Modernist Times Symposium

Let and torso, machine part 

20-21 November 2014, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, room 3.G.55

The modernists were the most temporally-aware of artists. The innovations of Woolf, Mann and Joyce were focused on time: its elasticity, manipulability and centrality to human experience. In this two-day symposium, we ask why time has re-emerged as a focus of art and theory in the 21st century. We trace the diversification of theories of time beyond the very literary temporality of high modernism. Yet even in this diversification, something of the spirit of modernist time remains; it is this temporal residue we will consider.

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Keynote Speaker: Professor Brian Boyd (University of Auckland) is the author of Why Lyrics Last, On the Origins of Stories, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years.

Other Speakers: Mark Byron, Arka Chattopadhyay, James Gourley, Lou Jillett,  Don Johnston, Kate Montague, Sean Pryor, Paul Sheehan and Mark Steven.

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