‘Crossings and Transgressions: Exploring Internationalism and Interdisciplinarity, 1870–1920’

Bristol University, 12 noon, 9 July 2009

This was a preparatory workshop for the ICE research project. It established an intellectual framework for this collaboration. It gathered together scholars from different disciplines and institutions to discuss the disciplinary implications of ‘transnational history’. It explored different methodological approaches to cultural exchange, to examined the possibilities of an interdisciplinary dialogue centred on the idea of internationalism, asked whether internationalism in the period was inherently interdisciplinary, and maintained an emphasis on the visual and performing arts through material sources, whether images, texts, scores, scripts or performances.

The workshop focused on themes of ‘display and performance’. How does an international framework affect our sense of musical repertoire? How could an international theatre movement operate in an era of national theatres? How to curate an exhibition about cross-cultural exchange? Invited speakers will give short position papers examining instances of internationalism across various media and disciplines: the visual arts, curating, music and theatre. The day was structured so as to allow plenty of time for discussion. The intention was to get a sense of how best to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue around the theme of internationalism and cultural exchange, and which questions to pursue through the larger Research Network.

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This event was generously funded by The Institute for Advanced Studies the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Arts, University of Bristol.


10.00 – 11.15:      Coffee and Registration
11.15 – 11.30:      Welcome and Introduction
11.30 – 13.30:      Displaying Internationalism chaired by Elizabeth Prettejohn
  • Christopher Reed (Professor of English and Visual Culture, Penn State, USA), ‘Displaying Japan: Class and Gender in Turn-of-the-Century Boston’
  • Claire O’Mahony (Lecturer in History of Art, University of Oxford), ‘Borderlands: Gallé, Displaying Design and Dissent’
  • MaryAnne Stevens (Director of Academic Affairs, Royal Academy of Arts), ‘Art at the Crossroads: International Exhibiting ca. 1900’
  • Nancy Ireson (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London), ‘Divide and Conquer? Presenting International Artistic Relations in the Exhibition Context’
13.30 – 14.30:     Lunch
14.30 – 16.30:     Performing Internationalism chaired by Michael Fend
  •  Daniel Laqua (Teaching Fellow in Modern European History, UCL), ‘Music in the Belle Epoque: The Tension between Nationalism and Internationalism’
  •  Frances Fowle (Lecturer and Senior Curator of French art, National Gallery of Scotland), ‘ “Mysterious correspondences”: Identifying Musical Themes and Connections in an Exhibition of Symbolist Landscape Art’
  •  Jean Chothia (Reader in Drama and Theatre, University of Cambridge), ‘Crossing Boundaries: The Circulation of Plays’
  • Katja Krebs (Lecturer in Drama, University of Bristol), ‘ “A Dutchman, an Englishman and a German went to the Theatre…” – The Deutsches Theater in London (1900-1908) as a Pan-European Project’
 16.30 – 17.00:     Tea
 17.00 – 18.00:     Final Discussion

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