[Msa-discuss] CFP: International Society for the Study of Surrealism, Paris, November 6-9, 2020

King, Elliott kingeh at wlu.edu
Mon Feb 24 11:21:38 EST 2020

Call For Papers

'Surrealisms Paris 2020' (November 6-9, 2020) is the third conference of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS). It is organized by the American University of Paris, Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art (DFK Paris), Université Lyon-Saint-Étienne, and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.

Please submit proposals to isssparis2020 at gmail.com by March 31, 2020.

Building upon the success of the inaugural ISSS conference at Bucknell University (Pennsylvania, USA, 2018) and the second at the University of Exeter (England, 2019), we seek proposals for SURRÉALISMES PARIS 2020, which will be held November 6-9, 2020. Along with academic sessions and roundtables, the conference will include film screenings, poetry readings, and exhibitions. The International Society for the Study of Surrealism (ISSS) aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary and inter-regional exchange by organizing events and facilitating channels of information worldwide. The mission of the ISSS is to incorporate and promote new scholarship on global surrealism, as well as to introduce new ways to approach its various literary and artistic expressions. In addition, we seek to foster exchanges between practicing artists, writers, surrealists, and the scholarly community for whom surrealism (past and present) is a field of ongoing inquiry.

The year 2020 is an anniversary year for surrealism, marking the publication of Les Champs magnétiques by André Breton and Philippe Soupault, as well as the second version of the journal Littérature which, inspired by Dada, provided the foundation for the surrealist avant-garde.

In 1935, Benjamin Péret wrote that "to avoid its own desiccation," Surrealism had to "bypass the narrow borders of France and adopt an international presence." Our transversal and interdisciplinary Parisian conference will be the occasion to interrogate broadly, without reducing it to a narrow theme, this internationalization of surrealism, up to and including the emergence of global surrealism on the globalized market today. The international audience of Surrealism, in Europe and beyond, raises multiple questions: Where and by what means did the movement spread? What resistance or adherence did surrealist ideas meet in different cultural contexts? What were the modalities of surrealism's reception in Europe and on the other continents? How did the relations between the supposed "center" (Paris) and the "peripheral groups" develop? How did the ideas of surrealism evolve due to this international expansion? Did the latter contribute to the loss of its initial nature or, on the contrary, to its necessary and vital renewal? Did the progressive commodification, aestheticization and museumification of surrealism undercut the political revolt and the poetic exigency the movement embodied? In other words, what is surrealism today: what poetic subversion, political revolt, or opposition does it still nurture and express?

Proposals for individual presentations (20 minutes) must include an abstract of 250 words, a title, professional affiliation (if applicable), email and postal address, and a short bio of the presenter. We strongly encourage proposals for pre-organized panels consisting of 3-4 papers; these proposals must include a supplementary paragraph explaining the panel's rationale with a title. Roundtables and other alternative formats are also welcome. We warmly encourage proposals from graduate students who work on topics related to surrealism, as well as from independent artists, filmmakers, poets, and writers interested to present their work in a scholarly context.

Presentations may be given in French, Spanish, or English.
Please submit proposals to isssparis2020 at gmail.com by March 31, 2020.

The Committee's decision will be notified by email by May 31 2020.

The organizers:

Iveta Slavkova, American University of Paris, AUP
Olivier Penot-Lacassagne, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
Julia Drost, Centre Allemand d'histoire de l'art, DFK Paris
Fabrice Flahutez, Université de Lyon-Saint-Etienne

and the ISSS program committee:
Jonathan Eburne, Pennsylvania State University
Elliott H. King, Washington and Lee University
Effie Rentzou, Princeton University
Abigail Susik, Willamette University

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