[Msa-discuss] CFP for David Jones: Dialogues with the Past (University of York, UK, 21-23 July, 2016)

Thomas Berenato tab3cz at virginia.edu
Sun Oct 25 21:58:19 EDT 2015

David Jones: Dialogues with the Past

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of York,
U.K. 21-23 July, 2016

In 'Past and Present' (1953), David Jones claimed: 'The entire past is at
the poet's disposal'. The interweaving of this 'entire past' with the
present moment fundamentally characterises Jones's art and thought, from
his visual reimagining of historical figures, to the etymologically rich
allusions of his poetry, to the unusual philosophy of history manifested in
his essays and letters. The analysis of Jones's visual or poetic works
often reflects the act of excavation: the unique layering of images, words
and ideas, the resonant symbolism and shades of meaning. the blending of
cultural traditions and dynamic interweaving of whole civilisations.

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme which profoundly
shaped Jones's imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment to
reconsider the entirety of Jones's engagement with the many, various,
elusive and intertwined 'pasts' through which he conceived history and
culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones's own style, subject
matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of
'memory', 'inheritance' and 'history' in art and life, while also
reflecting upon Jones's own past and contemporary moment.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Tom Dilworth (English), Adam Schwartz (History) and Paul Hills (History of

Evening Events:

Screening (21 July) - An Artist’s Retrospect: Selections from Lost Jones
Interviews and Programmes Performance (22 July) - Echoing Sacredness and
Sound: Sources of Jones’s Audio-Visual Imagination

We welcome papers from scholars and postgraduates of multiple disciplines,
including but not limited to: English, History of Art, History, Philosophy,
Theology and any others that may offer relevant perspectives to the study
of David Jones. Papers might include but are not limited to any of the
following topics in relation to the thought and works of Jones and his

The Historical Moment of In Parenthesis (cf. Blunden, Graves, Sassoon)

The WWI Tommy in Visual Art

Dialogues with Cyclical Theories of History

Modern Responses to Tradition of War Poetry

The Poet as ‘Rememberer’

Concepts of ‘Tradition’ or ‘Contemporaneity’ (cf. T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden)

The Classical Tradition

Historical Resonance of Jones’s Painted Inscriptions

The Anathemata and Archaeology

Medievalism and the Welsh Arthurian Tradition (cf. Robert Graves, J.R.R.

Historical or Mythic landscapes and Figures in Visual Art

Biography and Retrospect

Catholicism and Cultural History (cf. Christopher Dawson)

Linguistic Interaction and Etymology: Welsh, Latin, Greek and English

A Jonesian ‘Theology of History?

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to:
davidjonesdialogues at gmail.com

The deadline for paper proposals is 31 January, 2016.

Also, see our website at: www.davidjonesdialogues.com
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