Poetry, Translation, and the Circulation of Global Modernism: A Roundtable and Reading

Thursday, 12 November, 2020 (US): 6:00-8:00pm EST / 3:00-5:00pm PST / 11:00pm-1:00am GMT
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Friday, 13 November, 2020 (Australia/Asia): 10:00am-12:00pm AEDT / 8:00-10:00am JST

Speakers: Emily Drumsta, Klara Du Plessis, Ariel Resnikoff, and Sho Sugita

Moderators: by Alys Moody and Stephen Ross

Global modernism exists only in translation. Its condition of possibility is the circulation of texts through time and space, across languages and in languages that are not the texts’ own. Historically speaking, the texts we think of as modernist are, almost without exception, the products of lively eras of translation in an expanded sense that reaches beyond the strict remit of textual translation between languages. In order to have global modernism, then, there must be translation and, necessarily, its distortions. Global modernism, by foregrounding this established problematic of translation in the context of an awareness of the unevenness of global exchange, highlights the centrality of language politics to modernist literary creation.

The study of global modernism, too, relies on active and continuous translation efforts. Contemporary translators, many of them themselves practicing poets or writers, are increasingly making available modernisms from around the world. In doing so, they underscore the extent to which modernists so often regarded translation as a primary creative act rather than secondary or derivative one.

This roundtable and reading features the work of four scholars and translators of modernist poetry who contributed original translations to the anthology Global Modernists on Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2020) and whose efforts shine illuminating cross-lights on the modernist labour of translation. As several of our participants are also practicing multilingual poets, the event will offer an occasion to listen to and reflect on the contemporary legacies of modernist poetics.

This conversation, held under the shared auspices of the Literature Program at Bard College and Concordia University’s Centre for Expanded Poetics, is the second of a three-part series exploring global modernism, in celebration of the anthology. It was preceded by a roundtable on “Editing Global Modernism” held on October 23rd and will be followed by a workshop on pedagogy and global modernism on Friday, 4 December, 1:30-4:30pm EST.

**To receive the Zoom invitation for this event, please email amoody@bard.edu. Invitations will be sent out on the morning of the event.**

Graduate Conference: New Work in Modernist Studies

11 December 2020 | Zoom

The tenth one-day graduate conference on New Work in Modernist Studies will take place online on Friday 11 December 2020, in conjunction with the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), the London Modernism Seminar, the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, the Northern Modernism Seminar, the Midlands Modernist Network and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

BAMS is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. As in previous years, this conference will take the form of an interdisciplinary programme reflecting the full diversity of current graduate work in modernist studies; it encourages contributions both from those already involved in the existing networks and from students new to modernist studies who are eager to share their work. We particularly encourage proposals from BAME students, who we recognise are underrepresented in the field.

Usually the event is open only to students at British and Irish institutions as we offer each student a travel bursary. However, as the event will be held virtually this year we encourage PhD students from around the world to apply. The conference will be held during the working day in the UK (approx. 9.30am – 5pm, with regular breaks); please let us know if you are attending from elsewhere in the world and need that to be taken into account.

The day will include a plenary session with Dr Sarah Bernstein and Dr Patricia Malone (both University of Edinburgh) on the principle of difficulty as a theoretical concept and as an experience in constructing an academic career.

Proposals

Proposals are invited from registered PhD students, for short (10 minutes maximum) research position papers. Your proposal should be no more than 250 words. Please also include a short biography of no more than 50 words. If you are outside the UK and Ireland, please give your location and time difference to the UK.

Proposals for and questions about the event should be sent to nwims@bams.ac.uk.

Deadline for proposals: 9am UK time, Tuesday 20 October 2020.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated within seven days.

Applicants and delegates are encouraged to let us know about any access needs they might have, and if we are able to make adjustments to the application or presentation process, we will endeavour to do so.

Registration

We’ll host the conference by Zoom, and there won’t be any charge to attend.

Full details: BAMS

Affirmations: of the modern is now the official journal of the AMSN

We’re making it official!

Affirmations: of the modern is now the official journal of the AMSN!

An open-access journal, Affirmations: of the modern aims to stir up modernist studies by drawing attention to that which has been, and remains, peripheral, overlooked, or unseen. Embracing our Antipodean vantage point, the journal seeks to build upon recent developments in the field that have troubled modernism’s too-settled histories and its centre-periphery relations. Whether through focusing on previously overlooked works or forms of modernist literature, art, and culture; examining the less-discussed sites, iterations, and experiences of modernity; or taking innovative approaches to modernism’s more well-known figures, texts, and themes, Affirmations seeks scholarship that challenges us to look at the field from new theoretical, critical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives. While international in scope and contribution, Affirmations has a particular commitment to fostering modernist scholarship related to the Asia-Pacific region, and to promoting work by both established and emerging scholars in the region.

For more on the focus and scope of the journal, as well as how to submit your work, see Affirmations: of the modern.

CFP for special issue of the Modernist Review: Black Lives Matter and Modernist Studies

Content warning: police brutality

Modernist studies has been slow to respond to urgent calls for reform within white-dominated higher education: to decolonise, to diversify, to include. 2020 has witnessed the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the shooting of Jacob Blake and so many more, which have sparked a global sense of urgency in the fight against racial injustice. Modernist studies must acknowledge and examine white modernism’s difficult history of racism, and align itself with the Black Lives Matter movement and active anti-racism work within higher education. These imperatives are not new: students, educators and activists have been calling for decolonisation, diversification and inclusion in the academy for decades. 

We at BAMS recognise that more needs to be done to counter the whiteness of academia and of modernism studies. With this in mind, we at the Modernist Review would like to share this Call for Papers for a special issue on Black modernist studies. The concerns of this CfP are not confined to one month of TMR; this issue is part of a larger movement within modernist studies and higher education. We at TMR recognise the institutional racism embedded within academia that we, the editors, have benefitted from. As set out in BAMS’ recent statement on Black Lives Matter, we are committed to doing more: compiling resources lists, addressing how TMR operates, listening to and acting on ways to ensure that we have structural inclusivity. We stand with our American friends striking on the 8th and 9th of September as part of #Scholarstrike. We hear the #BlackintheIvory stories of institutional racism in the academy. We recognise that we need to do more.

White modernism has a history of colonial exploitation, racism and cultural appropriation. The 2015-2019 AHRC funded project Black Artists and Modernism highlighted the number of Black voices, artworks and ‘hidden histories’ that exist in archives, but have been excluded from modernism’s narratives. This special issue on Black modernist studies aims to further explore and highlight the work of Black writers, artists, thinkers and scholars in the making of modernism, and examine the state of modernist studies and the way modernism is read and taught today. We welcome articles, reviews, creative responses, personal reflections and more on topics including but not limited to: 

  • Black modernist writers and artists
  • Black Lives Matter, modernism and research practices
  • Black Lives Matter in the (modernist) classroom
  • Postcolonial theory in/and modernist studies
  • Global modernisms
  • Black modernist critics and scholars
  • Diversity and inclusivity in modernist studies and higher education
  • Modernist canons and structures of oppression
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Modernisms in/and the Global South
  • Intersections of race with class, gender, and nationality
  • Complaint and protest in modernist studies
  • Black Lives Matter and the imperative to decolonise modernist studies

Articles should be around 1,000 words in length, though we are happy to negotiate and discuss word counts, particularly in relation to creative responses. Our full submission guidelines can be found here. Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to tmr@bams.ac.uk, along with a short bio, by 23 September 2020. On acceptance of an abstract, the deadline for submissions will be 21 October 2020

We particularly extend this CfP to Black and BAME members of our community, and encourage educators and supervisors to pass this to their Black and BAME students.

For full information: Modernist Review CFP

Update from AMSN Executive

Dear Friends of the AMSN,

We hope that this message finds you all safe and well in these challenging times, and express our sympathies and solidarity to all of you who are being adversely affected by the impacts that COVID is having on our daily lives and our sector.

As we all know, many wonderful research events have been cancelled or postponed this year. We wanted to touch base with you all to update you on future AMSN events.

For some time the AMSN had been in the process of planning a symposium on the topic of Modernism and Stillness to be held at the Writing and Society Research Centre (Western Sydney University) in December 2020. Unfortunately, the convenors, Lorraine Sim (Western Sydney University) and Alix Beeston (Cardiff University), have had to postpone this event due to Covid. At this stage, we are hoping to reschedule for mid-2021, and will keep you posted of developments.

We are very excited to confirm that the next major AMSN conference will be hosted by the University of Auckland in late 2022! Our deep thanks to Erin Carlston (University of Auckland) and her colleagues in New Zealand for agreeing to host this event. We are thrilled to have our first conference in New Zealand and hope to see many of you there. Further details about the conference theme and a CFP will be forthcoming in 2021.

In the meantime, please do let us know if you plan to host any modernist studies events (virtual or face-to-face), or if you have any exciting news that you would like to share with the wider community (recent book publications, grant opportunities, and the like). You can stay up-to-date with current and future events and happenings via our Facebook and Twitter feeds, the AMSN website, and the AMSN Email List (to sign up for this, click here or see the instructions in the post below).

Fingers crossed we will see some of you at events in the not-too-distant future. Until then, stay safe.

Best wishes, from the AMSN Executive.

Pandemic, Crisis, and Modern Studies: The Intersection of Your Research with the Pandemic/Crisis – A Twitter Conference

Countervoices, Centre for Modern Studies, University of York

12 June 2020 | Twitter

Over the past few months, the spread of Covid-19 has profoundly impacted the lives of people around the globe. Whether politically, through the ever-shifting government policies, culturally, by virtual access to cultural artefacts, or socially, through individual isolation, the rapid spread of the pandemic has changed how one lives in the world. Undoubtedly severe as the consequences of the virus are, it boosts new insights into human relation(ship)s, communities, and environment, with imaginative responses such as singing on balconies, and considerable drops in air pollution. For individuals, communication has become confined to the virtual space, forcing us to find original forms of expression.

This conference attempts to initiate a robust and meaningful discussion on how the pandemic or crisis shapes our past, present, and future. We invite discussions about the pandemic as a global crisis from passionate and creative intellectuals in different disciplines of modern studies (from 1830 to present). Featuring an opportune interdisciplinary response to the contemporary changes and new experiences brought about by the crisis, this conference will spark new debates over ontological issues, shed new light upon research in humanities and sciences, and engage and inspire a broad range of audiences in and beyond this country.

The conference welcomes submissions of abstracts for twitter-papers consisting of 10-15 tweets (with pictures/slides) about the way your studies intersect with the pandemic or crisis. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical and mental health: vulnerability, fragility, illness, health, care, death, and resilience, therapy, and recovery.
  • Cognition and memory: trauma, recollection, history, erasure, monument, and memorials.
  • Space: architecture, geography, regions, nations, transnation, and globe.
  • Identities, groups and agents: identities in relation to crisis (victim, survivor, volunteer, helper, expert, hero, scapegoat, whistleblower, etc.), groups and authorities in operation, effects on particular groups in the population (gender, race, class and human rights), creation of new groups and new identities.
  • Changes and reactions: changes to habits (shopping, behaviour, social norms), cognition, human relationships, cities, businesses, economies, and policies that initiate (or do not initiate) such changes.
  • Communication and language: rumours, fake news, instructions, slogans, hashtags, and new words.
  • Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, utopian/dystopian visions.
  • Material objects and metaphors: necessities (food, toilet roll), tools of self-preservation (masks, hand-sanitizer, vaccines, ventilators, and weapons).
  • Animals and the environment: non-human, ecology, environment, and post-human.
  • Representation in literature, music, art, cinema, documents, archive, or records.

Please send your abstract (200 words), a short bio (50 words), and your twitter account (@XXXX) to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk by 15 May 2020. Participants will be invited to present their papers (thread of tweets) on 12 June using the hashtag #Cmodspan2020 and tagging the Countervoices (@cmodspgforum1) and CModS (@cmods1) twitter accounts according to the conference programme and handbook, which will be updated at the end of May. We will host the conference and retweet your tweet-papers in a single thread, under the title of the conference. For those who don’t have a twitter account, we can help you tweet your discussion. The best papers presented in this conference will receive Amazon vouchers worth up to £50. We are grateful to the Centre for Modern Studies for making it possible for us to offer these awards.

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Fay Bound Alberti (York) & Dr. Beryl Pong (Sheffield)

Find us on Twitter , Facebook or our website.

Call for Contributors: Print Plus Cluster for Modernism/modernity on Modernist Periodical Studies and the Transnational Turn

We are soliciting short contributions (ca. 3,000 words) on the topic of ‘Transnational Modernist Periodical Networks’, for a prospective cluster on Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform. We aim to bring together contributions from specialists working on a variety of national and regional modernisms (North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa). The cluster will build on probing recent discussions surrounding the idea of Global Modernism on the platform (e.g. Alys Moody and Stephen J. Ross’s ‘On Global Modernism and Academic Precarity’, and Claire Barber-Stetson’s ‘Modern Insecurities, or, Living on the Edge’), in order to assess the implications the transnational paradigm holds for modernist periodical studies.

In light of the publication in 2016 of Eric Bulson’s Little Magazine, World Form and the forthcoming Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Global Modernist Magazines series, edited by Bulson, Andrew Thacker, and María del Pilar Blanco, we are seeking lively contributions that push at the boundaries of the emergent field of transnational modernist periodical studies.

Possible topics may include:

  • The relationship between transnationalism and the periodical form.
  • The relationship between immigration, exile and diaspora and the emergence of transnational periodical networks.
  • To what extent does the analysis of transnational periodical networks challenge the conceptualisation of the centres and peripheries of modernism?
  • What are the dominant absences that we encounter in studying these networks?
  • How do we negotiate the issue of the local in discussions of the transnational?
  • What are the creative, political, artistic tensions between localism and globalism in transnational periodical networks?
  • What issues of funding, distribution, and readership can we identify by looking at modernist periodicals transnationally?
  • What are the limits of the transnational paradigm? How transnational/global were these periodical networks in actuality?
  • To what extent do modernist magazines and their editors function as agents in cultural diplomacy (state-sponsored and otherwise)?
  • How well does translation work in these magazines act as a cultural and political mediator
  • How does re-evaluating transnational periodical networks challenge existing understandings of individual and group reception histories?
  • How does the periodical as object of study make visible transnational artistic/literary networks, and what are the connections between these transnational networks and issues of translation and multilingualism in modernist magazines?
  • How does transnational periodical studies open up new modes of collaborative work?

Please send a 300-word abstract alongside short biographical information to nicoletta.asciuto@york.ac.uk, francesca.bratton@mu.ie, and c.g.sutherland@rug.nl, by 1 June 2020. Selected contributors will be invited to submit essays, after which the entire cluster will be sent to Modernism/modernity for peer review. We aim to submit the cluster in the fall of 2020.

‘Katherine Mansfield on the French Riviera’ Symposium CFP

An international symposium organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. Hosted by the Town Hall of Menton, and supported by the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.

24-25 September 2020 | Menton, France

The New Zealand short story writer Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) spent all her adult life in Europe, of which approximately three years in total were spent in France, where she later died. For much of this time she was on the French Riviera, firstly in Bandol and subsequently in Menton during the spring of 1920, and then staying at the Villa Isola Bella from September 1920 to May 1921.

Both Bandol and Menton proved fertile ground for Mansfield’s creativity. During two sojourns in Bandol (1916 and 1918), she completed ‘The Aloe’ and wrote ‘Je ne parle pas français’, ‘Sun and Moon’, and ‘Bliss’. The time she spent at the Villa Isola Bella in Menton resulted in ‘The Singing Lesson’, ‘The Young Girl’, ‘The Stranger’, ‘Miss Brill’, ‘Poison’, ‘The Lady’s Maid’, ‘The Daughters of the Late Colonel’, and ‘Life of Ma Parker’.

Mansfield’s life in the south of France also engendered comments in her notebooks and diaries, as well as in her letters. For example, near the end of a letter to her husband, John Middleton Murry, written from Menton, she wrote, ‘You will find ISOLA BELLA in poker work on my heart’. Domestic issues, friendships, visitors from England, descriptions of the Mediterranean, all feature in her personal writing. On her first visit to Menton, staying with her cousin Connie Beauchamp, she wrote to Murry: ‘Oh, could I bring the flowers, the air the whole heavenly climate as well: this darling little town, these mountains – It is simply a small jewel’. In January 1922, high up in the snowy Swiss Alps, she wrote in her new diary: ‘I love, I long for the fertile earth. How I have longed for the S. of France this year!’

In the fifty years since 1970, the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship has celebrated the connection between New Zealand’s most iconic writer and the town of Menton, allowing a New Zealand writer to live and write for three months or more in the town which Mansfield loved so much. Previous recipients include C. K. Stead, Margaret Scott, Paula Morris, Carl Nixon, Kate Camp, Anna Jackson, Mandy Hager, Greg McGee, Justin Paton, Chris Price, Ken Duncum, Damien Wilkins, Jenny Pattrick, Stuart Hoar, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ian Wedde and other prestigious writers such as Bill Manhire, Janet Frame, Witi Ihimaera, Elizabeth Knox, Lloyd Jones, Roger Hall, Marilyn Duckworth, Michael King and Allen Curnow.

This two-day symposium will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fellowship in 2020.

Suggested topics for papers might include (but are not limited to):

  • The influence of the south of France on Mansfield
  • Mansfield, travel and France
  • Mansfield’s French legacy
  • The French reception of Mansfield’s works
  • Translating Mansfield
  • France and the French as sources for Mansfield’s imagination
  • Teaching and studying Mansfield in France today
  • The influence of French literature on Mansfield
  • Analysis of any of the stories Mansfield wrote in the south of France
  • The legacy of Mansfield in New Zealand writing today.

NB: All other topics relating to Mansfield will be considered.

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a 50-word bio-sketch, should be sent to the conference organiser, Dr Gerri Kimber (University of Northampton, UK), at kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Submission deadline: 31 March 2020

The Symposium will feature a keynote panel of prestigious New Zealand authors, all former Mansfield Menton Fellows.

Full details: Menton 2020