CFP New Work in Modernist Studies

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The sixth one-day Graduate Conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at Queen Mary University of London (Francis Bancroft Building), in conjunction with Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist students who are eager to share their work. The day will close with a plenary lecture by Sascha Bru who is an Associate Professor in the department of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, at KU Leuven and co-director of MDRN 

Commemorating World War I: Conflict and Creativity

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Commemorating World War One: Conflict and Creativity is a public engagement project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to design and deliver events to commemorate the First World War centenary.

The project is co-ordinated by Cardiff University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), co-directed by Dr Clair Rowden, School of Music, and Dr Monika Hennemann, School of Modern Languages, and supported by Dr Rachelle Barlow, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Music.

Upcoming events include:

11-12 November: International Artistic Creation during WWI

Symposium in collaboration with and held at National Museum Cardiff

International scholars from the UK and Leuven, Heidelberg and Brown Universities discuss WWI in music, literature, visual cultures, history, philosophy and psychology.

The British Association for Modernist Studies Essay Prize


The British Association for Modernist Studies invites submissions for its annual essay prize for early career scholars. The winning essay will be published in Modernist Cultures, and the winner will also receive £250 of books.

The BAMS Essay Prize is open to any member of the British Association for Modernist Studies who is studying for a doctoral degree, or is within five years of receiving their doctoral award. You can join BAMS by following the link on our membership pages:

Essays are to be 7-9,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and references.

The closing date for entries is 31 October 2016. The winner will be announced by 31 January 2017.

1916 in Ireland and Wales: A One-Day Symposium

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Symposium Organised by the Wales-Ireland Research Network, with the support of the Wales Remembers centenary programme and the Welsh Government

14 September 2016

Location: Room A14, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Attendance is free but registration beforehand is essential. Contact:

(please put ‘1916 in Ireland and Wales’ in message title)

For more information, please click here to download the Programme.

Coming Soon: The Modernist Society Cardiff


Those familiar with The Modernist Society’s work in Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Birmingham will be interested to hear that a new Cardiff chapter is in the pipeline. The Modernist Society Cardiff will be open to any member of the public interested in modern architecture, art, design, literature and public space from 1900-1999. The group is planning a range of public events celebrating all things Modernist: those interested in attending or getting involved can sign up to the mailing list via

RS Thomas Literary Festival, 24-26 June, Aberdaron


24 to 27 June 2016, Aberdaron

The annual RS Thomas Literary Festival celebrates RS Thomas in the Welsh seaside town where he was vicar and wrote some of his best poetry.

The theme of the 2016 Festival is “Convergence of Creativity.” We will explore the influence of RS Thomas’s wife, Elsi Eldridge, an accomplished artist, on his work. We will also examine Thomas’s influence on other artists and how Thomas’s poetry was inspired by modern art.

The RS Thomas Literary Festival features the launch of the latest collection of unpublished Thomas poems, Too Brave to Dream. Presentations from three respected Thomas scholars, an evening concert in St. Hywyn’s Church, a walk through the landscape that inspired RS Thomas, poetry performances, an invitation to RS and Elsi’s studio, and an art exhibition complete the festival. This year we are also joined by the Coleridge in Wales project.

For more information, or to view the full festival programme, please visit


David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner: An Illustrated Lecture

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David Jones, Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
An illustrated lecture
19th July, 2016       19 Orffennaf, 2016       2pm
by Professor Tom Dilworth, University of Windsor, Canada

The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to be ‘one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique’.

In 1929 Jones made copper engravings for an illustrated edition of the poem, and these prints are displayed in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff this summer as a response to the Coleridge in Wales festival.

We are delighted that leading international authority on David Jones, Prof. Tom Dilworth has offered to give this illustrated lecture as part of the Coleridge in Wales journey, in association with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre.

Discover how the illustrations by David Jones give fresh insight into the structure and interpretation of Rime of The Ancient Mariner.

For more information, or to book a ticket, please contact Luke Thurston (

Those attending the event may also be interested in a current exhibition at the National Library of Wales:

Words of War: Conflict in Welsh Literature

23 January – 30 July 2016

For centuries, Welsh poets and prose writers have depicted the experience of war, either by celebrating victories or mourning defeat. This exhibition focuses on four historic conflicts from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries – both battles and skirmishes. Poignant eyewitness accounts and later reactions by artists such as Aneirin and David Jones, Bleddyn Fardd and Gerallt Lloyd Owen will be shown alongside the narrative testimonies of contemporary and later chroniclers. Let the poets take you to Catraeth, Cilmeri, Bosworth and the Somme.

Parts of the manuscript of In Parenthesis will be on display alongside a fascinating range of other documents. For more information, please visit

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