IAWIS/AIERTI Dundee volume now out

Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery, Brill/Rodopi (Word and Image Interactions, volume 9), edited by Keith Williams, Sophie Aymes, Jan Baetens and Chris Murray is now available at https://brill.com/view/title/36202

Art and Science in Word and Image investigates the theme of ‘riddles of form’, exploring how discovery and innovation have functioned inter-dependently between art, literature and the sciences.

Using the impact of evolutionary biologist D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form on Modernist practices as springboard into the theme, contributors consider engagements with mysteries of natural form in painting, photography, fiction, etc., as well as theories about cosmic forces, and other fields of knowledge and enquiry. Hence the collection also deals with topics including cultural inscriptions of gardens and landscapes, deconstructions of received history through word and image artworks and texts, experiments in poetic materiality, graphic re-mediations of classic fiction, and textual transactions with animation and photography.

Contributors are: Dina Aleshina, Márcia Arbex, Donna T. Canada Smith, Calum Colvin, Francis Edeline, Philippe Enrico, Étienne Février, Madeline B. Gangnes, Eric T. Haskell, Christina Ionescu, Tim Isherwood, Matthew Jarron, Philippe Kaenel, Judy Kendall, Catherine Lanone, Kristen Nassif, Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira, Eric Robertson, Frances Robertson, Cathy Roche-Liger, David Skilton, Melanie Stengele, Barry Sullivan, Alice Tarbuck, Frederik Van Dam.

IAWIS Triennial Conference 2020

Le français suit

THE CALL FOR SESSIONS IS NOW CLOSED
Please see the conference website for news and updates: https://waterandsea2020.uni.lu/

Water and Sea in Word and Image,
University of Luxembourg, July 5th – 10th, 2020

In an era in which water scarcity is threatening us all and the mainland is affected even in the depths of its epicenter by what is happening on its shores, it seems of great importance to propose a subject both acutely topical and strongly tied to the collective imagination. In Alessandro Baricco’s novel Ocean sea (1993), the fictional character Plasson paints the sea with seawater. This emblematic scene sums up our topic to some extent: water is difficult to grasp and yet concerns us more and more. Shapeless, still waiting to be defined, it even resists any effort of conceptualization. Putting water and the sea into words and into images is not obvious, represents a real discursive and plastic challenge and is therefore particularly likely to call into question the relationship between text and image. Due to its rhythm “without measure” (Deleuze & Guattari, 1980), water as an element transcends Lessing’s dichotomy between arts of time and arts of space (see Louvel, 2002). The water’s unspeakable nature does not coincide with its invisible essence. Yet, literary and plastic narratives constitute an actual semiosphere with, at its borders, an area where the semiotic links are violated (Lotman, 1966), the realm of the unstable, the arbitrary, the unaccountable.

Located at the heart of the European continent – however tightly interconnected with its periphery –, cradle of the siren Melusine, territory boasting its natural springs and its balneology, Luxembourg seems to be the appropriate place to host a world congress on this subject.

 

L’APPEL À SESSIONS EST MAINTENANT FERMÉ
Nous vous invitons à consulter le site du congrès pour des mises à jour: https://waterandsea2020.uni.lu/

L’eau et la mer dans les textes et les images,
Université du Luxembourg, 5-10 juillet 2020

À une époque où la pénurie d’eau guette et où le continent est affecté même au fin fond de son épicentre par ce qui se passe sur ses rives, il nous a semblé urgent de proposer ce sujet à la fois chargé d’imaginaire et d’une actualité brûlante. Dans le roman Océan mer de Alessandro Baricco (1993), le peintre fictif Plasson peint la mer avec de l’eau de mer. Cette scène emblématique résume en quelque sorte notre thématique : l’eau est un élément difficile à cerner et pourtant nous concerne de plus en plus. Informe, il est toujours en attente d’être défini, voire résiste à tout effort de conceptualisation. La mise en discours et la mise en images de l’eau et de la mer ne vont pas de soi, relèvent d’un réel défi discursif et plastique et s’avèrent dès lors particulièrement susceptibles de remettre en question les rapports entre texte et image. De par son rythme « sans mesure » (Deleuze & Guattari, 1980), l’élément aquatique transcende la dichotomie entre arts du temps et arts de l’espace introduite par Lessing (cf. Louvel, 2002). L’indicible de l’eau n’est pas son invisible. Et pourtant, les investissements littéraires ou plastiques (histoires d’eau…) forment une véritable sémiosphère avec, à sa périphérie, une zone de « violation des liens sémiotiques » (Lotman, 1966), le règne de l’instable, de l’arbitraire, de l’inexplicable.

Le Luxembourg, pays au centre du continent européen – mais l’on sait combien le centre se porte bien si la périphérie est saine –, fief de la sirène Mélusine, territoire qui se glorifie de ses sources naturelles et de son thermalisme, nous semble le lieu approprié pour accueillir un congrès mondial autour de cette thématique.

 

CFP: Romantic Prints on the Move

Conference website: http://www.library.upenn.edu/about/events/romantic-prints-on-the-move

In partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is pleased to introduce “Romantic Prints on the Move.” This symposium takes its lead from the 2013 PMA exhibition and corresponding collection catalogue, The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints (Yale University Press, 2017). The series of public lectures in the afternoon is preceded by two object-based study sessions, which will enable students of various fields — from art history to German studies to studio arts — to gain first-hand knowledge of this remarkable era of printmaking (for the CFP, geared toward graduate and advanced undergraduate students, see here).

Inspired by recent debates about the circulation and pricing of contemporary art, “Romantic Prints On The Move” sets out to bridge the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries. To that end, the conference creates a stimulating conversation among academics, curators, and contemporary collectors. In particular, this conversation will focus on connecting nineteenth-century technologies with the current media revolution, thus bringing material history into the digital present. The goal is to shed more (and new) light on the economic, aesthetic, and geographical aspects of the production, dissemination, and collection of these prints in an era of burgeoning new printmaking technologies, while discussing their continuing appeal and marketability.

The public program will begin at 1:30 pm on February 1, 2019 in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and will feature a keynote lecture by John Ittmann (Philadelphia Museum of Art). The program will continue at 1:00 pm on February 2, 2019 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and feature a keynote lecture by Jay A. Clarke (Art Institute, Chicago).

Speakers include:

Kit Belgum (University of Texas at Austin)
Charles Booth-Clibborn (Paragon Press, London)
Fiona Chalom (Los Angeles)
Jay A. Clarke (Art Institute of Chicago)
Peter Fuhring (Fondation Custodia, Paris)
Johannes Grave (Universität Bielefeld)
John Ittmann (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania)
Carlo Schmid (C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf)
Registration information forthcoming.

For more information about The Enchanted World of Romantic Prints, click here.

Organized by Cordula Grewe (Art History, Indiana University Bloomington) & Catriona MacLeod (German, University of Pennsylvania)

The symposium organizers wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kislak Center, the University Research Foundation, Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Department of History, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and the History of Art Department.

New deadline – Metalepsis: A Transmedial Process, Porto

METALEPSIS: A TRANSMEDIAL PROCESS
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
April 4-5, 2019
IAWIS FOCUS CONFERENCE

Organizing Committee
Joana Matos Frias
Rosa Maria Martelo

Metalepsis has been increasingly present in several artistic fields, by enhancing a self-reflexive porosity between narrative levels and by provoking a very special kind of ontological sliding. When Gérard Genette (1972) transferred this figure from the field of rhetoric to that of narratology, in order to describe the subversion of boundaries between narrative levels, or the non-distinction between the diegetic and extradiegetic worlds, he associated the disquieting nature of the metalepsis with the following “unacceptable and insistent” hypothesis: we, as recipients of a work structured by this narratological figure, may find ourselves in the (Borgesian) odd circumstance of noticing that the extradiagetic could already be the diegetic. Metalepsis has become a very relevant transmedial category in 20th- and 21st-century art, certainly also due to the fact that it signals the ontological instability proper to modern and contemporary thought.

The Intermedialities Group of the Margarida Losa Institute for Comparative Literature, from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, will organize a IAWIS focus conference on metalepsis as a transmedial notion. We intend to discuss how and why this figure is so present in literature and in the arts in general, as well as to analyze its many ways of functioning. The conference will take place at the University of Porto, on April 4-5, 2019 and it will welcome proposals on the following topics:

–       The concept of metalepsis:  history and theories;
–       Metalepsis from a transmedial perspective;
–       Metalepsis and literary genres; metalepsis and mise-en-abyme; reconfigurations of the author and the reader;
–       Experiencing contemporary literature and other arts: ontological metalepsis in literature, in visual and audiovisual arts, and in performing arts;
–       Metalepsis and the crisis of the apparatus;
–       Metalepsis and poetry.

Proposals should be sent via email to ilc@letras.up.pt until the January 14, 2019, with the following details:

– Name
– Bio note (±200 words)
– Institutional affiliation
– Title
– Research topic
– Abstract  (±200 words)

Notification of acceptance: until January 31, 2019

Registration fee
Early bird fee: Until February 15, 2019
Professors and Researchers with Ph.D: 100,00 €
Students: 50,00 €
ILC and LyraCompoetics Network Members: 0,00

Late comers: From February 16 to February 28, 2019
Professors and researchers with Ph.D: 120,00 €
Students: 60,00 €
ILC and LyraCompoetics Network Members: 0,00

 

For further queries, please contact: ilc@letras.up.pt

INSTITUTO DE LITERATURA COMPARADA MARGARIDA LOSA

http://www.ilcml.com