CFP: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference: Word and Image

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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
 Keynote speaker
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?

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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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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.

CFP: Local Modernisms: 1890-1950

Although not taking place in Wales, the following may be of interest to MONC members:

Local Modernisms: 1890-1950
Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity,
University of Birmingham, 22-23 June 2015

CFP Deadline: 18 May

Modernism – cosmopolitan and international in its connections and networks – found its home in cities, regions and locales. And yet provincialism and localism are still dirty words in criticism surrounding literary and artistic responses to modernity: they remain tinged with the reactionary and the conservative. Many narratives of artistic culture of the period 1890-1950 maintain that advanced aesthetics move from core to province, losing vitality as they become part of a supposedly ‘middlebrow’ culture. But what if the current were reversed? What if the local, the regional, the provincial, the civic and the municipal were the sites of artistic energy rather than cultural backwaters? Terms such as ‘local’ and ‘regional’ have more recently been animated by the reaction against financial and consumerist globalisation, but a glance backwards reveals that artists and writers of the modernist period were engaging with ideas of the local too, and that many of them were located far away from the metropolitan ‘centre’.

This two-day conference on 22nd-23rd June 2015, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity at the University of Birmingham, invites academics, postgraduate students, curators and other arts and heritage professionals to come together to discuss the many ways in which our current literary and artistic maps of modernism might be redrawn so that proper attention can be paid to local cultural nodes and networks. The organisers are looking for papers on any aspect of the topic. Potential speakers might talk about such issues as the following:

  • Literary and artistic responses to civic, local, municipal, regional and provincial modernity
  • Local, civic, municipal and regional activities, groups, coteries and enclaves
  • Rural modernisms
  • The concept of the ‘region’
  • Rejections/reformulations of internationalism
  • Town planning and urban design
  • Public art
  • Contemporary re-imaginings/re-workings of the spaces and places of civic modernity

Papers should be 20 minutes long. For further information about the conference, or to submit an individual or panel proposal, contact Dr Daniel Moore (d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk). The deadline for proposals is Monday 18th May.

https://localmodernisms.wordpress.com/