Dr Daniel Williams to give a keynote paper at the 'Alternative Modernisms' conference

Dr Daniel Williams, Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales, will give one of the keynote papers at the 'Alternative Modernisms' conference which is being held at Cardiff University, 15-18 May 2013.

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At this three-day international and interdisciplinary conference, Dr Williams will give one of the keynote papers, along with Professor Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania), Professor Griselda Pollock (Leeds University) and Professor Ástráður Eysteinsson (University of Iceland).

In recent years an increasing number of attempts have been made to widen the traditional modernist canon. Work on women, LGBT and black modernists, as well as marketplace, magazine and middlebrow studies, have expanded the canon, and yet such 'alternative' modernisms are often studied and discussed in isolation, leading to a splintering of the field. This fragmented approach to modernist studies is in danger of not reflecting – or taking into account – the wider cultural and public sphere which modernisms existed in and engaged with. Furthermore, many modernisms, in particular national and regional forms and movements in Europe, still remain largely uncharted.

This conference attempts to provide a common forum for the exchange of ideas and examples across fields, disciplines and nationalities. It will give scholars an opportunity to explore both underexplored modern(ist) forms, mediums, texts, writers and artists, and the relationships between them, working towards a more holistic conception of how ‘alternative’ modernisms operated.  

For further information see:  http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/modernisms/conference.html