New IES Seminar Series: Comparative Modernisms

The IES is pleased to announce the start of a new seminar series on Comparative Modernisms:


Far from being just an isolated aesthetic movement of the early twentieth century, Modernism is now recognized as an international phenomenon spreading across all art genres and aspects of modern life with a determining effect on contemporary cultural and artistic practices. Moreover, new research into Modernism, exploring its historical, philosophical, empirical alongside aesthetic contexts within modernity, further confirms the necessity for a global, interdisciplinary approach to examine the movement’s multiple and intriguing ramifications.


The new Seminars Series in Comparative Modernisms, launched by the Institute of English Studies in 2016, stresses both modernism’s continuing relevance in the present and its complex, relational nature which calls for a comparative perspective. It provides a forum for ground-breaking multidisciplinary, transnational and inter-textual research in modernist studies by inviting English and international speakers as well as hosting a variety of associated events, such as roundtables, workshops and colloquia.


The thematic of the series cuts across modernist literature, art and culture and accommodates research that speaks to contemporary issues, such as, modernist legacies, translatability and reception, European and international modernisms, inter-mediality, history and form, science and  technology and the performance of modernity, by drawing on different theories, disciplines and modes of thinking.


Comparative Modernisms seminar series is convened by Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou, a Visiting Research Fellow at IEL/SAS and Assist. Professor of European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University.


All seminars and events are held in the Senate HouseLondon. The seminars and some of the associated events are FREE and open to all.  However, for reasons of room capacity, it is advised that you register your participation in advance


Upcoming seminars:


Monday 22 February 2016, 18:00-20:00, Room 246

Catherine Bernard, Denis-Diderot University (Paris 7)

Modernist politics of translation: ‘Hanging suspended without attachment’


Tuesday 1 March 2016, 18:00-20:00, Room 104

Rachel Bowlby, UCL-Princeton University, BA Fellow

The Psychological Moment: the early modernist turn to psychology



Future confirmed speakers include:


Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway, University of London

Jane Goldman, University of Glasgow

Laura Marcus, Oxford University