CFP London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Arts and Literature ( April 1-2, 2010, Nancy, France)

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Université Nancy 2, France

International Conference
1-2 April 2011
Université Nancy 2

London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Arts and Literature

Call for paper

The Research Groups I.D.E.A. ("Interdisciplinarité dans les études
anglophones"), Nancy-Université) and ECRITURES, Université Paul
Verlaine–Metz are announcing a call for papers for their international
conference on the theme: "London-New York: Exchanges and Cross-Cultural
Influences in the Arts and Literature".

London and New York are two contrasting metropolises. They have been the
cultural centres of many fruitful meetings, confrontations and exchanges
since the colonial period. In the field of art and literature, what
immediately comes to mind are the cultural exchanges between Paris and
New York or between Paris, London and New York. The twentieth century
saw the great "Paris-New York" exhibition held at the Pompidou Centre in
1977, followed by the "Paris-Berlin" and "Paris-Moscow" exhibitions in
1978 and 1979. Prior to the 20th century, one may also evoke the
Paris-London axis and the strong artistic links that existed between the
two capitals. At the dawn of the twentieth century, with the rise of
modernism, the city of New York became the emblem and focal point of
modernity. As a result, the exchanges between the three cultural
capitals developed considerably.
The aim of this international conference is to study and analyze the
cultural links and influences between London and New York in the arts
and literature, a field which seems to have been overlooked by critics
and academics alike. The relations between the two cities will be
tackled in terms of dynamics and exchanges of ideas on the one hand, and
of cultural, literary and artistic echoes and interactions, on the
other. The conference will be the opportunity to examine the following
issues: how does the work of an exiled writer, musician, playwright,
director, or painter convey his/her sense of exile? How can uprootedness
be a source of intellectual and creative emulation and stimulation for
artists? This may concern the expatriate literary circle composed of key
figures such as Henry James, Ezra Pound or T. S. Eliot in London, and
the meetings between English and American artists and writers in New
York. Other topics may include the opening of workshops in London
(Benjamin West) and in New York (Stanley William Hayter), the
cosmopolitan spirit that was very much alive at different times in both
cities, and the exchanges between musicians (for instance, the influence
of jazz on so-called serious music). How did/do the migrations from one
city to the other contribute to the emergence of new forms of writing
(stylistic and formal experimentation in poetry, painting and music)?
How does one culture interact with the other? In what ways is the city a
place of artistic fecundity, hybridization and crossbreeding? Will a
work conceived for Broadway or the West End be performed and staged in
the same way on both sides of the Atlantic? What are the modes of
cultural transfer between the two cities? Finally, in our era of
globalization, are the intercultural links and exchanges between London
and New York still relevant today or are they just the resurgence of
bygone days?

We insist that submitted proposals should focus on the intercultural and
interdisciplinary links between the two metropolises.

Possible topic areas include:

- Literature
- Visual arts
- Music: musicals, jazz, opera, etc.
- Dance
- Other performing arts
- Architecture and urban planning
- Cinema
- Art and literary journals

Half-hour presentations can be delivered in English or in French. A
selection of papers will be published in "Regards croisés sur le monde
Anglophone," by Presses Universitaires de Nancy. Please send your
proposals (title and 300-word abstract) as well as a biographical note
of 150 words to Claudine Armand (, Pierre
Degott ( and Jean-Philippe Heberlé
( Deadline for proposals: Thursday
30 September 2010.