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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CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn

Call for Papers

Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. It also attempts to voice what is absolutely lost and what was never significant: ‘so many things I have forgot/ That once were much to me, or that were not’, he writes. Thomas also considers obscure futures for others and for himself. His poetry anticipates indifference as much as longevity when it asks what they will ‘do when I am gone?’: ‘they will do without me as the rain/ Can do without the flowers and the grass’.

What should we do with Thomas, whose reputation and writing is more present than ever? In 2017, we will mark the centenary of his death with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity.

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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.

CFP: Spaces of Desire; Remembrance and Civic Power

This two day symposium hosted by the School of Geography & Planning, and Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) will explore the value of theory in transforming our understanding of space and its formulation and contestation through desire (as conceptualised in the following call for papers).  This event will take place on the 30th June and 1st July 2016 and is open to innovative engagements with its core concepts through both academic and artistic interventions.

Call for papers:  Spaces of Desire; Remembrance and Civic Power

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City of Light: Paris 1900-1950

There are three events taking place in Cardiff this month as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s City of Light festival.

24 March: Performing Messiaen’s Harawi, Cardiff University Concert Hall, 7.00pm
25 March: City of Light Explore Day, Cardiff University, 11.00 – 4.00, featuring a voice masterclass with Jane Manning and talks by distinguished scholars on music in Paris.
27 March: Debussy and Jolivet premieres at Saint David’s Hall, Cardiff, 7.30pm, featuring Cardiff University Orchestra, conductor Mark Eager, Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone).

City of Light: Paris 1900-1950 explores Paris from La Belle Époque and Les Années folles to the aftermath of World War II, featuring music from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande to Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonieas the soundtrack to an exploration of the art, literature, dance, architecture and socio-political history that drew the leading artists of the age to Paris from across Europe.

For more information on the Cardiff concerts, please visit http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/music/research/researchprojects/cityoflight.html. The Festival website is http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris/.

Next meeting

Date announced: Next meeting of Welsh Network of Modernist Studies
Friday 24th October, 5pm, Arts and Social Studies Library, Cardiff University

The next meeting of the Welsh Network of Modernist Studies will be held in the Arts and Social Studies Library, Cardiff University from 5pm on Friday 24th October. The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the upcoming committee elections and the future of the Network more widely.

The meeting will be followed by an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Email contributions will be welcome from those who are unable to attend. For more information, please contact Emma West via weste[at]cardiff.ac.uk.