Juliet Simpson ab9688 at coventry.ac.uk
Thu May 11 18:21:48 EDT 2017

Dear Colleagues

Please find details of the forthcoming conference which may be of interest to your Modernist Studies Network and associated colleagues. We would be most grateful if you would kindly publicize to your members, and if possible, on your website. It encompasses substantial new literary and visual cultural approaches to Modernisms viewed through the lens of late 19th and early 20th-century narratives and appropriations of ‘Gothic’ art and visual cultures.

We hope to see you and your colleagues in Amsterdam.
With thanks and best wishes

Juliet Simpson

Professor Juliet Simpson, MA Hons, DPhil (Oxon), FRSA
Professor of Art History
Chair of Visual Arts Research
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Coventry University, UK
Royal Netherlands Visiting Professor of Art History, University of Amsterdam, 2017-18E:
juliet.simpson at coventry.ac.uk<mailto:juliet.simpson at coventry.ac.uk>

GOTHIC MODERNISMS International Conference: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 29-30 June 2017


GOTHIC MODERNISMS: 29 & 30 June, 2017, The Rijksmuseum: A two-day international conference discussing the legacies, histories and contested identities of European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in (global) modernity, in particular in contexts of new fin-de-siècle cultural modernities, modernism, avant-gardes, nationalisms and cosmopolitanisms.
More information here<https://gothicmodernisms.wordpress.com/>; registration here<https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/nu-in-het-museum/symposia/conference-gothic-modernisms>.

Conference fee (two days): 125€; 40€ for students – includes conference, access to the Rijksmuseum Collections on both days, guided visit to the exhibition Small Wonders, coffee, tea, lunch, snacks and drinks. For enquiries please contact both: Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University): juliet.simpson at coventry.ac.uk<mailto:juliet.simpson at coventry.ac.uk> and dr. Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam): t.m.bauduin at uva.nl<mailto:t.m.bauduin at uva.nl>
This conference is the culminating in a trilogy, including ‘Primitive Renaissances’ and ‘Visions of the North’: for earlier events, see ‘Visions of the North’<https://visionsofthenorthconference.wordpress.com/>.

Full Programme (Provisional)

THURSDAY 29 June 2017

9.00-9.30        Registration
9.30-9.40        Welcome – Taco Dibbits, Director of the Rijksmuseum
9.40-9.50        Opening words – Juliet Simpson
9.50-11.10      Panel 1: Gothic ‘Revivals’ – Politics and Poetry of Buildings, Play and Panic
                          Chair: Juliet Simpson (Coventry University)

·         Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Kingston/Royal Society of Antiquaries, London): ‘Politics of bodies, politics of buildings: from “play” to “panic” in the Gothic architecture of the long eighteenth century’

·         Jozefien Feynaerts (Ghent University): ‘Le choix du style: neo-Tudor prison gatehouses in 19th-century Belgium’

·         Ole Fischer (Utah University): ‘The birth of modernity from the spirit of Gothic? Henry van de Velde and the figure of the iron cathedral’

11.10-11.30   Coffee & tea
11.30-12.45   Panel 2: Belgian Gothic Modern Interiors/Uncanny Spaces
                         Chair: Jan-Dirk Baetens (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

·         Dominique Bauer (KU Leuven):  ‘Enclosures, windows and mirrors. The Gothic interior in the work of Georges Rodenbach and Xavier Mellery’

·         Aude Campmas (University of Southampton):  ‘From Cathedrals to Greenhouses: Gothic Echo’

·         Claire Moran (Queen’s University, Belfast): ‘Moody Princesses at home in Maeterlinck, Rodenbach and Khnopff’

12.45-14.00   Lunch & visit to the Rijksmuseum collections

14.00-15.45   Panel 3: Gothic Alterities at the Fin de Siècle
                         Chair: Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam)

·         Laura Morowitz (Wagner College, NY): ‘Alt-Deutsch and avant-garde: the prints of Joseph Sattler’

·         Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University): ‘The image of Gothic law in (anti-)Modernist art’

·         Graça Correa (Lisbon University): ‘Landscapes of the Gothic uncanny in Symbolist theatre’

·         Marja Lahelma (University of Edinburgh/University of Helsinki): ‘Gothic elements in Nordic fin-de-siècle art’

15.45-16.05   Coffee & Tea

16.05-17.00   Plenary and Q&A - Professor Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University, NY): ‘Motor-Flight: Dynamos, Virgins, and the Modernist Gothic’
                         Chair: Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam)

17.00-18.00  Visit to the exhibition Small Wonders
Guided tours for conference guests by curators Ingmar Reesing (UvA) & Frits Scholten (Rijksmuseum)

Friday 30 June 2017

9.00-9.20        Registration

9.20-9.30       Opening words – Tessel M. Bauduin
9.30-11.15     Panel 4: Gothic Modern Cathedrals ― Politics and Potencies of Buildings beyond the ‘Gothic’
Chair: Petra Brouwer (University of Amsterdam)

·         Maria Männig (Karlsruhe University of Design): ‘From Schlegel to Le Corbusier: Modern concepts in Hans Sedlmayr’s “Cathedral”’

·         J. Kirk Irwin (Birkbeck College, University of London): ‘Medieval and Modernist space’

·         Robert S. Nelson (Yale University): ‘Modernism and colonialism in the neo-Gothic of Southeast Asia’

·         Matthew Mullane (Princeton University): ‘The cathedral and the pagoda: Itō Chūta’s Gothic world’

11.15-11.45   Coffee & tea
11.45-13.15   Panel 5:  Reimagining Gothic Nationalisms and Avant-Gardes
                         Chair: Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum)

·         Leena Elina Valkeapää (University of Jyväskylä): ‘Gothic Modern discovered: the process of the art historical expeditions in Finland, 1871-1902’

·         Stephanie Glaser (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): ‘The Gothic spirit: Cultural nationalisms on the eve of World War I’

·         Marjan Groot (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam): ‘Gothic Modernism and Expressionism in the 1920s in the Netherlands’

13.15-14.30   Lunch & visit to the Rijksmuseum collections
14.30-16.15   Panel 6: Contested German Gothic Identities:  Legacies, Ideologies, Museums
                         Chair: Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff (Ateneum Finnish National Gallery)

·         William Diebold (Reed College, Portland): ‘The Magdeburg and Bamberg Riders on display in modern Germany’

·         Gitta Ho (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris): ‘George Grosz and the art of Late Gothic’

·         Leonie Beiersdorf (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg): ‘Art history’s anthropological turn and its support of Gothic Modernisms’

16.15-16.45   Coffee & Tea
16.45-17.30   Round table & closing remarks ― Juliet Simpson & Tessel M. Bauduin
17.30              Close of conference
18.00              Drinks reception


This conference is organized by Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University) and Dr Tessel M. Bauduin (University of Amsterdam), in collaboration with the Rijkmuseum Museum, Amsterdam. Conference Steering Committee: Dr Jenny Reynaerts, Rijksmuseum; Dr Jan Baetens, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL, Professor Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Ateneum/Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki.

We are indebted to our sponsors: Coventry University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UK;  University of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, OSK, Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, the Huizinga Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Ateneum/Finnish National Gallery

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