examinations of the city as literary character and creator/reflection of cultural identities; among others.
The PAMLA 2018 Conference will be held at Western Washington University from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11.
How to Submit
Submit proposals to any open topic area using the Online Proposal Submission Form. You will need to register and login to access the form (if you created an account last year, you can use it again; if you forgot your username or password, visit the Password Recovery page).
The proposal deadline is Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
Please know that PAMLA accepts individual papers rather than organized panels. You can submit up to three proposals to three different sessions, although each proposal must be distinct, and you can ultimately present only one paper at the conference. PAMLA is a congenial and welcoming forum that presents excellent opportunities for meeting with scholars formally and informally from in and outside of your respective fields of study.
Dr. Michael Moreno, Associate Professor of English & Diversity Studies, Green River College