17 March, 2015 (5PM – 7.30PM)
Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge

Open to all, no need to register.

CRASSH is pleased to announce that CRASSH Mellon CDI Visiting Professor
Kwame Anthony Appiah will be in conversation with Professor Ash Amin
(University of Cambridge) on the topic of “Cosmopolitanism”.

“Cosmopolitanism” is an ancient idea – that we are – or should
aspire to be – citizens of the world and not merely beholden to a local
community. This originally Epicurean and then Christian ideal has become
one of the most pressing issues in modern ethics and political thought
thanks to the brilliant work of Kwame Anthony Appiah, whose book
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers inaugurated a debate
that has also been taken forward by Martha Nussbaum and Danielle Allen.
If globalization has become the condition of modern society what are the
implications for ethical action? Can we care for distant others as
vividly as we do for our own immediate ties? How do the claims of a
universal ethics stand against the recognition of cultural difference?
What “habits of co-existence” are required to make the global world
habitable? What narrative or moral or affective obligations make sense
in or across modern societies?


Call for Book Proposals

ICE invites proposals for monographs, edited collections and anthologies of primary sources, for publication in the Peter Lang series Internationalism and the Arts. If you have an idea or proposal that you would like to discuss, please contact Grace Brockington:

Music and the Nordic Breakthrough: Sibelius/Nielsen/Glazunov 2015 University of Oxford, 31 August-2 September 2015

The 150th anniversary of the births of Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, and Alexander Glazunov presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the life, work, and cultural environment of three of the most significant creative musical figures from the greater Baltic/Nordic region (Copenhagen to St Petersburg) around the turn of the twentieth century. Taking its cue from the title of Danish literary scholar George Brandes’ epochal 1883 volume Men of the Modern Breakthrough, the anniversary also offers a chance to reappraise the emergence of a distinctively Nordic/Northern European modernism from the 1890s: a remarkable generation of artists, writers, architects, designers and musicians that included Henrik Ibsen, Amalie Skram, August Strindberg, Edvard Munch, Knut Hamsun, Selma Lagerlöf, Eliel Saarinen, and Ilya Repin.

Though recent studies have sought to promote a more pluralistic and geographically diverse understanding of modernism in these years, the broader significance of the Nordic wave and its impact upon continental European modernism remains under-appreciated outside the Nordic zone. This conference seeks to reappraise the work of Sibelius, Nielsen, Glazunov and their contemporaries in their anniversary year, and to reassess the wider implications of the ‘Nordic breakthrough’ in music, art, literature, and architecture at the turn of the century for thinking about modernism, modernity, and its reactions. Simultaneously, it seeks to expand the notion of the ‘Nordic zone’ as a geographical category, moving beyond conventional nationally determined modes of critical enquiry to embrace a broader definition of cultural regionality. In so doing, it seeks to promote a new, wider understanding of the Nordic region as a distinctive arena of cultural activity.

Conference discussion will address any aspect of the Nordic/Baltic modern wave. Presentations focused on the work of Sibelius, Nielsen, and Glazunov will be welcomed. However, papers dealing with the work of other contemporary figures, or relevant themes will also be strongly encouraged, especially those dealing with media other than music. Topics might include, but will not be limited to:

  • The music of Sibelius, Nielsen, Glazunov, including its genesis, critical reception and analysis;
  • Performance in the Nordic fin-de-siècle: the lives, careers, and mobilities of instrumentalists and divas such as Christina Nilsson and Aino Ackté;
  • Notions of influence, inheritance, and legacy (e.g. the ‘shadow of Sibelius’);
  • Definitions of ‘modernism’ and reactions/resistance to the ‘modern breakthrough’, conservatism;
  • Gender, sexuality, and the Nordic fin-de-siècle;
  • Music, myth, folklore, and fairytale;
  • Musical landscapes, Texts, and Environments;
  • Centres and Peripheries: issues of music, geography, and historiography;
  • Music and the Idea of North (including ideologies of ethnicity and race);
  • Translation, mediation, and transnationalism in the Nordic sphere.

The proceedings will also include a number of musical events relevant to the conference theme.

Proposals are invited for 25-minute presentations on any of the above themes or other relevant topics. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should summarise succinctly the content of the proposed paper and its contribution to existing research. Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 31 January 2015, and the programme will be announced in early March. The conference language will be English.

For more information, contact the convenors, Prof. Daniel Grimley and Prof. Philip Ross Bullock, at

Programme Committee:

Prof Daniel Grimley (Oxford, Music)

Prof Philip Ross Bullock (Oxford, Modern Languages)

Prof Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Oxford, English Literature and Theatre Studies)

Prof Terence Cave (Oxford, Modern Languages)

Annika Lindskog (UCL, Scandinavian Studies)

CONFERENCE: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism (Prague, 27-28 Nov 2014)

Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Avant-Garde and Modernism:
The Impact of WWI

Prague, Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences of the
Czech Republic, Husova 4, 110 00 Praha 1, November 27 – 28, 2014
This workshop follows up on discussions that were initiated at an
international symposium in Stockholm: The European Artistic Avant–Garde
c. 1910-1930: Formations, Networks and Transnational Strategies (11–13
September 2013). It focuses on one particular aspect of the avant-garde
and modernism, namely, the clash therein of the national, the
transnational and the cosmopolitan. In the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe, but to some extent in Scandinavia too, the struggle for
national independence, which in most cases began in the 19th century and
culminated during and after World War I, had important cultural and
artistic consequences. The symposium will track the changes in and
compare the nationalist rhetorics in modern and avant-garde art just
before the outbreak of WWI, as well as during and after the war. After
1917 the map of Europe changed dramatically. A number of new,
independent states were established, and these developments found
expression in every genre of the visual arts and transformed the image
of the continent. The papers presented in this workshop focus primarily,
but not exclusively, on modernism and the avant-garde in Central and
Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Scandinavia. There are also papers that
describe the dissemination and translation of avant-garde language in
regions and countries at the fringes of Europe. Some questions we would
like to discuss are: How was the understanding of nationalism and the
post-WWI avant-garde affected by historiography, especially that of the
1950s and later? To what extent were nationalism and cosmopolitanism
part of avant-garde and modern-art discourse before WWI and how did the
understanding of them change during the war? What relationship did the
avant-garde have to traditional and to official art in terms of their
views on nationalism? What different kinds of nationalisms resulted from
the national revival movements of Czechs, Croats, Slovenes and Poles in
the late 19th century within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or of Poles
and Lithuanians in Czarist Russia? And, on the other side, in what sense
was the postwar avant-garde in the newly founded countries
(Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Baltic States etc.) an expression of
cosmopolitanism? The workshop will serve as a platform for rethinking
the methodological tools we use to understand and explain the complexity
and the multiplicity of avant-garde forms in these regions of Europe, a
subject that is still under-researched.


Thursday 27 November 2014

9.00–9.30 Reception, coffee

Introduction: Lidia Głuchowska / Vojtěch Lahoda

Section 1
Moderator: Steven Mansbach

Nina Gourianova, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
War as Medium: The Great War in the Russian Avant-Garde

Benedikt Hjartarson, University of Iceland, Rijekjavík, Iceland
Abstract Constructivism: Universal Language – National Idioms

10.45–11.00 Coffee break

Section 2
Moderator: Steven Mansbach

Erwin Kessler, Institute of Philosophy, Romanian Academy, Bucharest,
The Use, Abuse and Misuse of Cubism in the Romanian Avant-Garde

Bela Tsipuria, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgian Modernists Rethinking Nationalism: The Impact of WWI and the
Russian Revolutions

Irina Genova, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Modernism and the National Idea – Reflections of WWI: The Case of
Bulgaria in the Context of South-Eastern Europe

12.30–14.00 Lunch break

Section 3
Moderator: Lidia Głuchowska

Harri Veivo, University of New Sorbonne, Paris, France / University of
Helsinki, Finland
Centred and Decentred Cosmopolitanisms in Finland in the 1920s and Early

Heie Treier, Tallinn University, Estonia
Cubism and the Start of Avant-Garde in Estonia

Ginta Gerharde-Upeniece, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
Art and the New Latvian State (1918–1920): Modernism as a Cosmopolitan
Idea and a Substantive National Factor

15.30–15.45 Coffee break

Section 4
Moderator: Charlotte Bydler

Annika Gunnarsson, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
‘Cosmonational’ – Neither National Nor Cosmopolitan – But a Tinge of
Avant-Garde Modernism

Torben Jelsbak, Roskilde University, Denmark
Nationalist and Internationalist Discourses Surrounding the Modernist
Breakthrough in Danish Art and Culture during WWI

Friday 28 November 2014

9.00–9.15 Coffee

Section 5
Moderator: Benedikt Hjartarson

Éva Forgács, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA / IWM, Vienna
The Concept of ‘National Art’ and World War I in Hungary: Lajos Fülep
and the Dynamics of ‘National’ and ‘International’

Lidia Głuchowska, Poland
The Great World and the ‘New Art’ in Poland: Between the Patriotic
Ethos, the Nationalisation of Modernism and International Attempts in

Michal Wenderski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
‘Uncanonical’ Impulses to the ‘Canon’: Polish and Belgian Contribution
to International Constructivism

10.45–11.00 Coffee break

Section 6
Moderator: Vojtěch Lahoda

Joana Cunha Leal, Art History Institute, New University of Lisbon,
‘A bridge too far?’: The War Effect in the Portuguese and Spanish

Emilio Quintana, Instituto Cervantes, Stockholm, Sweden
Languages of the Avant-Garde between Poland and Spain: Tadeusz Peiper
and Spanish Modernism after WWI

12.00–14.00 Lunch break

Section 7
Moderator: Éva Forgács

Ljiljana Kolešnik, Institute of Art History, Zagreb, Croatia
Migrating Signifiers – Socialist Croatian Post-WWII Art History and Its
Relation to the Inter-War Avant-Garde

Lenka Bydžovská, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the
Czech Republic, Prague
The Trojan Horse in the Trade Fair Palace: The Slav Epic versus the
Czech Avant-Garde

Vendula Hnídková, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the
Czech Republic, Prague
Respect and Triumph: The Intentions and Meanings of Czech Architecture
before and after WWI

15.30–15.45 Coffee break

Section 8
Moderator: Tomáš Winter

Naomi Hume, Seattle University, USA
Cut-and-Paste in Exile and War: Otto Gutfreund’s Parisian Collages

Vojtěch Lahoda, Czech Republic
Transnational or National Cubism? Vincenc Kramář on Cubism

Closing Remarks: Steven Mansbach

Professor Vojtěch Lahoda, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic, Prague
Dr. Lidia Głuchowska, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Zielona
Góra, Poland / Humanities Faculty, University of Bamberg, Germany

Scientific Committee:
Charlotte Bydler, PhD., School of Culture and Education and the Centre
for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm,
PhDr. Lenka Bydžovská, CSc., Institute of Art History, Academy of
Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
Dr. Lidia Głuchowska, Institute of Visual Art, University of Zielona
Góra, Poland / Humanities Faculty, University of Bamberg, Germany
Professor Vojtěch Lahoda, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic, Prague
Professor Steven Mansbach, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
PhDr. Tomáš Winter, PhD., Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic, Prague

Vojtěch Lahoda:
Lidia Głuchowska:

Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Husova 4, 110 00 Prague 1
Contact: Blanka Švédová:, +420 221 183 501

There is no conference registration fee.

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism (Prague, 27-28 Nov 14). In:
H-ArtHist, Nov 21, 2014. <>.

The Art Market Past and Present: Lessons for the Future?

A two-day conference on relations between the art market in history and the art market today, organized by Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London and the Burlington Magazine, to be held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London on Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November 2014.

Places have now sold out for this event.