[UPDATE] IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD, CRANS MONTANA, SWITZERLAND, 22-23 SEPTEMBER 2012
We are delighted to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the Katherine Mansfield Symposium, 'In the Footsteps of Katherine Mansfield', to be held in Crans Montana, Switzerland on 22-23 September 2012, to be introduced by the New Zealand Ambassador.
Witi Ihimaera, Angela Smith, Gerri Kimber
In 1921 and 1922 Katherine Mansfield was in search of a cure for tuberculosis, travelling to both Switzerland and France. She spent two separate periods in Switzerland during this time, totalling approximately twelve months. For four of these she stayed in hotels in Montreux and Sierre, and the remainder of the time she and her husband John Middleton Murry rented the Chalet des Sapins in Montana-sur-Sierre (now known as Crans-Montana). There she wrote some of her most celebrated stories, including 'At the Bay', 'The Doll's House' and 'The Garden Party'. It was also in Switzerland that she read the book Cosmic Anatomy, whose esoteric philosophy would ignite a desire for a spiritual cure from the physical symptoms of her tuberculosis, leading her ultimately to Gurdjieff's community in Fontainebleau, where she would die in January 1923, aged just 34.
Please go to the symposium home page: http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/crans-montana-201/ for further details.
The registration form can be downloaded from the website. Please save it on your computer, fill it in and then email as an attachment (or fill in by hand and scan) and send to the conference organiser, Dr Simone Oettli at Simone.Oettli@unige.ch
Please note that speakers must register by August 15th.
Note: Registration fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days, a guided walk of the area associated with KM, and a private tour of the Hôtel Château Belle Vue, where both KM and Elizabeth von Arnim stayed. The conference venue is in the Salle de Randogne, on the second floor of the Grand Hôtel du Parc, Route du Parc 5, which is in the centre of Montana.
• Non KMS members - waged: Swiss Fr 120/100 EUR / 80 GBP/
• KMS members: Swiss Fr 100/ 85 EUR / 65 GBP /
• Students and unwaged: Swiss Fr 90 / 75 EUR / 60 GBP /
• Symposium dinner: Swiss Fr 60 / EUR 50 / GBP 40/
Payment can be made by bank transfer to the conference bank account or via PayPal. All details to be found on the conference web page:
For NON-SPEAKERS this will also be an exciting two days! Events organised for all delegates are as follows:
There will be a Symposium dinner at the three star Bistrot, Pas de l'Ours, http://www.pasdelours.ch/ a charming chalet dating from 1902, which was frequented by both Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim. The food is exotic and excellent. It will take place on Saturday 22 September, at 20.00, cost CHF 60, all inclusive.
SYMPOSIUM WALK – FREE TO ALL DELEGATES!
Participants will take the Funicula to Bluche where Jennifer Walker, an Elizabeth von Arnim scholar with excellent knowledge of the area, will take you on a walk through Randogne, past Elizabeth von Arnim's Chalet de Soleil, to Montana-Village, which is just as KM would have seen it. It is mainly a downhill walk, but from Montana-Village there is a 400 metres walk uphill to reach the Hôtel d'Angleterre. Participants will take the bus back to Montana. The walk will take place from 12.00 – 14.30 on Sunday. All those taking part will be provided with a picnic lunch.
TOUR OF THE HOTEL CHATEAU BELLE VUE – FREE TO DELEGATES!
We have arranged a private guided tour of the former Hôtel Château Belle Vue in Sierre, now the Hôtel de Ville, where both KM and Elizabeth von Arnim stayed.