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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Material Meanings

Third Biannual Conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)
7-9 September 2012
University of Kent, Canterbury, England



This conference investigates the avant-garde's reconfiguration of matter and materials in the quest to generate new meanings and effects.


Its particular focus will be the manner in which different artistic disciplines adopt strategies, theories and techniques from each other, and how they translate, transform and integrate conceptions and modes of expression from other sign systems.



Proposals are invited for contributions which deal with any of the following: the interference or conflict of artistic disciplines; the interaction of disciplines in artistic movements; the combination of media in single artworks or artistic practices; the treatment of sign as matter and matter as sign; the materiality of art and the art of materiality; art and material environment; the world as matter and meaning; text as thing, things as texts; the transfiguration of traditional or found materials; the material effectivity of the avant-garde; the interdependency of manifestos (meaning) and art (material); technology and the transformation of meaning; the incorporation of the foreign or extraneous.



We welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde activity: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, design and technology. We especially welcome contributions which explore the combination of different media or practices within a single work or within a given environment.
The conference languages are English, French and German.



Proposals are welcome from individuals, and from panels of three or four, or exceptionally double panels of six or seven. We especially welcome panel proposals. We will prefer panels where members are drawn from different institutions, preferably across different disciplines, and especially across national boundaries.



Panel proposals should include the following information. Panels must not consist only of graduate students.



1. Title of panel and language of panel (English, French, German – one only)
2. Name, address and email contact of Panel Chair
3. A summary of the panel topic (300 words)
4. A summary of each individual contribution (300 words)
5. Name, address and email contact of individual contributors
6. Short biography of individual contributors



Individual proposals should include the following information.



1. Title of paper and language of paper (English, French, German)
2. Name, address and email of contributor
3. A summary of the contribution (300 words)
4. Short biography of the contributor



There will also be research seminars for current graduate students conducted in English. Each seminar is for up to 12 graduate students and is led by an experienced professor. There are no auditors. Work is circulated by email before the conference and is not read aloud. There is a discussion of the work and an opportunity to develop ideas in a peer-group context. The available seminars will be listed at the website. If you are a current graduate student and you wish to participate in one of these seminars please submit the following information:



1 Preferred seminar group
2 Title of contribution (English only)
3 A summary of the contribution (300 words)
4 Name, address, and email of contributor
5 Short biography of the contributor



Please submit proposals to the conference email address by 16 December 2011.


Please DO NOT submit proposals in more than one category.


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