Conference Program

Modernism and Collaboration

Conference Program

June 5th and 6th 2015

Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland

Friday, June 5th

1-2:15pm Registration and Welcome

2:15-3:45pm “The Community and the Individual

Cary Mackay (Royal Holloway) “‘Who is with me is against me’”: Francis Picabia’s L’Œil cacodylate and collaboration in the face of Dada’s ‘negative community’”

Laura Scuriatti (Bard College Berlin) “Collaborating, On Her Own: Mina Loy and Modernist Networks”

Rowena Kennedy-Epstein (University of Bristol) “Muriel Rukeyser’s Radical Collaborations”

Stephanie Brown (University of Arizona) “Unlikely Interlocutors for Modernism: Sylvia Pankhurst’s The Workman’s Dreadnought and the Poems of Claude McKay”

3:45-4:15pm Break

4:15-5:30pm “Typography and Publishing

Hannah McMurray (University of Michigan) “‘In certain circumstances, typography can be considered art:’ Kurt Schwitters, László Moholy-Nagy and the New Typography”

Tom Ue (University College London) “Holmes and Raffles in Arms: Death, Endings, and Narration”

5:45pm Keynote Address

Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University) “‘We Moderns’: The Public Face of the Modernist Bookshop”

7:15pm Catered Reception 

Saturday, June 6th

9:00-10:00am Coffee Hour

10:00-11:30am “Epistolary Collaborations”

Meghan Forbes (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) “Correspondence as Collaboration: Karel Teige, Artuš Černík and the Development of the Czech Interwar Avant-Garde”

William S. Brockman (Pennsylvania State University) “Collaboration in James Joyce’s Dictated Letters”

Emma West (Cardiff University) “Municipal Modernism: conflict and idealism in the General Post Office, 1933-37”

11:45-1:15pm “Internationalism and Collaboration”

Martina Ciceri (University of Rome La Sapienza) “Russian Ink in British Pens: The Anglo-Russian Voice of Modernism”

Angelica DeAngelis (American University of Kuwait) “Le Maroc du Modernisme: The Travel Writing of Edith Wharton and Wyndham Lewis”

Anna Snaith (King’s College London) “Conversations in Bloomsbury: Mulk Raj Anand and the Colonial Politics of Collaboration”

Sara Steinert Borella and Caroline Wiedmer (Franklin University, Switzerland) “Twisting Collaborations: Human Rights Ideals in Switzerland, 1930-1950”

1:15pm-2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm-4:00pm “Visual and Artistic Collaborations: Fashion, Dance, and Drama

Patty Argyrides (Queen’s University) “Bertolt Brecht and George Balanchine: The Proof of the Pudding is in the Dancing”

Vike Plock (University of Exeter) “Modernist Textiles: Rosamond Lehmann’s Collaborative Compositions”

Olivia Munk (Harvard University) “The Holy Blissful Martyr, and His Director: Murder in the Cathedral as a Creative Collaboration of T. S. Eliot and E. Martin Browne”

4:00pm-4:30pm Break

4:30-6:30pm “Composition as Collaboration”

Vaclav Paris (CUNY City College) “Viola Baxter and the Early Poems of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams”

Chrissie Van Mierlo and Sarah Davison (University of Nottingham) “Intertextual Joyce: A Collaborative Approach to the Composition History of Ulysses”

Caroline Patey (Università degli Studi, Milano) “Stowaways, or, Ghostwriting High Modernism”

Jessica S. Y. Yeung (Hong Kong Baptist University) “The Aesthetics of Childhood in Virginia Woolf’s Juvenilia.”

6:30pm Closing Remarks and Discussion Alexandra Peat (Franklin University Switzerland) and Claire Battershill (University of Reading)

7:30pm Conference Dinner at Ana Capri (RSVP to the conference organizers by May 30th)


Sunday, June 7th

Optional touring activities around Lugano