Attendance at the conference is free of charge but all attendees are required to register via our Eventbrite page:

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Date: Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Location: Screening Room (G.04 – ground floor), 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU

Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde is a one-day interdisciplinary event bringing together members of the postgraduate research community and early career researchers to consider the nature, significance and legacies of avant-garde responses to the various socio-political crises of the twentieth century. The topic has particular relevance and resonance in today’s increasingly unstable cultural climate; it also seems timely in the centenary years of the First World War to reassess historical responses to periods of radical change and of conflict, offering one route to learning about and reflecting on current situations.

The interdisciplinary nature of the symposium is embedded in the broad scope of the theme: scholars from all arts subjects (historical and practical), as well as subjects such as philosophy, history, and politics, are invited to contribute. The conference is open to postgraduate research students and early career researchers from the University of Edinburgh and other national and international research institutions.

The co-organisers are Naomi Stewart and Josh Bowker, both second year PhD students in the History of Art Department at Edinburgh College of Art. The conference is part of an ongoing programme of events organised by members of Edinburgh College of Art’s Dada and Surrealism Research Group.