This strand of IMCC research concerns the transdisciplinary and transnational character of modernism and of experimentalisms across the arts in a way that seems to think beyond the standard periodisations of these terms. As well as a number of conference and symposia at Westminster, the IMCC has also organised a number of high-profile events and collaborations with colleagues at institutions including the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow; University of Oxford China Centre; Merve publishers, Berlin; Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, University of Toronto; and the Whitechapel Gallery. The 2016 Experimental Writing series of events organised with the Carroll-Fletcher Gallery involved participants including Caroline Bergvall and Marina Warner, while related symposia have also been held in collaboration with the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art (2016) and at the ICA and Photographers Gallery (2014)

Selected Research

John Beck, Technocrats of the Imagination: Art, Technology and the Military-Industrial Avant-Garde
John Beck, ‘The Time Capsule and the Cut Up
Georgina Colby, Kathy Acker: Writing the Impossible
Georgina Colby, Reading Experimental Writing
Georgina Colby, Death and the Contemporary, special issue of New Formations
Matthew Charles, Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe
David Cunningham, ‘Asceticism Against Colour, or Modernism, Abstraction and the Lateness of Beckett
David Cunningham, ‘Time, Modernism and the Contemporaneity of Realism’
Kaja Marczewska, This is Not a Copy: Writing at the Iterative Turn
Elinor Taylor, The Popular Front Novel in Britain, 1934-1940
Leigh Wilson, Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult
Leigh Wilson, ‘Whose Sister? Convenient Pigeonholes, Peter Owen and the Publishing of Anna Kavan
Anne Witchard, ed. British Modernism and Chinoiserie
Anne Witchard, Lao She in London