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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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Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life.


David Ayers10:01am Jul 13
Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life.

Utopian hope and dystopian despair are characteristic features of Modernism and the avant-garde. Readings of the avant-garde have frequently sought to identify utopian moments coded in its works and activities as optimistic signs of a possible future social life, or as the attempt to preserve hope against the closure of an emergent dystopian present. In the fourth volume of the EAM series, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, we aim to cast light on the history, theory and actuality of the utopian and dystopian strands which run through the European modernism and avant-garde from the late 19th to the 21st Century.

• how have modernism and the avant-garde responded to historical circumstance in mapping the form of possible futures for humanity?
• how have avant-garde and modernist works presented ideals of living as alternatives to the present?
• how have avant-gardists acted with or against the state to remodel human life or to resist the instrumental reduction of life by administration and industrialisation?
• how have theory and the avant-garde interacted and co-articulated each other in the projection of utopian/dystopian possibilities?
• does the avant-garde inevitably succumb to the domination of the real or do its workings achieve real or symbolic effects?
• is modernism the mirror of the modern or its utopian antithesis?

We invite proposals for contributions of about 6000 words relevant to these themes, in English, French or German. The outline proposal should consist of one page of no more than 700 words. It should also include the name of the contributor, institutional affiliation, biography (max. 200 words) and a list of no more than ten recent and relevant publications. Proposals by non-members of EAM and by Ph.D. students will be considered. 

Proposals will NOT be accepted after August 29, 2014.

Please send proposals to utopia@kent.ac.uk