It wouldn't be crashing the party! What Demetres advises is exactly right.
Frame a Pound-friendly topic so as to welcome and invite scholars working
on other figures. Cheers, Michael
On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Andy,
> No official plans since the MSA is not part of the EPS conference circuit.
> BUT having said that, I don't see any impediment in crashing the party. If
> you have ideas for a paper/seminar/round table we could use the EPS mailing
> list to cobble a proposal together.
> Participants have to be members of the MSA.
> Here a link to the MSA conference website: http://msa.press.jhu.edu/
> Quoting Andy Trevathan <[log in to unmask]> on Sat, 22 Feb 2014
> 21:29:29 -0600:
> What are the Society's plans, if any, for MSA 2014? It's in Pittsburgh
>> this coming November.
>> *Deadline for Seminar Proposals and Thursday Workshop Proposals is
>> 28, 2014 *
>> I'm trying to put together something, but don't remember hearing anything
>> from my fellow Poundians.
>> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]>
>> Dear Poundians,
>>> As you all know, The Ezra Pound Society has the major mission of
>>> organising conference sessions and panels so that Poundians can present
>>> their work and projects to the scholarly community. Until now, the EPS
>>> had two slots at the MLA in January and two slots at the American
>>> Literature Association Conference in May. Preparations for the MLA
>>> participation were made in February this year: Demetres organised a
>>> on literature and technology for the MLA 2014.
>>> The very good news is that our colleague Prof. Alan Golding, who has now
>>> been appointed Director of the Louisville Conference, has offered the
>>> society a regular slot for this prestigious annual event. The Louisville
>>> Conference is dedicated to literature after 1900 and its connections with
>>> the other arts: it has run for 41 years now and is attended on average by
>>> 500 scholars.
>>> Alan tells me people come gladly year after year (and not only for the
>>> music, excellent restaurants and the bourbon!). Have a look at the
>>> conference website here: http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com/
>>> I asked Alan about how the Louisville conference compares to the MSA.
>>> This is what he told me:
>>> ?Compared to MSA, it's somewhat smaller (about 500 people), and we don't
>>> use MSA's seminar structure. We have a somewhat smaller book exhibit, but
>>> still a pretty good-size Scholar's Choice table, and the U of Iowa Press
>>> now a presence too. Creative writing is a much stronger presence here
>>> at MSA; we run creative and critical panels simultaneously, and of our
>>> featured speaker slots, two are devoted to creative writing. I'm in touch
>>> with Colson Whitehead about coming in 2014, and we still need to book our
>>> poet; our critical speakers, Lauren Berlant and Peter Nicholls (of
>>> interest to Poundians), are in place. ? There's the full range of
>>> participants, from grad students to full profs and name chairs. ? this
>>> would be an opportunity to gather for folks working on the MLA Approaches
>>> to Teaching Pound, among other possibilities.?
>>> It is for us to shape our session according to our interests and
>>> which gives us a much-needed freedom to study Pound in context and
>>> with scholars engaged in all areas of modernism. Other author societies,
>>> like the T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens ones, are regulars at the
>>> Louisville Conference. I have taken up contact with the Eliot society UK,
>>> which has started its own call for papers for Louisville ? it is a
>>> beginning but in due course we could have stable channels of cooperation
>>> and organise joint sessions or other projects.
>>> The deadline for submissions is October 1st 2013.
>>> Please send a 300 word abstract and separate cover sheet to
>>> [log in to unmask] to participate in this first session we organise
>>> for the Louisville conference as a society.
>>> The cover sheet should include:
>>> ? Name (as it will appear in the program)
>>> ? Address (preferably home address)
>>> ? E-mail address (necessary to confirm your acceptance)
>>> ? Telephone number
>>> ? Academic affiliation (if applicable)
>>> ? Title of paper/work (as it will appear in the program)
>>> ? National origin/genre of work discussed (please be specific)
>>> ? Personal biographical note (100-150 words
>>> Depending on the nature of the work you submit, I will devise an
>>> theme, rationale and title for our session.
>>> To conclude:
>>> Through our organisation we are fortunate to have what could be called a
>>> stable ?conference season? running from January through May (MLA,
>>> Louisville, ALA). Let us use it to present our work, discuss it with
>>> and establish contacts.
>>> My promise to you at this point is that the participants in the
>>> Conference will be the first to benefit from a website I plan to create
>>> the EPS. At present, most of us have to wait up to four years to see our
>>> work published, or at least posted somewhere for public attention. As
>>> people in my family used to say (a lot): ?This situation is intolerable.
>>> can?t and shouldn?t last!?
>>> The least we can do is post the conference abstracts on the website, so
>>> that we have a running record of what we work on. For those of you who
>>> a project ready and are willing to show it to peers, the society website
>>> could be a working option, permanent or temporary, as you choose.
>>> I am now preparing a white paper with proposals, so as to let you know
>>> what such a website could be like. I hope to finish a draft by the end of
>>> September and look forward to your input and ideas.
>>> Please use the email address above to write to me on any concerns,
>>> and proposals about the EPS you might have.
>>> With all my best,
>>> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
>>> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
>> *Andy Trevathan*
>> "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive
>> characters are seared with scars." ~ Kahlil Gibran
>> "We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy." ~
>> Joseph Campbell
> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.