Modernity in Translation?

The global phenomenon of Modernism

Modernity in Translation?
The Egyptian Suarrealist Group, circa 1940

Saturday, 4 December 2010 - 9:30am


Centre of Advance Studies
Seestraße 13
80802 München

0049-[0]89/21 80-32 43

Free admission. Mainly in English

Prof. Dr. Christoph Balme, LMU Munich
Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci, LMU Munich
Prof. Glenn Penny [Ph.D.], University of Iowa
Prof. Kirsten Scheid [Ph.D.], American University of Beirut
Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem, LMU Munich
Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw, University of Bern

The investigation of artistic and cultural diversity has been undertaken within discrete frames and disciplines towards the understanding of the semantic specificity of works, writers, artists and genres or schools, and, more importantly, within a nationally oriented paradigm.

What art studies have not yet attempted to do is to explain how the global phenomenon of Modernism came to be. What were the factors that led to a particular set of mainly Western, artistic practices being exported to and established in entirely diverse and distinct cultural environments? How did these processes of transposition affect the new host cultures and how did they in turn transform the practices being exported?

This conference aims to provide several corrective insights into existing historiographical principles and research agendas by re-thinking modernism as an artistic practice and modernisation as a political, economic and institutional manifestation.


10:00 h Introduction
10:15 h Unbounded Landscapes: Secular Modernism and Subversive Nationalism? KIRSTEN SCHEID
11:00 h The Cairo Opera House and the Beginnings of Global Theatre CHRISTOPHER BALME
11:45 h An Oriental as Orientalist? The Painter Osman Hamdi Bey from Istanbul [lecture in German] BURCU DOGRAMACI
12:30 h Lunch
14:00 h Cubism on the Bosporus WENDY SHAW
14:45 h Surrealism on the Nile AVINOAM SHALEM
15:30 h Concluding Remarks GLENN PENNY
Afterwards visit to the exhibition The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future in the House of Art [Haus der Kunst]

Organiser: LMU Munich [Faculty of History and the Arts]

Concept and organisation: Prof. Dr. Christoph Balme and Prof. Dr. Avinoam Shalem