The Twenty-Fifth International Hardy Conference and Festival

deadline for submissions: 
January 14, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
The Thomas Hardy Society
contact email: 

Paper proposals are welcome on any aspect of Hardy’s life, work, and legacy for the Twenty-Fifth International Hardy Conference and Festival, to be held in Dorchester, Dorset, UK, from July 25th-29th, 2022. Several significant Hardy anniversaries occur in 2022: the 70th anniversary of the book publication of Our Exploits at West Poley, the centenary of Late Lyrics and Earlier, the 120th anniversary of Poems of the Past and the Present, the 125th anniversary of The Well-Beloved, the 140th anniversary of Two on a Tower, and the 150th anniversary of Under the Greenwood Tree. Proposals for papers on the poetry are especially welcome. Papers should be planned for delivery times of a maximum of 20 minutes (approximately 2000 words).

Like its predecessors, the 2022 Conference is designed to appeal both to Hardy scholars and to general readers.  We invite proposals from established scholars, Hardy enthusiasts, early-career researchers, independent scholars, and postgraduate students. We especially welcome submissions from the international community. Postgraduate students may be eligible for bursaries to help defray conference expenses. Confirmed lecturers include Tracy Hayes, Michael Irwin, Richard Nemesvari, Paul Niemeyer, and Gregory Tate.

Proposals (max. 300 words) should be sent by email to Dr Mary Rimmer at or by post to:                                       'Call for Papers' (Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival), Dr Mary Rimmer, Department of English, University of New Brunswick. P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, NB, Canada  E3B 5A3

All submissions will be read and adjudicated by an academic panel.  The best of the papers given at the Conference will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Thomas Hardy Journal appearing in Autumn 2022.

 Please note that all submissions will be acknowledged: if email submissions are not acknowledged within four business days, the proposer should re-send.