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This one-day symposium on the theme of ‘collapse’ brings together scholars from King’s College London and the University of Birmingham.

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‘Collapse’ offers a framework through which to explore literary and cultural production of the long modernist period, whether via the cataclysm of the world wars, the economic collapse of the 1930s or global anti-colonialism.

Collapsing the ‘now’ and the ‘then’ also generates resonance with our own moment of political and ecological crisis. Through papers, discussion and a closing roundtable, we will consider the state of modernist studies and its place in a rapidly changing academy.

This event in Lecture Theatre 2, Bush House, is hosted by the English Department and the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s and is a collaboration with the Centre for Modernist Cultures at the University of Birmingham. States of Modernism 2 will be held at Birmingham in May 2020.

Speakers include: John Attridge (UNSW), John Connor (King’s), Jon Day (King’s), Lara Feigel (King’s), Kélina Gotman (King’s), Alexandra Harris (Birmingham), David James (Birmingham), Jo Malt (King’s), Luke Roberts (King’s) and Emma West (Birmingham).

Organisers: Charlotte Jones (King’s), Clara Jones (King’s), Anna Snaith (King’s), Nathan Waddell (Birmingham)

This is a free event but registration via Eventbrite is required. Lunch is provided.

Venue: Bush House Lecture Theatre 2 (4.04), 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

Programme

10:00: Registration and tea/coffee

10:20: Introduction: Anna Snaith (King’s)

10:30-12: Panel 1: Economics and Empire

(Chair: Charlotte Jones, King’s)

John Attridge (UNSW): ‘Business failure and financial collapse in Nathan Asch’s The Office’

Luke Roberts (King’s): 'Hugh MacDiarmid, Austerity, and the Welfare State'

John Connor (King’s): "World-Systems Collapse: Modernism, Mid-Century and Imperial Realignment"

12:15-1:45: Panel 2: War

(Chair: Alissa Miller, King’s)

Lizzie Hibbert (King’s), 'The First World War and the Collapse of Clock Time.'

Laura Murphy (King’s): ‘The State of Exception and Exceptional States in Bowen’s Wartime Ghost Storie’

Alex Harris (UoB) and Lara Feigel (King’s), ‘DH Lawrence: Between Collapse and Revival’

1:45-2:30 Lunch (provided)

2:30-4:00: Panel 3: Embodiment

(Chair: Clara Jones, King’s)

David Cruikshank (King’s): '"Eaten death returning": Grotesque Time and the Modernist Body in Joseph Conrad and Djuna Barnes'

Chandra Ganguly-Meyer (King’s): ‘The Myths I became’

Kelina Gotman (King’s): ‘To “work the body like a machine”: ergonomics, waste and the choreographics of rectitude’

4-5: Roundtable on Disciplinary Collapse, Modernist Studies and the Academy (Chair: Nathan Waddell, UoB)

Jon Day (King’s), Jo Malt (King’s), Emma West (UoB), David James (UoB),

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