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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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Call for Papers: Language Materialism, Norlit 2009

Session on Language Materialism

Codex and Code. Aesthetics, Language, and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Norlit Conference, Stockholm, August 6–9, 2009

For some time, not the least in a Nordic context, the concept of “language materialism” has circulated in the discussion of literature (most notably, poetry). The term might refer to a number of things, and it has served both as a kind of schibboleth and as a derogatory designation. The aim of this session is to disentangle the actual uses and the potential meanings of the concept, tracing its genealogy to the materiality of the linguistic sign (sound, visual constellation, typography, etcetera), but also to the media-technological materiality of literary practice and the social materiality of language. As digital media during the last decades have generated ideas about disembodiment and dematerialization, materiality as such has become an urgent issue to investigate, and its position and relevance in the context of literature none the less so. What does, for example, “poetic materiality” imply in a digital environment where language and image are the surface effects of code? And if the materiality of language often has been evoked as a form of resistance to notions of linguistic transparency, and to accompanying ideas about immediacy and direct communication, how can such a resistance be mobilized by literature today? The aim of the session is to address such and similar questions from different viewpoints and from within the framework of different genres and media (book, audiotape, digital media, etcetera). Possible topics can range from visual poetry to invented languages in literature, from book machines to cyberpoetics, from artist’s books to sound poetry to the triangulation between conceptuality, materiality, and code in contemporary literature.

Paper proposals for this session should be submitted before December 15, 2008. The abstracts should be no longer than 1 500 characters (including spaces), and should be sent to: jesper.olsson@littvet.su.se.

The full-length paper (max 60 000 characters, including spaces) should be sent to the session organizer before June 6, 2009. The oral presentation at the conference will consist of a summary of the paper (max 10 minutes), followed by a discussion (10–15 minutes).

For further information about the conference, see: www.norlit.org.

Back to the Futurists: Avant-gardes 1909-2009

Conference, 2-4 July 2009

At Queen Mary University of London


2009 marks the centenary of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto, published on 20 February 1909 in the Paris daily Le Figaro. Organised at Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Back to the Futurists: Avant-gardes 1909-2009 is an international conference called with the aim of reassessing the contribution of Futurism to Modernism and tracking its enduring legacy in cultural movements around the world.

The conference is timed to coincide with the major Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern (12 June – 13 September). As Le Futurisme à Paris. Une Avant-Garde Explosive, the exhibition opens in Paris at the Centre Pompidou (15 October 2008 to 26 January 2009), before moving to the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome (20 February to 24 May 2009). The conference will focus on verbal, visual, musical, ideological, sociological and other manifestations of Futurism and its successor movements from the birth of the notion of avant-garde to the present day.

Besides re-evaluations of futurist literature, painting, sculpture and architecture, possible conference strands include:

Milan-Paris-Berlin-Moscow; Futurism and Cubism; Futurism and Expressionism; Futurism and Vorticism; Futurism and politics; Futurist architecture; Futurism in music; Futurism and fashion; Futurism and photography; Futurism and cinema; Futurist journals; Apollinaire, Futurism and the French avant-garde; parole in libertà; the wireless imagination; digital art; centre and periphery; concrete poetry; avant-garde/neo-avant-garde; machine aesthetics; avant-garde and mass culture; the legacy of Futurism.

Proposals for papers: please email a 300-400 word abstract to Professor Elza Adamowicz by 15 January 2009


Jointly organised by

French Department, Queen Mary University of London

French Department, Royal Holloway University of London

Departments of English and Modern Languages, Swansea University

in collaboration with

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London



Elza Adamowicz (Queen Mary)         e.adamowicz@qmul.ac.uk

John Goodby (Swansea)                     j.goodby@swansea.ac.uk

Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway)      e.robertson@rhul.ac.uk

Andrew Rothwell (Swansea)              a.j.rothwell@swansea.ac.uk

Simona Storchi (Swansea)                  s.storchi@swansea.ac.uk





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