‘Internationalism and the Arts: Imagining the Cosmopolis at the long fin de siècle’

Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, 9am, 5 September 2013

Previous events explored different aspects of cultural internationalism at the long fin de siècle, from world exhibitions, to the global rise of the vernacular, and the idea of music as a universal language. This conference adapted Benedict Anderson’s theory of the nation as an imagined community in order to examine certain questions – about the locations, languages and citizens of an ‘imagined cosmopolis’ –which have been fundamental to our enquiry. In particular, it asks what alternatives to nationhood were proposed by artists working at the turn of the twentieth century. What were their sites of operation? How did they use the arts to communicate? And what real and imagined communities did they build to cross national boundaries? The conference focused on these three themes, of place, language and cosmopolitanism, as they played out during an otherwise intense period of nation-building; and it will examine the methodological implications of cultural internationalism for research, teaching and display in the arts.


Day 1, Thursday 5 September
09.00-09.30:    Registration
09.30-10.00:    Welcome, overview of ICE network
10.00-11.30:    Panel 1: Art Journals (discussant: Kate Nichols, CRASSH, University of Cambridge)
11.30-12.00 Coffee
12.00: Panel 2: Architecture (discussant: Andrzej Szczerski, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Jagiellonian University, Poland)
13.30 Lunch
15.00: Panel 3: Italians at Home and Abroad (discussant: Sarah Victoria Turner, Department of History of Art, University of York)
16.30:   Tea
17.00:    Panel 4: Cosmopolitan Dreamers in Paris, Geneva and Trinidad (discussant: Grace Brockington, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol)
18.30:    Wine reception
19.30:    Supper (for speakers, chairs and invited guests)
Day 2, Friday 6 September
09.30-11.00:    Panel 1: Music and internationalism (discussant: Rachel Cowgill, School of Music, Cardiff University)
11.00-11.30:    Coffee
11.30-13.00:    Panel 2: Europe and the Antipodes: a two-way exchange (discussant: Alison Smith, Tate Britain)
13.00-14.30:    Lunch
14.30-16.00:    Panel 3: German Internationalism and the Shadow of WWI (discussant: Daniel Laqua, Department of History, University of Northumbria)
16.00:                Final Discussion

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