23nd Ezra Pound International Conference

Rome, Italy

June 30 - July 4, 2009

ROMA AMOR: Pound, Love and Rome


The 23nd Ezra Pound International Conference will be held in Rome, a city that figures prominently in Pound’s work and one where he spent significant time. The site of the 2009 meeting, sponsored together with the Centro Studi Americani (Center for American Studies), will be the Palazzo Antici Mattei, a remarkable late sixteenth-century palazzo that is now an extensive library and cultural center, with an archive of over 10,000 volumes donated by American professor of history Harry Nelson Gay after his death in 1932. Located in the very heart of Rome, it is a few steps from Piazza Venezia, Michelangelo's Campidoglio, and the Forum, and a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and other significant sites. Besides offering proximity to these historic sites, the conference has tentative plans for excursions to Lake Nemi on the Albian Hills, the south coast, and Siena, as well as for events in Rome.

The conference committee invites proposals for papers on any aspect of the meeting’s theme, as derived from Pound's 1942 palindrome in “A Visiting Card”:


We think because we do not know.



O   M

M   O



And later, in Canto 93, he added, “Amphion!/ And yet for Venus and Roma/ a wraith moved in air.”

Proposals may interpret or apply the conference theme in specific or broad terms, relating to any aspect of Pound’s work and life: poetry, prose, translations, textual analysis, biography, comparative studies, literary or political influence, and/or historical matters. Proposed papers on other aspects of Pound are also welcome. Proposals from postgraduate and younger scholars are particularly encouraged.

If you are interested in giving a paper, send a synopsis of your proposal (about 250 words) to the Secretary. Emailed proposals, as well as those sent by surface mail, are acceptable. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes delivery time. To be sure of receiving registration information and details about lodging and excursions, please also write to the Secretary:

      Professor John Gery

      22nd Ezra Pound International Conference

      Department of English

      University of New Orleans

      New Orleans, LA 70148-2315 USA


      DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: October 1, 2008

Committee: Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genoa

      Walter Baumann, University of Ulster

      Helen Dennis, University of Warwick

      John Gery, University of New Orleans (Secretary)

      Alan Golding, University of Louisville

      David Moody, University of York

      William Pratt, Miami University of Ohio

      Caterina Ricciardi, University of Roma Tre