This Wednesday (28 May) our very own Rosie Young will be presenting a paper based on her current PhD research. The paper is entitled ‘T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain: A Literary Comparison’ and will take place at 4-5pm in the Law Boardroom. All welcome!
A reminder that next week (Wednesday 21 May – 3.30-5pm) we will be hosting Dr Matt Houlbrook who will be presenting a paper on his recent research entitled ‘Crime and Confidence in Interwar Britain’. The venue, as usual, will be Nuffield G18.
BLAST 2014 is an interdisciplinary conference on the cultural and artistic significance of Vorticism one hundred years after the first issue of BLAST was published in June 1914. It will include all scholarly disciplines which provide an enlightening perspective on BLAST and its cultural context. The conference schedule will include:
- Plenary lectures by Professor Mark Antliff, Duke University USA; Professor Paul Edwards, University of East Anglia UK; and Professor Scott Klein, Wake Forest University USA.
- Multiple themed panels, each with up to three scholarly papers concerning a specific aspect of BLAST and Vorticism.
- The first staged performance of the 1914 version of Wyndham Lewis’s Vorticist play Enemy of the Stars, which has recently been adapted for stage by Colin Edwards and Christopher Lewis, and will be produced by students and staff of Bath Spa University as part of a collaboration between the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries and the School of Drama and Performing Arts.
- An exhibition of contemporary artists (including graduates of Bath Spa School of Art and Design) whose work has been influenced or inspired by Vorticist aesthetics, and a round-table discussion with the exhibiting artists.
To mark the centenary of the BLAST’s first appearance, a one-day symposium will be held in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on 2 July, 2014. Speakers from the disciplines of English, the History of Art and Architecture, and Drama, will speak about BLAST, its contexts, and its influence on the work of later writers and artists. There will also be readings from some of the manifestos and poetry published in the two issues of BLAST, and a performance of Wyndham Lewis’s play Enemy of the Stars directed by Nicholas Johnson. The symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition of the original issues of BLAST in the Long Room of the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin,where the magazine will be placed alongside examples of the contemporary fine-art print culture: journals, magazines, and advertisements. Viewed in this curated context, the radicalism of BLAST is clear, and especially its singular readiness to use the techniques and aesthetics of advertising and popular culture in the early decades of the twentieth century.
We are delighted to announce that on 21 May 2014 Dr Matt Houlbrook from the History department here at the University of Birmingham will be giving a paper on his latest research. For a flavour of Matt’s work check out his fascinating blog – http://tricksterprince.wordpress.com/.
Matt’s paper will take place between 3.30-5pm in Nuffield G18.
Our next reading group will be on 14th May, 3.30-5pm in Nuffield G18, and we’ll be discussing Franco Moretti’s ‘Graphs’ (published in New Left Review in 2003, but which makes up the first chapter of his Graphs, Maps and Trees). Hard-copies are in Dan’s office (Arts 116), or you can find a handy e-copy here. Look forward to seeing you there!
The ‘Other Eliots: Contemporary Trends in T. S. Eliot Studies’ conference will be held at the University of Birmingham on Friday April 18, 2014. It will take place on the main Edgbaston campus in the Arts Building (lecture room 1). The keynote speakers for this event will be Dr. Jason Harding (University of Durham) and Prof. Steve Ellis (University of Birmingham). Confirmed chairs for the panels are Dr. Gail McDonald (Goldsmiths), Dr. Scott Freer (University of Leicester), and Dr. David Barnes (University of Oxford). More information is available here. The conference also has a twitter account.