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Registration: David Jones: Dialogues with the Past – York, 21-23 of July

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.

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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.

Keynote speakers

Tom Dilworth (English)
Paul Hills (History of Art)
Adam Schwartz (History)

Conference cost

Conference: £65 Waged;
£45 Student/Unwaged

Dinner: £20 Waged;
£15 Student/Unwaged

More information about the conference, including accommodation options and program details, is available on the conference website.

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Registration: Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siecle – July 8-9, Birkbeck

Registration is now open for Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1920 to be held at Birkbeck College on July 8-9th.

The rate for the two-day conference is £65. The concessionary rate (for students and unwaged speakers) is £30.

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About the conference

Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in fin-de-siècle cultural studies and, in particular, in the growth of cosmopolitanism and internationalism in Europe during the 1880s and 1890s. This critical reception has tended to read British fin-de-siècle culture as a reflection of and reaction to specific European countries, mainly France. The wealth and variety of imperial and industrial Britain’s cross-cultural exchanges, however, has not been generally considered as a whole. British artists and writers of the 1880s and 1890s were avid travellers and readers who came in contact with a vast range of European cultures – Belgian, Bohemian, Greek, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish… As a way of escaping industrialisation and cultural homogenisation, or as a consequence of imperial politics, many artists and writers also interacted with further cultures, such as Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Moroccan, and Turkish, to name but a few. British authors of the fin de siècle were undeniably influenced by French writing, but also by Scandinavian naturalists like Ibsen and Hamsun, and by the newly translated fiction of Turgenev and Tolstoy.

Likewise, the impact and response to British art and literature in the international cultural community has yet to be explored. Anglomania was a distinct tendency among aesthetes in turn-of-the-century Hungary, Russia, Austria, Ukraine, and Poland, to name but a few. The promotion of British aestheticism was often seen by the locals as a step to modernisation and advancement of national artistic and literary tradition. English magazines, which facilitated revolutionary changes in publishing, design, and international networking, e.g. The Studio, The Yellow Book, The Savoy, were set as examples for the emerging culture of periodicals in Eastern Europe. The late Pre-Raphaelite movement, especially works and ideas of Burne-Jones and Watts, was also a powerful yet underappreciated influence on the development of Symbolism in Polish visual culture.

As recent research questions the cultural segregation between East and West, challenging post-colonial assumptions about imperial hierarchy, and instead emphasising global networks of reciprocity, it is the intention of this conference to further expand this debate. By bringing together established and emerging scholars, we aim to reconsider the intellectual and national foundations of the British fin de siècle, assessing the role of other ‘forgotten’ cultures in the articulation of British cultural movements of the time. At the same time, we intend to unlock and reframe the perception of British authors abroad by explicating the reinvention of the meaning of their work in different cultural, social, and political environments.

Keynotes

Dr Stefano Evangelista (Trinity College, University of Oxford)
Professor Regenia Gagnier (University of Exeter)
Dr Olga Kyrylova (National Pedagogical Dragomanov University)

Further information, including the conference program, is available on the conference website.

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Event: Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing, 26-28 May, London

Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing (26-28 May 2016)
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

We are very glad to announce that the provisional programme and registration to Samuel Beckett: Performance/Art/Writing, the closing conference of the London Beckett Seminar 2015-16, are now both available. The conference explores the intersections between performance, art, and writing in Samuel Beckett’s prose, theatre, poetry, film, and television. Drawing on recent developments in genetic criticism, digital humanities, performance studies, and literary and philosophical analysis, the conference will examine key strands of Beckett’s work in a range of media in the context of their interrelationship with current artistic, literary and performance practice.

Our programme includes a one-day masterclass held by Dr Mark Nixon and Prof Dirk Van Hulle (26 May), which has received financial support by AHRC CHASE and will be free of charge: we kindly ask you to fill in the on-line form only. The masterclass will be followed by two days of parallel panels and keynote speeches by Prof Andrew Gibson and Prof Anna McMullan (27-28 May). We have also scheduled a wide range of evening events, including a screening of Castro, by Alejo Moguillansky, a pre-theatre conference dinner, and a series of events at the Print Room at the Coronet Theatre, with high reductions on standard ticket prices.

Early-bird rates on conference registration will be valid until Sunday, 15th May.

Further details, including how to register, are available on the conference website.
Academic organisers:
Derval Tubridy, Goldsmiths, University of London
Stefano Rosignoli, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

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‘The Auden Generation and After’: Conference at Sheffield Hallam University, June 17, 2016

 

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2016 marks 40 years since the publication of Samuel Hynes’s seminal account of the literature of the thirties: The Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930s. This one-day conference takes the 40th anniversary of its publication as occasion to consider the shifts which have taken place in our attitudes towards the decade’s writings and view of ‘the thirties’ as a literary-historical period. Among the questions the conference aims to explore are:

  • How far do existing accounts reflect the diversity of the period’s writing?
  • In what ways are the reputations of such major figures as Auden, MacNeice, Isherwood or Orwell enhanced or compromised by their continued associations with the period?
  • Why do other important twentieth-century figures (such as Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Graham Greene and Rebecca West, among others) remain under-represented within accounts of the period’s writing?
  • To what extent is 30s literature still marginalized within accounts of twentieth-century literary history?
  • How are 30s literatures positioned against the broader literary tradition?

Our keynote speakers are Professor Michael O’Neill (Durham University) and Professor Jan Montefiore (University of Kent).

The conference fee is £45.00 (£25.00 for students/unwaged delegates). For further information and registration details please contact Dr Neil Miles (n.miles@shu.ac.uk)

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Announcement 2nd Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society (Beckett and Modernism) at the University of Antwerp (27-30 April 2016)

The Samuel Beckett Society is pleased to announce that registration is open for their second international conference entitled ‘Beckett and Modernism’. The event will take place at the University of Antwep from 27-30 April 2016. Papers will explore such diverse topics as language, humour, the novel form, performativity and space, dance, music, art, politics, technology, the literary market, the mind, the body, philosophy, ethics, the literary tradition, affect, psychology and pedagogy. In addition to fifty speakers, arranged in plenary and parallel sessions, there will be keynotes by James Knowlson (University of Reading), John Pilling (University of Reading) and Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), as well as a screening of Beckett’s ‘Film’ and Ross Lipman’s documentary ‘Notfilm’, the launch of Samuel Beckett’s library in the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (www.beckettarchive.org), and the presentation of the Journal of Beckett Studies special issue on ‘Beckett and the Middle Ages’ marking the 40th anniversary of the journal. For the full programme and further news please refer to the conference website: http://uahost.uantwerpen.be/BeckettAndModernism/
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Registration is open for the Object Emotions: Polemics conference

Registration is now open for the Object Emotions: Polemics conference, April 15-16, University of Cambridge. Jointly organized between Cambridge, Yale, and Berkeley, this multi-disciplinary event features international participants speaking on topics as diverse as ‘Objects, Gender and Emotion in Narratives about Migrant Women’ and ‘Speculative Affect and Object Misery in Hoarders’. Steven Connor (Cambridge) and Ross Wilson (Cambridge) will be giving keynote addresses. Registration is £15 and includes tea and coffee, lunch, and a wine reception. More details, registration information, and a schedule can be found here:https://objectemotions2016.wordpress.com

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Katherine Mansfield Society: International Conference in Bandol, South of France, 10-12 June 2016. Registration now open

Dear all

We are delighted to let you know that registration for the above conference is now open.
Please go to the conference page on our website and scroll down:
Remember to fill in your registration form and email it back to us at
Conference dinner registrations are also now being taken on the same page.
We are still awaiting details of the costs of the Sunday excursion but hope to be able to post information soon.
June in glorious Bandol will soon be here!
Very many thanks.
Kind regards
Gerri and Janet

 

The Katherine Mansfield Society
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Stevie Smith Conference Bursaries

BURSARIES AVAILABLE
‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A conference on Stevie Smith
11 March 2016
Jesus College, Oxford
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We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous support of the Oxford English Faculty, seven small bursaries are now available for postgraduate and early-career researchers. Each bursary is equivalent to the registration fee for an unsalaried delegate (£30). They are aimed at attendees who have not secured funding to attend the conference from their institutions or from external sources.
To apply for a bursary, please email steviesmithconference@gmail.com by 14th February 2016, explaining in less than 300 words why you want to attend the conference, and (if relevant) how attendance will contribute to your academic career. Applicants are reminded that it is not necessary to use the full 300 words available.
Delegates who have already registered for the conference, and believe they are eligible, are welcome to apply.
All best,
Noreen Masud, DPhil candidate
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Registration open: ‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A conference on Stevie Smith

Dear all,
We’re pleased to announce that registration for the first one-day conference on poet and novelist Stevie Smith (1902-1971) is now open. The programme and a registration link are available at https://steviesmithconference.wordpress.com/
‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A conference on Stevie Smith

Jesus College, Oxford
11 March 2016
Speakers include Dr Will May, Professor Dame Hermione Lee and Dr Frances Spalding. A range of workshops, arts events and exhibitions are included, as well as a closing performance of ‘River Gods’ by Simon Rowland-Jones and Hermione Lee.
Panels are organised around the following themes:
– Life-writing
– Smith and the feminine
– Smith’s drawings
– ‘Borderlines’
– Smith and contemporary politics
– Smith and her contemporaries
– Smith’s voices
– Smith as ‘material’
Please email steviesmithconference@gmail.com if you encounter any problems registering.
Warm wishes,
Noreen Masud, DPhil candidate
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for ‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A Conference on Stevie Smith
11 March 2016
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Registration open: ‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A conference on Stevie Smith

We’re pleased to announce that registration for the first one-day conference on poet and novelist Stevie Smith (1902-1971) is now open. The programme and a registration link are available at https://steviesmithconference.wordpress.com/

 

‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A conference on Stevie Smith

Jesus College, Oxford

11 March 2016

 

Speakers include Dr Will May, Professor Dame Hermione Lee and Dr Frances Spalding. A range of workshops, arts events and exhibitions are included, as well as a closing performance of ‘River Gods’ by Simon Rowland-Jones and Hermione Lee.

 

Panels are organised around the following themes:

  • Life-writing
  • Smith and the feminine
  • Smith’s drawings
  • ‘Borderlines’
  • Smith and contemporary politics
  • Smith and her contemporaries
  • Smith’s voices
  • Smith as ‘material’

 

Please email steviesmithconference@gmail.com if you encounter any problems registering.

 

Warm wishes,

Noreen Masud, DPhil candidate

http://parrotsatethemall.wordpress.com/

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for ‘We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes’: A Conference on Stevie Smith

11 March 2016

https://steviesmithconference.wordpress.com/registration/