CFP Round-up, February 2018


With several CFP deadlines coming up, here are a selection of calls for proposals ending within the next month:

European Network of Avant-garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)

Realism(s) of the Avant-Garde and Modernism

Münster, Germany, 5-7 September 2018

CFP Deadline: 15 February 2018


Publics: A two-day workshop

Bishopsgate Institute and Kings College London, 18-19 May 2018

CFP Deadline: 16 February 2018

Modernist Studies Association (MSA)

Graphic Modernisms

Columbus, Ohio, 8-11 November 2018

Deadline for seminar proposals: 23 February 2018

Deadline for panel and roundtable proposals: 8 April 2018

Association of Welsh Writing in English (AWWE)


Gregynog Hall, 11-13 May 2018

CFP Deadline: 28 February 2018

Australasian Modernist Studies Network (AMSN)

Modernist Comedy & Humour

University of Melbourne, 26-28 October 2018

CFP Deadline: 30 March 2018


Conference Report: Word and Image

2017 Conference
Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference
National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art, 12-13 September 2017
Emma West
Chair, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC)

On 12-13 September 2017, over 40 academics, curators, artists and enthusiasts gathered at the National Library of Wales to explore the connections between word and image in a range of modernist texts from Wales and beyond. The conference, the second organised by Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), had two aims: firstly, to bring together those engaging with (or making) literature and the visual arts; secondly, to bring those working on Welsh modernism into dialogue with works from other nations. The theme of Word and Image seemed a perfect way to bring together these different strands, not least because word-image crossovers seem especially pertinent to the art and literature of Wales. We could think of figures such as David Jones, Brenda Chamberlain and Margiad Evans who worked across art and literature, whether in poetry and painting or short stories and illustration, or texts such as Chamberlain and Alun Lewis’s Caseg Broadsheets, which juxtaposed modern poetry with experimental woodcuts. More recently, the photographer Aled Rhys Hughes and the Welsh National Opera have both produced multimedia responses to Jones’s prose poem In Parenthesis.

It was thus with great anticipation that the committee awaited the arrival of delegates on a stormy Tuesday morning in the National Library of Wales. Within a few minutes, the conference nerves subsided: the delegates were so enthusiastic and friendly that the area outside the Drwm was soon filled with excited chatter.

Accompanying Events

2017 Conference


Richard Pinkney, The Alphabet Twice, 1971

Please see below for information on exhibitions and activities taking place in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September. The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, and the School of Art, have both arranged to exhibit materials to accompany the conference.

National Library of Wales


  • Arthur and Welsh Mythology
  • Legends!
  • Cover to Cover
  • Fallen Poets: Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn
  • Discover the Heart of Welsh Culture
  • Nanteos Cup

Weekly guided tours:

School of Art, Aberystwyth University 

Final Programme and Abstract Booklet

2017 Conference

We’re delighted to share the final programme and abstract booklet for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September.

PROGRAMME: Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.

MONC Abstract booklet (bilingual)

Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.

The conference hashtag is #monc2017 and the roundtable hashtag is #futurearthistory. Follow us on twitter for the latest updates and to take part.

Registration for the conference is now closed but free tickets for our roundtable discussion are still available here.

The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.

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CFP: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons


University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017,

with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July

This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.

CFP: Queer Modernism(s)


Nottingham Trent University

3 April 2017

Keynote speaker:

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?