Friday, February 22, 2013

Two CFPs for the PAMLA Conference

The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference will be held in San Diego this year, from November 1-3, 2013 at the Bahia Resort Hotel. Below are CFPs for two exciting panels related to children's literature, one of which is chaired by SDSU's very own graduate student, Lauren Benard!

Children's Literature Panel

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email:
proposal deadline: April 15, 2013
The academic interest in children's literature has been growing in popularity. Why do these stories interest a young audience as well as adults? Why are new versions of old stories still interesting? Is the story itself compelling, or are readers fascinated with the aspect of the child itself? This session will focus on children's literature as well as literature about children. Papers can range from any time period and genre (young adult, picture book, folk, film, etc.) Submit a proposal of 300-500 words explaining your project pertaining to the realm of children's literature.

Topics prospective panelists may wish to address include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Marketing of children's literature
  • Intended audience
  • Depictions of the changing child body
  • The dynamic between the adult/child relationship
  • Trauma
  • Gender
  • Creativity
  • Family relations
  • Visual and literary worlds of childhood
Proposals should be submitted to PAMLA's online proposal system ( by April 15, 2013.

Direct any questions to Lauren Benard (

Panel on Princesses in Popular Culture
Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email:
proposal deadline: April 15, 2013
Panel -- Once Upon a Time: The Impact of Princess Culture on Girls

And they lived happily ever after, or did they?
This special session seeks to explore the impact of burgeoning princess culture in literature, film, and media on young girls. The panel on popular culture will also examine the multi-faceted way in which girls imagine, perform, and conceptualize feminine identity via princesses. A specific approach to the topic of princess culture is not expected, so please submit what you're working on to be considered for this panel. This is an approved special session for the 2013 annual conference of the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) in the beachfront city of San Diego, California.

Please send a CV and abstract of no more than 500 words to the following email address by April 15:

Michelle Stonis
Department of History
California State University, Long Beach

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