13/14 April 2012: 2 Day Conference on European Symbolism, Paris

The Redefining European Symbolism network is pleased to announce that the line-up for the 2 day conference on European Symbolism has been finalised. The event will take place at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of April 2012. The event is free to attend. . There will be fourteen papers (six in English) given by both world-leading and young scholars from several countries, covering a rich variety of topics relating to European symbolism, 1880-1910.


Friday 13th April 2012

Correspondances: littérature, théâtre, musique (Jean-Michel Nectoux)

9.30-10.15: Paul Lang, Le symbolisme face au défi wagnérien.

10.15-11.00: Sébastien Mullier, La chevelure et l’incarnat : de Mallarmé à l’érotique symboliste.


11.30-12.15: Patrick McGuinness, Bruges as anti-Paris: Rodenbach’s dead cities.

12.15-13.00: Pierre-Henri Frangne, Symbolisme et théâtralité : l’altération théâtrale.


Art et identités: individualisme et nationalisme (Antoinette Le Normand-Romain)

14.30-15.15: Dominik Brabant, Material Bodies and Chiastic Gestures: Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell beyond Individualism and Nationalism?

15.15-16.00: Philippe Thiébaut, Gallé et l’Allemagne.


16.30-17.15: Irena Kossowska, Between Melancholy and Frenzy: Polish Symbolism and Proto-Expressionism.

17.15-18.00: Debora Silverman, Symbolism and Imperial Modernism in Fin-de-Siècle Belgium: Some Congo Forms and Fantasies in the Arts of Henry Van de Velde, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Emile Verhaeren.


Saturday 14th April 2012


Contradictions: science et spiritualité (Rodolphe Rapetti)

9.30-10.15: Barbara Larson, Darwinism and the Creator’s Divine Breath: The Evolutionary Landscape of the Spiritual in Symbolism.

10.15-11.00: Juliet Simpson, From naturalism’s remains’: Insight and the Spiritual in Huysmans’s ‘Primitifs’.


11.30-12.15: Damien Delille, Charles Filiger et les figures abstraites de l’androgyne.

12.15-13.00: Céline Eidenbenz, Gestuelle du dééquilibre. L’hystérie et ses corps ‘à rebours’ autour du 1900.


Redéfinir le symbolisme européen (Richard Thomson)

14.30-15.15: Michael Zimmermann, Imaginations: le symbolisme et la recherche psycho-physiologique.

15.15-16.00: Rodolphe Rapetti, La Fin du symbolisme.


16.30-17.30: Round table


Please find the Musée D’Orsay’s event page here

This event is free and open to the public. There is no official registration but for those travelling from further afield please contact us to save you a seat.

Entrance to the Museum through Entrance C &D.

For more information please contact Craig.Landt@ed.ac.uk or call +441316514248

CONFERENCE: The Symbolist Movement: Its Origins and Its Consequences – April 25 – 28, 2012

The Symbolist Movement: Its Origins and Its Consequences

April 25 – 28, 2012 | Allerton Park | Monticello, Illinois

ALMSD will be hosting a second International conference, “Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences” with the theme
Light and Shade or Light and Obscurity in Symbolism, its origins and its consequences.

The purpose of the conference is to explore the origins of Symbolism, a variety of Symbolist manifestations in art, literature, music and philosophy, its consequences in art and literature, and to understand how ideas moved from one European country to another.


For more information please visit:  http://www.uis.edu/hosted-orgs/conferences/symbolism/index.html

New association + call for papers: The Birch and the Star. Finnish Perspectives on the long 19th-century

New association named The Birch and the Star. Finnish Perspectives on the long 19th-century, chaired by Maija Tanninen, director of the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki and Riikka Stewen, from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, with a scientific committee composed of historians of art, music and literature working at the University of Helsinki  and in several Finnish museums and archives. We have decided to develop our international activity after the success of our first symposium, held in Helsinki, “Between Light and Darkness, International Symposium on Fin-de-siècle Symbolism”.

Symposium:The North, a Literary, Musical and Artistic Myth
This colloquium will take place  on 30-31 March 2012 More information can be found here

26 November 2010: Nabis Seminar, Amsterdam

A one day seminar took place at the end of November to discuss various aspects of the Nabis within the visual arts and their impact on symbolism as a whole. The Van Gogh Museum kindly allowed us to host the event in their library. A selection of 6 papers were given to an invited audience by experts from Edinburgh, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Ghent and Kingston (Canada). The report is now available for to view online. This includes summaries of the papers given and minutes of the discussions. Please use the link below.


27-28 October 2011: 2 Day Nabis International Conference, Amsterdam

The first of the Redefining European Symbolism public conferences took place on the 27 and 28 October 2011 at the ABN Amro Bank Headquarters in Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Van Gogh Museum. 8 speakers gave papers on various topics revovlving around the Nabis and this was topped off with a visit to the Snapshot:Painters and Photography, 1888-1915 exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum. We would like to thank all those that attended and the speakers for their fantastic contribtion to the project. The conference report is now available to download NAbis 2011 report

Please find the conference programme here Nabis programme