Samlinger og forskning

Call for Papers

Research Conference Edvard Munch and/in Modernism, Oslo 18–21 September 2013

“Edvard Munch and/inModernism” is held in conjunction with Munch 150, a major retrospective exhibition organised by the Munch Museum and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo) to celebrate Munch’s birth. See for information in English and Norwegian about the anniversary organisation and events. This research conference is a trilateral initiative by the two museums and the University of Oslo’s Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK) and is linked to their on-going research project “Munch and Modernity”.

The conference will run from 18–21 September 2013 in Oslo. We plan plenary lectures by three leading researchers, each speaking on one of the three days of the conference. Initiating the conference will be the internationally recognised expert on Munch and German Expressionism Professor Reinhold Heller (The University of Chicago, Emeritus).

Call for papers

The conference encourages debates about Munch’s contribution to − and ambiguous and unsettled position in − the history of modernism. It embraces a revisionist problematizing of the general concept of modernism and specifically queries the ways in which Munch’s art, career, and legacy are interpreted within historiographic and theoretical perspectives. We seek contributions that investigate how Munch has been both written into, and stricken from, modernist art-historical literature. We also seek approaches that examine ways in which his art has been included in contemporary artistic and institutional frameworks and discourses.

We encourage critical questions about artistic greatness, canonisation, and dethronement rather than seeking papers that locate Munch as a singular, isolated phenomenon. We also invite contributions that offer new understandings of Munch’s relationship to literary and textual cultures as well as to science and technology. Moreover, the conference welcomes a discussion of specific pictorial aspects of Munch’s art, about the relationships among perception, representation, abstraction, and narrative. The conference also endeavours to problematize memory, creativity, symbolic expression and discernible and mental visualisations as constituents of Munch’s art.  We hope the contributions to the conference will lead to essential new understandings of Munch’s pictures, texts, and artistic practices in relation to modernist constructions of identity, visuality, originality, authenticity, and the dynamics and mechanisms of market and display. 

Proposals for this conference must include (in English):

a) an abstract of maximum 2,000 keystrokes summarizing your argument

b) a brief (one paragraph) academic résumé, and

c) your full contact information.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion.

Contributions should be sent to no later than May 2, 2013. 

You will be notified by May 25, 2013.