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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Historizing the Avant-Garde – Call For Papers

The conference Historizing the Avant-Garde in Copenhagen on November 20-22 2009 marks the completion of the five years of research activity in the Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies sponsored by the Nordic Council for Research (NordForsk). It will also be the occasion for the publication of the first of four volumes on The Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Garde, edited by members of the research network. Volume 1 covers the period 1900-1925,  the three following volumes (1925-50, 1950-75 and 1975-today) will appear during the next three years. 


The concluding conference of the research network will focus on historiographical questions: What are the adequate ways of writing the history of the avant-garde? From the vantage point of the 21st century we can map the cultural geography of the avant-garde movements and traditions of the 20th century. Historical connections severed by war and iron curtain can be reconstructed. And changing global and postcolonial developments throw new light on the question of centres and peripheries, as well as on the relation between nationalism and international exchange. Intensified archival work, republication of historical documents and much recent research present new perspectives on the concepts of the historical avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde. To what extent are these concepts still useful to-day? And what is the significance of the rediscovery and appropriation of figures, concepts and strategies of the historical avant-garde after World War 2? In what ways has the relation between the avant-garde and the art institution changed? And do concrete institutions, for instance within a welfare state, support or subsume avant-garde art? Does avant-garde art still have a critical role to play? Which groups and individual artists should be included as part of the avant-garde? In what ways have the small avant-garde groups contributed to the cultural renewal in the Nordic countries during the 20th century? Do the heterogenous groups and movements of the 20th century form a coherent current which may be termed the avant-garde? And is there an avant-garde to-day? What would be the marks of such an avant-garde? And what is the relation between avant-garde and technology? The Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Garde is written from the perspective of the avant-garde movements as networks of heterogenous groups, persons and isms – what are the merits and disadvantages of this approach? 


Keynotes include Professor Vojtech Lahoda ( University of Prague), Professor Wolfgang Asholt (Universität Osnabrück) and Dr. Malte Hagener (Universität Lüneburg).


We welcome papers which discuss such problems and concepts of the historiography of the avant-garde. Please indicate whether your paper belongs under the heading of - cultural geography - technology - institution and institutions or – general historiography.


Please send 200 word abstracts to Marianne Ping Huang or Tania Ørum by September 1st 2009.