CFP: Aldington / Roberts / Imagism conference

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Conference date: July 30 - August 1
Paper submission deadline: September 30
Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

JULY 30 – AUGUST 1, 2018
Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

The X International Aldington Society & VI International Imagism Conference—with the XX Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society 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/Roberts 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.

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, and plan to be in France in the summer of 2018.


The conference co-directors, Nickel and Stoneback, invite a wide range of possible papers dealing with any aspect of the life and work of Aldington, the “Imagist Movement,” and Elizabeth Madox Roberts.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following suggestions:

- Aldington and/or Roberts and the Imagists (Pound, H.D., F. S. Flint, Ford Madox Ford, Amy Lowell, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot , et al)
- places, regions, and travel in Roberts, Aldington, and Modernism
- French connections and European intersections
- Trans-Atlantic Modernism
- literary and epistolary relationships
- influences, resonances, intertextualities
- myth and religion, science and technology
- war wounds and domestic trauma
- satire and modernity

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.

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017. Please send a title and 250-word abstract to Conference Program Chairs: Jessica Mackenzie Nickel (Misericordia University) at, Dan Pizappi (University of Tennessee) at, and Amanda Capelli (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) at

{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 <> and H. R. Stoneback <>}

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