The Modernisms Research Centre was founded in 2011 by Dr Kerstin Fest, Dr Sarah Hayden, James Cummins and Rachel Warriner in order to promote and advance the study of modernisms in University College Cork. Drawing on the already rich body of work produced in UCC on modernisms from within the Schools of Languages, English, Philosophy and History, the centre runs events that appeal across disciplines and to researchers at all stages of their careers, as well as interested people from outside the university. Our lecture series brings  eminent invited speakers to Cork and hosts UCC researchers whose work enlivens debates around modernisms in all its forms.


Guest Lecture by Professor Denise Riley: July 4th 2013

Presented in conjunction with Enclave Review and the SoundEye Poetry Festival, with the support of the Department of History of Art, UCC.

Professor Riley is currently A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, USA, and Sessional Lecturer in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck University of London. Her books include: War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother [1983],‘Am I that Name?’ Feminism and the Category of Women in History [1988],The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony [2000], The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle [2004], Impersonal Passion: Language As Affect [2005]. Her poetry collections include Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Douglas Oliver and Ian Sinclair, [1996], and Denise Riley: Selected Poems [2000]

Étant Donnés: Questioning the material and marginal givens of modernisms scholarship: Symposium April 12th-13th 2013

The aim of ‘Étant donnés’ is to provoke a critical (re)evaluation of the lines we draw around and between modernist practices. Embracing a chronologically broad conceptualization of literary, plastic and performative ‘modernisms’, it seeks to generate self-reflexive scholarly investigations across disciplines.

Feminism: Activism: Modernisms: 14th-15th September 2012

Keynote Speaker: Professor Janet Lyon, Pennsylvania State University

This interdisciplinary conference sought to explore how feminist activism has intersected with modernism and postmodernism in the arts, examining the tensions, connections, and contributions made to modernisms by participants in the women’s movement and by individual feminist activists. Looking at phenomena ranging from early futurist claims for the autonomy of the female practitioner to an artistic and literary engagement with the second wave of the women’s movement, and the relationship between feminism and poststructuralism, it provoked considerations of a variety of approaches from across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in order to interrogate activist feminism and its relationship to the modernist artworld.

 Prof. David Lloyd: “De golpe el golpe”: Vallejo’s Violence: Saturday 6th October 2012.

David Lloyd, Professor of English at UC Davis was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California from 2003 until 2012. David Lloyd has published primarily in the field of Irish literature and culture and on colonialism and nationalism. In addition to various co-published works, he is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999) and Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008). He has recently completed Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) and is currently at work on two further books, a study of Samuel Beckett’s visual aesthetics and a work on aesthetics, race and representation.

Prof. David Ayers: Modernism and the Russian Revolution: Thursday 3rd May 2012.

David Ayers is Professor of Modernism and Critical Theory at the University of Kent. He is the author of Wyndham Lewis and Western Man (Macmillan, 1992), English Literature of the 1920s (Edinburgh University Press, 1999) Modernism: A Short Introduction (Blackwell, 2004) and Literary Theory: A Reintroduction (Blackwell: 2008).

Dr Sabine Kriebel: Left Wing Laughter: Thursday 8 March 2012.

Sabine Kriebel is a Lecturer at the Department of History of Art at UCC. Her published writings include several journal articles, catalogue essays, book chapters and book reviews of Dada, artist’s magazines, photography and photography theory, political photomontage and propaganda, leftist aesthetics and gender politics.

Irish Launch of FLASH/BANG by James Cummins: Thursday 9 February 2012.

Jimmy Cummins’ flash bang of a book bursts and accelerates through the pages. Vibrant, energetic poetry that makes itself known! Burner Veer Publication 011 [ISBN: 978-1-907088-43-8]


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