Om Netværket

Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. 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 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. 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. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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for the 3rd Annual Conference of
the Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies

Avant-Garde and the Other


We invite abstracts for an interdiscplinary conference on »Centre–Periphery. Avant-Garde and the Other» in Tromsø, November 23–24, 2006. The primary aim of the conference is to investigate interaction between the Nordic avant-garde movements and the central avant-gardes in Europe, a relation which for the main part can be described as a relation between centre and periphery.
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Recommended topics divide into two (overlapping) subcategories:

(suggested topics:)
• The Nordic Avant-Gardes and the Centre
• The Nordic Neo-Avant-Garde as a Centre
• Avant-Garde in the Outskirts
• Problematizing the Notion of Centre and Periphery

Avant-Garde and the Other
(suggested topics:)
• Women and the Avant-Garde
• The Avant-Garde and the Minorities
• Avant-Garde and Tradition
• Avant-Garde and Insanity

Keynote Speakers
Éva Forgács, ”Romantic Peripheries”

The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (USA)/The Collegium Budapest (Hungary). One of the co-writers of Central European Avant-Gardes, ed. Timothy Benson. Author of among other: The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics, 1995, A Duna Los Angelesben (Los Angeles on the Danube), 2006 forthcoming.
Amelia Jones, ”t.b.a.”
Professor and Pilkington Chair, Head of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester. The author of Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (1994), Body Art/Performing the Subject (1998), The Artist's Body (2000), Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada (2004), and Self/Image: Technology, Representation, and the Contemporary Subject (2006, fortcoming). Editor of A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (2006). []

Doctoral students and all researchers interested in these interdisciplinary and multicultural relationships are welcome to submit papers. These should not exceed 20 min. in length. An additional 10 min. will be set aside for discussion following each paper. Each speaker will therefore be allocated a total of 30 min. Conference registration and paper topics are to be sent to by the first deadline of June 1, 2006.

Only papers that fit into the abovementioned range of topics will be accepted. Abstracts of accepted papers (10–15 lines) must be submitted by the final deadline of September 1, 2006.

We would like to stress the importance of keeping the time limits at the conference! (Some exceptions MAY be made for visual and/or audio examples). We strongly advise you to carefully calculate the length of your paper. (Hint: one minute of speech approximates 800 characters – spaces included). We will cut the presentation after 20 min's.

The papers will be published in Nordlit. Arbeidstidsskrift i litteratur, Det humanistiske fakultet, Universitetet i Tromsø, June 2007, after an extended peer-review. Dead-line will be mid-Spring, more information later.

It is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper. Please register by no later than June 1, 2006.

The Nordic Network will be able to support some ph.d.-students that do not have their own budget for travels, so – if you are a ph.d.-student and need to be subsidized by The Nordic Network for Avant-garde Studies, please send us an application along with your registration explaining why you need to be subsidized, since we shall have to either choose some applicants or subsidize part of the travel expenses if there are many applicants. A special sum is set aside to support participants from the Eastern European and Baltic countries.

Further information, hotel suggestions, and conference fees (maximum NOK 400/50€) will be forwarded in September to those who have submitted abstracts/registrations.

NB! Do not expect immediate response. I will confirm e-mails and applications, but due to the fact that I am the sole organizer, I will have to set aside time every week to answer, confirm and plan the conference. I will, therefore, try to answer questions collectively, rather than individually.

Per Bäckström

The Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies