EMR 2018 joins Aldington/Imagism Conference in France



in joint sponsorship with



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 jesmackenzie@hotmail.com, Dan Pizappi (University of Tennessee) at dpizappi@yahoo.com, and Amanda Capelli (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) at acapelli1984@gmail.com.


{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 <mattcnickel@gmail.com> and H. R. Stoneback <hrs714@gmail.com>}





XVIII International Hemingway Conference


“Paris est une fête” . . . Hemingway’s Moveable Feast

JULY 22-28, 2018


Conference Co-Directors: H. R. Stoneback & Matthew Nickel

Paris Site Coordinators: Alice Mikal Craven & William E. Dow

Host Institution: The American University of Paris


Mark your calendars now for what promises to be an amazing conference in Paris, July 22-28, 2018. Paris is Hemingway’s moveable feast. A major concern of the conference directors is to make this a truly international conference. To that end, committees have already been established to ensure the input and participation of French, European, Asian and worldwide Hemingway scholars and aficionados. If you have special knowledge and expertise in the matter of France, or useful French and Parisian contacts, or you would like to serve on a Paris 2018 Conference Committee (or suggest on-site individuals who might serve on such committees), let us know as soon as possible. And please invite and encourage your colleagues and students and friends to be there with us—in Paris, with Hemingway.


Our Host Institution will be The American University of Paris, centrally located in the heart of historic Paris, in the 7th arrondissement near the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, yet far enough from the madding tourist crowd to guarantee an authentic and idyllic Parisian experience for Hemingway conferees. From our home-base academic sessions at AUP to special sessions at The Sorbonne, from a cocktail or dinner bateau mouche boat-ride on the Seine to a dazzling array of other special events now being investigated and considered from among l’embarras des richesses that Paris has to offer—an overabundant embarrassment of riches and choices—we promise that this conference is not to be missed. (And this word from an old Paris hand: don’t be scared by that word “riches”—Paris is inexpensive compared with some of our conference venues and our recommended hotel list in Paris 2018 will be less expensive than most hotels in Oak Park in 2016, Venice in 2014, etc.)


Enthusiasm for the Paris 2018 conference is running high, in the U.S. and abroad. One reason to be in Paris in 2018 is the truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the global commemoration of the First World War Centenary and to do so in Paris, at the heart of such commemorations. Papers and panels on all aspects of Hemingway studies are welcome. Stay tuned. Watch for the CFP coming soon. Follow the news on the Hemingway Society website <hemingwaysociety.org>.




Presentations and panels on all aspects of Hemingway Studies are welcome. The above description and following list are suggestive rather than definitive, though they do represent the broad scope of the conference and post-conference essay collection:


  • World War I, Wounds, Soldiers, Veterans, War Poetry, Battlefields; Armistice Day; The Centenary Retrospect; World War II, the Liberation of Paris, Memoir, Memory, Concussions, New Wounds, New Wives;
  • The Local: Paris, the Luxembourg Garden, Museums, Montmartre, Place de la Contrescarpe, Montparnasse, Latin Quarter, the Seine, Île St. Louis; Imagining Paris; Food & Drink; Hemingway’s uses of Parisian and French settings in his fiction, journalism, poetry, and memoir;
  • Travel throughout Europe: France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany; Sports: Cycling, Boxing, Skiing, Swimming, Toreo, Fishing, Hunting; Feasts and Festivals, Pilgrimages, Hikes;
  • Journalism, Reporting from abroad, Greco-Turkish War, Politics; Writing in Paris, Displacement, Roman à clef; Trains, Transportation; Borders, Symbolic-Landscape;
  • Expatriates, Writers, Artists, Musicians, Movements, Gossip; Away from home, Nostalgia; Religion, Conversion, Catholicism, Marriage, Divorce, Exile; Irony & Pity; Fashion;
  • Hemingway as Character: Movies, Novels, Pop-Culture; Influence, Resonance, Intertextualities;


One-page abstracts and 40-word professional bio to Matthew Nickel by email (mattcnickel@gmail.com) or post (Department of English, Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612), by 30 August 2017.