Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures - PAMLA 2016

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Call for Papers
June 10, 2016
Nevada, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Chicana/o History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Native American History / Studies

Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

November 11 - 13, 2016

Westin Pasadena

Pasadena, California


Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literatures


This panel aims to explore the ways in which physical place has become archival within 20th and 21st century literatures.  One of the most obvious examples may be the ways in which place is archival in post-9/11 literatures, but this panel welcomes varied and original interpretations of place as archive.


Physical place serves to construct important narratives about our culture, thus archiving the beliefs and concerns of its inhabitants, creators, and maintainers.  This panel aims to foster discussion and scholarship on the different ways in which physical places function as archives.  Whether the physical place is a formal, public memorial or simply representative of a more familial or colloquial history, physical place remains one of the most influential examples of archive in 20th and 21st century literatures.  The goal of this panel is to identify and explore the unique ways in which physical place tells stories that are otherwise silenced, while also providing dimension to existing narratives, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of narrative.


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All abstracts must be submitted through conference submission site.

Abstract deadline: June 10, 2016


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Megan Cannella -

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Megan Cannella - Presiding Officer

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