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Re-Mapping Modernisms symposium report

4 June 2014

In response to the recent Transnational Modernisms Postgraduate Committee symposium 'Re-mapping Modernism(s): Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches', which took place on Friday 30th May, Vesna Lukic, a doctoral student who contributed a paper, has delivered the following report:

In response to the recent Transnational Modernisms Postgraduate Committee symposium 'Re-mapping Modernism(s): Transnational and Interdisciplinary Approaches', which took place on Friday 30th May, Vesna Lukic, a doctoral student who contributed a paper, has delivered the following report:

'In an attempt to position the modernist discourse within a multi-disciplinary research cluster, a round table discussion was held, based on five papers presented by the members of the postgraduate student committee. Papers addressed different aspects of modernism as seen through five doctoral projects, ranging from poetic expression of madness, through problems around possibilities and impossibilities of media representation and musical appropriation of modernity, to the transnational impact modernism has made on (re)interpreting the national quality in art, on one side, and on the other, in enabling certain political climates for framing reality. Speakers then further expanded on the ways the discourse of modernism is approached and employed in a contemporary academic context, at which point the discussion was opened for other participants as well. The organizers’ intention was to set the initial platform for recognizing a common language for interpreting different art practices deemed modernist. After the fruitful exchange, our cluster’s manifesto is to further enable interdisciplinary encounters around the ambiguous notion of transnational modernism'.

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