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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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Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts,
Charles University, Prague 18-21 October 2007

The theme of the conference goes back to the structural concept of
the language system developed by the Prague School. The papers are

1. to reassess the theoretical work of Prague structuralists
(especially Bohumil Trnka, Roman Jakobson and René Wellek) and its
relevance for contemporary research, and;

2. to discuss transformations of structuralist approaches in recent
and contemporary theories of structures and systems, characterized by
the movement away from the models of homogeneous, hierarchized and
centralized structures to concepts of structurality based on
dehierarchized assemblages, transversal relations and dynamic
semantic situations (Einstein, Dewey, Bateson, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida,
Deleuze, etc.).

The conference will have two sections and will be immediately
followed by the first annual Prague colloquium on "Frontiers of
Theory: Technicity, Art and the New Media" (Saturday 20 October 2007):

*Section 1: Theories of Structure and their Transformations

Suggested problem areas:
1. Prague Structuralism in relation to other structuralist and
formalist trends (Saussure, Peirce, New Criticism, cultural semiotics,
2. The legacy of the Prague School and later theories of structures
and systems
3. Structuralist theories and methodologies in sciences and

*Section 2: Prague Structuralism and Language Systems

Suggested Problem Areas:
1. The structural concept of the language system in contemporary
descriptions of English and its historical development
2. Interfacial aspects of the highest language level

Please send an abstract for a 30 minute paper (3000 words maximum)
with your contact details via e-mail by 1 March 2007 to:

Prof. Dr. Martin Procházka (Section 1):

Doc. Dr. Jan Cermák (Section 2):

Questions concerning the colloquium on "Frontiers of Theory:
Technicity, Art and the New Media" (Saturday 20 October 2007) should
be addressed to Dr. Louis Armand: info @

Papers will be selected by a conference committee and the speakers
will be notified by 30 April 2007 and mailed a registration form and
futher information.

Proceedings of the conference will be published by Litteraria

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