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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Call for committee members: deadline 14 November

Modernist Network Cymru is looking to elect its first executive committee.

The Network would like to invite expressions of interest from those who are considering standing on the MoNC committee. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future of this new Network.

In the first instance, we are hoping to fill the following positions: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Online, and Postgraduate Representative, but we are keen to hear from anybody who would like to get involved. It is not necessary to run for one of these positions; we hope to have a number of positions for committee members ‘without portfolio’, that is, for those who want to get involved without taking on a formal position or role.

Enquiries are welcomed from postgraduates, early-career researchers and academics from across Wales. We want the committee to be as representative as possible, so we want to include individuals from all institutions in Wales. We are particularly looking to foster links with other groups and organisations (AWWE, the David Jones Centre, CREW, BAMS etc.), as well as across many different fields and disciplines (art, architecture, design, English and/or Welsh literature, history, music, fashion, culture, theory).

We anticipate that the committee will meet in person once or twice a year at rotating venues across Wales (usually in conjunction with other events or conferences). The majority of communication will take place via email. For more information on the committee or what specific roles will entail, please contact Emma West (weste[at]cardiff.ac.uk) by Friday 14 November.

MoNC Call for Committee Members

New Network Name and Logo

Following the latest Welsh Network of Modernist Studies meeting on 24th October, members agreed to change the network name to Modernist Network Cymru (or MoNC). Members felt that the bilingual name better reflected our status as an inclusive network for all of Wales (not to mention the fact that MoNC is a little easier to say than WNoMS). Thank you to Katie Gramich for her suggestion.

Further news of the meeting will be posted shortly; in the meantime, any feedback on our new name and logo would be welcomed. We now have an email address where you can get in touch: modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com. Our website address is now modernistnetworkcymru.wordpress.com.