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A symposium presented by the Australasian Modernist Studies Network Friday 6 April 2018 University of New South Wales Keynote: A/Prof Natalya Lusty (The University of Sydney) “Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” The […]

The Australasian Modernist Studies Network Conference University of Melbourne, 26-28 October 2018 Is modernism funny? During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Sigmund Freud theorized jokes and their relation to the unconscious, while Henri Bergson argued that laughter is produced by “something mechanical encrusted on the living.” English literary modernists held Victorian earnestness in contempt, […]

“Modernism & the Avant-Garde” approaches the new modernist studies broadly and asks what modernism means in relation to the unstable contingencies of race, class, culture, community, capital, nationality, and so forth. The series welcomes cross-disciplinary projects in which modernism & the avant-garde are important, including but not limited to literature, the visual & plastic arts, drama, […]

University of Sydney and University of New South Wales Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Garrett Stewart (University of Iowa) Daniel Tyler (Oxford University) Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University) Historically, the academic study of style has referred mainly to poetic style—a situation that was challenged only briefly by the prominence of “stylistics” in the 1960s. But the recent “return […]

The 2018 AMSN Conference on the topic of “Modernist Comedy & Humour” will be held at the University of Melbourne on October 26-28. A CFP will be circulated later in the year.

In 2017, the Modernist Network (formerly the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia) will be hosting a year-long reading group dedicated to the idea of Left Modernisms at UNSW. Our goals will be to map some of the distinct revolutionary currents surging through modernism; to collectively reimagine modernism as the cultural impress left by a multi-dimensional […]

An exciting new journal in the field has recently been established: Feminist Modernist Studies, founded by Cassandra Laity and published by Routledge. Find out more about the journal here: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rfmd20 For the CFP for the journal’s special launching double-issue go to: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/ah/feminist-modernist-studies-launch-cfp

The Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia announces the publication of a new issue of AFFIRMATIONS: OF THE MODERN on Transnational Modernisms, guest-edited by Mark Byron. It features essays on Vicki Baum, James Joyce, Christina Stead, Virginia Woolf, and others, and takes us from Tasmania to the Caribbean, Abu Dhabi to London.  

a poem: historical poetics and the problem of exemplarity Co-hosted by the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Centre for Modernism Studies Australia 13-15 December 2016 | UNSW, Randwick (Dec 13) and Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus (Dec 14-15) The central aim of this symposium is to test the notion of historical poetics against the […]

The Sydney Literature and Cinema Network is hosting a one-day workshop on the cinema of Michael Haneke, which is being held next week, on Thursday 3 November, at the University of Sydney. A program for the day can be viewed here: haneke-workshop-schedule All are very welcome to the workshop. There is no registration fee, but for catering purposes, […]