CFP: Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences

Fudan University, Shanghai, 19 – 22 July 2017

Convened by Fudan University (China), Universität Hamburg (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia)

Modernism has often been critiqued for being homogenising and Eurocentric. Yet, modernity was experienced differently by different societies and cultures, each pursuing their own specific historical trajectory. Across the world in societies as different as China, Australia, the US and Europe, modernist literature and art were, in very different ways, crucial mediators of modernity. This conference will survey diverse experiences of modernity and the place of modernist art and aesthetics in those experiences. Implicit in this discussion is the question of what survives of modernist practices and modernity as a project beyond the known debates around modernism and postmodernism towards a new relevance in the era of globalisation and climate change.

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CFP: Literary Networks and Cultural Collaborations: From 19th Century to the Present Day

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.

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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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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.

CFP: Women and the Arts in Historical Perspective

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

Keynote Lecture:

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.

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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CFP David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York

21-23 July, 2016

 

Call for Papers

In ‘Past and Present’ (1953), David Jones claimed:  ‘The entire past is at the poet’s disposal’. The interweaving of this ‘entire past’ with the present moment fundamentally characterises Jones’s art and thought, from his visual reimagining of historical figures, to the etymologically rich allusions of his poetry, to the unusual philosophy of history manifested in his essays and letters. The analysis of Jones’s visual or poetic works often reflects the act of excavation: the unique layering of images, words and ideas, the resonant symbolism and shades of meaning. the blending of cultural traditions and dynamic interweaving of whole civilisations.

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which profoundly shaped Jones’s imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment to reconsider the entirety of Jones’s engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined ‘pasts’ through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones’s own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of ‘memory’, ‘inheritance’ and ‘history’ in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones’s own past and contemporary moment.

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Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

Swansea University (7th September 2015): A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales – The Inaugural MONC Conference

Report by Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University)

Conveners: Elaine Cabuts (National Museum of Wales/Aberystwyth University), Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University), John Goodby (Swansea University), Emma West (Cardiff University), Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).

Modernist Network Cymru’s (MONC) first public conference was a great success. Held at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, this one-day conference entitled ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’ dipped into the wide ranging research going on in and around Wales. With a Celtic aspect either directly, obliquely, or not at all apparent; MONC open-mindedly welcomed a variety of speakers to give an informative snapshot into the academic groundswell we all belong to. Continue reading “Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales”

CFP Deadline Extended: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

Many thanks to all of those who have already submitted abstracts for the inaugural MONC conference. Upon request, we have extended the CFP deadline to 30 June. We are especially keen to receive proposals relating to the visual arts and to women artists and writers. Please follow the links to download a copy of the revised CFP in ENGLISH and in WELSH.

 

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015
 Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf’s (in)famous assertion that ‘On or about December 1910, human character changed’; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris’ annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas’ birth in a year-long series of events.

Now, in 2015, as we mark 100 years since Caradoc Evans’ landmark short story collection, My People, it seems a good time to stop and take stock of the past, present and future of both modernism and modernist studies as a discipline.

This inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University, invites scholars from Wales and beyond to reflect upon modernism and its legacies. As the first Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) event, it aims to showcase the range and diversity of research into modernism happening in Wales today. MONC brings together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales to encourage collaboration and communication; as such, we welcome interdisciplinary proposals on any aspect of modernism, as defined in the widest sense. We particularly welcome scholars working on Welsh modernist writers and artists, as well as modernist art and writing in Wales.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Networks of modernist activity
  • Local modernisms
  • Welsh modernism
  • Geographies or topographies of modernism
  • Modernism and identity
  • Modernism and periodization
  • Chronologies and genealogies of modernism
  • Contemporary modernisms and neomodernisms
  • Centenaries and memorialisation
  • Definitions and theories of modernism
  • Modernist studies and interdisciplinarity
  • The future of modernist studies
  • Individual modernist theorists and practitioners in Wales and beyond

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to collaborate with us on setting the agenda and scope for future MONC activity and events.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) should include a summary of the proposed paper (300 words), the speaker’s contact details, and a short bio (100 words).

Proposals should be sent to modernistnetworkcymru@gmail.com by 30 June 2015.
For more information and enquiries, please visit modernistnetworkcymru.org.

Conference organising team:

Elaine Cabuts (Aberystwyth University)

Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

John Goodby (Swansea University)

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)

Emma West (Cardiff University)

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

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CFP A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

We are delighted to launch the call for papers for our inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University on Monday 7 September 2015. Please click here to download an ENGLISH or a WELSH copy of the CFP.

 

A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015
 Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf’s (in)famous assertion that ‘On or about December 1910, human character changed’; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris’ annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas’ birth in a year-long series of events.

Now, in 2015, as we mark 100 years since Caradoc Evans’ landmark short story collection, My People, it seems a good time to stop and take stock of the past, present and future of both modernism and modernist studies as a discipline.

This inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University, invites scholars from Wales and beyond to reflect upon modernism and its legacies. As the first Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) event, it aims to showcase the range and diversity of research into modernism happening in Wales today. MONC brings together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales to encourage collaboration and communication; as such, we welcome interdisciplinary proposals on any aspect of modernism, as defined in the widest sense. We particularly welcome scholars working on Welsh modernist writers and artists, as well as modernist art and writing in Wales.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Networks of modernist activity
  • Local modernisms
  • Welsh modernism
  • Geographies or topographies of modernism
  • Modernism and identity
  • Modernism and periodization
  • Chronologies and genealogies of modernism
  • Contemporary modernisms and neomodernisms
  • Centenaries and memorialisation
  • Definitions and theories of modernism
  • Modernist studies and interdisciplinarity
  • The future of modernist studies
  • Individual modernist theorists and practitioners in Wales and beyond

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to collaborate with us on setting the agenda and scope for future MONC activity and events.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) should include a summary of the proposed paper (300 words), the speaker’s contact details, and a short bio (100 words).

Proposals should be sent to modernistnetworkcymru@gmail.com by 14 June 2015.
For more information and enquiries, please visit modernistnetworkcymru.org.

Conference organising team:

Elaine Cabuts (Aberystwyth University)

Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

John Goodby (Swansea University)

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)

Emma West (Cardiff University)

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

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