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The John Dos Passos Society activities include the organization of biennial conferences, as well as panels regularly set up in other conferences such as ALA and SAMLA. The Society also seeks publication opportunities and works towards the dissemination of the Dos Passos legacy. Furthermore all our members receive our NEWSLETTER by mail yearly.


For more information see below.

Calls for papers

THIRD BIENNIAL JOHN DOS PASSOS SOCIETY CONFERENCE​​​​​​​

THIRD BIENNIAL JOHN DOS PASSOS SOCIETY CONFERENCE


Third Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference (June 20-22, 2018. Lisbon, Portugal)
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
 
Graduate students wishing to be considered for supplemental travel funding must submit a full paper by February 28, 2018
 
The John Dos Passos Society invites papers for its third biennial conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal.
 
The famous American modernist John Dos Passos remained fascinated with his ancestral Portuguese homeland throughout his life. Over the course of that life, he visited both mainland Portugal and Madeira on several occasions. On his first trip to Madeira, in the year 1905, he was a child still going by the name of Jack Madison (using his mother’s surname). The sights and smells of that trip, Dos Passos recalled years later in The Best Times, stayed with him his whole life. No doubt these and other memories are what compelled the author to publish The Portugal Story, a history of Portugal’s celebrated nautical past, a year before he died.
 
Hosted by the Geographical Society of Lisbon, the 2018 conference encourages papers that connect the theme of exploration (however broadly construed) to the life and writings of Dos Passos; however, even papers that do not address exploration are still welcome.


Possible topics may include Dos Passos and. . .

—Portugal, Madeira, or Portuguese culture
—Brazil and/or Portuguese-influenced lands and culture
—the Spanish/Iberian World
—translation studies
—war and/or violence
—Europe
—the expatriate experience
—his ideological journey/changing politics
—sex, sexuality, and gender
—labor, the proletarian novel, and the Popular Front
—Ernest Hemingway, José Robles, and/or others involved in the Spanish
        Civil War
—his relationships with other authors and artists
—realist, modernist, and late-modernist aesthetics
—regionalism and internationalism
—genre: histories, travel writing, poetry, essays and so on
—painting and the visual arts
—technology
—his own influences
—his influence on contemporary literature
—We will also hold a roundtable on teaching Dos Passos, and welcome
   short position papers on classroom experiences with his work.
 
 
The Geographical Society of Lisbon (http://www.socgeografialisboa.pt/en/) is housed in a beautiful nineteenth-century building in the heart of downtown. From its front steps one can access, either by foot or by a short metro ride, the city’s major historical sites and cultural venues, including Restauadores Square, the Rio Tejo waterfront, Rossio Square, Castelo de São Jorge, Miradouro de São Pedro Alcântara, Museu São Roque and Sacred Art Museum, and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
 
While there is no official hotel sponsorship for the conference, the Geographical Society of Lisbon itself is situated near a number of lodgings, such as the VIP Executive Eden Aparthotel, Flor de Baixa Alojamento, Residencial Florescente, and the Goodmorning Hostel. The Ibis Lisboa Liberdade Hotel, the Casa de São Mamede, and the Altis Grand Hotel are slightly farther away but still within walking distance or a short ride on the metro. (A list of hotels with appropriate contact information will be sent to all accepted participants.) Most major carriers service the Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), which has easy metro, bus, and taxi connections to most major downtown sites.
 
Please send an English-language abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to both Aaron Shaheen and Mário Avelar at aaron-shaheen@utc.edu and mario.carlos.avelar@gmail.com respectively by January 31st, 2018. Graduate students must submit a full paper by February 28th in order to be considered for supplemental travel funds. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. Please note that the conference will be exclusively in English.
 
IMPORTANT DATES
January 31st: Deadline for abstract submissions
February 28th: Full paper deadline for graduate students wishing to be  considered for travel funding
March 15th: Registration opens
 
Registration Fees:
Panelists: €100, which includes JDPS membership fee for a year, JDPS Newsletter, and certificate of participation
General Public €35, which includes entrance to conference and certificate of attendance
Students €20, which includes entrance to conference and certificate of attendance
(Participants can consult http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/ or other online sources for the latest exchange rates)


Past Calls for Papers
(2.1.) 2nd Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference
Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio
Madrid (Spain)
June 2nd-4th 2016

We welcome proposals on any topic relevant to Dos Passos's career or life. We are especially interested in his relationship to Spain and Spain's relationship to Dos Passos's legacy. The meeting will include a screening of Robles, Duelo al Sol, a new documentary about the fate of José Robles during the Spanish Civil War, and its impact on Dos Passos and his relationship to Hemingway. Possible topics may include John Dos Passos and:

Spain
Translation Studies
War
Europe
The Iberian World
The expatriate experience
His ideological journey/changing politics
Sex, sexuality and gender
Labor, the proletarian novel and the Popular Front
Ernest Hemingway, José Robles and/or others involved in the Spanish Civil War
Realist, Modernist, and late-modernist aesthetics
Regionalism and Internationalism
Genre: histories, travel writing, poetry, essays and so on
Technology
His influences
His influence on contemporary literature


We will also hold a roundtable on "Teaching Dos Passos," and welcome short position papers on classroom experiences with his work.

The Conference will be hosted by Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio,  at its Madrid-Chamartín Campus where the Faculty of Music and Performative Arts is located.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief CV to jdpsociety@gmail.com by January 30th, 2016. Make note of any A/V requests in your abstract. And please note that the language of the conference will be English.

(2.2)ALA 2015
Boston, MA
May 21-25, 2015

Intersections of E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos

This collaborative panel invites varied approaches to examining the intersections between E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos. Their careers overlap and in striking ways: both authors went to Harvard, were visual artists, wrote experimental dramas, served in ambulance services during World War I, endured the horrors of warfare and the censorship of the government, and engaged in the activism of the radical political environment of the early 20th century and the resulting hardships of the literary marketplace. In the 1930s, Cummings and Dos Passos both visited the Soviet Union and wrote about their experiences and impressions of the culture, and both experienced drastic shifts in political beliefs during that period.

We welcome submissions related to form and genre, modernism and modernity, war, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, print culture, archival study, politics, activist writing, and related topics. Collaborative papers and pedagogical approaches are also welcome.

300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan, President of the John Dos Passos Society (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) and Michael Webster, President of the E.E. Cummings Society (websterm@gvsu.edu) by January 1, 2015.

Teaching Dos Passos: Round Table Discussion

In addition to our regular paper session, we will also hold a teaching round table. This is an open-topic call for 5-8 minute papers focused on bringing Dos Passos's writing into the classroom. Participants may choose to focus on undergraduate or graduate classes; university, community college, or high school settings; writing, literature, theory, or comparative literature classes; etc.


300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan (vbryan@clevelandstatecc.edu) or the John Dos Passos Society (JDPSociety@gmail.com) by January 1, 2015.

Publication opportunities
After the 2nd Biennial Conference in Madrid, participants are invited to submit revised versions of their work for publication at an international publisher. A committee will peer review and choose a selection of papers to be published in a single volume. The manuscript volume is subject to approval by the publisher. More information to follow.


Newsletter

The Speech of the People

"U. S. A. is the world's greatest rivervalley fringed with mountains and hills, U. S. A. is a set of bigmouthed officials with too many bankaccounts. U. S. A. is a lot of men buried in their uniforms in Arlington Cemetery. U. S. A. is the letters at the end of an address when you are away from home. But mostly U. S. A. is the speech of the people."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – 42nd Parallel

Our first issue of our newsletter was sent out in February of 2012. This issue includes write ups of our recent panels, information about future panels, and an interview with John Dos Passos Coggin, John Dos Passos's grandson and author of an authorized biography of former Florida U.S. senator and governor Lawton Chiles to be published by Florida Historical Society Press this fall.

Our second issue was sent out in March of 2013. This issue also includes write ups of our recent panels and information about future panels. This year we feature a piece by Fredrik Tydal that recounts some novels recommended by John Dos Passos's in the context of his work and in our contemporary context.

Our third issue came out in February of 2014. This issue includes write ups of panels at the American Literature Association conference and a call for papers for the First Annual Biennial John Dos Passos Society Conference. This issue kicks off with a description of the Official John Dos Passos website, maintained by the family.