Monday 16 September




1: Decadence and Degeneration

2: Presentisms

3: Futurities



Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Jobst Welge (University of Konstanz)

Chair: Sascha Bru (KU Leuven)

Chair: Anna-Katharina Gisbertz (U of Mannheim)


Mirjam Hinrikus (Tallin University): A Sharpening of Time Consciousness in the Discourse of Decadence: the Case of Estonian Writer A.H. Tammsaare (1878-1940)

Maria Stavrinaki (University of Paris 1): Dada Presentism: A Snapshot of Art Wrestling with History

Anna-Katharina Gisbertz  (University of Mannheim): The Future of the Futurists: On Der Sturm and Döblin


Aleide Vanmol (KU Leuven): 20th-Century Traditional Regionalism by French Aristocratic Writers: A Waning Imagery of (Be)longing

Patrick Lhot (University of Aix Marseille): Presentism(s). On the Impact of Salomon Friedländer

Caroline Pollentier (University of Paris 3): American Pragmatism and Virginia Woolf's Prophetic Futures


Jordi Larios (Queen Mary University of London): Female Bodies and the Ravages of Cyclical Time in Llorenç Villalonga's Fiction

Rosalind McKever (University of Sussex): Future Imperfect: the Presentist Temporality in Early Italian Futurist Manifestos

Helen Palmer (Goldsmiths, University of London): Accelerate, Interpenetrate, Advance and Retrench: The See-Sawing Frontier of a Futurist Poetics




Coffee & Tea Break




4: On Nostalgia

5: Simultaneities

6: Revolution and Utopianism



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Aleide Vanmol (KU Leuven)

Chair: Robin Vogelzang (KU Leuven)

Chair: David Ayers (University of Kent)


Niklas Salmose (Linneaus University): Modernism and Nostalgia

Leila Ghaleh Taki (Shahid Chamram University of Ahvaz): The Conception of Time in the Poetry of Paul Éluard

David Ayers (University of Kent): Revolutionary Time


Katy Masuga (Skidmore College, Paris): The Walls of Shakespeare and Company, Paris

Natasha Ryan (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris): The Temporal Kaleidoscope: Time in the Poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, and Hope Mirrlees

Monica Jansen (Utrecht University) and Luca Somigli (University of Toronto): Futurism on the Threshold of Modernity and Tradition: The Time-Space of Utopian Futurism versus the Time-Space of Arte Sacra


Rebecca Friedman (Florida International University): Antique Clocks, Gentry Estates, and Nostalgic Vistas

Michał Wenderski (Adam Mickiewicz University): (Non-)simultaneity in European Constructivism

Ben Hickman (University of Kent): Communism and Modernism: the Case of Louis Zukofsky




Dinner (on your own)




Plenary Session



Faculty of Arts, room Justus Lipsius (8th floor)



Opening remarks by Sascha Bru (KU Leuven)


Lecture by Sara Danius (University of Stockholm):



Black Socks, Green Threads: Modernism, Fashion and the Tests of Time




Followed by reception




Tuesday 17 September



9.30 - 11.00

7: Myth and the Time of Alchemy

8: Grammars of Time in the Russian and European Avant-Gardes




Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius

Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe



Chair: Tessel Bauduin (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

Chair: Dennis Ioffe (Ghent University)



Benedikt Hjartarson (University of Iceland): Travels in Ethernity: Pataphysical Temporality, Aesthetic Science and the Esoteric Tradition

Vladimir Feshchenko (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences): (Mis)understanding Time: Tense Forms in Gertrude Stein's and Alexander Vvedensky's Poetic Grammar



Tessel Bauduin (Radboud University, Nijmegen): Medieval Surrealism - Surrealist Medievalism: the Case of Hieronymus Bosch

Dennis Ioffe (Ghent University): Surrealist Messengers of Time: Chronotopoi of Disruption in Kharms and Artaud



Ivan Hristov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences): The Concept of Time and Identity in the Bulgarian Literary Modernism of the 1920s

Konstantin Dudakov-Kashuro (Moscow State (Lomonosov) University): Backward Futurisms: Archaic Structures in Italian and Russian Futurist Temporalities





Coffee & Tea Break




9: Temporality in Surrealism and Beyond: Art, Cinema, Theory

10: Messianic Time

11: Time, Body, Gender



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Joyce Suechun Cheng (University of Oregon)

Chair: Sami Sjöberg (Kone Foundation - KU Leuven)

Chair: Anke Gilleir (KU Leuven)


Joyce Suechun Cheng (University of Oregon): Avant-Garde Temporality of the Image

Karolina Szymaniak (Jewish Historical Institute):  Geometries of time. Temporalities of Modern Life in Debora Vogel’s Work

Anna Orhanen (King's College London): Breathing Time: the Imagery of Breathing and the Invisibility of Change in Proust and Rilke


Alma Mikulinsky (Ryerson University): Progressing Backward and Retreating Forward: André Breton's Surrealist Temporality

Sami Sjöberg (Kone Foundation - KU Leuven): Messianic Time in Jewish Avant-Garde Poetry of the 1940s: The Cases of Yvan Goll and Isodore Isou

Robin Vogelzang (KU Leuven): "Savage loud": Radio Time and the Radio Body in Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast


Abigail Susik (Willamette University): Surrealism and Cinematic Time: Hans Richter's Vormittagsspuk (1927-1928)

Arne De Winde (KU Leuven): Re-interpreting Spengler’s End of Times.

Ery Shin (University of Oxford): Queer Time and the Body in Gertrude Stein








12: Relative Time: The Perspectives of Science

13: Experiments with Time in Russian Modernism

14: Ecological Time



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Sabine Zubarik (University of Erfurt)

Chair: Ioulia Podoroga (University of Geneva)

Chair: Ben de Bruyn (KU Leuven)


Francis X. Altomare (Florida Atlantic University): Time after Time: Modernist Representations of Temporality in the Wake of Einstein, Dunne, and Bergson

Anke Hennig (Free University of Berlin): The Rise of the Present Tense Novel in Russian Modernism (Bely and Tretyakov)

Ben de Bruyn (KU Leuven): The Rustle of Perpetual Movement. Exomodernism and Jacquetta Hawkes's Geopoetry


Johanna Wagner (Maastricht University): Massive Gravitational Pull: Robin's Disorienting Time in Djuna Barnes' Nightwood

Ioulia Podoroga (University of Geneva): Reconstructing the Past: the Century of Osip Mandelstam

Jesse Matz (Kenyon College): William Faulkner. Time Ecologist


Johanne Mohs (Hochschule für Künste, Bern): Elevators and Relativity. The Relation of Space and Time in Elevator Scenes from Marcel Proust and Albert Einstein

Fiona Biörling (Lund University): Rhythm, Temporality and Transcendence: Sofia Gubaidulina in Homage to Marina Tsvetaeva

Andy Wimbush (University of Cambridge): Beckett's Paleolithic Profounds




Coffee & Tea break




15: Bergsonisms

16: Geotemporalities

17: Deep Time



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Jan Baetens (KU Leuven)

Chair: Andreas Kramer (Goldsmiths, U of London)

Chair: Sarah Posman (Ghent University)


Clément Girardi (Paris-Sorbonne University): 'Terrorist' Bergson: the Opening of a New Temporality?

Jennifer Somie Kang (University of Minnesota): Unevenness and Progress: Conrad's Representation of the Periphery and Modernist Geotemporalities

Donna Jones (University of California, Berkeley): On “The Paideuma”: Senghor, Pound and the Modernist Concept of Culture


Dmitri Tokarev (Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg): The Impact of Henri Bergson's Theory of Time and Memory on Russian Modernist Writers in Paris

Christina Britzolakis (University of Warwick): Re-reading Modernist Geotemporalities from Europe's Peripheries in Woolf's Post-War Fiction

Jan Vanvelk (KU Leuven): Deep Time and H.G. Wells' Literary Sociology


Ivan Radeljković (University of Sarajevo and University of Paris 8): Between Bergson's 'Duration' and Bachelard's 'Poetic Instant': Simultaneity in the Poetry of Apollinaire, Cendrars and Reverdy

Ozen Nergis Dolcerocca (New York University): Haunting Clocks of Modernity: The Treatment of Time in Robert Walser and A.H. Tanpinar

Sarah Posman (Ghent University): Charles Olson on the Yucatán Peninsula (not) Looking at Europe





Plenary Session



Irish College, Auditorium



Lecture by Enda Duffy (University of California, Santa Barbara) 



Rush: Adrenaline, Stress, and the Modernist Timetable



Followed by conference dinner (registration required)




Wednesday 18 September



9.30 - 11.00

18: Collage and Heterochronia

19: Being in Time

20: Narrative Time



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Ben de Bruyn (KU Leuven)

Chair: Erwin Kessler (Bucharest University)

Chair: Ian Maclachlan (Merton College, Oxford)


Magda Dragu (Indiana University, Bloomington): A Transmedial Inquiry into the Early Avant-Garde Collage Spatiotemporal Distortions

Erwin Kessler (Bucharest University & Romanian Cultural Institute): The Advent of the Present and the Invention of Presence. Tristan Tzara in Bucharest until November 1915

Julian Wolfreys (University of Portsmouth); No Time Like the Present: Memory, Temporality, and Perception


Elza Adamowicz (Queen Mary University of London): 'Fin et suite': Temporalities of the Surrealist Collage-Novel

Melania Stancu (Bucharest University): Time and Metaphor in the Spanish Avant-Garde: Benjamín Jarnés

Ian Maclachlan (Merton College, University of Oxford): Literary Time at a Turning-Point: Maurice Blanchot and Narrative


Andreas Kramer (Goldsmiths, University of London): Flights Out of Time: Dada's Heterochronic Prose

Karen Mac Cormack (SUNY, Buffalo): Spilling Split Seconds: Cunard's Parallax, Aldington's Phantasmagoria and GMT

Jobst Welge (University of Konstanz): Instant and Identity in the Narrative Poetics of André Gide




Coffee & Tea Break





21: Time-Images: Moving & Still

22: Chronographies

23: On Tense



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Bart Philipsen (KU Leuven)

Chair: Matthias Somers (KU Leuven)

Chair: Pieter Verstraeten (KU Leuven)


Katarzyna Trzeciak (Jagiellonian University): The Time of Sculpture, Sculpture of Time. Sculpture as a Metaphor of Time in Apollinaire's Stories

Daniel Acke (VUB-Brussels): Antagonistic Viewpoints on Time in Narratives of Spiritual Experience (French Literature of the 1940s)

Alice Gavin (Berlin Institute of Cultural Inquiry): Tensed


Steve McCaffery (SUNY, Buffalo): Frame-Time: Variant Cinematic Temporalities in Gertrude Stein and Bob Brown

Ioanna Ragkousi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Anachronisms, Anatopisms and Technology in Barnes and Stein

Sabine Zubarik (University of Erfurt): Time Astray: Unreliable Chronography in Flann O'Brien's Novel The Third Policeman


Elfriede Wiltschnigg (University of Graz): "If in the dream realm time stands still …": Alfred Kubin's Die andere Seite

Veijo Pulkkinen (Academy of Finland): Time and Typography in Aaro Hellaakoski's Jääpeili

Lorella Bosco (Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"): Flight Out of Time to the 'Fundamental' (zum Grunde): Hugo Ball's Diaries








24: Modernist Chronotopes

25: Architectures of Time

26: Temporal Objects



Faculty Club; Room Florquin

Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius


Chair: Liisa Steinby (University of Turku)

Chair: Pieter Verstraeten (KU Leuven)

Chair: Juliana Lopoukhine (Paris-Sorbonne U)


Evgeny Pavlov (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand): Time Travel after H.G. Wells in the Land of Kremlin Dreamers: Sigismund Krzhizhanovsky's 'Time Cutter'

Nadia Sels (Antwerp University) and Kris Pint (University of Hasselt): 'Energies of history' in Modernism: the Case of Casa Malaparte

Juliana Lopoukhine (Paris-Sorbonne University): On Board Omnibuses: Exploring the Thresholds of Time in Virginia Woolf's Novels


Tintti Klapuri (University of Turku): Narrative Temporality and Subjectivity in Boris Pilniak's The Naked Year

Pieter Verstraeten (KU Leuven): Modern Interiors, Diverging Temporalities. The Literary Representation of Domestic Interiors as Sites of Negotiation Between Temporal Regimes

Donata Meneghelli (University of Bologna): Clocks, Calendars, and Other Objects to Master Time in Modernism


Liisa Steinby (University of Turku): Time, Space and Subjectivity in Kafka's Amerika: the Chronotope of 'Unmündigkeit'

Rajesh Heynickx (LUCA School of Arts): Transit. On Hotel Lobbies

Jun Tanaka (University of Tokyo): Futuristic Archaism or Archaic Futurism: Gilbert Clavel's Vision of Time in Das Teleskop




Coffee & Tea break




27: Histories of Time - Histories of Writing

28: Visual Literary Historiography

29: Nachträglichkeiten



Faculty Club; Room Anna de Paepe

Faculty Club; Room St. Gommarius

Faculty Club; Room Florquin


Chair: Harri Veivo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Chair: Anne Reverseau (KU Leuven)

Chair: Juri Joensuu (University of Jyväskylä)


Harri Veivo (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle): An Archipelago of Time Zones. Time and Space in the Reception of the Historical Avant-Gardes

Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Pomona College): The 1947 Surrealist Exhibition: a Stage for Literary History

Iisa af Ursin (University of Turku): Dream-Time. Surrealism in Julio Cortázar's Short Stories


Benedikts Kalnačs (Liepāja University, Latvia): Time in Early-20th-Century Latvian Literature

Anne Reverseau (KU Leuven): The Surrealist Pêle-Mêle: Picturing Literary History

Richard Parker (University of Gaziantep, Turkey): Belated Modernism: Ezra Pound and Objectivist Verse


Regina Samson (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg): Jorge Luis Borges, César Vallejo: Avant-Garde Time Models Beyond the Avant-Garde

Mathilde Labbé (Paris-Sorbonne University): The Portrait: Matisse and Paul Eluard paint/write Baudelaire

Juri Joensuu (University of Jyväskylä): Zero Degree of Reading. Strategies of Nollapiste




Plenary Session



Kings College, room 02.21



Lecture by Laura Marcus (New College, University of Oxford)


Urban Time, Daily Time: From the City Symphony to Mass Observation


Closing Remarks