THE EZRA POUND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - EPIC

by Walter Baumann

 

 

HISTORY

Carroll “Terry” Franklin Terrell (1917-2003), founder of the National Poetry Foundation and Paideuma, was also the begetter of the Pound conference, which put Orono, ME, on the map of the study of Modernism. When Philip Grover organized the first Pound conference in England, to do something, as an American, about the bicentenary of the Declaration of Independence, Terry gave him his full support. The Sheffield conference was also attended by Philip’s colleague, Omar S. Pound, and by David Gordon. The enthusiasm created by the Sheffield Pound conference led to a second gathering in Keele that same year. In 1977 Stephen Fender, then at UCL, took over. Terry came to most of the conferences in England and he was also responsible for the participation of Hugh Kenner (1923-2003) at many of the European Pound conferences. In Durham in 1979 we also enjoyed the presence of Basil Bunting and actor Denis Goacher, the two best readers of Pound’s Cantos, apart from Pound himself.

While the conferences in England became rather smaller than at the beginning, a new era started with the Brunnenburg conference in 1991. The gatherings in Orono in 1980, 1985 and 1990 (the latter mysteriously left out of the count!) were truly big events, but Brunnenburg 1991, organized by Richard Taylor, equally attracted larger numbers than the ten conferences in England. In 1991 William Pratt became the first elected Conference Secretary. He and Massimo Bacigalupo were responsible for the Rapallo conferences in 1993 and 2005. Philip Grover put on his third conference in Brantôme in 1995, and Richard Taylor his second one at Brunnenburg in 1997, where a narrow majority voted for going to Beijing in 1999, convened by Zhaoming Qian. At the Beijing Business Meeting, the majority voted for Paris in 2001, although a pressure group from Hailey, Idaho, had campaigned hard for taking the conference to Pound’s place of birth. They were successful, however, at the Paris Business Meeting, and Hugh Witemeyer was put in charge of the academic program for Sun Valley in 2003. At Rapallo 2005, where John Gery became William Pratt’s successor as Conference Secretary, those who voted for Venice outvoted those who fancied a return to Brunnenburg. The Venice conference in 2007 was among the biggest Pound gatherings ever, although the conference continues to grow in participants and popularity.

The conference is a forum for people from all walks of life who have a serious interest in the life and works of Ezra Pound and wish to exchange their knowledge and ideas. A constantly updated mailing list is used to ensure a wide distribution of the calls for papers, which are also published in Paideuma. This is an opportunity for those who wish to give a paper, conduct a seminar or take an active part in any way, to submit a proposal for consideration to the organisers.

It is also an opportunity for those who simply wish to attend to indicate their intention to register.

 

OFFICERS:

The conference host is normally also the Chief Organiser. In 1991 the Business Meeting, which is held in the course of every conference, approved the creation of the office of Conference Secretary and elected William Pratt as its first incumbent. At the Rapallo conference in 2005, John Gery was elected Conference Secretary, to succeed William Pratt. The number of committee members is decided at every business meeting in consultation with the new Chief Organiser.

 

BUSINESS MEETING:

The main task of the Business meeting is to ensure the continuity of the conference. It must reach an agreement on the venue and the general scope of the next conference. Further regular matters are the election of the Conference Secretary and other officers and a review of the conference format.

 

FINANCE:

The main source of finance is the conference fee levied from each participant. Concessions, such as reduced fees for partners or graduate students, are at the discretion of the Chief Organiser in consultation with the committee. The Chief Organiser also has the authority to seek financial assistance from local bodies or sponsors, particularly for additional programme items such as exhibitions and concerts. Any surplus left after the conference has met all its obligations is to be handed on to the next Chief Organiser. The Business meeting or the committee may, however, decide to use the surplus or part of it to help finance the publication of the conference papers or to set up travel grants for future conferences.

 

RULE CHANGES:

The Business meeting can consider, approve or reject rule change proposals, which must be submitted in writing at least 48 hours in advance.

 

LIST OF CONFERENCES

Walter Baumann. Photo portrait retrospective exhibition London, 2011.

 

NO.

DATE

THEME

ORGANIZERS

PLACE

PROCEEDINGS 

REPORTS, PROGRAMS and PHOTOS 

1st

June 15-17, 1975.

Symposium on Ezra Pound's 90th Birthyear

Carroll Terrell

Orono, ME, United States

 

Marion Hamilton. Conference ReportPaideuma. The Maine Alumnus, Volume 56 Number 4 (Summer 1975): 7. 

2nd

April 21-23, 1976

Ezra Pound and London

Philip Grover

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Grover, Philip.Ezra Pound: The London Years. New York: AMS Press, 1978.

David Seed “Conference Report.” Paideuma 5.2 (Fall 1976): 339-42.

3rd

Sept. 20-23, 1976

 

Richard Law

Keele, United Kingdom

 

Martin Kayman. Conference Report. Paideuma 5.3 (Winter 1976): 361-67.

4th

Sept. 9-12, 1977

 

Stephen Fender

London, United Kingdom

 

Diana Surman. Conference Report. Paideuma 6.3 (Winter 1977): 393-97.

5th

March 27-30, 1979

 

Diana Surman

Durham, United Kingdom

   

Carroll F. Terrell. Conference Report: Paideuma 8.2 (Fall 1979): 336-49. (photos 343-347).

 

David Holloway. Conference Report: Paideuma 8.3 (Winter 1979): 563-70.

6th

Aug. 21-24, 1980

Celebrating Ezra Pound’s 95th Birthyear

Carroll Terrell

Orono, ME, United States

 

Conference Program.

E. P. Walkiewicz. Conference Report: Paideuma 10.1 (Spring 1981): 173-80.

7th

April 11-14, 1981 

Ezra Pound and Modernism

Philip Grover 

Sheffield, United Kingdom

 

Brendan Jackson. Conference Report: Paideuma 11.1 (Spring & Summer 1982).

8th

April 5-8, 1982

Ezra Pound and History

Marianne Korn

Middlesex, United Kingdom

Korn, Marianne. Ezra Pound and History. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1985.

 

9th

March 28-30, 1983

Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts

Lionel Kelly

Reading, United Kingdom

 

Lionel Kelly. Conference Report: Paideuma 12.2&3 (Fall & Winter 1983): 481-88.

10th

April 16-18, 1984

Ezra Pound and Music

David Moody

York, United Kingdom

 

Colin Edwards. Conference Report: Paideuma 13.3 (Winter 1984): 435-43.

11th

June 19-22, 1985

The Ezra Pound Centennial Conference

Carroll Terrell

Orono, ME, United States

   

12th

April 14-16, 1987

 

Marianne Korn

Oxford, United Kingdom

   

13th

Sept. 5-7, 1989

Ezra Pound and America

Jacqueline Kaye

Essex, United Kingdom

Kaye, Jacqueline, ed. Ezra Pound and America. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992.

 

14th

July 16-18, 1991

Ezra Pound and Europe

Richard Taylor

Brunnenburg, Italy

Taylor, Richard and Claus Melchior, eds. Ezra Pound and Europe. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993.

William McNaughton. Conference Report: Paideuma 20.3 (Winter 1991): 89-118.

 

Helen V. Emmitt. Conference Report: Paideuma 20.3 (Winter 1991): 119-24. Photos by WB 125-34.

15th

July 14-16, 1993

Ezra Pound, Nature and Myth

Massimo Bacigalupo & William Pratt

Rapallo, Italy

Pratt, William, ed. Ezra Pound: Nature and Myth. Brooklyn, NY, AMS P, 2002.

 

Leslie Hatcher. Conference Report: Paideuma 22.3 (Winter 1993): 111-22. Photos by WB 125-36.

 

Max Nänny. Conference Report: "15th Ezra Pound International Conference." Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 5.1 (1994): 114.

16th

July 18-21, 1995

Ezra Pound and France

Philip Grover

Brantôme, France

Grover, Philip, ed. Ezra Pound and the troubadours: selected papers from the Ezra Pound conference, Brantôme, France, 1995. Gardonne: Fédérop, ©2000.

 

Clerici, Leonardo, ed. M'elevasti Pound. Nella tonalità di Aiax secondo l'opera di Filostrato, o la tragedia de Ira di Seneca o Sofocle. Les vrais actes de B & B [16th & 17th International Ezra Pound Conferences: Brantôme 14-16 July, 1995 and Brunnenburg 12-15 July, 1997]. Bruxelles: Istituto di Skriptura, 2003

 

William McNaughton. Conference Report. Paideuma 27.1 (Spring 1998): 117-53. Program reproduced.

 

Catharina Blomberg. Conference Report. Paideuma 27.2 & 3 (Fall & Winter 1998): 229-38. Photos by WB 241-52.

17th

July 3-5, 1997

Ezra Pound and Poetic Influence

Richard Taylor

Brunnenburg, Italy

Dennis, Helen May, ed. Ezra Pound and Poetic Influence: The Official Proceedings of the 17th International Ezra Pound Conference. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.

 

Clerici, Leonardo, ed. M'elevasti Pound. Nella tonalità di Aiax secondo l'opera di Filostrato, o la tragedia de Ira di Seneca o Sofocle. Les vrais actes de B & B [16th & 17th International Ezra Pound Conferences: Brantôme 14-16 July, 1995 and Brunnenburg 12-15 July, 1997]. Bruxelles: Istituto di Skriptura, 2003

 

Leon Surette. Conference Report. Paideuma 28.2&3 (Fall & Winter 1999): 231-38. Photos by WB 239-44.

18th

July 16-19, 1999

Ezra Pound and China

Zhaoming Qian

Beijing, China

Qian, Zhaoming, ed. Ezra Pound & China. Ann Arbor: The U of Michigan Press, 2003.

 

"Program: 'Ezra Pound and the Orient.' 18th Biennial International Pound Conference, Beijing, China, 16-26 July 1999."  Paideuma 31.1-3 (Spring, Fall and Winter 2002): 373-376.

 

William McNaughton. Conference Report: Paideuma 31.1,2&3 (Spring Fall & Winter 2002): 355-72. Photos by Gregory Harvey, May Qian, John Gery, Zhaoming Qian, William McNaughton, and Biljana D. Obradovic 377-384.

19th

July 5-8, 2001

Ezra Pound and the 20th Century

Helene Aji, Peter Nicolls and J-M. Rabaté

Paris, Sorbonne, France

Aji, Hélène, ed. Ezra Pound and Referentiality: The 19th International Ezra Pound Conference, Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne, 2001. Paris: Présses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2003.

 

20th

July 2-6, 2003

Ezra Pound and American Identity

Hugh Witemeyer

Sun Valley, IO, United States

Ezra Pound and American Identity. Ed. Hugh Witemeyer.  Orono, Me.: National Poetry Foundation, 2005.  A special issue of Paideuma 34.2-3 (Fall & Winter 2005).

 

Hugh Witemeyer. Conference Report: Paideuma 34.2&3 (Fall & Winter 2005): 3-10.

 

Conference Program.

Abstracts.

21st

July 4-7, 2005

Ezra Pound, Language and Persona

Massimo Bacigalupo & William Pratt

Rapallo, Italy

Bacigalupo, Massimo, and William Pratt, ed. and introd. Ezra Pound, Language and Persona.Genoa: Dipartimento di Scienze della Comunicazione Linguistica e Culturale, Università degli Studi di Genova, 2008.

Massimo Bacigalupo.  "History and the American Poet." RSA Journal 14 (2003): 3-16. In part, a report on the confernce.

Kiely, Kevin. "An Irishman's Diary." The Irish Times (July 23, 2005): 15.

Conference program.

List of participants.

22nd

June 26-29, 2007

Ends and Beginnings

John Gery & Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

Venice: International University, Isola di San Servolo, Italy

Gery, John and William Pratt, eds. Ezra Pound, Ends and Beginnings: Essays and Poems from the Ezra Pound International Conference Venice, 2007. New York: AMS Press, 2011.

 

Conference program.

23nd

June 30-July 4, 2009 

ROMA AMOR: Pound, Love, and Rome

John Gery, Caterina Ricciardi & Massimo Bacigalupo

Rome: Centro Studi Americani, Italy

Pratt, William, and Caterina Ricciardi, eds. ROMA/AMOR: Ezra Pound, Rome, and Love. New York: AMS Press, 2013.

Rome, 2009 - photo album.

Conferene website.

Conference program. and here and here.

24th

July 5-9, 2011

Ezra Pound and London

John Gery & Richard Parker

London: Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, United Kingdom

Baumann, Walter and William Pratt, eds. Ezra Pound and London. New Perspectives. New York: AMS Press, 2015

London, 2011 - photo album

 

Conference program.

25th

July 9-13, 2013

Ezra Pound & Modernism

Walter Baumann & Stephen Wilson

Dublin: Trinity College Dublin & Mater Dei Institute, Republic of Ireland

Baumann, Walter and William Pratt, eds. Ezra Pound and Modernism. The Irish Factor. Brighton: Edward Everett Root Publishers, 2017.

Dublin, 2013 - photo album.

 

Conference program

 

Stephen Wilson. "Ezra Pound's Transatlantic Poet's Society." The Irish Times, 9 July 2013.
[on Pound's links with Irish writers and politicians and the opening of the 25th Ezra Pound International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, July 9-13, 2013]

26th

July 6-12, 2015

Ezra Pound and the Green World

Walter Baumann, Siegfried de Rachewiltz & John Gery

Brunnenburg, Dorf Tirol, Merano, Italy

Baumann, Walter and Caterina Ricciardi, eds. Ezra Pound’s Green World: Nature, Landscape and Language. Papers from the 26th Ezra Pound International Conference at Brunnenburg, 2015. Brighton: Edward Everett Root Publishers, 2019

Brunnenburg, 2015 photo albums:
Walter Baumann
Star Black

 

Conference website

Conference program.

 

Roxana Preda. A Conference Diary. Make It New 2.2 (September 2020): 18-25.

 27th

June 19-23, 2017

Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry: William Carlos Williams, Hilda Doolittle, and Marianne Moore

Emily Mitchell Wallace, David McKnight, Walter Baumann, & John Gery

Philadelphia,United States: Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania

Baumann, Walter, John Gery and Alexander McKnight, eds. Cross-Cultural Ezra Pound. Clemson: Clemson UP, 2021.

Philadephia, 2017 - photo album.

 

Conference website.

 

Hughes, Samuel.  "Finally, an EPIC at Penn."  The Pennsylvania Gazette (November/December 2017).

 

Shepard, Louisa.  "For the first time, international Ezra Pound conference to be held at Penn."  Penn Current, June 8, 2017.

 

Timpane, John.  "Penn conference on Ezra Pound: Homecoming for a bad-boy genius."  The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2017.

28th

June 25-29 2019

Ezra Pound and the Spanish World

Viorica Patea, Walter Baumann & John Gery

Salamanca: University of Salamanca, Spain

 

Salamanca, 2019 - photo album.

 

Conference website.

 

Byron, Mark.  "28th Ezra Pound International Conference, University of Salamanca, Spain, 25-29 June 2019: Ezra Pound and the Spanish World."  Make It New 5.2-3 (Winter 2019).

 

Bacigalupo, Massimo. "Ezra Pound e il mondo ispanico," Poesia 32.352 (Oct. 2019): 67-75.

29th

scheduled June 2022

Ezra Pound and Friendship

Akitoshi Nagahata, John Gery, & Walter Baumann

Garden Palace Hotel Kyoto, Japan                       

   

 

 

 

 

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