CFP: The Twenty-Fourth International Thomas Hardy Conference And Festival

Dorchester, Dorset, UK
Saturday 11th—Saturday 18th July 2020

The Twenty-Fourth International Hardy Conference marks the 180th anniversary of Thomas Hardy’s birth. Paper proposals are welcome on any aspect of Hardy’s life, work and legacy. Papers should be planned for delivery times of a maximum of 20 minutes (approximately 2000 words).

Like its predecessors, the 2020 Conference is designed to appeal to new, established and independent Hardy scholars, and the general readers who attend in large numbers.  We invite proposals from established and independent scholars, postgraduate students, and Hardy enthusiasts—especially those from the international community. Postgraduate students may be eligible for bursaries to help defray conference expenses.

Confirmed lecturers include Gillian Beer, Pamela Gilbert, Michael Irwin, Richard Nemesvari and Gregory Tate. Lectures and conference papers will be supplemented by a wide variety of excursions and entertainments relating to the local context which Hardy’s work celebrates, and from which it emerged.

Proposals (max. 300 words) should be sent by email to Dr Mary Rimmer at mrimmer@unb.ca or by post to:

‘Call for Papers’
(Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival)
Dr Mary Rimmer, Department of English
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB, Canada  E3B 5A3

All submissions will be read and adjudicated by an academic panel.  The closing date is 15 January 2020. The best of the papers given at the Conference will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed Thomas Hardy Journal appearing in Autumn 2020.

Please note that all submissions will be acknowledged: if email submissions are not acknowledged within four business days, the proposer should re-send.