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First symposium of AHRC ‘Metamodernism’ Research Network – Weds 31st Jan

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Professor Antony Rowland is Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Metamodernism’ Research Network. Manchester Metropolitan University will be hosting the first symposium as part of the Network on Wednesday January 31st 2018, 2.00-8.00 pm in the Business and Law School BS 3.01 (South Atrium)

Programme is as follows:

2.00-2.15 Antony Rowland (Man Met University), ‘Introduction’

2.15-3.15 Peter Boxall (University of Sussex), ‘Imagining the Future’

3.15-3.30 Break

3.30-4.15 Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Entropology and the End of Nature in Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

4.15-5.00 Adam Kelly (University of York), ‘Metamodernism, Anti-Modernism, and the New Sincerity’

5.00-6.00 Light tea and refreshments (BS4.44 North Atrium)

6.00-7.30 Urmila Seshagiri (University of Tennessee), ‘Metamodernism: Contemporary Fiction and the Problem of Modernism’ (BS4.44 North Atrium)

Places are limited so please do register your attendance via EventBrite here:

Any queries: Prof Antony Rowland

Future events will take place at Keele University (May 2018), Oslo (September 2018), Birmingham and Nijmegen (2019).

Summary of the Network:

Metamodernism has gained impetus as an important area of academic research over the past ten years, as a way of understanding what is happening in contemporary literature and culture. However, the different critical versions of metamodernism require refining, as although many critics agree that the more general term ‘post-postmodernism’ is not sufficient, they also disagree on the central aspects of metamodernism. Tim Vermeulen proposes that metamodernism attempts to account for the emergence of a wider ‘structure of feeling’ in the twenty-first century which responds to our historicity, bound up with the aftermaths of 9/11, the financial crash and austerity. Hence this new network provides a unique opportunity to formulate a timely and multidisciplinary response to what Linda Hutcheon has termed the difficult but urgent challenge of pinpointing a more exact ‘label’, and disseminating it to a variety of audiences, including academics working in the area of contemporary literature, culture and art, but also non-academics such as architects, creative writers, and avant-garde artists. The network will bring together leading international experts on the legacies of modernism for the first time in order to reflect on, and then define, the central aspects of metamodernism. The project crosses international boundaries in order to build new collaborations and forge a multidisciplinary response to metamodernism: academics will take part from across Europe (including The Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden and Poland), Japan and the United States; they will be from a variety of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, American studies, women’s studies, philosophy, sociology, film studies and fine art.


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