A postgraduate conference co-organised and supported by the University of Leeds (School of Modern Languages and Cultures), the University of Aberdeen (School of Language and Literature), and Queen’s University Belfast (Spanish and Portuguese Studies).
Part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Beyond Text Initiative, with funding from the Society for French Studies.
– Dr. Ruth Hemus, School of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London.
– Dr. John McCulloch, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Hispanic Studies, University of Glasgow.
Despite repeated challenges to the notion of art as an institution, prompting questions about the criteria and norms that establish the legitimacy of a work of art, the artistic production of the avant-garde has, with the passing of time, been mediated and transmitted by means of the very structures it sought to deconstruct. Bound up with cultural, social, economic and political issues, these structures specifically concern:
o the application of restrictive binary divisions (text/image, script/performance) in the categorisation of artworks;
o the means and forms by and in which artistic production is (re)distributed;
o the primacy of the written word, and consequent misrepresentation and devaluation of the non-textual (visual, oral, aural, performative) artwork.
Within the context of the avant-garde, this inter-disciplinary conference considers the work of artists and writers whose work has been forgotten, ignored, or undervalued. In so doing, it also invites a critical rethinking of the means by which we preserve, communicate, and transmit cultural production across time and space. Ultimately what we seek to determine, is how these structures of preservation, communication, and transmission have shaped and defined the avant-garde itself.
Contributions from both postgraduate students working (for example) in the fields of literature, theatre, film and visual culture, art history, text/image, music, and performance studies, and from those working as curators in museums or art galleries, are welcomed and encouraged.
Continuer la lecture de AC/CFP: The Forgotten Voices of the Avant-Garde, 20th-21st January 2011, University of Leeds