CFP: [American] Hemingway Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland 6/25/10-7/3/10; Deadline 9/15/09

full name / name of organization: 
Suzanne del Gizzo

The Fourteenth International Hemingway Society Conference
Hemingway’s Extreme Geographies â€" CALL FOR PAPERS
June 25- July 3, 2010 - Lausanne, Switzerland

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Inspired by the dramatic landscape of Lausanne with its stunning views of
the Alps and Lake Léman, the theme of the Fourteenth International
Hemingway Society Conference is “Hemingway’s Extreme Geographies.”

Hemingway in Lausanne
Like many Anglo-American writers before him, Hemingway visited Lausanne
and its surrounding areas many times, especially during his Paris years,
and like many of them he used the Alpine landscapes of Lausanne as a
setting for his fiction. Indeed, since the times of the Grand Tour,
Lausanne had served as a crossroads and a place of inspiration for men
and women of arts and letters. Painters, such as Turner, historians, such
as Gibbons, poets, such as Shelley and Byron, food critic, M.F.K. Fisher,
and many famous American writers, including James Fenimore Cooper, Henry
James, Gertrude Stein, Vladimir Nabokov, and, of course, Ernest Hemingway
himself have sojourned, lived, and worked in Lausanne or nearby. Lausanne
and the surrounding areas are clearly associated with intense and
extraordinary experience for Hemingway. As a journalist for the Toronto
Star, he covered the international peace conference after the Greco-
Turkish war, and later he visited the area with Hadley for winter sport.
It was on the way to the Lausanne station that Hadley lost a valise with
Ernest’s early manuscripts, and as reported in A Moveable Feast,
Hemingway associated the area with the beginning of the end of his
marriage to Hadley. In his fiction, Hemingway set the end of A Farewell
to Arms in Lausanne and the spectacular landscapes of Montreux only ten
miles away. Swiss landscapes also provided the backdrop for some of his
most memorable short fiction, including “Cross Country Snow,” “An Alpine
Idyll,” and “Homage to Switzerland.”

Conference Theme
With “Hemingway’s Extreme Geographies,” the organizers wish to prompt a
consideration of the ways the experience of space and geographyâ€"its
physical, psychological, and emotional dimensionsâ€"informed Hemingway’s
writing. Hemingway had an acute sense of space and its evocative
capabilities. One may easily recall many instances of this in his work:
his claim in A Moveable Feast that he had to come to Paris to write about
Michigan; the vivid description of the crossing of the Pyrenees in The
Sun Also Rises; the evocation and subversion of masculine identity in his
African or Cuban fiction and non-fiction; the charred landscape, clear
streams, and swamp of “Big Two-Hearted River.” Switzerland is similarly
treated in narratives such as “Cross-Country Snow,” where Nick Adams
probes the limits of geography and of physical and psychological balance
as a skier in the Swiss Alps and as an American father-to-be. By the same
token, his autobiographical narration of the Paris years ends with
considerations on marriage and train schedules, that is, on life, death,
time and space: "when I got back to Paris I should have caught the first
train from the Gare de l'Est that would take me down to Austria. But the
girl I was in love with was in Paris then, and I did not take the first
train, or the second or the third.” Hemingway also wrote about the
geography of the bodyâ€"the way it imposes its own limits and topography by
being marked, scarred, or gendered. Even Hemingway’s sentences, grammar,
and syntax suggest the importance of the material space of the story and
the terrain of the words on the page.

Organizers encourage participants to interpret the conference theme
broadly. We welcome proposals on all aspects of Hemingway’s artistic and
existential experience, but we are particularly interested in
contributions that explore Hemingway’s penchant for intense experiences
in liminal spaces (physical and psychological) as a starting point for
his writing.

Topics of the conference may include but are not limited to the following

Physical Geographies:

-Switzerland as a place of encounter and dis-encounter
-Africa, Cuba, Switzerland, Spain, France, and the place of the “other”
-The Gulf Stream, Key West, Michigan, The American West
-Ketchum, and the unhomeliness of home
-Warscapes (WWI, Spanish Civil War, WWII)
-Aviation, traveling
-Boundary crossing (literal and figurative)
-The bodily experience of space; the jubilant/sensual and the injured
-The geographies of sports
-The gendering and the ethics of topography
-The carnivalesque
-Hemingway and the Romantic tradition
Internal Geographies:

The literary space:

-Hemingway’s sentences
-The art of omission
-Narrative lines and narrative interruptions
-The space of Hemingway’s paragraph
-A room with a view: the construction of aesthetics in Hemingway’s writing

The space identity (gender, racial, public):

-Remorse; or, the land of the past
-Regeneration through violence
-Masculine territories and the frontier of the “other”
-The construction of Authorship and the defense of authorial territory

Other issues:

-Materialism and idealismâ€"the world here and now and worlds beyond
-Hemingway and religious sentiment
-The crisis of reality and unreality of reality
-Existentialism and mysticism
-The sublimation of injury and the extreme spaces of experience
-The experience of beauty and the sublime; or, Hemingway and the (post-)
Romantic tradition
-The extremes of the reception of Hemingway
-Reading Hemingway in Africa, Europe, Asia

An Interactive Conferenceâ€"Overview of the types of panels
The conference organizers are interested in creating a conference
experience that stresses interaction and exchange. For this reason, we
hope to mix traditional three-paper panels and plenary sessions with
workshops and expert-led seminars. Of course, traditional panel
proposals and individual paper proposals are welcome, but we encourage
individuals or groups of aficionados to consider proposing a panel or a

All questions and proposals should be sent to the conference co-
directors, Suzanne del Gizzo and Boris Vejdovsky, at PLEASE MENTION “HEMINGWAY-LAUSANNE-PP” IN THE
SUBJECT OF YOUR MESSAGE. All proposals are due by Sept. 15, 2009.

Traditional Panels: Panel chairs can propose a theme and indicate the
main directions they would like their participants to explore (we can
even run a “call for papers” for you on the conference website, if you
wishâ€"just send us a brief CFP well in advance of Sept 15, 2009 panel
proposal deadline so you have time to receive and vet proposals).
Alternatively, chairs can propose complete panels with three
participants; such proposals should include brief descriptions of each
paper as well as a statement about the panel’s theme (approx. 500 words
with names and affiliations of each participant).

Workshops: Workshops are meant to be a variation on the traditional
panel; they should focus on practical issues and inquiries, such as
strategies for teaching a particular text and /or a session on working
through a particularly rich passage/set of passages in Hemingway’s work.
Workshops can be organized around short papers, a set of questions or
prompts, or a shared inquiry and can be proposed by one person or by a
group of people. As with the traditional panel proposals, the organizers
can run a “call for papers” for you on the conference website, if you
wishâ€"just send us a brief CFP well in advance of the Sept 15, 2009
proposal deadline so you have time to receive and vet proposals. It is
also possible to propose a complete workshop with participants already
selected; such proposals should include brief descriptions person’s
contribution to the workshop as well as a statement about the panel’s
theme (approx. 500 words with names and affiliations of each

Paper Proposals: We are also happy to accept individual papers.
Individual proposals should be aimed at 20-minute presentations in order
to allow for a minimum of 10 minutes discussion for discussion during the
session. Organizers will distribute papers in most appropriate panels and
will put in contact presenters and panel chairs. Send 250-word paper
proposals including your institutional affiliation to conference
organizers by September 15, 2009.


In addition, at this conference we will also be featuring seminars on
particular topics led by experts in Hemingway studies. The seminars are
focused, intensive discussions under the guidance of an expert on the
topic. A list of seminars will be advertised on the conference website
in Fall 2009 (including titles, descriptions, and seminar leaders).
Conference participants may sign up in advance to participate in these
seminars. Readings will be assigned by the seminar leader in order to
focus and enhance the discussion during the session.

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