[Msa-discuss] CFP, approved by Matt

Bochner Jay jay.bochner at umontreal.ca
Mon Mar 2 12:08:21 EST 2009

Dear Matt, Below is the full cal to put up. Thanks, Jay


CERISY-LA-SALLE (Normandy, France)
                          July 2-9, 2010                               


	Announcing a bi-lingual colloquium at Cerisy on art, literature and culture in America developing around, or near, or against the figure of the photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his galleries in New York City.
	We are interested in papers on all aspects of the birth and evolution of modernist and avant-garde expression in the first third or so of the 20th Century, especially in the first, rough metropolis of modernity. Fuller description of the topic is given below. Proposals can be sent to Jay Bochner, or one of the other members of the organizing committee.
	We expect to be able to provide simultaneous translation. In this and many other aspects of the meeting, both practical and intellectual,  we will be counting on the help of the Terra Foundation.

	For those who do not know about the Cerisy colloquia: they are the most prestigious summer venues for meetings in France. They take place in a château in the national register, near a small village of the same name about 150km from Caen or from Rennes. Look it up on the web. Some of the very elegant, traditional rooms can be bit spartan; there are a good number of rooms in attractive, renovated out-buildings. Meetings run a week (but are called still “décades,” from the original format), so the subject receives  thorough treatment, though many participants chose to stay 2-4 days. Papers run about 45 minutes, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, with breaks and discussion after each paper. Most colloquia are published. Further discussions, slide or film projections, less formal talks usually take place in the evenings. Plenty of walks, possibility of one day given over to excursions, Mont St-Michel, Bayeux, Remy de Gourmont’s birth place and the beaches of the Normandy invasion being the closest and most frequented. And Rennes is a lovely city.
	 Normally about 30-35 people are in attendance at any given moment, including speakers and all companions and interested parties. For about 95 Euros a day you have room and full board (including wine and cider) . Meals are taken together and served to us at long tables; the food is fine country fare, different at every meal but basically without choices.
	Write to me if you need more information, and if you would like to try out an idea before submitting. 

	Requesting your submissions for a colloquium on artists, photographers and writers in their cultural and social contexts, 1890-1930, and taking as fulcrum the figure of the photographer, editor and gallery director Alfred Stieglitz, and what he came to represent.
	We are interested in (among other things):
	– the gambits of the avant-garde, the births of Modernism, pre-Dada, conflict with polite or Victorian society,  ‘amateur,’ ‘art,’ ‘pictorialist,’ ‘straight,’ ‘secessionist’ photographies and their relations with the  ‘fine’ arts and museum practices, post-impressionist and early abstraction, recent European influences, the “anti-photographic”;
	– new writing techniques and sensitivities, struggles and co-existence with American Naturalism, socially committed writing, Imagism (Pound or Amy Lowell’s), rise of the ‘Littles’ and new ideas of display in their pages, the working of image and text in early Dada and elsewhere;
	– problems in relations with popular culture and its integration into Modernism, commercialization, American politics (especially in relation to The Great War), resistance to the modern, the evolution towards ‘High’ Modernism, cross-currents with London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston . . . 
	– more theoretical questions raised by topics above, and by the arrival of photography among the arts, by other machinery and modern practices and outlooks among artists and writers, by the new mix of arts and genres, by mass culture, by the culture of images, by problems of American identity and exceptionalism, by the internationalism of the arts community, by critical and museum constructions of the histories of American photography and the American avant-garde, by the assault on authorship;

	And some names and subjects:
	– Strand, Steichen, Käsebier, Coburn, Day, Hine, Schamberg, Kühn, Puyo, De Meyer, Demachy, Eugene, Haviland; in relations with/to Abbott, Sheeler, Adams and the general evolution of American photography (Walker Evans, Wright Morris, Weegee; Susan Sontag’s critique). . . .
	– Camera Work, 291, 391, Others, The Little Review, Rogue, TNT, The Blind Man, The Dial,
The Masses, Seven Arts, Poetry, Bruno’s Weekly, Les Soirées de Paris, Mother Earth, Broom, Secession, Vanity Fair, The Smart Set . . . .
	– W. C. Williams, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein, Alfred Kreymborg, Djuna Barnes, Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, Eugene O’Neill, Randolph Bourne, John Reed, Emma Goldman, e e cummings, Hart Crane, and repercussions among Americans in exile (James, Pound, Eliot) and aftermaths among the ‘lost’ generation;
	– Rodin, Redon, Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi, Picasso, Picabia, Duchamp, Crotti, Arthur Cravan, Var?se, The Armory Show, the Independents’ Exhibition. . . .
	– Dove, O’Keeffe, Hartley, Marin, Walkowitz, de Zayas, Weber, Prendergast, Benton, Sloan (and the Ashcan School), Demuth, the Stettheimer sisters, Man Ray. . . .
	– The salons of Mabel Dodge, Arensberg, the Little Review, Bruno’s garret. ‘New’ ideas: Freudianism, feminism, socialism, unionism, anarchism, The Ferrer School, Provincetown Playhouse, Greenwich Village. . . .
	– Journalism, the funnies, the circus, burlesque, Broadway, boxing, baseball, Village parties, Isadora at the Met, the touring Ballets Russes. . . .
	– And not forgetting Alfred Stieglitz.
	We hope for our meeting many crossovers, between the arts and between the arts and its cultural and social contexts. We encourage papers that make these crossings. We will also be fostering another “carrefour,” the meeting of American scholars of the period with their French and other European counterparts; a confrontation –albeit friendly–  of positions and approaches.

	Your propositions for papers to be read in 45-50 minutes are welcome; less than a page in English or in French, with your title, sent before June 15, 2009 to one or all of the members of the organizing committee:
	Liliane Louvel (Université de Poitiers): liliane.louvel at univ-poitiers.fr
	Jean-pierre Montier (Université de Rennes): jean-pierre.montier at uhb.fr
	Jay Bochner (Université de Montréal): jay.bochner at umontreal.ca

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