Babeş-Bolyai University
Faculty of Letters
31 Horea Street
Cluj-Napoca, 400202
Phone: +40-264-53.22.38



Jean-Michel Rabaté University of Pennsylvania


Randall Stevenson University of Edinburgh


Declan Kiberd University of Notre Dame


Christian Moraru University of North Carolina, Greensboro


Rarița Zbranca AltArt Foundation, Cluj-Napoca


Patrick McGuinness University of Oxford


2 May


9.30-9.45: WELCOME ADDRESSES (Room Shakespeare)

9.45-11.00: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Randall Stevenson (Edinburgh University): “Time and Space Obliterated: Modernism, War Time and Remembrance”

11.00-11.15: COFFEE BREAK

11.15-12.30: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania): “Modernism Terminable and Interminable”

12.30-14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00-16.00: PANELS 1

  1. Room Kisch: Temporalizing Modernism, (re)writing the histories of Modernism

(Chair: Bran Nicol)

  1. Angeliki Spiropoulou (University of the Peloponnese, Athens, Greece / University of London, UK): Classical Modernism: Temporalities of Fame and Obscurity in Modernist Writing
  2. Lilly Markaki (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): Marcel Duchamp: A poetics of becoming
  3. Mimmo Cangiano (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): Modernism and the Disruption of History. Examples from the Italian Case
  4. Bran Nicol (University of Surrey, UK): Post-postmodernism and the return of the modernist retronovel

  1. Room Lenau: Theorizing history, (re)historicizing the disciplines   (chair: Maurice Fadel)
  1. Maurice N. Fadel (New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria): Modernism, History, Irony
  2. Andrei Terian (Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania) : Waves, Viruses, Sieges: Abstract Patterns of Diffusion in Literary Modernity
  3. Laura Pavel (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): The Recessive Principle: Restoring a Nonmodern Ethos
  4. Adriana Neagu (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania) : “Try again, fail again, fail better”: Modernism and Perfection

16.00-16.30: COFFEE BREAK

16.30-18.30: PANELS 2

  1. Room Kisch: Faces of Romanian Modernism(s) (convenor: Horea Poenar, chair: Horea Poenar)

1. Caius Dobrescu (University of Bucharest, Romania): Hybrid Histories: temporality and/as ideology in Romanian-American Netflix crime series Comrade Detective

  1. Ștefan Firică (University of Bucharest, Romania): Authenticity, Hierarchy, Equality. An Application on the Romanian Interwar Modernism.
  2. Adrian Lăcătuș (Transilvania University, Brașov, Romania): The end of the world didn’t happen. The crisis of the experiment in Romanian literature.
  3. Adriana Stan (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Out of Context. Remaking Modernism in Romanian Literature During Communism

  1. Room Lenau: Measuring the time of Modernism: speed, technology, and metropolitan space (chair: Chris Townsend)
  1. Guy Woodward (New Europe College Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, Romania): ‘The Future’s in the Air’: Graham Greene Takes Flight
  2. Chris Townsend (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): The Moving Automobile as Perpetual Present: Picabia, Apollinaire and Duchamp in 1912
  3. Dragoş Ivana (University of Bucharest, Romania): Textual Temporality and the Modernist City

  1. Room Bogdan: Disruptions of time between ruptured memory and prophetic future  (chair:  Ana-Karina Schneider)
  1. Ioana Cosma (University of Bucharest, Romania): The Jetztzeit in Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood
  2. Adriana Teodorescu (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): When time is twice a thief. Constructions of memory and temporality within Alzheimer's autobiographies
  3. Chloé Thomas (Université Paris 8 – Vincennes – Saint-Denis, France): Prophecy and Modernist modes of narration
  4. Renáta Zsámba (Eszterházy Károly University, Eger): Horrors of Modernity: The House as a Site of Memory and Trauma in the Crime Novels of Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham

19:00: CONFERENCE DINNER, Piramida Restaurant (1 Emmanuel de Martonne St.)  

3 May

9.00-10.15: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Declan Kiberd (University of Notre Dame): “Childhood and Modernist Time”

10.15-10.30: COFFEE BREAK

10.30-12.30: PANELS 3

  1. Room Kisch: The time of images: photography, visual avant-gardes, and the legacy of Modernism (Chair: Mimmo Cangiano)
  1. Michael T. Smith(Purdue University, USA): Capturing “photographic time”
  2. Gabriella Moise (Debrecen University, Hungary): Composite-Collage-Hybridity: The agency of the “cut”
  3. Nathan O'Donnell (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): ‘the curious feeling that the dates didn’t match the pictures’: Michael Kane and visual modernism in Ireland
  4. Diarmuid Ó Giolláin (Notre Dame University, USA) : The Present Moment and the Authority of Tradition: Modernism and Folklore 
  1. Room Lenau: Panel – Alternative and subversive Hungarian modernisms (convenors Levente T. Szabó and Imre József Balázs, chair: Levente T. Szabó)
  1. Orsolya Rákai (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary): The Eye and Modernity. Focalization, Observation and the Dissolution of Subjectivity in the Oeuvre of Margit Kaffka and Virginia Woolf
  2. Imre József Balázs (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Déry, Németh and the Hungarian alternating modernisms
  3. Anna Márton-Simon (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): A Genre Born of and for the Modern City. The Appearance and Development of the Hungarian Urban Mystery Novel
  4. Levente T. Szabó (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Hungarian Little Magazines, Early Radical Modernism and the Emergence of Comparative Literary Studies
  1. Room Bogdan: Shifting Time Frames: Rural to Urban, convenors: Dana Radler, Jillian Curr (I, chair: Dana Radler)
  1. Tamara Sampey-Jawad (independent researcher): Fractured selves: cohesion in the works of Doris Lessing
  2. Anemona Alb (University of Oradea, Romania): Chronotope and Theory: temporality revisited in (late) modernist fiction
  3. Verita Sriratana (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand): I Burn (Marx’s) Paris: “Capital” Cities, Alienation and Deconstruction in the Works of Bruno Jasieński

12.30-14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00-15.15: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Patrick McGuinness (Oxford University): “The Time of the Poet and the Time of the Critic: TS Eliot and France”

15.30-17.30: PANELS 4

  1. Room Kisch: Hermeneutics of Vision: space-ing and image-ing Modernism (chair: Guy Woodward)
  1. Cristian Rusu (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Radical Visions of Space Powered by Modernism
  2. Horea Poenar (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Histoire(s) avec un s. A Study on the Crystals of History
  3. Ștefana Pop-Curșeu (Babeș-Bolyai Unviersity Cluj): The Modern Human Being in Search for Happiness: A Revisited Collage Technique in Neo-Avant-Garde Theatre and Visual Arts
  4. Jana Gavriliu (independent researcher): On Not Expecting Too Much from Grand Narratives: Differends, Disruptions and Challenges in Literary and Pictorial Modernity
  1. Room Lenau: Spreading the word: Modernism, transmission, dissemination, translation (chair: Erika Mihálycsa)
  1. Ira Torresi (University of Bologna, Forlì, Italy): Legacies of Modernism: paradigm survival and revitalization 
  2. Marianna Gula (Debrecen University, Hungary): "Wavewhite Wedded Words: The Soundscape of the Canonical Hungarian Translation of Joyce's Ulysses (1974) and Its Remake (2012)" 
  3. Elena Păcurar (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Feasting on the text: James Joyce’s centenary in Romanian periodicals
  4. Barbara Szot (Palacký University, Olomuc, Czech Republic): Irish-language Modernism as Presented in the Czech Translations’ Paratexts
  5. Ştefan Baghiu (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania): The Socialist Realism Need for Modernism: A Theoretical Framework for Romania’s Novel Translation Process
  1. Room BCS: Shifting Time Frames: Rural to Urban, convenors: Dana Radler, Jillian Curr (II, chair: Jillian Curr)
  1. Jillian Curr (University of Western Australia, Australia): Dislocation and Chronotopes in finding ‘home’ in Nada Awar Jarrar’s Somewhere Home
  2. Anton Kurmelev (Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistics University, Russia): Idiosyncrasies of the Chronotope in the Later Plays of Tennessee Williams
  3. Onder Çakirtaş (Bingol University, Turkey): The Pains of Transition between Self and the Other: Identities Resisting Change in Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman

17.30-18.00: COFFEE BREAK

18.00-19.15: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Rarița Zbranca (Altart Foundation, Cluj-Napoca): “How Cities Use The Arts and How Art Resists (in) the Cities”

4 May

9.00-10.15: KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Room Shakespeare)
Christian Moraru (University of North Carolina): “Exhaustion 2.0? Culture of the Extreme Present”

10.15-10.30: COFFEE BREAK

10.30-12.30: PANELS 5

  1. Room Kisch: Queer(ing) time: Modernism, traumatic histories, WW1 (chair: Ilaria Natali)
  1. Sara Ceroni (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA): The Queer Failure of Imperial Time in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out  
  2. Julie Bates (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): ‘The boldest jump-cut – the most daring time-shift, the most outrageous deduction – ever’: Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
  3. Angelika Reichmann (Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, Hungary): A “panorama of futility and anarchy” reimagined in David Jones’ In Parenthesis
  4. Şahin Kiziltaș (Bitlis Eren University, Turkey): The Conceptual Transformation of Racial Time in (Post)Colonial Narrative into Gendered Time in Modernist Narrative
  1. Room Lenau: Staged and performed (moving) images: rereading modernist theatre and film  (chair: Rareș Moldovan)
  1. Eugen Wohl (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Inter-war Romanian Theatre: Steps Towards Modernity
  2. Ioan Pop-Curşeu  (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania):  Cinema as a Model for Modern Poetry during the First Half of the 20th Century
  3. Aura Poenar (independent researcher): The Abject as Symptom. A Study on the Temporalities, Narratives and Ethics of the Image
  4. Thomas Cousineau (Washington College, USA): “The Manole Complex: Staging Movement in Waiting for Godot” 

12.30-14.00: LUNCH BREAK

14.00-16.00: PANELS 6

  1. Room Kisch: The Inheritance of Modernism between English and Italian Literature (convenor: Annalisa Volpone, chair: Annalisa Volpone)
  1. Ilaria Natali (University of Florence, Italy): “Oftwhile balbulous”: Dante and Joyce
  2. Annalisa Volpone (University of Perugia, Italy): Modernist Plath: Joyce, the Wake and the writing conundrum
  3. Tiziano Toracca (University of Torino, Italy): The Italian Neo-Modernism in the Framework of the Debate on the Category of Late Modernism
  4. Novella Di Nunzio (University of Vilnius, Lithuania): Against Avant-gardism. A proposal to define the tradition of the Italian Fantastic Modernism
  1. Room Lenau: Disrupting chronologies, challenging boundaries: from the historical avant-gardes to the 1960s-1970s neo-avant-garde (Chair: Imre József Balázs)
  1. Melania Stancu (University of Bucharest, Romania): Simultaneity as time perspective in the Spanish Ultraist movement
  2. Maria Rybakova (San Diego State University, USA): Author’s and reader’s temporalities in the first novels by Mircea Eliade and Max Blecher
  3. Ioana-Eliza Deac (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania):The Poetry of Historical Circumstance against a Changing Historical Background
  4. Călina Părău (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania):Details Knowing the World: From Hierarchy to Continuities
  1. Room Bogdan: Time reimagined from Wilde to late Modernism (chair: John Style)
  1. Thomas Patrick Wisniewski (Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Firenze, Italy): Comic anti-modern Modernism?  The poetics of Wildean wit and wordplay
  2. Yi-Ching Teng (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan): Time Reimagined: A Modernist Picture of Dorian Gray
  3. Mariwan Nasradeen Hasan (Sulaimani University, Iraq): Dogs, Grasshoppers, Cats, Apes, and Crabs: Animals in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot

16.00-16.30: COFFEE BREAK

16.30-18.30: PANELS 7

  1. Room Kisch: Afterlives of Modernism: continuities of Modernism in British contemporary fiction (convenor: Petronia Petrar, chair: Petronia Petrar)
  1. Ana-Karina Schneider (Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania): “[O]ur childhood becomes like a foreign land once we have grown”: Temporal Structures in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Treatment of Childhood
  2. Alina Preda (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Jeanette Winterson’s Literary Writing at the Interface between the Discourses of Modernism and Postmodernism
  3. John Style (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain): "A frozen explosion": Regalvanising Modernism to describe modes of production, pathologies and wars in Will Self’s Umbrella
  1. Room Lenau: Anglophone fiction between late modernism and postmodernism (chair:  Eve Patten)
  1. Alexandra Mitrea (Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania): Saul Bellow and the Subversion of Modernist Aesthetics
  2. Gabriela Tucan (West University of Timișoara, Romania): Time as a Forking Path in Ernest Hemingway’s Short Stories
  3. Cristina Popescu (Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania): Ethical Readings of Iris Murdoch’s Novels
  4. Teodora Narcisa Giurgiu (University of Bucharest, Romania): Rupture and Revolution in the Old South Fashion:  Flannery O’Connor’s anti-intellectualism, anti-modernism and anti-disposition
  1. Room Bogdan: Shifting Time Frames: Rural to Urban, convenors: Dana Radler, Jillian Curr (III, chair: Kevin King)
  1. Dana Radler (University of Bucharest, Romania): Age, Feeling and Experience As Transgressive Frames in Panait Istrati’s Stravro
  2. Kevin King (University of Łodz, Poland): The Overnighters and the Narrative of Meritocracy
  3. Elena Adriana Stoican (University of Bucharest, Romania): (Post)modern Time-Space Configurations of Transmigrant Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s  The Lowland
  4. Olha Bandrovska (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine): The London Text of The Twentieth-century English Literature: Problematizing the City in Ford Madox Ford’s The Soul of London

20.30: SNACKS & DRINKS AT N8 (8 Universității St.)


2 May

19:00: CONFERENCE DINNER, Piramida Restaurant (1 Emmanuel de Martonne Str.)  

4 May

20.30: SNACKS & DRINKS AT N8 (8 Universității St.)

Amalia takes a deep breathe presentation


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    31 March 2018


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