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The 21st International Literature and Psychology Conference

- 2004 -

Arles, France

June 30 - July 5, 2004
Travel | Registration & Papers | Tourism | Accommodations
Registration form | Program | Participants | Abstracts | Selected Papers
Photos of the Conference |

    This year we whall enjoy the savoir vivre of the south of France. We are grateful to our long-time participant, Robert Silhol, the only one of us who has attended all twenty of our conferences, for making it possible for us to meet in Arles in Provence. The city is famed for its Roman ruins, its nearness to the "Texas of France," the Camargues, and for van Gogh's paintings of the region. And, like all of Provence, for its fine food and wines. A street in ArlesLast year’s participants came from Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal, the U.K., and, of course, many from all over the U.S.A. Such a group always presents a challenging and intriguing range of ideas.
    We expect a large enrollment this year because of our venue, and we urge you to register early.

Registration & Papers

    Papers should be short, 20 minutes maximum (and please begin now to think about observing this time limit, so as to allow for the maximum number of presenters. Our standard 20-minute limit allows you to speak about 2400 words. Each year, the one complaint we get over and over is that people do not stick to the time limit! Papers may be in English, French, or German, and they may deal with any application of psychology to the study of literature, film, or the other arts. And, when submitted for the proceedings, they can be as long as you like. Please prepare your abstract and add it to the registration form below. Also, please, email it to Ms. Sonja Moreno, our program assistant.

    The deadline for sending us your title and abstract is March 1 or the time at which we receive 65 abstracts, titles and registration fees, whichever comes first. These papers with completed registration are assured a place on the program. Abstracts submitted after then will be put on a waiting list and will be put on the program as cancellations permit.

    This year we begin something new. Since the time for spoken papers is short, we will make it possible for registrants to offer a longer written version online. If you will send us your paper, by May 15, in one of the usual formats (plain text, WordPerfect, MSWord, HTML, or Adobe pdf), we will put it up at the conference web site and provide a link to it from the online abstracts. If you can put it up at your own web site (we would prefer that), we will provide a link to your site.

    For a complete registration, we require three items:

  1. registration form (see below) including paper title
  2. title and brief abstract of paper (150 words maximum; excess will be omitted). These abstracts enable us to place your paper in an appropriate session. We will also publish them online and on paper.
  3. A registration fee of $150 U.S. You will find instructions for payment after the registration form below. This fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not thereafter for any reason.


    ARLES is a major town on the tourist circuit, famous for its extraordinarily well-preserved Roman arena, Les Arènes, at the city's heart. It was the key city of the region in Roman times, then, with Aix, main base of the counts of Provence before unification with France. Today the Saturday market , which brings in throngs of farmers from the surrounding countryside. Other attractions include: Théâtre Antique, Musée de l'Arles Antique, Cryptoporticuss, Thermes de Constantin, Les Alyscamps, Musée Arlaten, Cloître St-Trophime and the Musée Réattu. The doorway and facade of St-Trophime should not be missed.

    At the back of the Réattu museum, lanterns line the river wall where Van Gogh used to wander, wearing candles on his hat, watching the night-time light: the famous "Starry Night" depicts the Rhône at Arles. The Fondation Vincent Van Gogh has no Van Goghs but exhibits works by contemporary artists inspired by Van Gogh, such as Francis Bacon, Jasper Johns, Hockney and Lichtenstein.

    Arles has a good number of excellent-quality and inexpensive restaurants , and a wide choice of brasseries on the main boulevards. Place du Forum is the centre of café life; here you'll find Le Café La Nuit , immaculately recreated Ó la Van Gogh and open late, and the young and noisy Bistrot Arlésien .

    Bullfighting , or more properly tauromachie comes in two styles in Arles and the nearby Camargue. In the local courses camarguaises , which are held at fêtes from late spring to early autumn, razeteurs run at the bulls in an effort to pluck ribbons and cockades tied to the bulls' horns, cutting them free with special barbed gloves. The drama comes from the stylish way the men leap away from the bull, and in the competition for prize money. The bulls are not killed. More popular, however, is the brutal Spanish-style corrida in the Roman arena (late April, early July & September, at Arles), consisting of a strict ritual leading up to the all-but-inevitable death of the bull. The tourist office, local papers and publicity around the arena will give you the details.

     The Steering Committee will, as usual, arrange for tours for our group.


    Both the conference papers and housing will be at the Hotel Atrium. All attending the conference will be expected to stay at the hotel--this is the arrangement we have with them. The rates are as follows:

Single room, 103 euro
Double room 180 euro (total for two persons)
These rates include room, breakfast, two breaks, and lunch including wine and coffee.

    Conferees must book their rooms directly with the hotel before February 1, if they wish to benefit from these rates. It will be necessary to guarantee your reservation with a credit card. Here are the addresses for the Hotel Atrium:

1, rue Emile Fassin
13 200 Arles FRANCE

Telephone (from the U.S.): 011-33-490-49-92-92
Fax: 011-33-490 93 38 59
email: infos@hotelatrium.com
Internet: www.hotelatrium.com
You can book your room at the hotel's web site.  

Travel / Transportation

    For travelers from the U.S. there are non-stop flights from New York - Kennedy and Atlanta to Nice, which is about 100 miles or 160 kilometers from Arles. There are, also flights stoppin gin Paris for Marseilles, which is about 40 miles or 75 kilometers from Arles. We will get you further information about traveling to Arles in the next few months.


Registration Form 2004

    Important: Include your email address below. It will not come through to us automatically from this form, and, if we don't have it, our communications with you will be very much delayed.

Last Name:
First Name and Initial:
Email address (important):
Affiliation (e.g., Department and University):
Preferred Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip:
Telephone during business hours (include all codes):
Telephone during non-business hours (include all codes):
Fax Phone (include all codes):

For how many people do you need housing? One Two Three
Names of persons coming with you to the conference:
Conference dates are June 30 to July 5; we assume most conferees will arrive June 30 and leave the morning of July  5.
When are you arriving at the conference? Date: Time:
When are you leaving the conference? Date: Time:
Do you have any special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian)?

What is your exact paper title?

Please enter your abstract here. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words. Excess will be omitted. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received the abstract.

What language will you deliver your paper in?

What special equipment do you need (VCR, tape recorder, slide projector, etc.)? Remember that the UK's video format is different from the US's.


    The registration fee is $150 U.S. The registration fee is refundable for any reason until May 15, but not thereafter.

    U.S. registrants should send a check to our office, made out to "GAP-INTERNATIONAL." Our address is:

Mrs. Sonja Moreno
Department of English
University of Florida
P. O. Box 117310
Gainesville FL 32611-7310

    Because our local bank puts a heavy surcharge on foreign checks, Western European and other non-U.S. registrants can send their registration with a Eurocheque for $150 U.S. or the equivalent in euros, to:

Professeur Robert Silhol
U.E.R. Institut d'Anglais Charles V
10, rue Charles V
email: mailto:%20rsilhol@club-internet.fr

The check should be made out to Robert Silhol.

    Alternatively, either U.S. or non-U.S. registrants can pay through Norm Holland's account at PayPal.com. That way you can simply charge your registration to your credit card over the Internet and save the bother of mailing a check. Registrants within the U.S. may sign up for a PayPal account during the Web Accept payment process. An "account" simply means telling PayPal your name, address, and your credit card number.

    Registrants outside the U.S. will need to take a few extra steps. You will need to sign up for PayPal separately before making payment to the conference. Here are the directions for doing so.

    Signing up for a PayPal account does not commit you to anything--it just enables you to use your credit card to make payments on the Internet to this conference (and anything else that catches your fancy). The Wall Street Journal assures us that this method of payment is more secure than check or money order.

    To begin the payment process, click on the icon to the right.

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