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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NORLIT 2007. The Angel of History. Literature, History, and Culture,

The Nordic Society for Comparative Literature (Norlit) is a multinational
organisation with the objective of developing literary research through
Nordic cooperation. NORLIT 2007 –conference The Angel of History.
Literature, History, and Culture will take place 15–18 August 2007 in
Helsinki. The conference is being organized by the departments of
Scandinavian languages and literature and Finnish language and literature at
the University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopisto – Helsingfors universitet).

The relationship between literature and history and the historicity of
literary culture has become a problem and a major theoretical and practical
challenge to literary scholars interested in history and the historicity of
literature, following the problematizing of history-writing as well as the
concept of history in recent years. On the one hand, we are not satisfied
with the history of authors or literary works any more; the ambition is to
write a history of literary cultures, or to show how literature works in
history in interaction with other cultural discourses. On the other hand,
the ideas of continuity and development in history have become increasingly
problematical, while, at the same time, it is not easy to see how history,
lacking teleological impetus or any resort to master narratives, can be
written. The actuality of such problems is emphasized by the on-going
project to write the History of Nordic Literary Cultures launched by ICLA.

We invite proposals that would cover the following three areas or aspects of
the field. First, we are interested in the diachronic interrelationships
between literature and other cultural fields. We ask how to configure
literary works and adjacent cultural discourses from the point of view of
literature, how to articulate the dialogue and the historicity of the
dialogue between them.

Second, starting from the literary texts themselves, we ask how to relate
the aesthetic artifact and the experience of historical change. Is it
possible to read literature as a critical medium for historical cognition or
to approach literature both as an articulation and a reflection or
refraction of larger historical phenomena: to see it , with Adorno, as both
autonomous and fait social? How do the literary forms, story-worlds or
chronotopes relate to historical intra- and extra-literary traditions and

Third, we propose an examination of literary transitions. How do literary
currents, periodical discourses or styles emerge and how are they to be
understood? Considering the influence and spread of “prototypes” or models
leads to questions of “imitation”, translation and dialogue.

Plenary speakers
prof. Mark Sandberg (University of Berkeley, California)
prof. Astradur Eysteinsson (University of Reykjavik)
prof. Thomas DuBois (University of Madison, Wisconsin)
prof. Karin Sanders (University of Berkeley, California)
prof. Finn Hauberg Mortensen (Syddansk Universitet)
prof. Lea Rojola (University of Turku)
prof. Steven Sondrup (Brigham Young University, Utah)

We propose the following themes or sections

* Writing the history of literary cultures: problems, theories, examples.
* Literature and adjacent discourses. Case studies in cultural dialogue.
* Transitions: the role of translating and transforming in the emergence of
new discourses.
* Texts and (their) histories: literary works as mirrors, refractions,
* Literature, time and place. Chronotopes and history.


Send your proposal, a one-page Word- or RTF-abstract, to the
norlit-2007[at] by December 1, 2006. Please mention any need for
any audiovisual technology in respect to your presentation in your abstract

Acceptance will be notified personally via email by January 1, 2007, and a
fully detailed schedule published on the Norlit 2007 home page later in
January 2007.

For further information visit this page.
Have you any questions or enquiries concerning the conference, please email

Please copy or forward this information to colleagues who might wish to
join. We shall also be happy to send a paper version to addressees you may
wish to call our attention to.

Looking forward to seeing you on August 2007 in Helsinki!


Vesa Haapala

University lecturer
Department of Finnish language and literature
Faculty of Arts
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland