Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

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Swansea University (7th September 2015): A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales – The Inaugural MONC Conference

Report by Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University)

Conveners: Elaine Cabuts (National Museum of Wales/Aberystwyth University), Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University), John Goodby (Swansea University), Emma West (Cardiff University), Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).

Modernist Network Cymru’s (MONC) first public conference was a great success. Held at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, this one-day conference entitled ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’ dipped into the wide ranging research going on in and around Wales. With a Celtic aspect either directly, obliquely, or not at all apparent; MONC open-mindedly welcomed a variety of speakers to give an informative snapshot into the academic groundswell we all belong to.

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Registration now open: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

2015 Conference, Registration

UPDATE: 02/07/2015 Online registration for the inaugural MONC conference has now closed. There may still be tickets available; if you are interested in attending, please contact us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com and we will try our best to accommodate you. Thank you to all those who have already purchased tickets; we look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th September.

Registration is now open for the inaugural MONC conference, A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, to be held at Swansea University on Monday 7 September 2015.

This conference aims to showcase the diverse range of research on modernism happening in Wales today. Please follow the link for a copy of our Programme.

Delegates can purchase tickets via our Eventbrite page.

The ticket price includes admission, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee and a wine reception. Those with special dietary requirements can notify us during the registration process.

The deadline for registration is 13 August 2015. Those wishing to attend (including speakers) must register by this date as we have to give conference services precise numbers for catering. Thank you very much for your co-operation. If you have any queries relating to registration, please contact us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com.

Draft conference programme: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

2015 Conference, Events, News, Programme

We are pleased to be able to announce the draft conference programme for our inaugural conference, ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’. Please follow the link for a PDF copy of the Programme.

From 9.00am    Registration – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

9.25-9.40          Welcome – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

9.45-11.15         Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 1: Modernism and war (KH130) Chair: Matthew Jarvis

Rhian Atkin (Cardiff University), ‘Tensions and tenses of Portuguese Futurism’

Connor Doak (University of Bristol), ‘The Ethics of Modernist War Poetry: Revisiting Mayakovsky’s War and the World 100 Years On’

Luke Thurston (Aberystwyth University) ‘“Thought’s Broken Bones”: David Jones and Alun Lewis’

Panel 2: National and transnational modernisms (KH303) Chair: Daniel Williams

Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University), ‘”The Congo is flooding the Acropolis”: Art and the Intercultural in the Harlem Renaissance’

Daniel Hughes (Bangor University), ‘The Dark Matter of National Identity: Theorising Welsh/British Modernism & Experimental Writing’

Liza Penn-Thomas (Swansea University), ‘Taking Tea with Yeats – Verse drama as modernist or national drama’

11.15-11.45       Coffee – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

11.45-1.15        Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 3: Modernism, gender and sexuality (KH130) Chair: Diana Wallace

Claire Flay-Petty (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘“Far-off distant things”: Reading Dorothy Edwards in the Female Modernist Tradition’

Michelle Deininger (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘”A Certain Unrestraint”: Narrative Strategies and Coded Desire in Kathleen Freeman’s short fiction’

Leonie Shanks (Birkbeck College), ‘Beyond The Tangled Web: Dorothy Richardson, Bryher and the Borderlands of Modernism’

Panel 4: Modernist inheritances (KH303) Chair: John Goodby

Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University), “‘Watt” About Beckett’s Artistic Legacy?’

Charles Mundye (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Lynette Roberts’s The Endeavour: a generic adventure’

Richard Robinson (Swansea University), ‘Quoting Modernism in the Early Short Stories of John McGahern: Joyce and Yeats’

1.15-2.00         Lunch – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

2.00-3.15         Keynote Lecture – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University), ‘Germany: Cradle of Welsh Modernism?’

3.15-3.45         Coffee –  James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

3.45 – 5.15      Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 5: Space, place and land (KH130) Chair: Emma West

Siriol McAvoy (Cardiff University), ‘The materiality of language and the transformation of tradition in the writing of Lynette Roberts’

Anne Price-Owen (UWTSD), ‘Painting becoming Poetry becoming Music’

Xiaofan Xu (University of Nottingham), ‘“United in the Spiritual Flesh of Nature”: T.S. Eliot and British Surrealism in the 1930s’

Panel 6: Late and contemporary responses (KH303) Chair: Luke Thurston

Neal Alexander (Aberystwyth University), ‘Late modernism and the poetics of place’

Elizabeth Benjamin, ‘Dada t’es plus dans l’coup? Memorialising modernism in the age of the avant-garde centenary’

Michael Nath (University of Westminster), ‘Creative Writing, Modernism and the Life-World’

5.15                Wine reception – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting our registration page.

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British Association for Modernist Studies Postgraduate Travel Bursaries

2015 Conference, News, Postgraduate bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), MONC is delighted to be able to offer a limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries for our inaugural conference. Those postgraduate speakers wishing to apply for a travel grant should keep all receipts; we will be in touch with details of how to claim after the conference.

For more information, or to join BAMS, please visit http://bams.ac.uk/membership/

Conference travel information

2015 Conference, Travel

Our inaugural conference, ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’, is being held in the James Callaghan Building at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus. Please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/location/directions/ for directions to the campus; a campus map can be downloaded from the same page or via http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media/CampusPlan.pdf. The James Callaghan building is number 4.

Car parking is available at the adjacent Recreation Ground Car Park (£3.50 a day); for full details, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/location/directions/.

Postgraduate travel bursaries

Thanks to the support of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), we are now able to offer limited travel bursaries to postgraduate speakers. Those speakers wishing to apply for such a bursary should keep all travel receipts and we will be in touch with details of how to claim after the conference.

Access information

The James Callaghan Building is wheelchair accessible; for full access information please contact modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com and we can address your specific needs.

Accommodation

Unfortunately we are not able to offer accommodation for those wishing to stay overnight. Swansea Conference Services have recommended either Hurst Dene B&B or properties listed on http://www.visitswanseabay.com/ for those who wish to book private accommodation.

CFP Deadline Extended: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

2015 Conference, CFP, CFPs, Events, News

Many thanks to all of those who have already submitted abstracts for the inaugural MONC conference. Upon request, we have extended the CFP deadline to 30 June. We are especially keen to receive proposals relating to the visual arts and to women artists and writers. Please follow the links to download a copy of the revised CFP in ENGLISH and in WELSH.

 

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015
 Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf’s (in)famous assertion that ‘On or about December 1910, human character changed’; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris’ annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas’ birth in a year-long series of events.

Now, in 2015, as we mark 100 years since Caradoc Evans’ landmark short story collection, My People, it seems a good time to stop and take stock of the past, present and future of both modernism and modernist studies as a discipline.

This inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University, invites scholars from Wales and beyond to reflect upon modernism and its legacies. As the first Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) event, it aims to showcase the range and diversity of research into modernism happening in Wales today. MONC brings together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales to encourage collaboration and communication; as such, we welcome interdisciplinary proposals on any aspect of modernism, as defined in the widest sense. We particularly welcome scholars working on Welsh modernist writers and artists, as well as modernist art and writing in Wales.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Networks of modernist activity
  • Local modernisms
  • Welsh modernism
  • Geographies or topographies of modernism
  • Modernism and identity
  • Modernism and periodization
  • Chronologies and genealogies of modernism
  • Contemporary modernisms and neomodernisms
  • Centenaries and memorialisation
  • Definitions and theories of modernism
  • Modernist studies and interdisciplinarity
  • The future of modernist studies
  • Individual modernist theorists and practitioners in Wales and beyond

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to collaborate with us on setting the agenda and scope for future MONC activity and events.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) should include a summary of the proposed paper (300 words), the speaker’s contact details, and a short bio (100 words).

Proposals should be sent to modernistnetworkcymru@gmail.com by 30 June 2015.
For more information and enquiries, please visit modernistnetworkcymru.org.

Conference organising team:

Elaine Cabuts (Aberystwyth University)

Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

John Goodby (Swansea University)

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)

Emma West (Cardiff University)

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

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CFP A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

2015 Conference, CFP, CFPs, Events, News

We are delighted to launch the call for papers for our inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University on Monday 7 September 2015. Please click here to download an ENGLISH or a WELSH copy of the CFP.

 

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015
 Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf’s (in)famous assertion that ‘On or about December 1910, human character changed’; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris’ annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas’ birth in a year-long series of events.

Now, in 2015, as we mark 100 years since Caradoc Evans’ landmark short story collection, My People, it seems a good time to stop and take stock of the past, present and future of both modernism and modernist studies as a discipline.

This inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University, invites scholars from Wales and beyond to reflect upon modernism and its legacies. As the first Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) event, it aims to showcase the range and diversity of research into modernism happening in Wales today. MONC brings together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales to encourage collaboration and communication; as such, we welcome interdisciplinary proposals on any aspect of modernism, as defined in the widest sense. We particularly welcome scholars working on Welsh modernist writers and artists, as well as modernist art and writing in Wales.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Networks of modernist activity
  • Local modernisms
  • Welsh modernism
  • Geographies or topographies of modernism
  • Modernism and identity
  • Modernism and periodization
  • Chronologies and genealogies of modernism
  • Contemporary modernisms and neomodernisms
  • Centenaries and memorialisation
  • Definitions and theories of modernism
  • Modernist studies and interdisciplinarity
  • The future of modernist studies
  • Individual modernist theorists and practitioners in Wales and beyond

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to collaborate with us on setting the agenda and scope for future MONC activity and events.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) should include a summary of the proposed paper (300 words), the speaker’s contact details, and a short bio (100 words).

Proposals should be sent to modernistnetworkcymru@gmail.com by 14 June 2015.
For more information and enquiries, please visit modernistnetworkcymru.org.

Conference organising team:

Elaine Cabuts (Aberystwyth University)

Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

John Goodby (Swansea University)

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)

Emma West (Cardiff University)

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

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