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

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