XX Annual EMRS Conference in FRANCE



in joint sponsorship with


JULY 30 – AUGUST 1, 2018

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France


Conference Registration & Lodging Briefing

The X International Richard Aldington Society & VI International Imagism Conference in joint sponsorship with the XX Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society Conference is only a few months away and it's time to book your lodging now and register for the conference. We have a splendid conference program lined up.

All conference information is contained herein—please read this briefing carefully! Book your lodging immediately and please send your registration soon, so that it is received by the regular deadline of February 8. Prompt registration facilitates the planning process. A late fee of $30 is required for all registrations received after February 8.



Monday, July 30

11:00 – 16:30  Paper sessions at the Hotel Thalacap

17:00 – 18:30 Opening Reception and Poetry/Memorial Session dedicated to Catherine Aldington in the garden of her home, Mas les Pellegrins 


Tuesday, July 31

At the Hotel Thalacap

9 :00 – 17 :30 Paper Sessions 


Wednesday, August 1

Morning departure from the port in village center (facing the Mediterranean—to the right of the Arena, the bull-ring and the Carousel) for boat ride to Clos de la Barque Pavilion and “conference-closing banquet”—a festive lunch alfresco (with poetry reading).


* * * LODGING * * *

Our two main conference hotels are the Hotel Thalacap, seafront in the village, walking distance to everything; and the Auberge de la Fadaise, a country inn 5 kilometers outside the village (car necessary). All paper sessions will be held at the Thalacap. The opening reception will be held within walking distance of the Fadaise.

The Thalacap has both regular hotel rooms and apartments with kitchen facilities and balconies or terraces with unobstructed beachfront views over the Mediterranean. Rates for a double room begin at 137 Euros; for an apartment (1-4 persons) 166 Euros. To get the best rates at the Thalacap, include the notation “Stoneback / Aldington Conference” and address your reservation request to:



To get the best rates at the Fadaise, include the notation “Stoneback / Aldington Conference” and address your reservation request directly to the owner / manager:

Laurence Sartori <aubergedelafadaise@wanadoo.fr>

Rates at the Fadaise range from Single (1 person) 65 Euros to Double (2 persons) 79 Euros to Triple (3 persons) 100 Euros. Breakfast included.


Remember that our conference takes place during the height of the summer tourist season in a very popular seaside resort location. Please book your lodging now. If you book later, and the Thalacap and the Fadaise are fully booked, we note that we have no specific contact with, and no recommendations to make for, other hotels in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. There is a wide range of small hotels in the area, and they are all likely to be fully booked by the end of January. (Reminder: All hotels in the village are within reasonable walking distance of our meeting venue at the Thalacap; all hotels outside the village will require a car.)


Please remember to confirm your final paper title (if you have not already done so) and direct all academic session questions to our program co-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.

If you wish to read a poem at the opening reception and / or the closing banquet please notify the program co-chairs.

Direct general conference inquiries to both conference co-directors Matt Nickel at <mattcnickel@gmail.com> and H. R. Stoneback at <hrs714@gmail.com>


* * * REGISTRATION * * *

 The conference registration fee is $140 if received by February 8. This includes all conference events: the opening reception, the boat ride, and the conference-closing banquet (alfresco lunch—en plein air in the heart of the Camargue). Please register early to facilitate final conference planning. Registrations received after February 8 must include a $30 late fee. And late registration @ $170 closes on April 6. Send your check now (or by the end of January) for $140 (payable to: H. R. Stoneback—“Memo: IRAS/Imagism/EMR Conference”) to:


H. R. Stoneback

28 Maple Avenue

Highland, NY 12528.


Late registration checks for $170 should be mailed before the April registration closure to:

Matthew Nickel

English Dept.

Misericordia University

301 Lake Street

Dallas PA, 18612      


Until Summer 2018 on the Mediterranean, we look forward immensely to seeing you in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.


Matthew Nickel

H. R. Stoneback

Conference Co-Directors






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>}