Interceptions: Theory’s Modernism and Modernism’s Theory
11th December 2010, University of Glasgow, U.K

Sponsored by the AHRC and run in association with the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies and British Association of Modernist Studies, this one-day postgraduate-led symposium aims to provide a forum for debate and exchange on topics relating to the interceptions between modernism and theory.

Following Stephen Ross’ edited collection Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate (2009) which seeks ‘to recapture the continuities among modernism and theory’, this event will address specific concerns about the relationship between historical and theoretical approaches to modernism (in its various definitions), local and transnational locations, canonical and marginalised thinkers, political and philosophical readings.
Confirmed plenary speakers are Dr. Stephen Ross (University of Victoria) and the current president of the Modernist Studies Association, Professor Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago). Building on Glasgow’s thriving postgraduate reading group community, the event will include a “reading group in action” workshop as well as seminar workshops, where delegates’ papers will be discussed.

We welcome broad engagement with the themes from researchers at any stage of their research; subjects may include but are not limited to:

  • “reconciling” historical and theoretical approaches (the archive vs theory)
  • globalization
  • the international spread of modernism
  • the canon vs the margins
  • lines of flight from modernism to theory (and theory to modernism) > – modernist legacies
  • modernism after postmodernism?
  • intercepting disciplines

Papers (2000 words) will be distributed to participants prior to the conference, with brief summaries given by delegates on the day. Please send abstracts of 200-250 words by 1st May 2010 to the conference organisers via email at For more information please visit our website:

This symposium is being held in parallel to Glasgow’s 1910 Centenary Conference (December 10th-12th 2010). For more information on this event please visit the conference website: