CFP: European network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (Rennes, 1-3 June 2016)

European network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies
Rennes, France, June 1 – 3, 2016
Deadline for paper proposals: September 1, 2015
Fifth Biennial Conference of the European network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), hosted by the Centre d’Études des Littératures et Langues Anciennes et Modernes (CELLAM
The theme of the conference is Quest/Investigation (La Quête/l’inquête).
Our conferences welcome delegates from dozens of countries and across ALL artistic and cultural disciplines and practices. There are three official conference languages – English, French and German – and for 2016 we have also included Spanish.
If you would like to see what our last conference was like please take a look here
Please circulate widely and please do consider submitting a panel!
The fifth EAM congress invites scholars to consider the coupling of the notions of quest and investigation in works of art or movements of the
avant-garde or neo-avant-garde, or of the various forms of modernism, even though modernism and the avant-garde seem often to have been constructed in opposition to the spiritual or scientific heritage suggested by these two terms. The notion of quest suggests a metaphysical beyond informed by mysticism, implying the absence of an end or of a conclusion, whereas the notion of investigation implies a totally rational conception of reality and a process likely to bring a definite result and reach a conclusion. Coupling the two notions quest/investigation, is therefore an invitation to overcome an initial paradox: the endlessness of the quest as opposed to the fixed scope of the investigation. The co-articulation of the two notions may shed some light on marginal or neglected works. It may also question the dialectical relationship between modern and anti-modern, between avant-garde and rear-guard, between insistent innovations and archaisms, acknowledged or disguised.
Whether dialectical or dynamic, the approach we suggest applies to all the fields or domains of research in the Arts, literature, aesthetics, cinema, photography, drama, T.V. or digital media, architecture, music, design…
As a guide to researchers, we suggest four possible approaches:
1 A genetic approach: this would deal with the process of creation itself as quest or investigation (artistic protocols, the work as investigation, models or projects designed as research, studies, excavations, exploration, etc.)
2 A formal approach: to identify the motifs, terms, or forms of the quest or investigation in works of art, fiction and/or documentary (e.g: works of mystical inspiration, the reintroduction of the sacred; or the schematic models for a project, the presence of user manuals, guidelines, etc.)
3 An approach in terms of reception: the place or the role of the spectator or reader confronted by an open/closed work, the state of completion or incompletion of the work (is the finitude or completeness of the work put into question by new technologies? do these technologies enable a new appropriation of the work?)
4 An epistemological or meta-discursive approach: dealing with historiography and historicity, new modes of research, new technologies (restoration of paintings, collaborative creations, databases, etc.). This approach considers the way in which the quest/investigation of the researcher and the artistic quest or investigation itself mutually inform or act on each other.
The submissions should explicitly mention which of the four approaches is primarily involved.
The scientific committee invites proposals for panels of three or four speakers, or for double panels of up to eight speakers. Individual proposals are also accepted. Panels may not consist only of graduate students. All submissions must contain a title (for each paper and for the panel), a 300-word abstract (of the individual paper or of all the papers of the proposed panel), the name and qualifications of the author(s), the language in which the paper(s) will be read (English, French, German, Spanish). Proposals must be submitted in a Word, Times New Roman 12 format (no PDF) before September 1, 2015 to the following address:
Answers will be sent by October 1st 2015.

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