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 - Session on Avant-garde

Call for Papers

Session on Avant-garde

Codex and Code. Aesthetics, Language, and Politics in an Age of Digital Media

Norlit Conference, Stockholm, August 6–9, 2009


The interest for avant-garde has been growing during the first decade of the 21th century, and has resulted in the founding of, among others, the Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies and the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies. The continuing mapping out of avant-garde activities in the Nordic countries in relation to the world at large, has made it possible to establish a more nuanced and heterogenic aesthetic history of the 20th century, and to recognize the possibility for an avant-garde aesthetics in the early  21th century as well. The relation between avant-garde, modernism and post-modernism has been disputed, though, and the discussion has to be taken further to clarify the complex aesthetic strategies in the Modern (beginning around 1850). This session welcomes papers on all sorts of subjects and themes that relates to the phenomena of the avant-garde/s, and to the discussion of the avant-garde in relation to – to allude to Matei Calinescus book – ”Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism”, where one is inclined to add the notion of ”realism”. A continued mapping out of avant-garde activities in the  20th and 21th century, archive archeology resulting in the discovery of forgotten artist and writers, and discussions on Nordic, European or global avant-garde activities within single nations, in a Nordic perspective or in a global perspective, are just a few areas which might be covered in this session on the avant-garde – where all papers on the avant-garde are welcome.

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: Per Bäckström


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: