Modernism from the Heart: Emotion, Sincerity, and the Novel. A One Day Symposium 28 May 2020 

“Modernism from the Heart: Emotion, Sincerity, and the Novel” 

A one-day symposium on 28 May 2020, 10:45am-6:45pm

Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol

Speakers: Derek Attridge | Doug Battersby | Andrew Bennett & Nicholas Royle | David James | Laura Marcus | Kirsty Martin | Ulrika Maude | Jean-Michel Rabaté

Registration is free, but tickets are limited so early registration is advised. Further info and registration details here:

Please contact me at if you have any queries.

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CFP: Sussex Modernists and Transformations in the Twentieth-Century Landscape – deadline 5 May 2017

Please see the attached for the Call for Papers for a one-day conference on the subject of Sussex Modernists and Transformations in the Twentieth-Century Landscape. The conference will be on June 7th 2017 and is being sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex .

Further details can be found on the Sussex Modernism website:

or by emailing Dr. Alistair Davies on

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New seminar series 2016: Comparative Modernisms

New Seminar Series  2016 



Monday 22 February 2016, 18:00-20:00, Senate House, Room 245

Catherine Bernard, Denis-Diderot University (Paris 7)

Modernist politics of translation: ‘Hanging suspended without attachment’


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

Rachel Bowlby, UCL-Princeton University

The Psychological Moment: the early modernist turn to psychology


The new Seminars Series in Comparative Modernisms 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 groundbreaking  multidisciplinary, transnational and inter-textual research in modernist studies by inviting international experts as well as hosting a variety of associated events, such as roundtables, workshops and colloquia.

The seminars are FREE and open to all. For further information and to book a place in advance please contact  Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou:

Future speakers  and events to be announced soon

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Call for Papers: Hospitable Modernism, deadline 1 April 2016

Hospitable Modernism
One-Day Conference
May 27th 2016
University of Sussex
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate McLoughlin (Oxford)

This conference invites participants to think broadly about the term “hospitable” and the different ways that hospitality could be at work in modernist texts.

Existing scholarship into “modernist parties” invites further consideration of hospitality as the gracious welcoming of guests, usually within the home of the host or hostess. Food, drink, and entertainment are all suitable topics of discussion for this conference. Thinking about the environment in which hosting occurs could motivate explorations of the hospitable places that exist beyond the private home, such as the varying salons of modernism. Discussion of the figure of the host or hostess, aristocratic or otherwise, could generate literary, social, or economic discussions of hosting and of hospitality. More generally, the bodies that appear within modernist texts could be examined in the ways that they function as hospitable spaces.

Derrida’s work on l’hospitalité in the context of l’étranger extends the idea of hospitality across new thresholds. In this light, hospitality can lead into discussions of nationalism and of “host” countries. Xenophobia, fascism, or patriarchy could all be regarded as inhospitable applications of the laws of hospitality. War might be considered as a catalyst for hospitable or inhospitable relations. The slipperiness of the terms host / guest may generate discussions of the uncanniness and / or the reversibility at the centre of hospitality. “The guest (hôte) becomes the host (hôte) of the host (hôte). These substitutions make everyone into everyone else’s hostage. Such are the laws of hospitality”.

Finally modernism itself may be considered as hospitable or inhospitable in terms of the relationships that appear between modernist texts and writers. Subjects that may be considered in this vein include: to whom does modernism extend its cordial invitation? What could be defined as the hospitable spaces of modernism? Who is turned away from the modernist party and why?

Subjects to be considered may include but are not limited to:

  • Modernist party-going and party-giving
  • Literary and artistic salons
  • Food and drink in modernism
  • Dancing / musical modernism
  • Hosts / guests in modernist literature
  • The body as a hospitable space
  • Friendliness / generosity / animosity
  • Inhospitality in modernism
  • Elitism
  • Host as enemy / host as ghost
  • Derridean hospitality – l’hospitalité / l’étranger
  • Hospitable / inhospitable borders
  • Nationalism – “Host” countries
  • Hospitable modernist families – literal / textual / intellectual
  • Literary hospitality

Proposals are encouraged from all researchers working in modernist studies with abstracts from graduates and early-career researchers particularly welcome. Preference will be given to papers that foster interdisciplinary exchange. Abstracts of 250 words are invited for 20-minute papers.

The Call for Papers closes on April 1st 2016. Please send abstracts along with a brief biographical note to
This Event is sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies, Sussex.

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Literature and Visual Cultures Research Seminar: Robin Veder, 2 March 2016

We are very pleased to welcome Robin Veder (Penn State Harrisburg) to speak at the next session of the Literature and Visual Cultures Research Seminar.

‘Embodied Elitism, Energy Regulation, and the American Audience for Modernism’

Date and time: Wednesday 2 March, 6 pm

Location: Senate House, London, Room 261

Early twentieth-century American modernists – artists, art critics, art models, and art historians – reified the American taste for modernism in an embodied elitism. Key figures in the American avant-garde repeatedly formulated modernist aesthetic experience in terms of somatic self-consciousness, specifically kinesthesia, the sense of movement. By learning to regulate postural alignment and breath, they cultivated and controlled kinesthetic responsiveness, a practice that perfectly complemented the ‘introspective’ protocol of experimental physiological psychology, which American university laboratories were conducting and dispersing to the art community via theoretical and pedagogical texts. Veder contends that in both the body cultures of modernity and the physiological aesthetics of modernism, the concept of ‘poise’ figured as a discourse of energy regulation. Building upon Bourdieu, Veder shows that in this context, the hexis of poise accompanied the habitus of physiological aesthetics, both contributing to a new kinesthetic category of elite identity formation.

Robin Veder is Associate Professor of Humanities and Art History/Visual Culture at Penn State Harrisburg. She received her doctorate in American Studies from the College of William in Mary, and she has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center for American Modernism, Harvard’s Garden and Landscape Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks, and in spring 2016, the Institute for Advanced Study at Durham University. She is author of several articles on transatlantic art history, visual culture, history of the body, and landscape studies of the long nineteenth century, appearing in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, American Art, Visual Resources, Journal of Victorian Culture, Modernism/Modernity, and International Journal of the History of Sport. Veder’s book, The Living Line: Modern Art and the Economy of Energy, was published by the Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England’s Visual Culture Series in 2015.

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Call for Submissions: 2016 Ivan Juritz Prize – Deadline 28 March 2016

The King’s College London Centre for Modern Literature and Culture is pleased to announce that our 2016 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism is now open.  The competition is open to postgraduate students from throughout the UK.  You are invited to submit texts (up to 2000 words), images, films (up to 15 minutes), digital artefacts, musical compositions (up to 12 minutes for up to two instruments or for electronics*).

Please do come along to our launch event for the 2016 competition:

Inventing the Modern Novel

Mon 9 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy in conversation with Lara Feigel

Acclaimed novelists Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy will explore the influence of modernist literature on their own work and interrogate what it might mean to be influenced by modernism.  Is modernism more a period of early-twentieth century art or a set of styles?  If the modernist novel still exists today, is it necessarily formally avant-garde? Does it continue Virginia Woolf’s task of tracing ‘the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall’? Does it employ what TS Eliot termed ‘the mythical method’, as ‘a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history’?

This discussion is free and will be followed by a drinks reception.  It is open to the wider public but 150 seats have been set aside for students eligible to enter the Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism.

To book please visit

The Competition

In the early decades of the twentieth century writers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians across the world competed to follow Ezra Pound’s injunction to ‘make it new’.  Whether artists were willing or resisting change – hurling themselves into the (often technological) future or hankering elegiacally after lost forms and ways of life – the first fifty years of the twentieth century saw an explosion of artistic production in all the arts.  Shaken up by two world wars, stirred by the invention of cinema, artists questioned what art was and could be and asserted its value in a fragmented yet increasingly interconnected world.

Postgraduate students are invited to submit their own creative responses to this moment of artistic explosion in whatever art form seems most appropriate. This might be a homage, pastiche or parody or could be a much freer (and less historical) engagement with modernism.  You might see yourself as continuing, challenging or simply evoking the modernist project. The judges are looking for originality and hope to be made both to think and feel. Entries should be accompanied by a paragraph (up to 150 words) explaining the work of art and its relation to modernism.

The prize is open to postgraduate students from across Britain and will be judged by our Advisory Board (Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, Rachel Cusk, Dexter Dalwood, Alison Duthie, Juliet Gardiner, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer, Fiona Shaw).

The deadline for the prize is Monday 28 March 2016. Entries should be submitted (or posted to Dr Lara Feigel, English department, King’s College London, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NR).

The three shortlisted entries will be published in the journal Textual Practice and on our website.  If a musical composition is shortlisted it will receive a concert performance before the prize-giving ceremony which will also be recorded and published on our website.  The winner will receive a year’s membership to the Tate (or the equivalent museum in the recipient’s home city) and all the shortlisted contestants will meet the Advisory Board at a dinner following the prize-giving ceremony in June 2015.

To see details of the 2015 winning entries and for more details about the prize see

The Centre for Modern Literature and Culture was founded in September 2013 and is currently engaged in a project called ‘Inventing the Modern’. We aim to provide a hub for investigating modernist culture in London, initiating conversation and collaboration between researchers and creative artists. For us modernism can be seen as reaching back into the nineteenth century and forward into the twenty-first, embracing all art forms and nationalities and often mingling popular culture and high art. Our mission is to bring together academics, writers and artists to explore, interrogate, dismantle and reinvent the notion of the ‘modern’.

For more details about the Centre see: .

To join our mailing list please email with the heading ‘join mailing list’.

Music scores, which may be accompanied by a recording (in WAV or mp3 format), should be either posted as hardcopies or send electronically in PDF.  Musical compositions for electronic medium should be submitted in WAV format only.  Any works that include extensive improvisatory or aleatoric elements should be  accompanied  by a recording of a performance.


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