CFP: ‘The European Avant-Garde 1890-1930’


The European Avant-Garde 1890-1930

An interdisciplinary postgraduate conference to be held at
University College Dublin
on September 25th and 26th, 2009

Supported by the UCD Graduate School in Arts and Celtic Studies

In his seminal 1974 book, Theory of the Avant-Garde, Peter Bürger wrote that the aim of the avant-gardists was to “reintegrate art into the praxis of life”. With this statement in mind, we are pleased to announce the call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference examining the European Avant-Garde, during the period 1890-1930.

Papers addressing the avant-garde in literature, the visual arts, architecture, theatre and film are all welcome.

Speakers may wish to consider, among other issues,

  • the movements of Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism and Expressionism
  • specific writers, artists or playwrights within the time period and their relation to avant-garde aesthetics
  • the interaction of avant-garde movements with politics
  • the interplay between different avant-garde movements
  • the avant-garde as an attack on the concept of art as an institution
  • technology and the avant-garde
  • the legacy of the avant-garde
  • the avant-garde at the turn of the century
  • translating the avant-garde

Proposals may come from the disciplines of modern languages (French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese), English, art history, film, drama and theatre studies and comparative studies.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students. Papers should be in English. Abstracts (maximum 300 words), together with a short biography indicating your academic background and research interests, should be emailed to the organizers at the addresses below by June 15th 2009. Please include your name, academic affiliation, and contact details.


Selena Daly ( – Government of Ireland scholar (IRCHSS) and National University of Ireland scholar

Monica Insinga (

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