VIII International Aldington Society & IV International Imagism Conference: June 19-21, 2014

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The International Richard Aldington Society

"But to affirm the gold thread in the pattern

Ezra Pound, Cantos CXVI

Call for Papers:

The VIII International Aldington Society & IV International Imagism Conference will be held in Venice/Torcello June 19-21, 2014.

Conference Schedule Outline:
--Thursday June 19: The conference opening reception and poetry reading will be held at the legendary Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello @ 4 P.M.
--Friday June 20: All-day paper sessions at the Dante Society venue, Fdm. S. Elena, Venice
--Saturday June 21: morning paper sessions (if necessary) and conference-closing luncheon

Since many potential Aldington/Imagism conferees may be participating in the International Hemingway Conference in Venice, June 22-27, we stress that our conference activities conclude the day before the Hemingway Conference begins. (For information about the Hemingway Conference see ). The Hemingway CFP deadline is October 31, 2013; thus to avoid conflict the Aldington/Imagism CFP deadline is November 15, 2013.

As always, we welcome papers that focus on Richard Aldington and his colleagues and contemporaries or on Imagism. Thus we invite papers that deal with any aspect of the life and work of Aldington, or with the "Imagist Movement." Possible topics include Aldington and the Great War, Aldington and Ezra Pound, 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). We also welcome papers related to the engagement of Imagist writers with Venice and the Veneto. And given the time and place proximity of the Aldington and Hemingway Conferences, we invite papers that deal comparatively with Hemingway's Italian works (e.g., A Farewell to Arms, Across the River and Into the Trees, etc.) and their connections with Aldington or Imagism.

FYI: Three very recent books that have grown out of our past conferences are now available: 1) Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact and Influence eds. John Gery, Daniel Kempton, and H. R. Stoneback (University of New Orleans Press 2013) is up on; 2) Ghosts in the Background Moving: Aldington and Imagism eds. Daniel Kempton, Matthew Nickel, and H. R. Stoneback (Florida English, 2013)--for copies contact and/or ; 3) Aldington, Pound, and the Imagists at Brunnenburg eds. Daniel Kempton and H. R. Stoneback (Gregau Press, 2012)--for copies contact the editors/conference co-directors.

Please send your title and brief abstract (approximately 150 words) before the November 15th deadline to BOTH conference co-directors: Daniel Kempton and H. R. Stoneback . At the bottom of your abstract include your name, academic affiliation, and e-mail address. Please put IRAS ALDINGTON/IMAGISM ABSTRACT in the subject line of your e-mail. If you wish to read a poem at our opening reception program please so indicate at the bottom of your abstract e-mail.

If you submit your abstract by the November 15 deadline, or if you indicate interest in attending the conference without presenting a paper, you will receive ca January 1, 2014 an e-mail announcement concerning lodging, registration, and conference updates. Please remember to send all conference inquiries and communications to both conference directors.

We look forward to seeing you this coming June in Venice and the Veneto--one of the most extraordinary places in the world.

Daniel Kempton
H. R. Stoneback
Conference Co-Directors