Nottingham Trent University
3 April 2017
Professor Gregory Woods (Nottingham Trent University)
‘Somewhat like Ariel / Somewhat like Puck / Somewhat like a gutter boy / Who loves to play in muck’ – Richard Bruce Nugent
Queer Modernism(s) is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the place of queer identity in modernist art, literature and culture. How do modernist artists frame queerness within their work? How did writers reveal and conceal their sexuality? And, in ‘making it new’, how did modernism develop new modes of exploring gender and sexuality?
WORD AND IMAGE
The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference
The Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth &
The School of Art, Aberystwyth University
12 – 13 September 2017
Professor Tony Brown (Bangor University)
Cliciwch yma am fersiwn Cymraeg
UPDATE 01/02/2017: The deadline for proposals for the Second MONC Conference has been extended until Friday, 24 February. Many thanks to all those who have submitted proposals so far.
Call For Papers
Few texts have combined word and image in a more striking or influential manner than Alfred Barr’s timeline of modern art. The chart first appeared on the front cover of the 1936 exhibition catalogue Cubism and Abstract Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; through Barr’s direction, MOMA helped to establish the narrative for artistic modernism in the 1930s. This picture has since become one of the most widely-reproduced images of modern art in the western world, one which continues to shape our understanding of modernist art history today.
For its second conference, organised in conjunction with Aberystwyth University’s David Jones Centre for Word and Image, the National Library of Wales and the Aberystwyth School of Art, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) aims to interrogate the symbiotic relationship between the visual arts and the written word, as encapsulated in Barr’s iconic image. How did modernist artists respond to literary texts? How did writers incorporate visual elements in poetry and prose? How did author and artist collaborations arise? And how did modernist texts, from collages to magazines to scrapbooks, combine word and image in radical new ways?
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
Birkbeck, University of London, Saturday 29th October 2016
Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr. Joanne Winning
Pierre Bourdieu’s work on an ‘expanded field of cultural production’ has done much to widen our understanding of the full range of cultural practitioners who ‘make’ a text, including publishers, patrons, reviewers, salonnieres as well as the writers themselves. The shift away from focusing on the work of the singular artist to a more collaborative understanding of cultural production has also served a recuperative, often feminist agenda that has helped to bring the works of obscure or “lost” cultural practitioners to light. For example, Gillian Hanscombe and Virginia L. Smyers in Writing for Their Lives (1987) explore the ‘hidden network’ of women who formed an alternative cultural alliance to the well-documented Bloomsbury Group in the first half of the twentieth century.
Protean Desires: Queering the Body, Transforming the Text
April 22nd 2016
Singleton Abbey, University of Swansea
CFP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 18 MARCH
Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Guy-Bray (University of British Columbia) ‘The Location of Queerness’
We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers exploring Gender Fluidity and Queer Theory across disciplines and historical periods. We welcome proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers as well as established scholars. Papers on the theme of fluidity of identity – within textual self-performance, or in the transmission of ideas between periods and disciplines, for example – will be especially welcome. But we encourage submissions on any topic, which may include the following:
- The Relationship between Bodies and Texts
- Queer Theoretical Approaches to the Body
- The Articulation of Desire, both Historicised and De-Historicised
- Transgender and Intersex Identity
- Queerness and the Transmission & Consumption of Texts
- Gender Identity & Modernity/Postmodernity
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Jack Orchard (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Zygogianni (email@example.com) by 18th March 2016.
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
The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network 23rd Annual Conference
Women and the Arts in Historical Perspective
Saturday 18 June 2016
Rebecca D’Monte, University of the West of England, Bristol
‘War Stories: Female Literary Responses to the Two World Wars’
Papers are invited on any aspect of women’s involvement in the ‘Arts’ and/or on the gendered issues that arise from this. For this conference the ‘Arts’ are broadly defined to include, for example: painting, design, sculpture, theatre, poetry and creative writing.
Papers might include women’s role as directors, collectors and financial supporters as well as their activities as performers and authors.
Proposals are welcome on any historical period and country.
Proposals of not more than 500 words should be sent to June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk by Monday 21st March 2016.
For further information about the conference contact Katherine.Holden@uwe.ac.uk or June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk, or visit the conference website https://weswwhnconf16.wordpress.com/
A PDF copy of the call for papers is available here.