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Tradition and/or Modernity: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives (1660 – 1940)

Tradition and/or Modernity: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives (1660 – 1940) was an international conference held on 26 and 27 May 2016 at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Aim

The purpose of the conference was to bring together scholars from different disciplinary traditions to take stock of the latest developments in discussions on modernity, addressing questions such as: What did it mean to define oneself as ‘modern’ in Europe during the period extending from Enlightenment ‘modernity’ to the early 20th-century modernist movement in the arts? How were national self-definitions in Europe linked during this period to (perceived) modernity, most often in opposition to (perceived) tradition? Have we in fact ever been modern? Is there one modernity, or are there multiple modernities?

Keynote speakers

  • Véronique Gély (Université Paris-Sorbonne) - Quelques réflexions sur les usages du mot 'tradition'
  • Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary University of London) - The ethics of unbelief in modernist fiction
  • Ulrich Lehner (Marquette University) - Catholic Enlightenment and Tridentine Reform: A Quest for Continuity
  • David C. Lloyd (University of California Riverside) - The Aesthetic Taboo: Race, Anthropology and Modernity’s Primitive

A complete overview of the speakers and the titles of their presentations can be found in this pdf (pdf, 139 kB).