Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2009. I november 2008 blev netværket af NordForsk udnævnt til ”Nordic Research Gem”, et særligt succesrigt forskernetværk. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd i Danmark 2001-2004. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier har desuden medvirket til at oprette et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference blev afholdt i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008. EAMs anden konference afholdes i Poznan, Polen, 2010.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2009. In November 2008 The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies was elected as a ”Nordic Research Gem”, an exceptionally succesful research network, by NordForsk. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has initiated a European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, which had its first conference in Ghent, Belgium, in May 2008. The second EAM conference will take place in Poznan, Poland, in 2010.


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Rethinking Social Memory (University of Oslo, Dec. 5-6)

Rethinking Social Memory (University of Oslo, Dec. 5-6)
If, as, Émile Durkheim once stated, society is memory, changes in the dominant technologies of memory necessarily impact how we conceptualize sociality as such. In this two-day conference we take a media archeological approach to the question of memory and discuss the relation between technology and social ontology.

The archive is in motion, and with it our concepts of memory. Digital networks seem to privilege the notion of a living, operative memory over a memory of storage and safekeeping. This displacement of the traditional notion of the archive and its emphasis on that which is singular, original, authentic and worthy of care, transforms the criteria of sharing and access in ways that may have dramatic implications for how we understand social memory.

For Rethinking Social Memory, the closing conference of the research project The Archive in Motion (AiM), we have invited a group of outstanding scholars from various fields to contribute to the development of a genealogy of modern and contemporary memory operations:
David M. Berry (Sussex), Ina Blom (AiM/Oslo), Michael Cuntz (Weimar/Bochum), Wolfgang Ernst (Humboldt), Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths), Liv Hausken (AiM/Oslo), Trond Lundemo (AiM/Stockholm), Sonia Matos (Edinburgh), Jussi Parikka (Winchester), Eivind Røssaak (AiM / National Library of Norway), Tiziana Terranova (Napoli), Pasi Valiaho (Goldsmiths)

The conference will take place at the University of Oslo (Blindern campus) in the Helga Engs hus (auditorium 3). For further details about speakers and topics, see our website 

Please note: the conference is open to all interested, but participation requires registration here​. The conference fee of NOK 200 covers lunch as well as hot and cold beverages. Registration closes on November 29, or when the event is fully booked. 
Ina Blom
IFIKK Dept. of Philosophy, 
Classics, History of Art and Ideas
University of Oslo
Box 1020 Blindern
0315 Oslo, Norway

Another Review of the Nordic Avant-Garde

There is a quite extensive and positive review of The Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925 by Stephan Michael Schröder in the recent issue of Nordeuropaforum.



best  Tania

A Review of the Avant-Garde

The first volume of The Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1900-1925 has been reviewed in the latest issue of the Danish journal Kritik 


Full review in .pdf format: Download file

Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life.

David Ayers10:01am Jul 13
Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life.

Utopian hope and dystopian despair are characteristic features of Modernism and the avant-garde. Readings of the avant-garde have frequently sought to identify utopian moments coded in its works and activities as optimistic signs of a possible future social life, or as the attempt to preserve hope against the closure of an emergent dystopian present. In the fourth volume of the EAM series, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, we aim to cast light on the history, theory and actuality of the utopian and dystopian strands which run through the European modernism and avant-garde from the late 19th to the 21st Century.

• how have modernism and the avant-garde responded to historical circumstance in mapping the form of possible futures for humanity?
• how have avant-garde and modernist works presented ideals of living as alternatives to the present?
• how have avant-gardists acted with or against the state to remodel human life or to resist the instrumental reduction of life by administration and industrialisation?
• how have theory and the avant-garde interacted and co-articulated each other in the projection of utopian/dystopian possibilities?
• does the avant-garde inevitably succumb to the domination of the real or do its workings achieve real or symbolic effects?
• is modernism the mirror of the modern or its utopian antithesis?

We invite proposals for contributions of about 6000 words relevant to these themes, in English, French or German. The outline proposal should consist of one page of no more than 700 words. It should also include the name of the contributor, institutional affiliation, biography (max. 200 words) and a list of no more than ten recent and relevant publications. Proposals by non-members of EAM and by Ph.D. students will be considered. 

Proposals will NOT be accepted after August 29, 2014.

Please send proposals to

Special offer on Karen Kurczynski's book on Asger Jorn

Dear Members of the Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies,

Please find attached a flyer announcing Karen Kurczynski’s book on Asger Jorn. The publishers at Ashgate have kindly offered a special deal to members of the network: 

Members of the network can order the book with a 20 % discount, see the code below.

I think it is probably the best book about Jorn published yet.

Best wishes


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Last call; Art in transfer. Curatorial Practices and Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop

Dear Colleagues,   

Please note the upcoming deadline for proposals to the conference; 

Art in transfer. Curatorial Practicesand Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop. 
CONFERENCE 6-8th November 2014, arr. by Södertörn University, CBEES, Terra Art Foundation. 

Conference sites; Södertörn University and Moderna Museet.



Annika Öhrner 

A Valentine to Gertrude Stein: Copenhagen Conference in May 2014

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CfP - Modernism Now! BAMS International Conference

26–28 June 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

Call For Papers

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 ‘modernism’ today. The conference thus aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. 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.’

Modernism Now! will explore these issues in two distinct ways:

  •  The conference aims to represent and reflect on the diversity of modernist studies today, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.
  •  Modernism Now! also wishes to explore the ongoing use of ‘modernism’ as a cultural, philosophical, and artistic category, analysing how and where modernism functions as a continuing aesthetic in the twenty-first century, across multiple disciplines, geographies, and traditions.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

  • The idea of a contemporary modernism
  • Modernist futures and legacies
  • Past and previous modernisms
  • Modernism as a continuing event
  • Current debates in world literature and global modernist studies that stretch the historical/geographical framework of modernism
  • The ‘nowness’ (Jetztzeit) of modernism; the new and the now
  • Assessments of individual writers, artists, performers, texts, works of art that explore their status and relevance today
  • Historical assessments of the term ‘modernism’
  • New trends in modernist studies e.g. periodical studies
  • Anachronism
  • Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
  • ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodising modernism
  • Current theorisations of modernism as a social/cultural/philosophical/political category
  • How modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/writers/performers
  • Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
  • Singular and plural modernism(s)

Proposals are welcomed for 20min papers, panels of 3-4 speakers, and focused round-tables on particular topics. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words per individual paper and should include a short biography for each speaker, including contact details.

Delegates must be members of BAMS in order to register. To become a member, go to

Proposals should be emailed to by January 31st 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Dr Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Dr Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

CfP - A Valentine To Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts and Humanities

8 – 10 May 2014


Hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

and co-organized with Ghent University and Linköping University


As a writer and famous art collector, Gertrude Stein inspired generations of poets and painters; as a cultural icon she inspired feminist and gay activists, and her influence seems to be increasing still. Today, Stein’s impact is felt and recognized across such diverse fields as literature, theatre, film, visual arts, dance, performance, etc.

Because Stein’s influence has manifested itself to a wide extent through artistic appropriations and re-mediations, academic research has had troubles catching up with this diverse, crossdisciplinary reception. In recent years, however, we have seen how artists and scholars working in the crossover field between artistic practice and academic research have increasingly reflected the interdisciplinary reception of Gertrude Stein.

Several large conferences host well-attended panels on Gertrude Stein each year but Stein, in contrast to her modernist peers, has only rarely been the subject of a multiple-day scholarly gathering and thus has not received the same attention and scrutiny as her (male) contemporaries.


This conference will focus on the interdisciplinary reception of Stein among artists and academics, and create a platform for in-depth and extended Stein discussion. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Stein’s seminal poetry collection, Tender Buttons. This book of prose poems is itself an interdisciplinary work of literary still lifes, collage texts obsessed with issues from the visual arts like perspective, visuality, texture,

space, materiality and physical objects.

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CFP: The fourth international conference of EAM

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland 29.-31.8.2014

(Scroll down for the full calls for papers and chairs)




Modernism and Avant-gardism are artistic languages of rupture. Both were directed against traditional ways of conceiving art, often assuming an antagonistic position in relationship to existing cultural and social institutions and relationships. This conference explores the utopian alternatives which Modernist and avant-garde artists offered to existing society. This was not always simply a question of taking an outside position: for example, the Russian avant-garde was co-opted by the early Soviet state in an uneasy – and temporary – alliance to give birth to the New Man. The 2014 EAM conference in Helsinki commemorates the centenary of the break-out of the First World War by taking as its starting point the many utopian dreams within European literature and arts as well as their collapse in the face of the horrors of war. The effects of the War lasted throughout the century, and the conference will also explore the utopian dimensions of the neo-avant-garde, be it that of the West which dreamed alternatives to conformism and consumer society, or of the East which sheltered alternatives to socialist dystopia. We thus invite proposals for contributions that deal with the alternatives that modernism and the avant-garde offered to existing reality: utopias; chimeras; dreams; abstractions; desires; myths; dystopias; cityscapes or impossible landscapes; politics or anti-politics; the body freed or harnessed; erotic or amatorial liberation; the retreat into private worlds or the mapping of bold alternatives; the avant-garde as alternative to or embodiment of the state; the utopian moment in the nihilistic or rebarbative art-work. We welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde and modernist research or practice: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, design and technology.

For all the enquiries about the conference, please contact us after August 1:

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Avantgardenetværkets kalender


 7-8 October 2010, University of Tampere, Finland

Keynote speakers of the conference include: *Kevin Hart* (Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia) and *Shira Wolosky* (Professor of American Studies and English Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

In the wake of the “immanent turns” in philosophy and cultural studies in the 1970s and 1980s transcendence was deemed a relic and a hierarchical concept that established false authority and even spiritual tyranny. In recent years thinkers in diverse fields have turned to transcendence again: not in order to rehabilitate but to rearticulate ‘transcendence’ as a concept for epistemological, literary and aesthetic criticism. It seems that philosophies of all-inclusive immanence repeat the same hegemonic mistakes for which thinkers of transcendence were previously criticised. Hence immanence needs to be radically revised and cracked open—not in order to establish other worlds or any deeper realities with their paramount Others, but so as to reveal ontological and epistemological blind spots unattainable by means of ordinary language and thought.


EAM - High and Low

The next EAM conference High and Low will be held at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan in Poland from 9-11 September 2010. Visit the conference website


Organisé par l’université de Rennes 2 Haute Bretagne en collaboration avec l’université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne

À Rennes, les 18, 19 et 20 mars 2010

Le livre d’artiste est une forme récente de la création où l’artiste utilise le support du livre pour produire une œuvre à part entière. Sous l’apparence inoffensive d’un livre ordinaire, souvent modeste, il cherche à intervenir dans le champ des idées et des concepts plutôt qu’à exhiber le raffinement de sa forme graphique et éditoriale.