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Gothic Modernisms is a two-day international conference, taking place on 29 & 30 June, 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL. Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University; the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, and Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Gothic Modernisms will focus on the (global) legacies, histories and contested identities of Northern European Gothic/early-modern visual cultures in 19th and early 20th-century modernity and, in particular, on identities of modernism, including avant-gardes, and debated questions of national and cosmopolitan cultural identity and memory-making. It builds on two preceding, related conferences on ‘Primitive Renaissances’ (The National Gallery, London, 2014) and ‘Visions of the North’ (Compton Verney Museum, 2016), which have opened new scholarship on 19th- and early 20th-century responses to Northern Renaissance and early Germanic art. Gothic Modernisms will expand this field of enquiry and its temporal scope. It explores the pivotal, yet still understudied, reception, construction and invention of Northern Gothic art and reception in the period spanning the 1880s to the 1950s, extending interest in Latin and Germanic Gothic to the ‘Nordic’ world. We term these artistic and cultural reinventions ‘gothic modernisms’.

The conference thus aims to develop both a broad perspective in relation to gothic modernisms and a deepening of the issues—methodological, theoretical, aesthetic, archival—pertinent to this subject.

Conference Organizers:

Prof. Dr Juliet Simpson, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, UK

Dr Tessel Bauduin,  Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam

Steering Committee:

Prof. Dr Juliet Simpson, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, UK

Dr Tessel Bauduin,  Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Ateneum Art  Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki

Dr Jan Baetens, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Dr Jenny Reynaerts, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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