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PAMLA Special Session: “Lost in La-la-land" (https://www.pamla.org/pamla2022/)

Los Angeles
Organization: PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
Event: https://www.pamla.org/pamla2022/
Categories: American, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2022-11-11 to 2022-11-13 Abstract Due: 2022-07-10

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Dear colleagues, 

PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2022 will be in Los Angeles, CA, November 11-13. Verbiage from PAMLA.org: 

PAMLA 2022’s Conference Theme is “Geographies of the Fantastic and Quotidian,” specifically framing Los Angeles as a metropolis that offers fertile ground for scholarly excavation, both because of its “out of this world” realms of the fantastic and the bizarre as well as its rich and diversely lived and experienced environments of the everyday.

I will be chairing a special session entitled “Lost in La-la-land, or, W(a/o)ndering in the City”:

This PAMLA special session invites panelists to get lost in the wild spaces still within densely inhabited places, and to consider Los Angeles as particularly productive of the aesthetic categories of the uncanny, the weird, and the eerie, using literature, film, or other media. What accidents may disrupt the expected flows of human, synanthropic, vehicular, commercial, data, or drug traffic? What falls through L.A.’s grid system, cutting across this city of angles? Papers may make excursions through theories of chaos, emergence, or complexity, or may entertain philosophies of the event, cityscaped drug “trips,” the relationship between wandering and wondering, slips of the feet, nocturnal topographies, the failed shortcut of the horror film, the spiritual pilgrimage, the celestial cities of “imaginal” realms glimpsed in mystical visions: All may involve the emergence of the new, whether wonderful or terrible, from within the already considered –­– defamiliarizing, reenchanting, or revitalizing known places.

Please submit proposal abstracts through the PAMLA portal (https://pamla.ballastacademic. com/Home/S/18589) as soon as possible, but definitely before the extended deadline of July 10.

Hope to see you in L.A.!



Shane Baker