CFP: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons

CFPs

University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017,

with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July

This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.

Keynotes:

Susan Stewart, Princeton University
Stephen Bann, University of Bristol
Drew Milne, University of Cambridge

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Finlay and late modernism(s)
  • Little Sparta and ecology
  • Finlay and poetics, including objectivist/concrete/visual/new-media poetics
  • Finlay and visual/conceptual art
  • Finlay in context: encompassing movements/milieus/cultures; associated figures
  • Finlay and the political, including Finlay as revolutionary/counter-revolutionary, Finlay and the French Revolution, Finlay and the Third Reich
  • “Flytings” and “Battles” as aspects of avant-garde practice
  • Finlay as collaborator/Finlay’s collaborators
  • Finlay and European romanticism
  • Finlay and the (nuclear) sublime
  • Neo-classical and pre-Socratic re-armaments
  • Finlay and (inter)nationalism
  • Finlay and Northern Renaissances
  • Wild Hawthorn Press and small-press publishing as creative practice
  • Finlay and landscape architecture/garden design
  • Ongoing and contemporary creative responses to Finlay’s work

250-word abstracts for twenty-minute papers and 500-word abstracts for full panels/round-tables will be accepted by the organisers Greg Thomas and Alex Thomson at Greg.Thomas@ed.ac.uk until 10th March 2017. However, participants are asked to respond with expressions of interest as soon as possible. For up-to-date event and attendance fee details visit our website.

This event is supported by the British Academy.

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