Commemorating World War I: Conflict and Creativity

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.

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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: https://bams.ac.uk/membership

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.

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1916 in Ireland and Wales: A One-Day Symposium

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:

history-enquiries@aber.ac.uk

(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 http://www.modernist-society.org/cardiff.

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

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 (lut@aber.ac.uk).

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 https://www.llgc.org.uk/collections/activities/exhibitions/words-of-war/

Image Copyright © 2016 Coleridge in Wales Festival. All rights reserved.

David Jones Exhibition, Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives

A new exhibition at Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives explores David Jones’s work as a wood engraver. Curated by Prof. Judi Loach, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the exhibition includes rare examples of his work for interwar private presses such as St. Dominic’s Press, Golden Cockerel Press and Gregynog Press.

For more information, and to see some of the images included in the exhibition, please visit the SCOLAR blog. The exhibition runs from 9 May – 29 July 2016.

Commemorating WWI: Conflict and Creativity

Researchers from Cardiff University, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera and National Museum Cardiff, are holding a series of public events to mark the 2016 Battle of the Somme. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), alongside leading researchers from the Cardiff University schools of Music, Modern Languages, Welsh, History, Archaeology and Religion, and Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, will commemorate this event by exploring WWI conflict and creativity. How is the Great War represented in history, music, literature and visual cultures? And how is it remembered today, in Wales and the wider world?

The series of events, funded by a Cultural Engagement Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), includes a Mametz Wood study day (21 May), a series of lunchtime lectures (Sept-Nov) and an international symposium on artistic creation during WW1 (11-12 November). For more information, please visit http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/events/category/series/commemorating-wwi-conflict-and-creativity-events-series/ or download the series flyer here.

Registration Open: The Power of Place

The Power of Place
A day of presentations to accompany the exhibition
Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape
MOMA Machynlleth
Saturday 21 May 2016, 10.30–16.30

The Welsh landscape has been a source of inspiration for visionary works of art from the 1760s to today. This day-conference will explore responses to the landscape in the works of writers and artists who travelled in Wales from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Hosted at MOMA Machynlleth in collaboration with the Curious Travellers project at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), this is one of a series of events to accompany the major exhibition Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape. Some sixty paintings, drawings and multi-media works from public and private collections allow viewers to explore the seminal role of Wales in the origin and renewal of Romanticism, from the late eighteenth century to the present.

For more information, including a full programme and contact details for registration, please click here.

British Association for Modernist Studies Postgraduate Training Day: Research Skills for Modernist Studies

Hosted by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford Friday 11 March 2016

The seventh annual BAMS postgraduate training day will explore recent trends in modernist studies and give practical advice on research management, with the aim of preparing you for a career in modernist studies. This event is open to registered on-course doctoral students working in the field of modernism. Registration (including lunch) is free to members of BAMS, and a limited number of travel bursaries are also available to BAMS members whose transport costs over £20.

Registration is £5 for non-members. Places are limited, so please register by clicking here (or go to www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk and search ‘BAMS’) by Monday 7 March. To apply for a travel bursary, please send travel information and/ or receipts to bamsresearchskills@gmail.com. General enquiries may also be directed to this address.

To join BAMS (including a subscription to Modernist Cultures) go to http://bams.ac.uk/membership/. Student rate: £32; online-only £23.

Plese click here to download a copy of the event programme.

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture 2016

The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales invites you to:

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture 2016

Dr Kirsti Bohata (Associate Professor, Swansea University)

‘Industrial Fiction by Women Writers in Wales, 1880-1914’

Tuesday 8 March (for International Women’s Day) at 6.00-9.00pm

Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales

The lecture will take place in the Moot Court, TC13, at 6pm to be followed by a wine reception and buffet in TC30 (the Zobole Room) and the university museum’s art gallery space, Oriel y Bont, from 7.15pm.

Dr Kirsti Bohata is Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of CREW, the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, at Swansea University.

The lecture focuses on industrial fictions by women writers in Wales. Fictional representations of the heavy industries are scarce before the twentieth century, but there is a distinctive body of writing by Welsh women that does engage with industrial life.  These novels portray injuries and colliery disasters, disability and care, strikes and class conflict, as well as recurring themes of  nationalism and cross-class fraternity.

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