Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde is a one-day interdisciplinary event bringing together members of the postgraduate research community and early career researchers to consider the nature, significance and legacies of avant-garde responses to the various socio-political crises of the twentieth century.
Co-organised by two History of Art - PhD students, Naomi Stewart and Josh Bowker, it is part of an ongoing programme of events organised by members of the Dada and Surrealism Research Group at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
The interdisciplinary nature of the conference is embedded in the broad scope of the theme: scholars from all arts subjects (historical and practical), as well as subjects such as philosophy, history, and politics, are invited to contribute.
The topic has particular relevance and resonance in today’s increasingly unstable cultural climate; it also seems timely in the centenary years of the First World War to reassess historical responses to periods of radical change and of conflict, offering one route to learning about and reflecting on current situations.
Professor Sanja Bahun from the University of Essex will present the conference’s keynote lecture on "The Economy of Discomfort: Mina Loy, the Homeless Body, and the Issues of Aesthetic Reception."
Registration for Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde is now open.
The conference is free to attend, but you must book in advance via Eventbrite