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May 23-25

4th John Dos Passos Society Conference: 2024
Villa Cà Erizzo Luca, Bassano del Grappa, Italy



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.


Biennial Conferences

Fotografía: Jorge Rosenvinge

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The first biennial John Dos Passos Society conference was a huge success. We brought together speakers from across the United States and various other countries to discuss the importance of Dos Passos’s legacy, his impact on American modernism, and strategies for bringing him into the classroom.

Fotografía: Jorge Rosenvinge

Madrid 2016

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio

The second biennial John Dos Passos Society conference was a truly international event. It gathered participants from different countries and dealt, among other topics, with Dos Passos´s relationship to Spain.

Fotografía: Jorge Rosenvinge

Lisbon 2018


Third Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference (June 20-22, Lisbon, Portugal).

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