Registration is now open for David Jones: Dialogues With the Past, an international, interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of York from July 21st to 23rd, 2016.
About the Conference
In ‘Past and Present’ (1953), David Jones claimed: ‘The entire past is at the poet’s disposal’. The interweaving of this ‘entire past’ with the present moment fundamentally characterises Jones’s art and thought, from his visual reimagining of historical figures, to the etymologically rich allusions of his poetry, to the unusual philosophy of history manifested in his essays and letters. The analysis of Jones’s visual or poetic works often reflects the act of excavation: the unique layering of images, words and ideas, the resonant symbolism and shades of meaning. the blending of cultural traditions and dynamic interweaving of whole civilisations.
As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which profoundly shaped Jones’s imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment for this conference to reconsider the entirety of Jones’s engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined ‘pasts’ through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones’s own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of ‘memory’, ‘inheritance’ and ‘history’ in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones’s own past and contemporary moment.
Tom Dilworth (English)
Paul Hills (History of Art)
Adam Schwartz (History)
Conference: £65 Waged;
Dinner: £20 Waged;
More information about the conference, including accommodation options and program details, is available on the conference website.