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Aesthetics of Global Modernism conference programme (Mon 12 July)

The Aesthetics of Global Modernism

12th July 2021

A one-day online event by the Modernist Studies in Asia network (MSIA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Organisers:

Udith Dematagoda, Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo (BAMS)

Nan Zhang, Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai (MSIA)

Kevin Riordan, Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (MSIA)

Opening Remarks – 18:20 Tokyo / 10:20 London / 5:20 New York

FIRST PARALLEL SESSION

Panel 1 – 18:40 Tokyo / 10:40 London / 5:40 New York (Chair: Udith Dematagoda)

Mohit Abrol (PhD Candidate, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) —

 “Eliot’s Anti-Fascist Agenda, Anglo-Catholicism, and the Bergsonian Impulse” 

Asa Chen Zhang (PhD Candidate, University of Michigan) —

“Possession and (In)Visibility: Articulating Michio Itō’s Performing Body in W. B. Yeats’s At the Hawk’s Well and Beyond” 

Geraldine Suter (Lecturer, Bridgewater College) —

 “Marxist Aesthetics in Alfred Döblin’s Dramas” 

Panel 2 – 18:40 Tokyo / 10:40 London / 5:40 New York (Chair: Adam Guy)

Simona Amăriuței (PhD candidate, University of Manchester) —

“Andrei Bely and Cubism” 

Gaultier Roux (Lecturer, Fudan University) —

“Baudelaire Misinterpreted: Thwarted Modernity: A Theoretical Rereading” 

 Yuxin Zhang (PhD Candidate, University of Sydney) —

“Beyond Ideographic Poetics: Sound, Writing, and the Chinese Texts in Ezra Pounds Later Cantos”

SECOND PARALLEL SESSION

Panel 3 – 20:20 Tokyo / 12:20 London / 7:20 New York (Chair: Kevin Riordan)

Desmond Harding (Professor, Central Michigan University) —

 “Yokomitsu Riichi’s Urban Aesthetics” 

Andrew Houwen (Associate Professor, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University) —

 “‘Tokio Takes Over, Where Paris Stopped’: Kitasono Katué’s VOU and Global Modernism”  

Sophia Sherry (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago) —

“Self, Genre, Ukigumo: Hayashi Fumiko’s Japanese Modernism in Global Space and Time” 

Panel 4 – 20:20 Tokyo / 12:20 London / 7:20 New York (Chair:Nan Zhang)

Gavin Herbertson (PhD Candidate, Oxford University) —

“Derek Walcott, T. S. Eliot, and the Role of Allusion in Epitaph for the Young

Usha Kishore (PhD Candidate, Edinburgh Napier University) —

“Alter-nation of Modernism: The Metropolitan Sensibility of Kamala Das”

Serena Wong (PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow) —

“Ornamental Modernism: The Decorative Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf and Ling Shuhua” 

FINAL SESSION

Panel 5 – 22:00 Tokyo / 14:00 London / 9:00 New York (Chair: Udith Dematagoda)

Maurizia Boscagli (Professor, UC Santa Barbara) — 

“Alter Modernism: Eileen Gray’s Queer Orientalism” 

Arka Chattopadhyay (Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar) —

“Bengali Modernisms: Political Aesthetics of Avant-Garde World Form” 

Adam Guy (Lecturer, Oxford University), —

“C. L. R. James as Theorist of Modernism: Existentialist Doctrines” 

Closing Remarks – 23:20 Tokyo / 15:20 London / 10:20 New York 

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CfP: The Aesthetics of Global Modernism, 12 July 2021 (deadline 15 June)

Proposals for 25-30 minute papers are welcome for a one day event to take place online (via Zoom) on the 12th of July 2021, as a collaboration between the Modernist Studies in Asia network (MSIA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS). Attendance is free and will be part of BAMS’s Festival of Modernism.

We invite proposals for papers which explore the continuities and confluences of aesthetic theory within Global Modernisms. There is no specific emphasis on historical periodisation, geographic location or medium. Rather, we seek papers which offer innovative, speculative or heterodox perspectives that engage with philosophy, literary and critical theory to discuss ‘modernism’ (broadly conceived) not only as a historically contained phenomenon, but as an immanent and ambient aesthetic mode which informed (and continues to inform) literary, artistic and conceptual practises around the world. Comparative papers and those which focus on work at the peripheries, and across disciplines, are highly encouraged.

Please send proposal abstracts of between 250 – 400 words, including a brief bio, as a single document to the organiser Udith Dematagoda (Assistant Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo) by the 15th of June 2021:

udith.dematagoda@aoni.waseda.jp

The event will be co-hosted by

Nan Zhang – Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai

Kevin Riordan – Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Troublesome Modernisms: likely change of venue

BAMS 2019 Conference, Troublesome Modernisms, 20–22 June

There is currently a boycott of Senate House in support of the campaign to make outsourced workers (including cleaners, receptionists, security officers, catering staff, porters, audiovisual workers, gardeners and maintenance workers) direct employees of the University of London: https://iwgb.org.uk/en/boycottsenatehouse

The BAMS 2019 organisers support this boycott, as do many of our members and affiliate organisations. For this reason, we are currently looking to confirm an alternative venue in Central London. We regret the uncertainty that this situation introduces into planning for your trip and will keep delegates and potential delegates updated on the conference location in the coming weeks.

Further details about the conference and the fees, which are discounted for BAMS members, can be found here.

Registration is now open.

Please email troublesomemodernisms@bams.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

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CFP BAMS 2019: Troublesome Modernisms, 20–22 June, London

 

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British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference 2019

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

20–22 June 2019

Confirmed keynote speaker: Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins)

Second keynote speaker to be confirmed

 

‘What effects of synergy or friction result when the many, sometimes contradictory, criteria of high modernism are tested against less evidently experimental texts by principal figures; against principal works by less well known or non-European artists; against texts that seem neither to be art or about art?’
– Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz

In troubled times, the BAMS International Conference 2019 proposes the theme of ‘Troublesome Modernisms’. The conference aims to take a fresh look at modernism’s capacity to, and for, trouble, to examine anew the multiple modes of modernist argumentation, contestation and dissent. What can we draw for the present from modernism’s troubled relationship with its own pasts, presents and futures, and how might we address our troubles with those aspects of the modernist project that sit uncomfortably with us today?

Inevitably this will include the troubling or scrutiny of the field of modernism from within. In particular, the conference is eager to mark and reflect on the reverberations of Douglas Mao’s and Rebecca Walkowitz’s groundbreaking Bad Modernisms (2006), a volume that questioned the limits of modernist studies, illuminating new avenues of critique by pressuring us to consider what and when we believe modernity to be, and whose creative and critical disruption continues to energise our field.

‘Troublesome Modernisms’ is interested in the notion of disorder, so central to our conceptions of modernity, but also in art that troubles our idea of modernism itself. The conference seeks to spark debate about how modernisms might have troubled contemporary writers, political thinkers, philosophers, artists and consumers; about how modernisms might not fit with themes or ideals prescribed by modernist studies; and about how works not immediately identifiable as modernist might afford new analyses of the relationship between art, culture and modernity. In all, ‘Troublesome Modernisms’ invites discussion of the ways in which modernisms might embody negativity, disorder, commotion, interruption, intrusion, insurgency and difficulty. How does modernism, in and through the lens of modernist studies, continue both to address trouble and to behave badly?

How to submit

Proposals are invited for individual 20-minute papers, panels (3–4 speakers), roundtables, dialogues or other discussions on the broad theme of ‘Troublesome Modernisms’. These will be drawn from a range of disciplinary fields and may or may not include the following kinds of emphasis:

  • Misrepresentation, manipulation and unreliability
  • Noise, distortion and warping
  • Weak and strong modernisms
  • War and peace
  • Anachronism
  • Pedagogical difficulties
  • Perversion and deviance
  • Heretics and the unorthodox
  • Conflicting feelings, emotions and affects
  • Violence, abuse and power
  • The inhuman and the posthuman
  • Revolution, rebellion and revolt
  • Critique and deconstruction
  • Awkwardness, boredom, obsolescence and the inane
  • Illogical, unreasonable and irrational approaches
  • Disobedience, resistance and subversion
  • Outrage, prejudice and intolerance
  • Injustice and lawlessness
  • Modernism and the culture wars
  • Activist modernisms
  • Decorative modernisms
  • Markets and modernism
  • Modernism and fundamentalism
  • Temporal and spatial disruption

Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 250 words. Abstracts for other proposed formats should be no more than 500 words, and should include abstracts of proposed contributions and brief details of their organisers and contributors. We aim to showcase the work not only of individuals but of groups, societies, institutions and research projects, so strongly encourage proposals from, for example, author societies, research projects and departmental research centres. All proposals should be sent to troublesomemodernisms@bams.ac.uk by:

Deadline for individual paper proposals: 31 January 2019

Deadline for other format proposals: 28 February 2019

Decisions on proposals will be communicated within 4 weeks of the later deadline (28 February).

Attendance and fees

The conference is open to anyone, in any discipline, working on modernism. Prices for the conference, and details of how to pay, will appear shortly.

There is a reduced registration rate for BAMS members.

Current annual membership rates, which include a subscription to Modernist Cultures, are £50 standard; £40 student and unwaged; online-only standard £35; online-only student and unwaged £30.

For more information about BAMS membership, see: https://bams.ac.uk/membership/

We will be offering some bursaries to enable postgraduate members of BAMS to attend the conference.

 

 

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Come to our Modernist Life postgraduate morning!

As part of Modernist Life, BAMS, in conjunction with postgraduates at University of Birmingham, have organised a PGR morning.

The sessions will begin with coffee and networking. We’ll then have a publications workshop, led by the editorial team at Modernist Cultures, followed by a careers panel, led by BAMS PGRs and ECR representatives. A lunch will mark the end of the event.

The event is free to attend, as part of the conference, and will take place in the morning of Thursday 29th June, from 0930.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please send expressions of interest to Dr Daniel Moore (D.T.Moore@bham.ac.uk) by Friday 9th June.

We’ll be producing a PGR contacts booklet as part of the event. If you would like be included in this, please send through:

  • name
  • email address
  • affiliation
  • location (we know that not all students live near their department)
  • thesis title (working/provisional is fine!)
  • up to five keywords for your thesis (e.g. James Joyce; affect; modernist novels; gender).

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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BAMS Conference 2014: Modernism Now!

Conference information now available here

Final programme here

Abstracts here

 

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Modernism Now! – provisional programme

The provisional programme for the international BAMS conference 2014 – Modernism Now! – is available below:

Modernism Now! – provisional programme

Poster: Modernism Now!

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Modernism Now! – revised CFP and extended deadline: February 28th 2014

The British Association for Modernist Studies International Conference 2014

MODERNISM NOW!

26–28 June 2014
Institute of English Studies
Senate House, London

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 modernisms throughout the late nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conference aims to discuss the past achievements of modernism, its possible futures, and to provide a review of current activity in the field. 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 three distinct ways:

• The conference aims to represent the diversity of modernisms, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.
• The conference will 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.
• The conference hopes to provide a review of current research in modernist studies, inviting panels and papers (joint or individual) that report on the work of research projects, editions, exhibitions, societies, and institutions.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

• Modernist futures and legacies
• Past and previous modernisms
• The idea of a contemporary modernism e.g. how modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/ writers/ performers
• Modernism as a continuing event
• Issues in presenting modernism today (new editions, exhibitions, etc)
• 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
• Anachronism
• Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
• ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodizing modernism
• Current theorisations of modernism as a social/ cultural/ philosophical/ political category
• Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
• Singular and plural modernism(s)

The conference is open to anyone working on modernism, with reduced registration for BAMS members. Current annual membership rates (which include a subscription to Modernist Cultures) are £30 standard; £25 student; £45 international standard; £35 international student. For more information about BAMS membership, go to https://bams.ac.uk/membership/

We will be offering some bursaries to enable postgraduate members of BAMS to attend the conference.

Proposals are welcomed for individual 20 minute papers, or panels of 3-4 speakers. Proposals for papers should be 250 words long. Panel proposals should include a short paragraph naming the organiser of the panel and explaining its rationale as well as a 250 word abstract for each paper. Panels from single institutions are acceptable. For all proposals, please also include a short biographical statement in the same document. Word format preferred.

Proposals should be emailed to modernismnow@bams.ac.uk by February 28th 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Sarah Chadfield (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Sophie Oliver (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Modernism Now CFP BAMS 2014

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CFP: BAMS International Conference, Modernism Now! – deadline: 31 January 2014

Modernism Now!
BAMS International Conference

26–28 June 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

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 https://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)

Modernism Now CFP

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Advance Notice: BAMS International Conference, ‘Modernism Now!’ – 26-28 June 2014

We are delighted to announce details about a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies. ‘Modernism Now!’ aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. The conference will be held at the Institute of English Studies, London, 26-28th June 2014. Keynote speakers include Jacqueline Rose and Tyrus Miller.

Please save the date; further information and a cfp will be circulated soon.