Historical Modernisms Symposium, Dec. 2016

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Historical Modernisms Symposium

Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 December 2016, Senate House

Counter to the conventional perception of modernism as ahistorical, there have been recent academic and critical efforts to historicize it. The Historical Modernism Symposium seeks to contribute to this trend by inviting readings of modern/ist literature and avant-garde art movements in the historical contexts of their production and reception, while assessing their entanglement with history and modernity transnationally.
The symposium aims to look at the history of modernism and the avant-gardes in relation to and their place in (literary and art) History, addressing questions of their relation with modern times, raised, for example, by colonialism; nationalism; globalisation; economics; politics; tradition; technology; urbanism, classicism; mythology; mysticism; religion; psychology/psychoanalysis.

Importantly, it will examine pertinent philosophies of time, historiographical practices and representations of local and world historical events, such as the two World Wars, the Russian  Revolution and the rise of Fascism.
Finally, it will also investigate modernist concepts of the spirit of the times as well as new notions of and approaches to literary history.
A core question posed by the symposium topic is how a modernist aesthetics of innovation transformed history in ways that make modernism not just a history of the present moment but also the history of our present.

For further information click here: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/previous-conferences/historical-modernisms-symposium


Borders of Modernism, Dec 2016

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« Borders of Modernism », organisé par le Centre for European Modernist Studies, se tiendra à Pérouse du 14 au 16 décembre prochains.

Borders of Modernism

Perugia 14-16 December

Cliquer ici pour le PROGRAMME.


Conférence – 8 avril 2016, Paris 3

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La Société d’études modernistes a le plaisir de vous inviter à son prochain séminaire biannuel, qui aura lieu le vendredi 8 avril de 16h30 à 18h30 en salle 12 à l’Institut du Monde Anglophone, 5 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6ème.

Conférencière invitée: Jane Goldman (Université de Glasgow)

« Is There a Modernist Period? »

This paper questions current strategies of periodizing modernism/modernity. It also discusses as a challenging case study a mid-twentieth-century, transnational and trans-linguistic, little magazine by Kurt Schwitters and Raoul Hausmann (PIN); and it closes with consideration of local, contemporary poetics in Scotland.
Réponse: Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Diderot)


Borders of modernism – Perugia, 14-16 December 2016

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Over the centuries borders have been used to signal differences, separations, distinctions, discontinuities, the beginning of the other, as well as the need for protection and preservation. One could mention cultural, linguistic, political, social, gender borders, and the list could of course be much longer. In The Order of Things Michel Foucault maintained that the concepts of boundaries and partitions should be replaced by that of “threshold” and “hinges”, whereby the latter are “porous borders” that both separate and communicate. Such a contiguity inherent in the very notion of threshold suggests a physical adjacency, a spatial contact that, although it can or cannot be pursued, certainly calls for attention.

In this regard, modernism as a wide-ranging of philosophical and artistic expressions that cross several ideological, political and cultural boundaries epitomises Foucault’s concept of permeable lines and borders. In particular, this conference will explore those borders that modernism has either dissolved or provocatively recovered in light of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and trans-geographical approach.

Call for papers here: CFP-BORDERS-OF-MODERNISM


Cross-Channel Modernisms Symposium, April 2015

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Launch event of a new cross-channel collaboration in modernist studies between the University of Kent, University of Glasgow and Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.

Date: Saturday 4th April 2015, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Venue: University of Kent’s Paris Campus, Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris

Provisional Programme: click here

Keynote lectures: Jane Goldman (University of Glasgow); Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3); Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow)


To book a place please email <CCModernisms@gmail.com>

For more information contact Derek Ryan (d.j.ryan@kent.ac.uk or CCModernisms@gmail.com)


IVWS Conference – Pennsylvania, June 4-7, 2015

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The 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, sponsored by Bloomsburg University, will take place in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, June 4-7, 2015.

The topic, Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, seeks to contextualize Virginia Woolf’s writing alongside the work of her contemporaries. This unprecedented number of women writers — experimentalists, middlebrow authors, journalists, poets, and editors — was simultaneously contributing to, as well as complicating, modernist literature. In what ways did these burgeoning communities and enclaves of women writers intersect with (or coexist alongside) Virginia Woolf?

We welcome proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops from literary and interdisciplinary scholars, creative and performing artists, common readers, undergraduates, students, and teachers at all levels. Submissions should relate to Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries and may emphasize either the development of enclaves or specific female subcultures or individual writers who were contemporaneous with Virginia Woolf.

For individual papers, send a 250-word proposal. For panels of three or four people, please send a proposal title and a 250-word proposal for each paper. For roundtables and workshops, send a 250 to 500-word proposal and biographical description of each participant. Also, if you would like to chair a panel, please let us know.

Email proposal by attachment in word to Julie Vandivere at Woolf2015@bloomu.edu
Deadline for proposals is January 24, 2015.

More information here.


Modernism NOW – 26-28 June 2014

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26–28 June 2014
Institute of English Studies
Senate House, London

Keynote Speakers:
Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London)

Modernism Now! is a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies, designed to explore modernisms throughout the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conference aims to discuss the past achievements of modernism, its possible futures, and to provide a review of current activity in the field. In Modernism and Theory, Neil Levi has recently suggested that in thinking about modernism we consider ‘the idea of a contemporary perpetuation of artistic modernism’ and that we see ‘modernist works as events whose implications demand continued investigation.’

For more information, click here


International conference of the French Society of Modernist Studies – Paris 3, 25-26 avril 2014

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The inaugural international conference of the French Society of Modernist Studies

25-26 April 2014, University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Paris, France

Organiser: Caroline Pollentier

Click here for further information, including the conference programme and abstracts.

Call for papers

The aim of this two-day conference is to foster discussion on communities in the modernist period. As discursive constructs and historical practices, communities constitute a privileged phenomenon from which to understand the political and ethical regime of modernist texts, as well as the actual forms of collective experience in which writers and readers were involved. More than a decade after Jessica Berman’s landmark work on « the politics of community » in modernist fiction, we seek to explore the various ways in which communities were configured across genres and artistic media, but also to acknowledge the grounds of their historical and cultural specificity. We hope that this will lead us to distinguish various versions of the communal, from the ideal to the empirical, from the utopian to the everyday, from consensus to dissensus.

Communities can be recorded at a symbolic as well as a material level, both inside and outside modernist texts themselves. We therefore encourage a variety of critical approaches, ranging from historicist and sociological, to aesthetic and philosophical. Through this critical diversity, we are particularly interested in investigating the historicity of modernist communities: how can we identify the historical singularity of modernist communal forms? How can we account for the changing scales, spaces and media of communal thinking in the modernist period? This emphasis on a historical being-in-common—what Jean-Luc Nancy defined as the community of the contemporary—can fruitfully be coupled with a critical reading of various later theories of community, from Benedict Anderson’s « imagined communities » to Jacques Rancière’s aesthetic conception of « the common ». To what extent do modernist texts lead us to understand or challenge such theories? By taking a far-ranging approach to the concepts, forms, and historical practices of community, we hope to map out the plurality of this phenomenon, while recording its persisting elusiveness.

As the conference will inaugurate the creation of the French Society of Modernist Studies—Société d’Etudes Modernistes—, we seek to bring together scholars from all countries and hope to strengthen collaborations between French and international researchers.


International conference – Rouen, March 2014

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International Conference March, 27-28 2014, University of Rouen

ERIAC (http://eriac.net/)
Anne Besnault-Levita, Anne-Florence Gillard Estrada

Call for papers

Beyond the Victorian and Modernist Divide

Ezra Pound’s injunction to “make it new!” or Virginia Woolf’s “on or about 1910” statement have long been used in order to support a version of modernism as a strictly aesthetic revolution — or crisis — implying an essential break with Victorian art, culture and ideology. In the last decade, however, the crucial transition between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been variously reassessed. In the wake of the new modernist studies and of the recent revaluations of the Victorian period, a growing body of scholarship now challenges traditional periodisation by examining the existence of overlaps and unexplored continuities between the Victorians, the post-Victorians and the modernists. Once separated by a critical and cultural break, Victorian and modernist scholars have become preoccupied with a similar search for cultural and aesthetic complexities that make it possible to move beyond doxic discourses and fixed dichotomies: the past and the present, outer life and inner life, materiality and spirituality, tradition and innovation, ideology and aesthetics.

This international conference would like those scholars to join forces and contribute to this new phase in the Victorian-modern debate from a broad range of perspectives across the disciplines: literature, criticism, the visual arts, history, science and philosophy. The emergence or re-emergence of ideas such as the “modern”, the “new” or “change” at the turn of the century is an indisputable fact that we want to acknowledge and re-contextualize by examining the different meanings and practices they encompass. From there, we wish to explore the birth and perpetration of two critical meta-narratives and their interdependence: the myth of “high modernism” and the myth of “Victorianism”. If there is no clear repudiation of history and heritage on the modernists’ part, if “rupture” was a useful fiction, if the challenge to traditional aesthetics and ideology was already a Victorian preoccupation, then we definitely need to remap modernism and Victorianism simultaneously.

The papers that we call for are meant to contribute to a trans-disciplinary publication whose synopsis could be the following, although it is far from being fixed.

I- Periods, words, labels: historicizing and contextualizing the idea of the “break”
II- Victorian, Edwardian and modernist literature: unexplored lines of filiation
III- Art history, aesthetic philosophy and the visual arts across the Victorian/Modernist divide
IV- Science, philosophy, ideology: landmarks for a new history of ideas
V- New approaches to identity, gender and the self: from mid-Victorians to modernist ideologies and practices.

Keynote speakers
Professor Michael Bentley, University of St. Andrews
Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane, University of Toronto


Modernist Cultures Issue 8.1 – Musicality and Modernist Form

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Latest Issue of Modernist Cultures – out now

Modernist Cultures seeks to publish the best and most interesting scholarship in the field of modernist studies. Past contributors include Daniel Allbright, Thomas Elsaesser, Fredric Jameson, Michael Levenson, Herbert Lindenberger, Laura Marcus, Susan McCabe, Marjorie Perloff, Thomas Pfau, and David Trotter.

Modernist Cultures Issue 8.1 (Spring 2013)

Edited by Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Longworth and Michael Valdez Moses

Special Issue: Musicality and Modernist Form

Guest Editors: David James and Nathan Waddell

- Editorial Introduction: Musicality and Modernist Form (David James and Nathan Waddell)
- Wagner as Dramatist and Allegorist (Fredric Jameson)
- Modernism’s Handmaid: Dexterity and the Female Pianist  (William May)
- Wyndham Lewis’s ‘Very Bad Thing’: Jazz, Inter-War Culture, and The Apes of God (Nathan Waddell)
- ‘Why then grieve?’: Virginia Woolf’s Mournful Music (Tanya Dalziell)
- Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman’s ‘Text-Music Tandem’ in Words and Music (Francis Hutton-Williams)
- For Frank O’Hara: Morton Feldman’s Three Voices as Interpretation and Elegy (Scott W. Klein)
- Koffi Kwahulé’s Coltranean Theatre of Cruelty (Eric Prieto)