We’re delighted to share the draft programme for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth this September.
Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.
Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.
We will announce more details regarding the roundtable on the first day in the coming weeks. Join our mailing list or follow us on twitter for the latest updates.
Registration is now open; full details can be found here.
The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.
We’re delighted to announce that registration is now open for Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference, to be held at the National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art on 12-13 September 2017.
Those interested can register via our Eventbrite page. So that we can confirm numbers with catering, registration will close on 28 August 2017.
If you wish to attend after registration has closed, please get in touch with us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art, for helping to make the conference and roundtable possible.
University of Birmingham
June 29-July 1, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.