CFP: BAMS International Conference, 2017: Modernist Life

University of Birmingham

June 29-July 1, 2017

Keynote speakers:

Claire Colebrook (Penn State University)

Janet Wolff (University of Manchester)

“Only to the person who is prepared to lose her life in its known form will life appear in its new guises of ever-greater beauty and perfection. But in order to achieve such a position, silence must be reached in both thinking and feeling. This is losing life, for life is, first and foremost, pervaded by human thoughts and feelings in a universal and common form.”

—Hilma af Klint

Modernist Life is an international, interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the range, depth and prolongation of modernisms from the nineteenth century into the present moment and the future. It takes as its starting point the fundamental tension between art and life, central to modernism, but also the lifespan of modernism itself – beginnings, endings, or alternatively modernism’s longue durée. The conference invites discussion of the ways in which modernisms negotiate the concept of life, afterlife and still life, or death; it is interested in the cultivation of life (the ecological) and the extension or replacement of life (the technological); and it seeks to debate the ways in which modernism’s lives are preserved or reconstructed, through biography, editing, citation, education, cultural institutions and the new technologies of the archive.

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CFP New Work in Modernist Studies

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 http://mdrn.be/node/1  Continue reading “CFP New Work in Modernist Studies”

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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CFP New Work in Modernist Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS
New Work in Modernist Studies
Saturday 5 December 2015, 10am-5.30pm,
University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Queen’s Building

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The fifth one-day Graduate Conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place at the University of Exeter (Streatham campus), 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 Professor Simon Shaw-Miller, Chair in the History of Art, University of Bristol, and author of Eye hEar: The Visual in Music (Ashgate 2013), Visible Deeds in Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage (Yale, 2002, second ed. 2004) and numerous essays and articles on art and music in the modern period, including ‘Modernist Music’ in the Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford, 2010).

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Conference travel information

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.