Abstract Submission Deadline: To be announced
The Covid-19 pandemic derailed plans for the Fourth Biennial Dos Passos Society Conference, which was to be held at the Cervantes Institute in New York City. Now that Covid is largely in the rearview mirror,the Society is proud to announce its 2024 conference in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, at the stunning fifteenth-century Villa Cà Erizzo Luca,where Dos Passos was stationed as an American Red Cross ambulance driver in the winter of 1918.
The conference will run from May 23-25, 2024. The panels will take place in the beautiful Cappella Mares within the Villa’s grounds. It was from atop the cappella’s bell tower that Dos Passos would often make landscape sketches, write in his diary, and compose lines of poetry (which were included in the “Nights at Bassano” section of his 1922 collection A Pushcart at the Curb). The Villa is also the home of the Hemingway and Great War Museum, which offers a number of fascinating displays detailing Hemingway’s ambulance assignment in nearby Schio.
Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, which saw some of the harshest fighting of the First World War, Bassano del Grappa is an hour train ride from Venice’s Mestre rail hub.Most major cities in the United States and Europe offer daily direct flights to Venice’s Marco Polo International Airport. Everything in Bassano, including the Villa Cà Erizzo Luca, is accessible by foot. Enjoy meandering through the city’s winding medieval streets, taking mass at its twelfth-century church, or drinking grappa from its famous covered bridge spanning the Brenta River.
A joint conference-JDPS membership fee is 100 euros for full-time scholars and 50 euros for graduate students and visitors. Plans are also in the works for optional excursions in and around Bassano;prices for these are yet to be determined.
While more details of the conference are forthcoming, feel free to contact Aaron Shaheen or Victoria Bryan (the conference’s co-organizers) at Aaron-Shaheen@utc.edu and Victoria-Bryan@utc.edu respectively for more information.