AC/CFP: « The European artistic avant-garde c. 1910-1930: formations, networks and trans-national strategies », Sodertorn University, Stockholm,11-13 September 2013. Deadline: April 15th, 2013.

A three-day interdisciplinary symposium will be hosted by Art History at Sodertorn University,11-13 September 2013. Its focus will be the European avant-gardes of c. 1910-1 30, with a certain focus on those of the Nordic Countries and Central and East ern Europe,and their relation to the Parisian avant-garde.

The cultural energies released in central Europe by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 have, over the succeeding two decades, driven the recovery and exploration of the profound and complex histories of avant-garde activi ties and artistic modernisms across this continent. Moreover, the recent development of archival resources towards new, open access has facilitated the potential production of new knowledge and renewed questioning of modernist art history. As a result, many features of the art-historical land scape of the first third of the twentieth century are changing. Perhaps fore most among these changes is the recognition that the paradigm of Paris-both as capital of modernism and headquarters of the artistic avant-garde-that was until recently taken as unquestioned in its influence during this period, has yielded to an awareness of differences between nation al-cultural discourses of modernism, and between the artistic groupings of cities across Europe that sprang up, in the years either side of the first world war.

What is now urgently needed is an exploration of theoretical tools for the study of the early avant-garde and its transnational strategies, as well as a mapping of the research within the field that is now developing in different parts of Europe. This symposium is intended as a starting-point for such (a) collective project (s).

Keynote speakers: Professor David Cottington (Kingston University,London) Professor Piotr Piotrowski (Adam Mickiewicz University,Poznan)

Venues: Sodertorn University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm .

Proposals for papers are invited on any of the following themes:

-the ‘nodes’ of the avant-garde network that emerged in Europe, including the Nordic countries, Central and Eastern Europe, on their relation to the Parisian avant-garde and their transnational strategies, as well as on the inter-relations between artistic and other (e.g. literary) avant-gardes in the period.

– the role of Cubism, both in motivating and shaping the dynamic of these relations and, as a lingua franca of modernism, in articulating (via the dialects it generated) the modernisms to which these relations gave rise, and

– a consideration of the present spectrum of methodologies and theories of the study of the early European avant-garde and cultural transfer.

Proposals should include the paper’s title of paper, name, address and e-mail of contributor; a summary of the contribution; and a short biography, includ ing main publication and area of expertise. Finally, contributors should write briefly about their visions and intentions for future research. Hotel and travel expenses are offered to contributors. Proposals can be sent through the form at the conference website:

More info : Dr. Annika Ohrner