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Bloomsbury Adaptations

Date posted: 15/10/2010

Bloomsbury Adaptations
Bath Spa University
5- 6 May 2011

‘Bloomsbury Adaptations’ is an interdisciplinary conference which aims to explore the ways that twentieth and twenty-first century art (literary, visual, performing) has been influenced by the work of The Bloomsbury Group and its London milieu. Papers, short performance pieces, works of art, suggestions for literary/artistic workshops inspired by Bloomsbury are welcomed as the catalyst for a discussion of how, in Eliot’s words, the past has been ‘altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past’.

Highlights of the conference will include a creative writing workshop with Susan Sellers, author of the acclaimed novel Vanessa and Virginia; a performance of the play ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ by Elizabeth Wright; dance performances by The Stephen Pelton Dance Company and a Bloomsbury inspired exhibition of art work by post-graduate students at Bath Spa University.

Keynote Speakers: Frances Spalding and Paul Edwards
Workshops: Susan Sellers (Creative Writing), Kitty Randle and Sarah Fullagar (Performance)
Performances: ‘Vanessa and Virginia’ (Moving Stories) and dance programme by The Stephen Pelton Dance Company
Proposals for papers are invited addressing the work of ‘the Bloomsbury Group’ and their contemporaries using adaptation and inspiration as a starting point.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
·       inspiration
·       adaptation
·       the difficulties and joys of translating one form of creative output into another
·       how creative works influence each other
·       ‘anxieties of influence’ (Harold Bloom)
·       early-twentieth century London and its impact on the contemporary art scene
·       dance, drama, music, painting, sculpture, prose, poetry influenced by Bloomsbury and the London Scene
·       The Omega Workshop and its influence       
·       Creative reactions against Bloomsbury
Proposals for individual papers and/or panels deadline has been extended to: 28 January 2011.

They also welcome working examples which demonstrate how Bloomsbury and its age have affected contemporary artists (literary, visual and performing). These may include, but are not limited to performances (dance, drama, music), creative workshops, poetry and prose readings, exhibitions, live art, film etc. Please send 250-word abstracts as Word attachments to Dr Elizabeth Wright or Natasha Rivers-Carnac

To register for the conference and for further information