Modernism in Australia

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Please join us for the third National School of Arts Research Seminar in 2015.

In this talk, Professor David Carter from the University of Queensland will speak about how the modern, or modernism, struck contemporaries in Australia in the interwar years, before the avant-garde movements were broadly understood as the central progressive tradition of western art.

His talk he will examine a number of Australian periodicals from the interwar years for the ways in which they manifest a sense of their own contemporary moment within modernity, 'before'—or was it 'after'?—modernism.

David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Queensland. Recent publications include Always Almost Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity (2013) and a chapter on 'Middlebrow Book Culture' in the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture. He is currently writing a history of American editions of Australian books.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 29 April 2015 from 12pm to 1pm.

Physical location:

  • Brisbane: Meeting Room AC.22

Video conference rooms:

  • Melbourne: Level 5, Video Conference Room 5.30
  • Ballarat: Meeting Room 5.03
  • Canberra: Meeting Room 1.10
  • Strathfield: Meeting Room VC Room 2.45
  • North Sydney: Meeting Room Level 16