American Networks: Radicals Under the Radar (1868-1968)
International Inter-Disciplinary Conference
- Location: 1-4 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG
- Date: 11-13 July 2016
American Networks: Radicals Under the Radar aims to challenge dominant narratives of
artistic and political collaboration by investigating networks in the Americas which are often
submerged ‘under the radar’ of conventional scholarship and examines the hundred-year period preceding 1968.
Pan-American and transnational in focus, the conference aims to investigate literary and
artistic movements which are poorly served by strict linguistic and national boundaries.
Artistic and political movements are never predicated upon ‘great’ individuals in isolation,
but are always reliant upon networks. Across the Americas, affiliations between artists and
radical thinkers have led to paradigm shifts that have changed world history. Communists,
Wobblies, revolutionaries, socialists, Fabianists, Pan-Africanists, Pan-Americanists, revolutionaries,
anarchists, political exiles and Garveyites all played their role in shaping American literature,
art and politics.
Whether such networks exist in tangible social enclaves—homes, bars, cafés, galleries,
offices or neighbourhoods—or in virtual form—an edited book—they inevitably draw together collaborators
from different cultural, national and linguistic backgrounds. In American studies, scholarship on some
of the most significant artistic movements of the twentieth century, such as Modernism and the
avant-garde—which often combine artistic and politically radical components—has often been dominated by national,
US-centric and Anglocentric paradigms.
Modernism in the visual arts of the Americas is often seen as having been initiated by the 1913 Armory Show
in New York, which traded on its association with Europeans exemplars like Duchamp and Matisse. In Americanist
scholarship more broadly, Caribbean, Latin American and Southern contributors are often overlooked in favour of
their Northern counterparts. American Networks interrogates received wisdom about discourse on American arts
and writing and is attentive to cultural geographies which are Pan-American, transnational and intercultural in nature.
It is an expectation that speakers and participants will attend for the full three days of the conference,
which will consist of single panels.
Other confirmed speakers
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Please contact the conference organiser Dr Jak Peake by email firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.
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