We are delighted to announce that, following this year’s elections, there will be a new MONC Committee from July 2018. The Committee will include:
- Josie Cray (Cardiff University)
- Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
- Marine Furet (Cardiff University)
- Mary Jacob (Aberystwyth University)
- Siriol McAvoy (Swansea University)
- Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)
Specific roles will be allocated at a handover meeting in early July.
We would also like to welcome Daniel Hughes (Bangor University) and Alix Beeston (Cardiff University) to the MONC Advisory Board.
Finally, we would like to pass on our thanks to retiring members of the MONC committee and advisory board: Elaine Cabuts, Katie Gramich, Lucy Jeffery, Amber Jenkins, Tomos Owen and Emma West.
In light of new GDPR legislation, we have updated our website to include a privacy statement and have contacted all members to ask for their consent to join the mailing list. If you are no longer receiving MONC emails, but would like to receive our ‘digest’ email with news of events, conferences, publications and exhibitions, you can sign up via our JISCmail page or contact us via modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com.
Clive Hicks-Jenkins, The Green Knight’s Head Lives (2017)
Saturday 9 June 2018
Those inspired by our 2017 conference Word and Image may be interested in an upcoming study day at MOMA Machynlleth exploring how artists engage with text. The day will feature a historical contextual introduction by Olivia Ahmad (House of Illustration), as well as talks by contemporary illustrators, publishers and artists. Please see the below flyer for more details; to book please visit http://moma.machynlleth.org.uk/?page_id=810 and scroll down to the 9 June Study Day.
Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff
19 April 2018, 11am-8pm
This Spring, the Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff is opening its doors for a series of free events exploring its 80-year history. Designed by former RIBA President Percy Thomas and opened in 1938, this beautiful building retains many of its original furnishings.
Archive Workshop: 11am-1pm
Lunchtime Tour: 1-2pm
Explore Your Civic Centre 2-4pm
After Hours Tour: 6-8pm
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
For: The 2018 Election of the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) Executive Steering Committee + up to two Postgraduate Representatives.
On 31 December 2017 the three-year term of the MONC Executive Steering Committee came to an end. We now invite nominations for membership of the Steering Committee and up to two postgraduate representatives. Due to the ongoing USS pensions strike action, the closing date for nominations has been extended until 23 April 2018; the online election will take place between 30 April – 16 May 2018.
With several CFP deadlines coming up, here are a selection of calls for proposals ending within the next month:
European Network of Avant-garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)
Realism(s) of the Avant-Garde and Modernism
Münster, Germany, 5-7 September 2018
CFP Deadline: 15 February 2018
Publics: A two-day workshop
Bishopsgate Institute and Kings College London, 18-19 May 2018
CFP Deadline: 16 February 2018
Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
Columbus, Ohio, 8-11 November 2018
Deadline for seminar proposals: 23 February 2018
Deadline for panel and roundtable proposals: 8 April 2018
Association of Welsh Writing in English (AWWE)
Gregynog Hall, 11-13 May 2018
CFP Deadline: 28 February 2018
Australasian Modernist Studies Network (AMSN)
Modernist Comedy & Humour
University of Melbourne, 26-28 October 2018
CFP Deadline: 30 March 2018
11-13 May 2018, Gregynog Hall
The Thirtieth Annual Conference
of the Association for Welsh Writing in English
- Keynote Speaker: Professor Jane Aaron, Emeritus Professor, University of South Wales
- Creative Keynote Speaker: Alys Conran, winner of the 2017 Wales Book of the Year for Pigeon
The final keynote will be announced shortly: please visit the AWWE website for latest updates.
Call for Papers
“‘Home’. When you say a word slowly it can seem suddenly strange. ‘Home’. Is that really how you spell it? And what does it mean? ‘Hoam’. ‘Hohm’.” – John Barnie, Footfalls in the Silence: A Memoir (2014)
Our thirtieth anniversary conference will ask what ‘home’ means within the context of the English-language literary traditions of Wales. In his 1977 volume Space and Place, Yi-Fu Tuan suggested that home is ‘the focal point of a cosmic structure’, and argued that ‘Human groups nearly everywhere tend to regard their own homeland as the center of the world.’ More recently, Michael Allen Fox has proposed that ‘Self and home are inseparable elements, with each depending on the other for its existence and properties.’ He has also emphasised concepts of familiarity and belonging: ‘In English, “home” stands for a place of residence, belonging, and attachment’ and is bound up with ideas of ‘familiarity, attraction, warmth of feeling, pride, a special sense of bonding’. The primary emotional content of home has similarly been articulated by Alison Blunt and Robyn Dowling who note that home is not just a ‘site’, but is crucially ‘an idea and an imaginary imbued with feelings’.