Entries tagged with conferences

Event 51: I Met (ACLA)

American Comparative Literature Association
Seattle, 26–29 March 2015
(after On Kawara)

renee hoogland
Anjuli Raza Kolb
Marjorie Levinson
Jonathan Stalling
Nick Admussen
Jinyi Chu
Jacob Edmond
Paul Manfredi
Florian Wagner
Yang Zi
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Event 47: MSA Pittsburgh

Modernist Studies Association
University of Pittsburgh
6–9 November 2014

“Modernism @ Stunde Null: Lee Miller, Hannah Höch, and A Woman in Berlin

This presentation is a part of a larger project on the intersection of literary and visual modernism with the “moment” of destruction that ended World War II: Stunde Null or Zero Hour. A range of modernist poets—Eliot, Pound, Williams, H.D., Breton, and later Olson, Plath, Duncan, and others—interrogated universal ethical and aesthetic values through this “moment.” In this presentation, I read the literary and visual testimony of three women caught up in the moment of destruction as witnesses, victims, or even perpetrators. Lee Miller’s war journalism, published in Vogue through the war, is complemented by the traumatic record and reparative work of her war and Holocaust photography. Hannah Höch, the dada painter and collagist, emerged from internal exile outside of Berlin to participate in the first modernist exhibitions in the destroyed city after Stunde Null; these early exhibitions set the stage for the recuperation of modernism after its banishment and humiliation under Nazism. Finally, the anonymously authored A Woman in Berlin, documenting the survival strategies necessary in a climate of mass sexual predation by Soviet troops immediately after the defeat, may be read in relation to search for or skepticism about universal values in modernism. In each case, writing or art not only add their testimony to history but posit and test new ways of being during and after the experience of trauma—they are prospective and retrospective.

European Network for Avant-Garde
and Modernist Studies
University of Helsinki, Finland
29–31 August 2015

“Language Writing’s Concrete Utopia: From Leningrad to Occupy”

Language writing has a differential, both concrete and critical, relationship to the horizon of utopia—which, we should remember, is a “nonplace,” an alternative time and space that is only momently (or eventally) possible as lived experience. “Language” itself offers an expansive and holistic medium for poetry as a ground for combinatorial fantasy and potential agency that simultaneously invokes radical particularity, material opacity, spatial alterity, and temporal deferral; “language” is a poetic nonsite that may be powerfully transformative, if not finally utopian, in its radical potential. In this paper, I will chart the relationship of Language writing to the horizon of utopia at four specific moments: 1) in its development of poetic practice in radical formal terms, as a social formation, and as a collective practice (seen in terms of the material history of its publications and performances); 2) on the occasion of four Language writers’ participation in a conference on avant-garde poetics in Leningrad, in the former Soviet Union at the end of Perestroika (1989), and our subsequent multi­auth­ored account, Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union (1991); 3) with the completion of the multiauthored The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography by ten Language writers who met in San Francisco in the 70s (2006–10); and 4) after the performance and reception of The Grand Piano in a series of readings in the Bay Area during the Occupy movement of 2011 and the convergence of certain tendencies of the Occupy movement with avant-garde poetries such as Language writing. The convergence of Language writing with the events of Occupy, and their continuation as a radical democratic, anticapitalist politics, is an exemplary instance of concrete utopia.

 

Expanded Writing:poster
A Postscript Symposium
19 July 2014
(after On Kawara)

Jessica Pressman
Nick Montfort
Monica de la Torre
Jennifer Wild
Christian Bök
Laura McGrath
Elizabeth Floyd
Justus Nieland
Yesomi Umolu
Marcus Merritt
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Kate Lilley, Chinese restaurant, Sydney. Photo: BW

Kate Lilley, Sydney. Photo: BW

Experimental: A Symposium
on Experimental Writing
University of Sydney
7–8 July 2014
(with Carla Harryman)

Luke Harley
Karen Burckhardt
Kate Lilley
Melissa Hardie
Lyn Hejinian
Kate Fagan
Ann Vickery
Andy Carruthers
Astrid Lorange
Pam Brown
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ASAP 6 (Association for the Study
     of the Arts of the Present)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

27–29 June 2014
(after On Kawara)

Brian McHale
Esther Gottlieb
James Steintrager
Jonathan Eburne
Matthew Hart
Amy Elias
Liu Kang
Wang Ning
Jacob Edmond
Earl Jackson, Jr.
Yu-Chieh Lee
… More

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Ai Wei-wei, Moon Chest, 2008. Photo: BW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASAP 6 (Association for the Study
     of the Arts of the Present)
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

27–29 June 2014 [here]

Regions of Avant-Garde Practice: Asia
Jacob Edmond, “Critical Translation”
Earl Jackson, Jr., “‘Asia’ from Variable Proximities”
Barrett Watten, “Negative Globality in the Chinese
Avant-Garde”
11:30 AM–1:00 PM, Friday, 27 June

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Event 40: I Met (Texas)

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Frank de la Teja and Jessica Pliley, UT San Marcos

I Met (Texas)
6th Annual Exchange Program
Bavarian-American Academy, Munich
University of Texas, San Marcos
31 May-10 June 2014
(After On Kawara)

Robin Coleman
Scott DeGregoris
Marcus Merritt
Felicia Preece
Frank de la Téja
Antoni Gorny
Marta Usiekniewicz
Mahshid Mayar
Evelyn Huber
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ASAP flyer

Association for the Study
of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)

October 3-6, 2013, Wayne State University

“Learning from Oakland: Occupy Poetics”
“Learning from Berlin: Hybrid Strategies”
“Learning from Shanghai: Sinofuturisms”
“Site/Nonsite Detroit: A Reading”
[reading flyer here]

Curated by Barrett Watten

“Learning from Oakland: Occupy Poetics”
Thursday, October 3, 3:30-5:00 PM

Brian Ang, poet and editor, Oakland: “Assembling ARMED CELL: Post-Crisis Poetics” [link to ARMED CELL; essay on Oakland Occupy at Lana Turner]
Sara Larsen, poet and organizer, Oakland: “The Praxis of the Commons: Poetics, the Public School, and the Polis/ce of Oakland” [link to The Public School]
David Lau, poet and editor, UC Santa Cruz: “Poetics in a Wave of Struggles: Passages and Limits of Contemporary Bay Area Practices” [link to Lana Turner]

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Event 29: MLA (Boston)

Modern Language Association
Boston, 3–6 January 2013

Session 150. The Poet-Scholar. 7:00-8:15 PM, 4 January.
Hillary Gravendyk, presiding; with Julie Carr, Heather Dubrow, Margaret Ronda, Jennifer Scappettone, and Juliana Spahr.

[Running commentary on Storify here.]

Session 370. Marxism and Modernist Studies Today, 3:30–4:45 PM, 5 January.
Jason Baskin, presiding; with Ruth Jennison.

“Modernism and the Abstraction of Value: Political Economy in transition (1927-38)”

 [Introduction here.]