2018 Richard Aldington Conference

X INTERNATIONAL ALDINGTON SOCIETY &
VI INTERNATIONAL IMAGISM CONFERENCE

in joint sponsorship with

THE ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS SOCIETY

JULY 30 – AUGUST 1, 2018

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

 

The X International Aldington Society & VI International Imagism Conference will return to its conference headquarters in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France, July 30 – August 1, 2018.

The International Richard Aldington Society was founded and its first conference held at the home of Catha Aldington in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the summer of 2000. In 2007 and 2010, the first two Imagism Conferences were held at Brunnenburg Castle in Italy, with the Aldington Society and the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society as joint sponsors of the 2010 conference. In 2018 the Roberts Society will hold its first-ever annual conference abroad, in conjunction with the Aldington/Imagism meeting.

Since many potential Aldington/Imagism conferees will be participating in the International Hemingway Conference in Paris, July 22 – 28, 2018, we stress that our conference activities will begin right after the Hemingway Conference ends, allowing two days for relocation from Paris to the South of France. Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is an ancient beachfront and seaside pilgrimage village on the Mediterranean, in the heart of the numinous Camargue.

As always, we welcome papers that focus on Richard Aldington and his colleagues and contemporaries (Pound, H.D. et al) or on Imagism. Thus we invite papers that deal with any aspect of the life and work of Aldington, or with the “Imagist Movement;” Aldington and the Imagists (Pound, H.D., F. S. Flint, Ford Madox Ford, Amy Lowell, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, et al). And since 2018 is the year of the Great War Centenary and France will be at the heart of the global commemoration, possible topics include Aldington, Pound, Roberts, the Imagists (et al) and the Great War. We also welcome papers related to the engagement of these writers with France. And given the time and place proximity of the Aldington and Hemingway Conferences, we invite papers that deal comparatively with, for example, Hemingway’s writing on the Great War (e.g., the two major World War One novels of 1929—Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and Aldington’s Death of a Hero). We also stress that all approaches and all topics dealing with Aldington/Imagism/Roberts are welcome.

2018 will be the year of a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in First World War Centenary events and what the French call Le tourisme de mémoire—Remembrance Tourism (before, during, and after our conference)—as well as an extraordinary chance to combine two conferences in two of the world’s most enchanted places—Hemingway in Paris and Aldington/Roberts/Imagism in the Camargue. Mark your calendars now, watch for forthcoming CFP details, and plan to be in France in the summer of 2018.

{Address any questions regarding all events described above to the Co-Directors of both the Aldington/Imagism/Roberts Conference and the Hemingway in Paris Conference—Matthew Nickel <mattcnickel@gmail.com> and H. R. Stoneback <hrs714@gmail.com>.

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