T. E. Hulme Colloquium – 14 September 2013, Oxford

T. E. Hulme Colloquium: Revisiting Hulme on the 130th Anniversary of his Birth

14th September 2013

Wolfson College, Oxford

A one-day international colloquium to mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of T. E. Hulme (1883-1917) will be held at Wolfson College, Oxford on 14th September 2013.

Poet, philosopher, political commentator and art critic, Hulme occupies a central position in modernist studies. He was associated with the poetic doctrine that came to be known as ‘Imagism’, was an assiduous proponent of the philosophy of Henri Bergson, an influential defender of modern abstract art, and an early interpreter of Georges Sorel and Wilhelm Worringer. According to T. S. Eliot, Hulme was the ‘forerunner of a new attitude of mind, which should be the twentieth-century mind.’

Recent years have seen a series of major scholarly contributions to the study of Hulme’s work by critics from various disciplines, and his thought and legacy continue to attract the attention of new scholars.

This one-day international colloquium brings together established and emerging voices in the field, enabling their first direct exchange in over a decade; it also seeks to introduce Hulme’s writings to those less familiar with his work. The colloquium will be of particular interest to academics and graduate students working in and around: literary modernism; First World War literature; political philosophy; early 20th-century philosophy of language; history of modern art; theories of propaganda; and 20th-century intellectual history more broadly.

We welcome interest from faculty members and graduate students across the disciplines who wish to participate in an open discussion regarding this seminal and under-celebrated figure. A short selection of writings by Hulme will be disseminated to all attendees prior to the event; graduate students should be able to apply for funding from their departments as participants.

The event is held under the aegis of Wolfson College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, with support from St Edmund Hall, Oxford and the English Faculty of the University of Oxford.

Confirmed speakers include:

Patricia Rae (Queen’s, Ontario, Canada)

Robert Ferguson (author and scholar)

Helen Carr (Goldsmiths, London)

Laura Marcus (New College, Oxford)

Rebecca Beasley (Queen’s, Oxford)

Anne Fernihough (Girton, Cambridge)

Finn Fordham (Royal Holloway)

Rachel Potter (UEA)

Oliver Tearle (Loughborough)

Bernard Vere (Sotheby’s Institute of Art)

Christos Hadjiyiannis (Wolfson, Oxford)

Henry Mead (Worcester, Oxford)

The colloquium will conclude with an exhibition on the New Age curated by Matt Huculak (Modernist Versions Project). Jennifer Johnson (St John’s, Oxford) will offer a guided tour of the modern art collection in the Ashmolean on Sunday morning.

For further information, including how to register, please visit: tehulmecolloquium.wordpress.com