Schedule for Feminism: Activism: Modernisms

We are very pleased to announce the schedule for the Feminism: Activism: Modernisms Conference that will take place at UCC on the 14th and 15th September. Registration for the conference is now open, in order to register please email modernismsucc[at]gmail[dot]com. There is an administration fee of €20 for the two days. The conference is free to UCC postgraduate students.

Feminism: Activism: Modernisms

14th -15th September, 2012: University College Cork       

Friday 14th

Registration will take place in Social Area A on the second floor of the O’Rahilly Building. Papers will be in O’Rahilly Building Room 2.02.

Conference opening address – 9:20

Panel 1 – 9:30-11:00: Outsiders?

Panel Chair: Dr Daragh O’Connell, Italian, UCC

  • Douglas Brent McBride, Cornell University: Maternalism as Revolutionary Discourse in German Expressionism
  • Jenny Hyest, Lehigh University: Anne Spencer’s Feminist Modernist Poetics
  • Bethany Dailey Tisdale, University of South Carolina: Hybrid Texts and Hybrid Communities in Anzia Yezierska’s Sentimental Modernism Hungry Hearts and Bread Givers

Panel 2 – 11:15-12:45: Feminist Visual Art and Film

Panel Chair: Dr Ed Krčma, History of Art, UCC

  • Nicole Bebout, AC Institute, New York: Paula Rego and the School of Life
  • Rosa Nogués, Kingston University: The Feminism of Shirley Clarke
  • Rachel Warriner, University College Cork: The Manifestary Impulse: Nancy Spero’s Feminist Artworks as Manifestos.


Panel 3 – 13:30-15:00: Political Relationships to Feminist Practices

Panel Chair: Professor Graham Allen

  • Clara Jones, Queen Mary, University of London: Virginia Stephen: Adult Suffragist
  • Jane Dowson, De Montfort University: ‘The power of the periodical: The Freewoman, Time and Tide, The Bermondsey Book’
  • Matthew Taunton, University of East Anglia: Feminism, Modernism and the Russian Revolution: Dorothy Richardson and Rebecca West

Panel 4 – 15:15-16:45: British Modernisms

Panel Chair: Dr Kerstin Fest, German, UCC

  • Laura McGrath, Michigan State University: Woolf’s Introspective Activism
  • Kathryn Laing, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick: “Reading Henry James in War Time”: Rebecca West on Women, War and Art, 1914–1918
  • Anna Farkas, University of Regensburg: “There are all kinds of women except adoring ones”: J. M. Barrie’s feminist drama

17:00-18:00: Keynote: Professor Janet Lyon, Penn State: ‘Squaring the Circle: Feminism, Modernism, Activism’

19:30: Dinner – Amicus Restaurant Cork City
Saturday 15th

Registration will take place in Social Area A on the first floor of the O’Rahilly Building. Papers will be in O’Rahilly Building Room 1.32.

 10:00 – 11:00: Keynote: Dr Mary Noonan, University College Cork: ‘Song of the Forbidden Body: Voice as the Venue of Intersubjectivity in the Early Writings of Hélène Cixous’.

Panel 5 – 11:15 – 12:15: Feminisms and the Historical Avant Gardes

Panel Chair: Dr Paul Hegarty, French, UCC

  • Rebecca Ferreboeuf, University of Leeds: Elsa Triolet’s inter-war modernism: a feminist dead-end?
  • Cathrin Cronjäger, Humboldt University: On the Potential of a Methodological (Re-)Consideration: Que(e)rying Selected Poems by Else Lasker-Schüler


Panel 6 – 13:00-15:00: Mina Loy’s Ambivalent Feminism

Panel Chair: James Cummins, English, UCC

  • Sarah Hayden, Freie Universität, Berlin: Not ‘of’ but ‘on’: Loy’s Aphorisms as a manifesto against Futurism
  • Prue Chamberlain, Royal Holloway, University of London: ‘Trying it on’: Mina Loy and the conflict of politics and poetics in her ‘Feminist Manifesto’.
  • break
  • Anna Green, Michigan State University: Electromagnetism as the Language of Aesthetic Assertion: The Feminism of Energy Dynamics in Mina Loy’s Insel
  • Edric Mesmer, University at Buffalo: Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, and the Pleasuring Spectacle

Panel 7 – 15:15 -16:15: European Feminisms

Panel Chair: Dr Sabine Kriebel, History of Art, UCC

  • Baiba Vanaga, Latvian National Museum of Art / Art Academy of Latvia: Modernism pioneers Aleksandra Belcova and Marta Liepina-Skulme and the role of female artists in the development of Latvian Classical Modernism
  • Patricia Moran, University of Limerick: “Bound and Gagged with Thread”:  Shame, Female Development, and the Künstlerroman Tradition in Cora Sandel’s The Alberta Trilogy

Conference kindly supported by: The CACSSS Strategic Research Fund, The Graduate School,  School of English, School of History, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Dept. of French and Dept. of History of Art, UCC.


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