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Call for Papers: Science Fiction Area 

2014 Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association Conference

Riverside, California, October 31-November 2

Conference Theme: “Familiar Spirits”

The 2014 PAMLA Conference will be held Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 2, at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California. We are planning some very special events for Halloween and the entire conference, including our special conference theme, “Familiar Spirits.” See for more information.

The Science Fiction (SF) area will mount up to three 90-minute sessions featuring 3-4 papers each. You are welcome to submit proposals on any aspect of the genre, in any medium. We particularly welcome papers that focus on intersections between SF and the “fantastic,” broadly construed: horror, magical realism, weird/new weird, pseudoscience, and other uncanny genres that defamiliarize consensus reality.

The deadline to propose a paper is Thursday, May 15, at midnight. To propose a paper, please go to the CFP/list of session topics posted online at You’ll have to log in to submit a paper proposal, or, if you’ve never logged in at the website, you’ll have to create an account, and then you’ll be able to submit a proposal (just follow the online directions). If you’ve forgotten your user name and password, you can request a new password. The online form to submit proposals is available at

If you have any questions about how to submit a proposal, you may contact PAMLA’s Executive Director, Craig Svonkin, at, or PAMLA’s webmaster, Heather Wozniak, at If you have questions about the suitability of your proposal for the SF area, you can reach me at

The deadline to pay your 2014 PAMLA dues is June 15, 2014. If you wish to attend the conference, you will also have to pay a conference fee (due September 10th, more expensive if paid after that date). We are working on a brand new online payment system, so please be patient while we work out the kinks on this system with our online provider. You will receive an email when the new payment system is up and ready.