‘Étant donnés’: Questioning the material and marginal givens of modernisms scholarship

(A Meta-Modernist Symposium)

12-13 April 2013
University College Cork

Plenary Speakers:
Dr Sara Crangle, University of Sussex
Dr Ruth Hemus, Royal Holloway

This is an invitation to interrogate how we think and do modernisms scholarship. It is a call to examine assumptions about the materiality and marginality of modernisms and an appeal to evaluate how criticism responds to the format of formalism.

The aim of ‘Étant donnés’ is to provoke a critical (re)evaluation of the lines we draw around and between modernist practices. Embracing a chronologically broad conceptualization of literary, plastic and performative ‘modernisms’, it seeks to generate self-reflexive scholarly investigations across disciplines.

We welcome proposals for papers from students and scholars of modernism(s) across the humanities, as well as from editors, archivists, translators, publishers and curators of modernist cultural artefacts. Proposals for challenges to the critical consensus on topics material or marginal will be especially well received, as will proposals to treat the potential impact of new technologies and reports of explorations from virgin and fallow territories within (or around) the field.

Abstracts of 300 words can be sumitted to modernismsucc@gmail.com by January 30, 2012.

Generously supported by the Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ Scheme.