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Alternative Modernisms
Cardiff University, 15-18 May 2013


Keynote Speakers

Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), ‘After the Altermodern: Nicolas Bourriaud, Stan Douglas and a few others (Cage, Derrida) on the permanence of modernism’

Jean-Michel Rabaté is the Vartan Gregorian Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. A prolific literary critic and theorist, he has authored or edited more than thirty books on modernism, psychoanalysis, contemporary art, philosophy, and writers like Beckett, Pound and Joyce. Selected recent works include 1913: The Cradle of Modernism (2007), The Ethic of the Lie (2008), Being Given, 1 Degree Art, 2 Degrees Crime: Modernity, Murder and Mass Culture (2006). The Ghosts of Modernity has been republished in 2010. He is one of the founders and curators of Slought Foundation in Philadelphia (slouhgt.org); a managing editor of the Journal of Modern Literature; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and president of the American Samuel Beckett Studies association. Currently, he is completing a book on Beckett, editing an anthology on Modernism and Theory, forthcoming in 2013, and a new book, Theory of the Future, forthcoming in 2014. 

Jean-Michel Rabaté’s page at the University of Pennsylvania website.

Professor Griselda Pollock (Leeds University), ‘The Return of the Repressed: Feminism and Failure in Re-gendering International Modernisms in the Visual Arts’

Griselda Pollock Griselda Pollock is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History (CentreCATH) and Professor of Social & Critical Histories of Art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. She is also currently the Pilkington Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester (2011-12) and was previously the Getty Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (2011). Her extensive interests encompass nineteenth to twenty-first century visual arts; feminist, queer and postcolonial cultural theory; cinema; cultural memory; and gender and the museum. Selected recent publications include: Allo-thanatography or Allo-auto-biography: A Few Thoughts on One Painting in Charlotte Salomon's Leben oder Theater? 1941-42 (2011); Encounters in the Visual Feminist Museum: Time, Space and the Archive (2007); Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and the Histories of Art (2003).

Griselda Pollock’s page at the University of Leeds website.

Professor Ástráður Eysteinsson (University Of Iceland), ‘Doubling Back: Modernism at the Margins’

Ástráður Eysteinsson is Professor of Comparative Literature and (since 2008) Dean of the School of Humanities, University of Iceland. He has written extensively on theories of modernism and the avant-garde. He has also worked in the areas of translation (both as translator and scholar), cultural studies, island and place studies. Together with Vivian Liska, he edited the monumental two-volume Modernism (2007), for which they were awarded the 2008 MSA Book Prize. Other selected publications include The Concept of Modernism (1990), Umbrot. Bókmenntir og nútími (1999) [on literature and modernity] and, as editor, Translation – Theory and Practice (with Daniel Weissbort, 2006). With Eysteinn Thorvaldsson, he has translated a number of Kafka’s novels, short stories, diaries and letters into Icelandic.

Ástráður Eysteinsson’s page at the University of Iceland website.


Daniel G. Williams (Swansea University), ‘Translation and Anglophone Welsh Modernism’, Welsh Network Of Modernist Studies Inaugural Lecture

Daniel G. Williams is Senior Lecturer in English and Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at Swansea University. Among his publications are Black Skin, Blue Books: African Americans and Wales (University of Wales Press, 2012), Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: From Matthew Arnold to W. E. B. Du Bois (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), a chapter on ‘Welsh Modernism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (OUP, 2010), and an edited collection of Raymond Williams’s writings on nationhood and identity, Who Speaks for Wales? (UWP, 2003).

Daniel Williams's page at Swansea University's website.

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