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 5th Bi-annual EAM Congress (European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies) University of Rennes, France, June 1-2-3, 2016

The fifth EAM congress invites scholars to consider the coupling of the notions of quest and investigation in works of art or movements of the avant-garde or neo-avant-garde, or of the various forms of modernism, even though modernism and the avant-garde seem often to have been constructed in opposition to the spiritual or scientific heritage suggested by these two terms. The notion of quest suggests a metaphysical beyond informed by mysticism, implying the absence of an end or of a conclusion, whereas the notion of investigation implies a totally rational conception of reality and a process likely to bring a definite result and reach a conclusion. Coupling the two notions, quest/investigation, is therefore an invitation to overcome an initial paradox: the endlessness of the quest as opposed to the fixed scope of the investigation. The co-articulation of the two notions may shed some light on marginal or neglected works. It may also question the dialectical relationship between modern and anti-modern, between avant-garde and rear-guard, between insistent innovations and archaisms, acknowledged or disguised. 

Whether dialectical or dynamic, the approach we suggest applies to all the fields or domains of research in the Arts, literature, aesthetics, cinema, photography, drama, T.V. or digital media, architecture, music, design... 

As a guide to researchers, we suggest four possible approaches: 

1 A genetic approach: this would deal with the process of creation itself as quest or investigation (artistic protocols, the work as investigation, models or projects designed as research, studies, excavations, exploration, etc.) 

2 A formal approach: to identify the motifs, terms, or forms of the quest or investigation in works of art, fiction and/or documentary (e.g: works of mystical inspiration, the reintroduction of the sacred; or the schematic models for a project, the presence of user manuals, guidelines, etc.) 

3 An approach in terms of reception: the place or the role of the spectator or reader confronted by an open/closed work, the state of completion or incompletion of the work (is the finitude or completeness of the work put into question by new technologies? do these technologies enable a new appropriation of the work?) 

4 An epistemological or meta-discursive approach: dealing with historiography and historicity, new modes of research, new technologies (restoration of paintings, collaborative creations, databases, etc.). This approach considers the way in which the quest/investigation of the researcher and the artistic quest or investigation itself mutually inform or act on each other. 

The submissions should explicitly mention which of the four approaches is primarily involved. 

The scientific committee invites proposals for panels of three or four speakers, or for double panels of up to eight speakers. Individual proposals are also accepted. Panels may not consist only of graduate students. All submissions must contain a title (for each paper and for the panel), a 300-word abstract (of the individual paper or of all the papers of the proposed panel), the name and qualifications of the author(s), the language in which the paper(s) will be read (English, French, German, Spanish). Proposals must be submitted in a Word, Times New Roman 12 format (no PDF) before September 1, 2015 to the following address: 

EAM.rennes2016@gmail.com 

Answers will be sent by October 15th 2015. 

Appel à communications pour le 5e Congrès bi-annuel d’EAM (European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies), Université Rennes 2, France, 1-2-3 juin 2016 

Ce 5e congrès de l’EAM (European Network for Avant-Garde and ModernismStudies) invite à penser l’association du couple quête/enquête dans les œuvres ou mouvements se réclamant d'une « avant-garde » et des diverses formes de modernisme. Ces dernières semblent pourtant s’être construites en rupture avec les héritages spiritualistes ou bien scientistes évoqués par les deux notions proposées. Si la quête renvoie à l’idée d’un arrière plan ou d’un arrière monde tendu de mystique et impliquant l’absence de terme ou de conclusion, l’enquête en revanche pose d’emblée la conception d’une réalité entièrement rationnelle et d’une démarche susceptible d’aboutir à un résultat précis et concluant. Ce couple, quête et enquête, invite donc à dépasser un paradoxe initial. Il est problématique : la quête suppose une durée sans terme, l’enquête un temps fini. Pourtant, il se pourrait que l’articulation entre quête et enquête puisse permettre aussi bien de mettre en lumière des œuvres complexes, marginales ou négligées, que de poser le problème fondamental de la dialectique entre moderne et anti-moderne, entre avant et arrière garde, entre les novations affirmées et les archaïsmes dissimulés ou au contraire revendiqués. 

La démarche dialectique ou dynamique que nous proposons intéresse tous les champs ou domaines de recherche en art, littérature, esthétique, cinéma, photographie, théâtre, médias télévisuels ou numériques, architecture, musique, design… 

Afin de permettre aux chercheurs qui répondront à cet appel de mieux cerner les registres ou démarches possibles, nous leur proposons quatre entrées :

1. Une approche génétique : elle s’intéressera aux processus de création (les protocoles, les expérimentations, les investigations, les maquettes ou projets conçus comme recherche, étude, fouille, exploration, etc.) 

2. Une approche formelle : quels sont les motifs, termes, formes de la quête et de l’enquête dans les œuvres, de fiction et/ou documentaires (ex. : Les œuvres d’inspiration mystiques, la réintroduction du sacré, ou bien les maquettes d’un projet, la présence dans l’œuvre de modes d’emploi, d’instructions, etc.) 

3. Une approche en termes de réception : quels sont la place ou le rôle du lecteur ou spectateur face à l’œuvre close/ouverte, les modalités de son achèvement ou son inachèvement (est-ce que la finitude ou la finition de l’œuvre sont remis en question par les nouvelles technologies ? comment elles permettent des réappropriation d’œuvres, etc.) 

4. Une approche méta-discursive ou épistémologique : elle s’intéressera à l’historiographie et l’historicité, aux nouvelles modalités de la recherche, aux nouvelles technologies (restauration de tableaux, créations collaboratives, bases de données, etc.), envisagera quête et enquête comme modalités de réflexion sur la quête et l’enquête elles-mêmes, circulairement. 

Les organisateurs du Congrès souhaitent vivement que les propositions qui leur seront envoyées indiquent explicitement dans lequel de ces 4 Entrées elles se positionnent prioritairement. 

Le comité scientifique attend des propositions de panels comportant au plus 3 à 4 participants, mais l’on pourra proposer des doubles panels (8 participants au maximum). Il examinera aussi les propositions individuelles. Il n’est pas souhaitable de proposer des panels exclusivement composés de doctorants. Toutes les propositions devront comporter un titre (pour l’ensemble du panel et chacune des communications), un abstract (300 mots maximum, pour chacune des interventions ou pour le panel dans son ensemble), les noms et qualités des intervenants, et signaler la langue utilisée lors du congrès (anglais, allemand, français, espagnol). Les propositions devront parvenir sous format Word, en Times new roman 12 (pas de PDF) avant le 1er septembre 2015 à l’adresse suivante : 

eam.rennes2016@gmail.com

Les réponses parviendront avant le 1er octobre 2015.

NEW DEADLINE: CFP: The Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1975-2000: History, Culture and Aesthetics, 3-5 December 2015

 

Some years ago the growing scholarly interest in avant-garde studies led to the formation of The Nordic-Network of Avant-Garde Studies as a forum for attempts to map the cultural influence of the aesthetic avant-gardes in the Nordic countries. Part of this project is the writing of a four volume Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries. The first volume dealing with the years 1900-1925 was published by Rodopi (now a division of Brill) in 2013, and the second and third volume will be published in 2015 and 2016. The editors of this history now call for papers to a conference dealing with the history, culture, aesthetics, and politics of the avantgardes in the Nordic countries in the period 1975-2000. The first three volumes have focused mainly Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In volume four we particularly want to include Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Sami areas. Our hope is that most papers can be rewritten and published as contributions to the fourth volume of the series, A Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1975-2000. For the publication there will be editorial panels of scholars from the different Nordic countries who will act as peer reviewers. 

 

The Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1975-2000

Is avant-garde a useful notion when it comes to contemporary art practices? And if so, how is the avant-garde to be defined today? Maybe the title of the conference and the last volume of A Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries ought to be followed by a question mark? The artistic landscape of the period 1975-2000 seems to be more diverse and spread across different media, platforms, and new technological and social means of organisation and collaboration than has been the case earlier in the century. Our own nearness to the period also makes it harder to make the (always reductive) categorisations that are part of the selection mechanism of writing history. The nearness, however, makes it easier to look beyond canonisation and keep an open and nuanced approach to the wide range of themes, media and modes of expression present in the period; ranging from, for instance, focus on gender and postcolonial issues, dematerialised and participatory relational practices, to new modes of communication and networking due to new media.
Many of the artistic practices of the period deliberately draw on or refer to previous practices. Should the many re-enactments of earlier avant-garde manifestations be considered avant-garde themselves, or are they simply mainstream examples of already established artistic norms and standards? And what does it mean to discuss them in an avant-garde context? Should a contemporary avant-garde rather relate to technological changes and new media? Or to the social changes in a complex and globalised world? Should we look at the field of countercultures and subcultures? Or should we talk of many different contemporary avant-gardes? From relational art, feminist and queer manifestations, net art, flashmobs, and challenges of high and low in design and music to appropriation and digital piracy?
The frame of the conference is cross-aesthetic and transnational, focusing on avant-garde activities in the Nordic countries, as well as on Nordic avant-garde artists working abroad. It includes aesthetic activities within, between and beyond the traditional arts (painting, literature, theatre, film, photography, music, dance, architecture).
Contributions may focus on individual activities, arts, artists and works and genres – but preferably in a perspective involving broader historical, cultural, political and aesthetic contexts. Regarded within a national framework, avant-garde enterprises often seem isolated, sporadic and fragmentary. That is why the transnational perspective stresses connections between local, national, Nordic and international manifestations of the avant-gardes.
The papers should present case studies rather than encyclopaedic elaborations, i.e. instructive examples introducing new perspectives on phenomena that condense important currents, tensions and controversies. They should reflect the topics dealt with as avant-garde (and not e.g. as modernism) and may even discuss different aspects of the concept of “avant-garde” or “anti-avant-garde”. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the avant-garde not as a predefined theoretical concept but as a crucial perspective on aesthetic and cultural history.


Culture, history and aesthetics of the avant-gardes: aspects and dimensions

The panels of the seminar will include such themes, aspects and dimensions as:
  • Renewal in Repetition - Re-mediation - Re-enactment – Digital Archives - Appropriation – Post-
  • Production – Sampling
  • High/Low (Industry, Institution, Market) – Design – Counterculture / Subculture – Kitsch – Music
  • Performative Turn – Do it yourself – Feminist/Queer/Body Art – Performance Art –– Post-dramatic
  • Theatre – Performative Architecture – Readings – Everyday – Participation
  • New Media/Digital – Digital poetry – Film – Video Art – Net Art – Interactive Art – Intermedia/Transmedia – Sound Art - Electronic Music
  • Network/Infrastructure: Magazines – Small Presses - Electronic Networks (Nordic) – Mail Art – Flashmobs - Copyright/Pirate – Market/Institutions
  • Intervention – Art in Public Space – Relational Art – Micro Utopias – Political art – Street Art –Pirate/Copyright

The themes specified here are meant as provisional suggestions. The organising committee invites participants to suggest other topics and individual cases.

Practical information and deadline for application

     The conference will take place at Copenhagen University from 3-5 December 2015. During these days we plan to present and discuss around 30 papers. Each paper will have 20 minutes of presentation followed by 10 minutes discussion, i.e. 3 papers in a 11⁄2 hour session. Working on the topic of the conference resulting in many interesting discussions and thought-provoking case studies. As a prelude to the conference we have made a special CfP giving the best students the opportunity to present a paper. The student presentations will take place 2 December and we hope that many of the participants will join this session too. 
     We will help you book a hotel room if you wish and will provide further information about local travel, location and other practical details. During spring term 2015 70 master students from Aarhus and Copenhagen have been 
     The conference fee will be 1000 DKK, covering coffee/tea, lunches and a conference dinner. 
Arrival and departure: The conference will start by midday Thursday 3 December and end by midday Saturday 5 December, so conference participants can arrive in Copenhagen Thursday morning and depart Saturday afternoon.
     The conference language is English. All participants should submit a title and a 2-300 word abstract before August 10, 2015. Abstracts should be sent to avantgarde@hum.ku.dk. Questions regarding the conference may be sent to this address as well or to a member of the organizing committee.

The conference is organised by

Benedikt Hjartarson, University of Iceland, benedihj@hi.is
Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam, Aarhus University, litcsp@dac.au.dk
Laura Luise Schultz, University of Copenhagen, laura@hum.ku.dk
Tania Ørum, University of Copenhagen, tania@hum.ku.dk
 
And the conference secretary Marianne Ølholm, oelholm@hum.ku.dk

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

Last call; Art in transfer. Curatorial Practices and Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop

Dear Colleagues,   

Please note the upcoming deadline for proposals to the conference; 

Art in transfer. Curatorial Practicesand Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop. 
CONFERENCE 6-8th November 2014, arr. by Södertörn University, CBEES, Terra Art Foundation. 

Conference sites; Södertörn University and Moderna Museet.
 

Consult www.sh.se/artintransfer. 

Sincerely 

Annika Öhrner 

CfP - Modernism Now! BAMS International Conference

26–28 June 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

Call For Papers

Keynote Speakers:
Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London)

Modernism Now! is a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies, designed to explore ‘modernism’ today. The conference thus aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. In Modernism and Theory, Neil Levi has recently suggested that in thinking about modernism we consider ‘the idea of a contemporary perpetuation of artistic modernism’ and that we see ‘modernist works as events whose implications demand continued investigation.’

Modernism Now! will explore these issues in two distinct ways:

  •  The conference aims to represent and reflect on the diversity of modernist studies today, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.
  •  Modernism Now! also wishes to explore the ongoing use of ‘modernism’ as a cultural, philosophical, and artistic category, analysing how and where modernism functions as a continuing aesthetic in the twenty-first century, across multiple disciplines, geographies, and traditions.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

  • The idea of a contemporary modernism
  • Modernist futures and legacies
  • Past and previous modernisms
  • Modernism as a continuing event
  • Current debates in world literature and global modernist studies that stretch the historical/geographical framework of modernism
  • The ‘nowness’ (Jetztzeit) of modernism; the new and the now
  • Assessments of individual writers, artists, performers, texts, works of art that explore their status and relevance today
  • Historical assessments of the term ‘modernism’
  • New trends in modernist studies e.g. periodical studies
  • Anachronism
  • Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
  • ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodising modernism
  • Current theorisations of modernism as a social/cultural/philosophical/political category
  • How modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/writers/performers
  • Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
  • Singular and plural modernism(s)

Proposals are welcomed for 20min papers, panels of 3-4 speakers, and focused round-tables on particular topics. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words per individual paper and should include a short biography for each speaker, including contact details.

Delegates must be members of BAMS in order to register. To become a member, go to http://bams.ac.uk/membership/

Proposals should be emailed to modernismnow@bams.ac.uk by January 31st 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Dr Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Dr Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

CfP - A Valentine To Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts and Humanities

8 – 10 May 2014

 

Hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

and co-organized with Ghent University and Linköping University

 

As a writer and famous art collector, Gertrude Stein inspired generations of poets and painters; as a cultural icon she inspired feminist and gay activists, and her influence seems to be increasing still. Today, Stein’s impact is felt and recognized across such diverse fields as literature, theatre, film, visual arts, dance, performance, etc.

Because Stein’s influence has manifested itself to a wide extent through artistic appropriations and re-mediations, academic research has had troubles catching up with this diverse, crossdisciplinary reception. In recent years, however, we have seen how artists and scholars working in the crossover field between artistic practice and academic research have increasingly reflected the interdisciplinary reception of Gertrude Stein.

Several large conferences host well-attended panels on Gertrude Stein each year but Stein, in contrast to her modernist peers, has only rarely been the subject of a multiple-day scholarly gathering and thus has not received the same attention and scrutiny as her (male) contemporaries.

 

This conference will focus on the interdisciplinary reception of Stein among artists and academics, and create a platform for in-depth and extended Stein discussion. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of Stein’s seminal poetry collection, Tender Buttons. This book of prose poems is itself an interdisciplinary work of literary still lifes, collage texts obsessed with issues from the visual arts like perspective, visuality, texture,

space, materiality and physical objects.

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CFP: The fourth international conference of EAM

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland 29.-31.8.2014

(Scroll down for the full calls for papers and chairs)

 

UTOPIA

 

Modernism and Avant-gardism are artistic languages of rupture. Both were directed against traditional ways of conceiving art, often assuming an antagonistic position in relationship to existing cultural and social institutions and relationships. This conference explores the utopian alternatives which Modernist and avant-garde artists offered to existing society. This was not always simply a question of taking an outside position: for example, the Russian avant-garde was co-opted by the early Soviet state in an uneasy – and temporary – alliance to give birth to the New Man. The 2014 EAM conference in Helsinki commemorates the centenary of the break-out of the First World War by taking as its starting point the many utopian dreams within European literature and arts as well as their collapse in the face of the horrors of war. The effects of the War lasted throughout the century, and the conference will also explore the utopian dimensions of the neo-avant-garde, be it that of the West which dreamed alternatives to conformism and consumer society, or of the East which sheltered alternatives to socialist dystopia. We thus invite proposals for contributions that deal with the alternatives that modernism and the avant-garde offered to existing reality: utopias; chimeras; dreams; abstractions; desires; myths; dystopias; cityscapes or impossible landscapes; politics or anti-politics; the body freed or harnessed; erotic or amatorial liberation; the retreat into private worlds or the mapping of bold alternatives; the avant-garde as alternative to or embodiment of the state; the utopian moment in the nihilistic or rebarbative art-work. We welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde and modernist research or practice: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, design and technology.

For all the enquiries about the conference, please contact us after August 1: eam-2014@helsinki.fi


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UTOPIA

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland 29.-31.8.2014

Modernism and Avant-gardism are artistic languages of rupture. Both were directed against traditional ways of conceiving art, often assuming an antagonistic position in relationship to existing cultural and social institutions and relationships. This conference explores the utopian alternatives which Modernist and avant-garde artists offered to existing society. This was not always simply a question of taking an outside position: for example, the Russian avant-garde was co-opted by the early Soviet state in an uneasy – and temporary – alliance to give birth to the New Man. The 2014 EAM conference in Helsinki commemorates the centenary of the break-out of the First World War by taking as its starting point the many utopian dreams within European literature and arts as well as their collapse in the face of the horrors of war. The effects of the War lasted throughout the century, and the conference will also explore the utopian dimensions of the neo-avant-garde, be it that of the West which dreamed alternatives to conformism and consumer society, or of the East which sheltered alternatives to socialist dystopia. We thus invite proposals for contributions that deal with the alternatives that modernism and the avant-garde offered to existing reality: utopias; chimeras; dreams; abstractions; desires; myths; dystopias; cityscapes or impossible landscapes; politics or anti-politics; the body freed or harnessed; erotic or amatorial liberation; the retreat into private worlds or the mapping of bold alternatives; the avant-garde as alternative to or embodiment of the state; the utopian moment in the nihilistic or rebarbative art-work. We welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde and modernist research or practice: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, design and technology.
 
For all the enquiries about the conference, please contact us after August 1: eam-2014@helsinki.fi

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CfP: The Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950: History, Culture

Reminder

 

Call for papers to the conference 3-5 October 2013

 

The Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950: History, Culture and Aesthetics

at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Cultural Studies and the Arts

in preparation for the second volume of The Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries edited by Fredrik Hertzberg, Benedikt Hjartarson, Torben Jelsbak, Andrea Kollnitz, Per Stounbjerg, Tania Ørum and Dorthe Aagesen.

 

Some years ago the growing scholarly interest in avant-garde studies led to the formation of The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies as a forum for attempts to map the cultural influence of the aesthetic avant-gardes in the Nordic countries (mainly Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). Part of this project is the writing of a four volume Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries. The first volume dealing with the years 1900-1925 will be published by Rodopi in spring 2013 (see attachment for a list of the around 30 contributions). The editors of this history now call for papers to a conference dealing with the history, culture, aesthetics, and politics of the avant-gardes in the Nordic countries in the period 1925-1950. Our hope is that most papers can be re-written and published as contributions to the second volume of the series, A Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950.

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CFP: MSA 15: Modernism and the Commons

How can modernism help us theorize aspects of the “commons” (culture as a commons, life-in-common, the multitude, etc.) and what might the concept of the commons contribute to our understanding of modernism? 

We are interested in papers that touch on modernist enclosures of the commons (e.g., aggressive assertions of copyright and the implications thereof) as well as modernist contributions to theorizing the commons, the “common reader,” or community. Potential topics range therefore from the cultural economy of modernism, the “common reader,” copyright and intellectual property, the general intellect, the multitude, knowledge work and immaterial labor, among others. 

Papers that cross national, historic, generic or disciplinary boundaries are welcome, as are digital humanities papers/projects on modernist archives/texts/artifacts in relation to creative commons, the public domain and open access. 

Note: remove the [ ] around the @ in the email address below when sending an abstract!

Conference Location: Brighton, UK
Conference Starts: August 29, 2013
Conference Ends: September 01, 2013

CFP Submission Deadline: March 08, 2013
 

CFP: The Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950: History, Culture and Aesthetics, 3-4 October 2013

Some years ago the growing scholarly interest in avant-garde studies led to the formation of The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies as a forum for attempts to map the cultural in-fluence of the aesthetic avant-gardes in the Nordic countries (mainly Denmark, Finland, Ice-land, Norway and Sweden). Part of this project is the writing of a four volume Cultural Histo-ry of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries. The first volume dealing with the years 1900-1925 will be published by Rodopi in spring 2013 (see attachment for a list of the around 30 contributions). The editors of this history now call for papers to a conference dealing with the history, culture, aesthetics, and politics of the avant-gardes in the Nordic countries in the period 1925-1950. Our hope is that most papers can be re-written and published as contri-butions to the second volume of the series, A Cultural History of the Avant-Gardes in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950.
 
Full call for papers: 

CFP - Ding, ding, ting: Objects as cultural mediators. German, Dutch and Nordic language areas

The conference will link two theoretical traditions: the theory of cultural transfer and Material Culture Studies. The former was elaborated by Michel Espagne and Michael Werner [Espagne/ Werner, 1988] in the 1980s, and has since been pursued in various directions (histoire croisée or ‘entangled history’, research on circulation, interculturality and hybridization) [Engel/ Gutjahr/ Braungart, 2003; Suppanz, 2003]. The latter is a heterogenic theoretical trend developed as a part of Culture Studies in the English speaking world from the 1970s on. Turning away from an approach consisting of an “accumulation of material” [Espagne, 1999: 7] which it considers as being empiricist, Cultural transfer studies concentrate on the analysis, in written sources, of the part played by the discourses and concepts borrowed from other cultures in the “formation of national cultural traditions” [6]. Conversely, works belonging to Material Culture Studies focus more and more on the everyday history of a given culture, and often deal with the question of the role of the other in the formation of collective identities through the prism of research on colonized territories [Gustafsson Reinius, 2008]. As such, they are dependent on their original bonds with scientific disciplines such as ethnology or anthropology. Our intention is therefore to build a theory of cultural transfer through a “bottom-up” approach, starting from sources either of an essentially material nature, or in which the thematization of objects is of prime importance, and to apply the theories of Material Culture Studies to a transnational european field.
 
To what extent are material things borrowed? How does their appropriation influence the formation of national cultural traditions in the Nordic, Germanic and Dutch-speaking areas?
 

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CFP - Conference on Children's Literature and European Avant-Garde

 

Senior and emerging scholars, academics and researchers are invited to apply. This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with Linköping University (LiU).

The conference w ill take place on 26 - 30 September 2012 in Norrköping, Sweden.

Submission Deadline: 01 April 2012

 

CFP - CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE

CFP: Cultural Identities in Newsreel Cinema after 1945

(Lausanne, 22-24 Nov 12)
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 22 - 24, 2012
Deadline: 01.11.2011

Constructions of Cultural Identities in Newsreel Cinema after 1945
Not least due its function as a tool of propaganda during the two World Wars, the production of newsreels after 1945 commanded a large arsenal of stylistic and technological means as well as skilled people. Although the period immediately after WWII proved to initiate the last phase within which the newsreel was being produced, the genre kept its importance as a decisive audiovisual mass medium by being an important tool in the development and shaping of politico-cultural public spheres up to the 1960s.

The main focus of the planned conference will lie on the analysis of the role of the newsreel as a medium for the formation of cultural identities in a variety of national contexts after 1945. Special attention is paid to newsreels that thematize cultural and artistic topics, respectively, which demonstrate strategies for the construction of a shared identity.
 

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.

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2nd CFP: TRANSFERS, APPROPRIATIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF AVANT-GARDE IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE, 1909-1989

 

2e APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS / 2nd CALL FOR PAPERS

TRANSFERTS, APPROPRIATIONS ET FONCTIONS DE L’AVANT-GARDE DANS

L’EUROPE INTERMEDIAIRE ET DU NORD, 1909-1989

/

TRANSFERS, APPROPRIATIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF AVANT-GARDE

IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE, 1909-1989

Colloque international organise par / International colloquium organised by

Centre Interuniversitaire d’Études Hongroises et Finlandaises (CIEH&CIEFi – Paris 3)

& l’Institut Finlandais de Paris

Paris

Septembre / September 23-24, 2011

 

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CFP: TRANSFERS, APPROPRIATIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF AVANT-GARDE IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE, 1909-1989

International colloquium organised by Centre Interuniversitaire d’Études Hongroises et Finlandaises (CIEH&CIEFi – Paris 3) & l’Institut Finlandais de Paris 

Paris

Septembre / September 23-24, 2011

 

 The colloquium aims to lay the foundations for an international research program. The colloquium focuses on the functions of avant-gardes as well as on the transfers and appropriations of influences and intertexts in Central and Northern Europe in the period running from 1909 to the end of the Cold War. Avant-garde is here understood according to its two traditional interpretations as an artistic or literary movement that is willing either to take the role of “engaged art” promoting political and social progress or to position itself as a reflective, critical and even destructive element within modernisation.

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“Ah, Mr Trouble…,” the Alphabet: A Symposium on Ron Silliman’s Long Poem

CALL FOR PAPERS
please circulate

25-26 March 2011
University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
      “I’m not writing for ‘a small circle of friends,’ I’m writing to you.”

After three decades of composition, Ron Silliman’s the Alphabet is complete, and published under one cover (University of Alabama Press, 2008). When this twenty-six-sectioned, thousand-plus-page poem was only available in discrete portions, in magazines, chapbooks, limited-run books, what punctuated each was not the poem’s next “new sentence” but concurrent claims and counterclaims on contemporary life.the Alphabet was written during decades when high theory and cultural studies had arrived in the academy to exact formal and mostly progressive social evaluations from culture and the arts, but still often at the expense of poetry’s own theoretical challenges to the academy’s institutional base; when intensified corporate consolidation of the mass media and new technologies were transforming existing paradigms of “the consumer society” (Baudrillard), its “captains of consciousness” (Ewen), and “culture of narcissism” (Lasch); and when, among other factors, manufactured consent (theorized equally by Burawoy for factory work as by Chomsky and Herman for mass media) propelled the US mainstream rightwards into postmodern politics. 

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CFP: Structures of Innovation

MSA13, Oct 6-9 2011

The organizers of MSA 13 invite proposals for panels, round tables, and seminars for inclusion in the thirteenth annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association, to be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Buffalo, New York, October 6-9, 2011.

This year’s theme, “Structures of Innovation,” encourages the exploration of modernist innovation in literature, film, music, architecture, visual and performing arts, technology and industry, and the intersection of these fields with race, gender, the sciences, and law. An international border city, Buffalo has been home to many important poets, fiction writers, musicians, journalists, architects, and a center for visual and performing arts, as well as the site of various transportation and industrial innovations important to local, national, and global modernity. We welcome proposals having to do with modernist innovation, modernist structures, or modernist structures of innovation in all fields. This theme should in no way discourage proposals on other topics: we welcome all panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals. The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its link to the conference theme.

All queries should be directed to msa13@buffalo.edu. 

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Reconsidering the Historiography of the Historical Avant-Garde(s)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Graduate Student Symposium

 

April 8, 2011 at The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY

 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: NOVEMBER 19, 2010

 

Reconsidering the Historiography of the Historical Avant-Garde(s)

 

http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/arthi/news_events/ 

CFP_Historiography_Conf_CUNYGradCtr.pdf

 

The Ph. D. Program in Art History of the Graduate Center of the City  

University of New York invites submissions for a graduate student  

symposium on the historiography of the 20th century's 'avant-garde'  

movements in art, architecture and design. With recent major museum  

exhibitions on Dada and the Bauhaus, it has become clear that the  

discourse surrounding what Peter Bürger has termed in {please  

italicize] Theory of the Avant-Garde (1974) the 'historical  

avant-garde' has become dense enough to demand critical  

reconsideration. This one-day conference will explore the potential of  

historiography as a basis for a critical reconsideration of movements  

such as the Bauhaus, Constructivism, Dada, and De Stijl. We seek  

papers that foreground and critically engage with the historiography  

of the historical avant-garde(s) as an essential strategy for  

uncovering blind spots in existing discourse and exploring ways in  

which it can be redirected, revised, and if necessary, overturned.

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Call for Papers - LITERARY TRANSCENDENCES

 7-8 October 2010, University of Tampere, Finland

Abstract submission dead line: 2 April 2010

Keynote speakers of the conference include: *Kevin Hart* (Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia) and *Shira Wolosky* (Professor of American Studies and English Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

CALL FOR PAPERS

The conference Literary Transcendences welcomes contributions on the contemporary notions and significance of transcendence, be they reinterpretations of literary, philosophical or theological texts and traditions, or novel theoretical openings.

 

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Call for Applications - Danish-American Writer's Retreat MAY 2010

We are pleased to announce that a week-long writers' retreat will be held at Hald Hovedgaard's lakeside estate in northern Denmark from May 8 to May 16, 2010. The retreat will bring together five American writers and five Danish writers in a beautiful location where they will be able to work without interruption in a supportive environment. The American writers chosen to participate in the retreat will receive roundtrip airfare from New York to Denmark, room and board throughout their stay, and a travel stipend. The available spots are open to writers who have published, or who are under contract to publish, at least one book of fiction or poetry.

 

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IASS 2010 - Call for Papers

International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) håller sin 28:e studiekonferens vid Språk- och litteraturcentrum, Universitetet i Lund, Sverige, 3-7 augusti 2010. Temat är Översättning - adaption, interpretation, transformation. Skandinavister och andra intresserade runtomkring i hela världen är hjärtligt välkomna!

 

Anmälan kan göras från och med 26 oktober 2009 och senast 15/1 2010 via en särskild registreringsblankett på vår hemsida:

 

  http://conference.sol.lu.se/iass-2010

 

Förslag till 20 minuters föredrag och preliminära abstracts (cirka 150 - 200 ord) sänds till samma hemsida, senast 15/1 2010.

 

På hemsidan ges också  information om de tankar som ligger bakom konferensens tema och som kan ge uppslag till föredrag och papers. Konferensspråket är i första hand något av de skandinaviska språken, i andra hand engelska.

 

Uppgifter om konferensavgift, utflykter och den avslutande banketten kommer att återfinnas på hemsidan, liksom information om hotell och inkvartering i olika prislägen. Den 1/3 2010 är dead-line för den slutgiltiga utformningen av de abstracts, som kommer att tryckas i programmet inför konferensen.

 

Fram till 26/10, då anmälan kan göras på hemsidan - och naturligtvis även senare - kan frågor kring tänkta föredrag och praktiska omständigheter ställas till organisationskommittén, som tills vidare består av

 

Per Erik Ljung  (Per_Erik@Ljung@litt.lu.se)

Claes-Göran Holmberg (Claes-Goran.Holmberg@litt.lu.se)

High and Low - Call for Participation

Second bi-annual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)

9-11 September 2010, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Call for Participation – Due November 30, 2009

EAM and session chairs invite your participation in one of the selected thematic sessions. The session list can be found below. To find out more about the accepted sessions visit the conference’s website (www.eam2010.amu.edu.pl). 

Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chair(s), and not to EAM.

Each proposal should include:

1. The paper’s title and a 500-word abstract of the paper

2. The speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, position or title and contact information.

3. The speaker’s CV (one page)

Proposals for participation in sessions must be received by November 30, 2009.

Chairs determine the speakers for their sessions and reply to all applicants by February 1, 2010.

No one may participate in more than one session. Session chairs must be informed if one or more proposals are being submitted to other sessions for consideration. Acceptance in a session implies a commitment to attend that session and participate in person. 

For all queries, please contact the principal organiser: Agata Jakubowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan) at: eam2010@amu.edu.pl

www.eam2010.amu.edu.pl

German and French versions below 

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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 mphuang@hum.ku.dk or Tania Ørum tania@hum.ku.dk by September 1st 2009.

 

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Future-ism - Call For Papers

Conference – 23-25 november 2009, Lodz.

 

For full invitation, click here.

High and Low - Submission deadline extended!

Second bi-annual conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)

9-11 September 2010, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

EAM

www.eam2010.amu.edu.pl

Call for Submissions (Deadline extended!)

Please note that the procedure of application differs from the one applied for the 1st Biannual EAM’s conference in Ghent, May 2008.

EAM invites all interested to participate in the 2nd EAM Conference Poznan 2010 by either chairing a session or presenting a paper at one of sessions. The process of application is two-stage: 1. Call for session proposals and 2. Call for papers

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NÆSTE EUROPÆISKE AVANTGARDEKONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS TIL EAM CONFERENCE I POLEN

Dear friends and colleagues
 
A CFP has been launched for the second conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), which will take place in September 2010 in Poland.
 
For details, and for more news about the EAM, please take a minute to visit http://www.eam-europe.ugent.be.

Revisiting /Revising the Avant-Garde. 2-3 July 2009

Visual and Material Culture Research Centre

Kingston University, London.

 

The concept of the avant-garde is arguably the most important and influential one in the history of modern art, but it is a notion often left unexamined. We are prompted to ask - which avant-garde? In the context of the recent popularity of a return to the issues of modernism within contemporary art and criticism, this conference proposes a critical re-engagement with the theory, histories and politics of the avant-garde.

 

The conference is intended to make original connections between a range of moments in the history of the artistic avant-garde, and to explore its relevance for contemporary cultural and social issues. It will focus, in particular, on the endurance of avant-garde approaches across the twentieth-century and their contemporary resonances.

 

We welcome proposals on the theory and politics of the avant-garde, particular moments in its history and its legacies, and how avant-garde artefacts are now collected, preserved, digitized or otherwise kept in existence.

 

Keynote speakers include Nicholas Bourriaud, Sylvère Lotringer and Franco 'Bifo' Berardi.

 

Please send 200 word abstracts to G.Grindon@kingston.ac.uk by Wed 18th April 2009.


Norsk Avantgarde - Call for Papers

Performative sjangere

(Film, teater, performance, happenings, live-arts, dans, musikk etc)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

til avantgardeseminar i Oslo 

Litteraturhuset: Kverneland 24. – 25. april 2009

arrangert av Nettverket Norsk avantgarde

 

 

Norsk Avantgarde. Performative sjangere er et 2-dagers seminar, som har til målsetning å sette fokus på avantgarde i Norge og dens performative praksis. Ett særtrekk ved avantgardens praksis er at den legger tonevekt på performative og prosessuelle aspekter ved skapelsen, og mindre vekt ved verket i sig. Dette stiller store utfordringer til analysen av avantgardens kunst, ettersom det sentrale ved den er den prosessuelle skapelsen og ikke verket som oftest er flyktig. Vi ønsker derfor å samle forskere og andre som har med avantgarde å gjøre, på et seminar i Oslo for å diskutere disse vanskelige forhold innom ulike kunstarter, og for å bygge videre på det norske faglige nettverket som har blitt etablert under to tidigere seminarer om tidskrifter og norsk avantgarde i allmennhet. 

 

Vi ønsker bidrag til seminaret i form av papers som undersøker performative kunstarter i Norge fra et avantgardeperspektiv. Det går også bra å delta i seminaret uten paper, og det kan bli aktuelt med en mindre konferanseavgift. 


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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.


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Call for Papers - 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 debate and 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 both 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. 

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Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism: A Gathering

Call For Proposals:

Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism: A Gathering

CUNY Graduate Center, Fall 2009

In celebration of its tenth year, Belladonna*/** will join with The CUNY Graduate Center's Women's Studies Certificate Program, Center for Research on Women and Society, Center for Humanities, Poetics Group, and English Department to present a conference aimed at advancing and broadcasting the life of Feminist Avant-Garde Poetics and Activism Today. The conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center on September 24 and 25, 2009.

Our goals for this conference are the following:

1)    To support the study of the Feminist Avant-Garde

2)    To encourage collaboration between radical feminist artists/thinkers/activists.

3)    To provide a space to think about relevant activism in these times, in this place.

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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.

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Back to the Futurists: Avant-gardes 1909-2009

Conference, 2-4 July 2009

At Queen Mary University of London

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS 

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

 

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Call for papers: Public Disorder: Post-World War II European Art and Its Publics

Public Disorder: Post-World War II European Art and Its Publics

AAH 2009 : Intersections

Manchester Metropolitan University

April 2-4, 2009

 

Following the end of WWII, artists across Europe, both east and west,

sought to re-imagine the identity of the public. The internationalist

utopia of the historical avant-garde had not come to pass, the populism

of the national socialist model had been discredited by Fascism and

Nazism, and it was yet unclear what shape the burgeoning commercial

public would take in either soviet block or western nations.

 

 

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Call for papers

Public Disorder: Post-World War II European Art and Its Publics

AAH 2009 : Intersections

Manchester Metropolitan University

April 2-4, 2009

 

Following the end of WWII, artists across Europe, both east and west,

sought to re-imagine the identity of the public. The internationalist

utopia of the historical avant-garde had not come to pass, the populism

of the national socialist model had been discredited by Fascism and

Nazism, and it was yet unclear what shape the burgeoning commercial

public would take in either soviet block or western nations.

 

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