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7th Int. Robert Graves Conference, Mallorca, 4-8th July 2006

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 8:07 am    Post subject: 7th Int. Robert Graves Conference, Mallorca, 4-8th July 2006 Reply with quote

Seventh International Robert Graves Conference, Mallorca

Tuesday 4 July – Saturday 8 July 2006

‘Robert Graves and the Art of Collaboration’

The Robert Graves Society is pleased to announce that the Seventh International Robert Graves Conference, organized by the Robert Graves Society and the St John’s College Robert Graves Trust, will be held in Palma and Deyá, Mallorca, 4 July – 8 July 2006.

The aim of this conference is to explore the phenomenon of creative collaboration, through some of the many remarkable instances which Robert Graves's work provides. While his partnership with Laura Riding is undoubtedly the most celebrated – and controversial – of these, Graves formed numerous other important artistic and intellectual alliances. His collaborators included Siegfried Sassoon (early poetry), Nancy Nicholson (Treasure Box), William Nicholson (The Owl), T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence and the Arabs), Basanta Mallik (Mock Beggar Hall), Frank Richards (Old Soldiers Never Die), Alan Hodge (The Long Week-End, The Reader Over Your Shoulder), his secretary Karl Gay (prose works), Lynette Roberts (The White Goddess), Joshua Podro (The Nazarene Gospel Restored, Jesus in Rome), Beryl Graves (The Infant with the Globe), James Metcalf (Adam's Rib), Janet de Glanville (The Greek Myths), Alastair Reid - who will be speaking at the 2006 conference - (The Twelve Caesars, Nausicaa), Edward Ardizzone (The Penny Fiddle, Ann at Highwood Hall), Raphael Patai (The Hebrew Myths), Paul Hogarth (Majorca Observed), Idries Shah and Omar Ali-Shah (The Sufis, The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam). Then there were others whom he consulted: solicitors, stamp collectors, archaeologists, linguists, classicists . . . . All, in their diverse ways, were directly involved with Graves in producing a significant proportion of his 140 books of poetry, fiction, biography, criticism, anthropology, social history, mythology, Biblical studies, translation, and children's books.

During the conference, Graves specialists and scholars from a range of disciplines will be discussing how these relationships illuminate particular facets of Graves's genius.

A highlight of the conference will be a private visit to Canellun, Robert Graves’s house in Deia, which is being meticulously restored under the direction of William Graves and will have just been opened as a museum.

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on aspects of literary, artistic and intellectual collaboration concerning Robert Graves and his contemporaries. Please send a 250-word abstract by 31 March 2006 to the Academic Programme Organiser (please also contact him in the case of late submissions after this date):

Dunstan Ward
President, Robert Graves Society
University of London Institute in Paris
75340 Paris Cedex 07
France
E-mail: dunstanward@yahoo.com

with a copy by e-mail to both of the Conference Organisers:

Lucia Graves
Vice-President, Robert Graves Society
E-mail: luciagraves@aol.com

and

Patrick Villa
Secretary/Treasurer, Robert Graves Society
E-mail: secretary@gravesiana.org

Participants

The conference is open to all. It will be of interest to academics, teachers, research students, and anyone who is interested in the life and writings of Robert Graves and his circle. Registrations should be received by 30 June 2006.

To register or propose a paper for the conference online, with the option to pay for registration via PayPal, please click here.

Dunstan Ward
President, Robert Graves Society
University of London Institute in Paris
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