Presentation overview online

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As of now you can find an overview of the individual presentation topics on the submenu Program of the EAM-Conference's homepage.

Additionally the document is downloadable directly here.

Poster of the 6th International EAM-Conference

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Keynote Overview

It is with great pleasure that the EAM committee wants to announce the topics and dates of the keynotes:

Helmut Lethen (Vienna/Linz)
"Unter dem Pflaster ist die Kanalisation oder War das Böse für die historischen Avantgarden das wirklich Reale?"
Wednesday, September 5th (8:15 pm), Auditorium Schloss

Miglena Nikolchina (Sofia)
"From the Impossible to the Virtual: Kristeva's Concept of 'Signifiance' and the Returns of the Avant-garde"
Thursday, September 6th (2:15 pm), Auditorium Vom-Stein-Haus, Schlossplatz 34

Sascha Bru (Leuven)
"Representation and History: Realist and Avant-Garde"
Friday, September 7th (11:30 am), Auditorium Vom-Stein-Haus, Schlossplatz 34

Third Keynote Speaker: Sascha Bru

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We are very happy to announce that Sascha Bru of the University of Leuven will be the third and final keynote speaker of the EAM conference 2018.

Sascha Bru is a director of the MDRN research lab  and head of the Theory and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Leuven. Bru has produced over a dozen books devoted to a variety of aspects of the European avant-gardes and modernisms, including The European Avant-Gardes, 1905-1935. A Portable Guide (2018), Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes. Writing in the State of Exception (2009), and the co-edited volumes Futurism: A Microhistory (2017) and The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Europe, 1880-1940 (2016). Most recently, his work has come to focus on the relationship between the avant-gardes, history and historiography. From October 2018 onward, he will also be heading a large-scale research programme entitled Literary Knowledge, 1890-1950: European Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe. Bru is a founder of the EAM and an editor-in-chief of the network's book series with De Gruyter. He will be hosting the next EAM conference taking place from 17th until 19th of September 2020 at the University of Leuven.

Extension of the application period: Panels

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The organizing committee of the EAM Conference 2018 is extending the application period for propositions to be the Chair of a Panel until March 15th, 2018.

A Panel consists of three or four speakers. One of the speakers is the Chair who makes the submission and supplies the details and proposals of all of the proposed participants. You may also submit a double or triple panel. Panels should not consist only of graduate students.

Please submit your proposals in word format only to Prof. Moritz Baßler ( Further information can be found here. The official languages of the conference are English, French and German. Panels are welcome in all three languages.

Panel proposals should include the following information.

  1. Title of panel and language of panel (English, French, German – one only)
  2. Name, address and email contact of Panel Chair
  3. A summary of the panel topic (300 words)
  4. A summary of each individual contribution (300 words)
  5. Name, postal address and email contact of individual contributors
  6. Short biography of individual contributors

The scientific committee of the EAM 2018 conference

Second Keynote Speaker: Helmut Lethen

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The organizing committee of the EAM Conference 2018 is very pleased to announce the second keynote speaker, Helmut Lethen.

Helmut Lethen is a German literary and cultural theorist. Born 1939 in Mönchengladbach, he studied in Bonn, Amsterdam and at the Freie Universität Berlin. After editorial work for the magazine Alternative (1964 - 1968), a chair at the department of literary studies in Utrecht (1977 - 1995) and Rostock (1995 - 2004), he worked as a visiting professor in Chicago, Los Angeles and Bloomington, Indiana. From 2007 to 2016 Lethen was head of the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. His publications include: Neue Sachlichkeit 1924 - 1932. Studien zur Literatur des Weißen Sozialismus (1970), Brechts Hauspostille. Text und kollektives Lesen (1978, in co-authorship with Hans Thies Lehmann), Verhaltenslehren der Kälte (1994), Der Sound der Väter (2006), Suche nach dem Handorakel (2010), Der Schatten des Fotografen (2014) and Die Staatsräte (2018).

First Keynote Speaker: Miglena Nikolchina

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It is with great pleasure that the organizing committee of the EAM Conference 2018 announces Miglena Nikolchina as the first keynote speaker:

Miglena Nikolchina is a literary historian and theoretician whose research engages the interactions of literature, philosophy, political studies, and feminist theory. She is professor at the Department of Theory of Literature at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Her writing has been motivated by a lasting interest in the (para)human as process and transformation, and the artificial being as an artistic and philosophical challenge. She investigated, historically but also in terms of structural impasses, the discursive attainments and failures of two grand projects from the second half of the 20th century: the feminist and the East European “velvet” revolutions. In English, her publications include the books Matricide in Language: Writing Theory in Kristeva and Woolf (2004) and Lost Unicorns of the Velvet Revolutions: Heterotopias of the Seminar (2013); and, among her more recent articles, “Inverted Forms and Heterotopian Homonymy: Althusser, Mamardashvili, and the Problem of ‘Man’.” boundary 2 (2014) and “Time in Video Games: Repetitions of the New," differences 28.3 (2017).