Proposals are now being accepted for ‘Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism’, an interdisciplinary conference running at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2nd – 3rd July 2015. Keynote speakers include Alex Davis (University College Cork) and Peter Howarth (Queen Mary). The full call for papers can be found here.
The audio from Vicki Mahaffey’s keynote paper from ‘Objects of Modernity’ – ‘Human Objects in Cocteau and Joyce’ – is now available on YouTube here.
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.