Please Vote!

The International Society for the Study of Surrealism is electing a Vice President who will serve the first two years as Vice President (November 2021-November 2023), and the next two years as the President (November 2023-November 2025), as well as a Program Chair to serve for a two-year term (November 2021-November 2023).

The Vice President will be responsible for keeping track of the Annual Calendar, for scheduling quarterly meetings of the ISSS executive board, and any occasional extraordinary meetings that might be necessary, in consultation with the President, and will become leading President of the organization in November 2023.

The Program Chair will have a lead effort to identify conference locations and conference hosts for the ISSS annual conference, support conference hosts with program components and schedule, and be the liaise between host organizers and ISSS board members and report on the program committee’s activities.

The election poll will start Saturday, 13 November, at 10 am EST and will be open until two weeks after the ISSS virtual conference. You will receive an email by the elections chair (isss.elections@gmail.com) leading you to the voting poll.

Our candidates for Vice President

Felicity Gee is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter and was the organiser of the 2nd ISSS Conference at Exeter in 2019. Her research and teaching focus on surrealism, avant-garde and global art cinema, and critical theory. She is author of the monograph Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde (2021). https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/staff/gee/

Elliott King is Associate Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) and a founding Board member of ISSS, and has served the organization since 2016 as Acting Communications Co-Chair (2016-20), Acting Treasurer (2020-present), and member of the Programming Committee. He is author of the monograph Dalí, Surrealism and Cinema (2007). https://my.wlu.edu/directory/profile?ID=x7214

Thomas Mical is Professor of Architectural Theory of Jindal School of Art and Architecture in Delhi, India and has been a tenured Professor in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. He has taught, written, and mentored in Surrealism globally for three decades since completing my Ph.D. on Giorgio de Chirico. He is editor of the anthology Surrealism and Architecture (2005). https://jgu.edu.in/jsaa/node/58

Iveta Slavkova is Assistant Professor of Art History at the American University of Paris. She has been a member of the ISSS since its foundation and participated in the elaboration of the ISSS virtual conference as a member of the Program Committee. She has worked on the notion of anti-humanism and ab-humanism in surrealism and is author of the monograph Réparer l’homme. La crise de l’humanisme et l’Homme nouveau des avant-gardes autour de la Grande Guerre (1909-1929) (2020). https://www.aup.edu/profile/islavkova

Our candidates for Program Chair

Nadia Albaladejo is Assistant Lecturer for Spanish at the Waterford Institute of Technology. She has received her doctoral degree from University College Cork. Funded by the Irish Research Council she investigated the Spanish/Mexican surrealist artist Remedios Varo from an interdisciplinary and interartistic approach. At UCC she was named Chair of the Dyslexia Working Group as well as social media manager for the Centre of Mexican Studies. She was member of the Program Committee of the 2021 ISSS virtual conference, Surrealisms 2021. https://ie.linkedin.com/in/dr-nadia-albaladejo-garc%C3%ADa-4659368a

Raymond Spiteri is Senior Lecturer of Art History at the School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History of Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He has a longstanding commitment to the study of surrealism and a solid history of publications focusing on the tension between the cultural and political dimension of surrealism. He was on the organizing committee for the 2012 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference and has served on the organizing committee for the 2021 ISSS online conference. https://people.wgtn.ac.nz/raymond.spiteri

Anna Watz is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Linköping University (Sweden). While her home discipline is literary studies, her research is both interdisciplinary and multilingual. She investigates surrealism and the avant-garde, gender and feminist theory, contemporary women’s writing, and representations of female desire. She is the author of the monograph Angela Carter and Surrealism (2016), and editor of Surrealist Women’s Writing (2020). https://liu.se/en/employee/annwa19

2021 ISSS Elections: Candidate Statements

Candidates for Vice President

Felicity Gee (University of Exeter)

Felicity Gee is Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter and was the organiser of the 2nd ISSS Conference at Exeter in 2019. Her research and teaching focus on surrealism, avant-garde and global art cinema, and critical theory. Trained in English literary studies, her doctoral research spanned literature, art history, and film (Royal Holloway, University of London). She is author of the monograph Magic Realism, World Cinema and the Avant-Garde, which explores the art historical and critical inception of magic realism, its overlaps with surrealism, and traces its geopolitical application in cinema. She has also written on avant-garde film, Luis Buñuel, the writings of Leonora Carrington and Claude Cahun, as well as on the surrealist novel in Japan. Her current research project centres on the oeuvre of Valentine Penrose, and the role of female travels/voyages in surrealism. Ever mindful of the fast-approaching centennial year which will commemorate the publication of André Breton’s Manifeste du surréalisme (1924), she is also collaborating with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (co-founded by Roland Penrose) on a film and events programme to celebrate the legacy of surrealism across the year in 2024.

Surrealism is an attitude and a way of life, not just a field of research; and its potential revolutionary and revelatory politics are essential to life in the 21st Century. It is exciting to think about the many ways that ISSS in its fiercely interdisciplinary, intersectional, and international work can reach and inspire a growing number of artists and scholars. It would be an absolute privilege to play a part in sustaining and expanding this vision, particularly through fostering further collaborations between scholars and artists, between disciplines, but also continuing to support and promote those who are at an early stage in their careers.

Elliott King (Washington and Lee University)

As a founding Board member of ISSS, I have served the organization since 2016 as Acting Communications Co-Chair (2016-20), Acting Treasurer (2020-present), and for

two years as a member of the Programming Committee. In these roles, I have sought to establish our online and social media presence, expand membership, help facilitate a world-class conference, and keep the organization financially solvent. It has been a sincere joy to see ISSS grow from a small group of dedicated colleagues into an international organization with two major conferences, 255 members, and over 700 Facebook followers.

If elected Vice President, I would work ardently to keep ISSS a dynamic and inclusive space for the ongoing, multi-disciplinary study of surrealism. Part of ISSS’s mission is to ‘integrate the field of surrealism studies worldwide,’ and in addition to our large-scale conferences, I support smaller workshops and events – virtual and in-person – that build community across geographies and time-zones. I am eager to support ISSS’s journal and book series initiative. I am also keen to bolster connections ISSS has formed between scholars and surrealist practitioners; indeed, I consider the axis between academics and living surrealists to be among ISSS’s most distinguishing and admirable characteristics.

ISSS is a wonderful organization with exciting intellectual exchanges, a valuable mission, and passionate individuals devoted to surrealism. It would be my honor to help lead us as VP.

Thomas Mical (University of Delhi, India)

This proposal for the VP role in the International Society for the Study of Surrealism is motivated by the values of curiosity, diversity, multiplicity in a global imagination. Curiosity draws many to surrealism, and curiosity is imbedded in surrealist theories and practices which offer fertile avenues for exploration and liberation. ISSS should be proactively scanning and tracking established and emergent forms of artistic scholarship for demonstrating innovative questioning, cascading from diverse surrealism(s). Diversity of scholars and investigators, emergent forms of scholarship from unexpected locations and under-explored disciplines should also be core to ISSS. Multiplicity demands the pursuit of alternate narratives, alternate lives, alternate models existing just beneath the surfaces of appearance and logic – the potential of the sacred, the erotic, the uncanny, the marvelous to erupt into the everyday which ISSS can champion.

We should work to transparently welcome the maximum number of scholars, centers, and archives of surrealism dynamically. I have been a tenured Professor in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and now India. I have taught, written, and mentored in Surrealism globally for 3 decades since completing my Ph.D. on Giorgio de Chirico.

For example, my anthology “Surrealism and Architecture” (Routledge, 2005) is still in print and has influenced students, curators, and designers for decades. Today I offer my substantial international networks to help grow the breadth and depth of these values for future ISSS initiatives. My vision: the world desperately needs streaming surrealism for the everyday to become marvellous, to welcome strange beauty to emerge.

Iveta Slavkova (American University of Paris, France)

My research on Surrealism is related to my work on the avant-garde and the crisis of humanism in Europe following the First World War. Cutting across the disciplines, my PhD and publications have explored the radical redefinition of the self and subjectivity proposed by the Surrealists. Anti-humanist in the sense of a rupture with the supposedly universal preconceptions of Western civilization based on the Enlightenment, positivism, and scientific progress, the Surrealists analyzed without concession the perverse effects in the internal mechanisms of humanism that led to its failure embodied by the two world wars and genocide.

I am currently working on Parisian ‘’abhumanism’’ which, theorized by Jacques Audiberti and Camille Bryen in the 1950s, stemmed in part from the Surrealist critique of humanism. The project focuses on artists and writers who were informally engaged with Surrealism—Bryen and Audiberti— and proposes new ways to approach the work of Wols, Henri Michaux or Antonin Artaud. Together with Anne-Marie Butler and Donna Roberts, I am editing a book on “Ecology and Surrealism”, a project born from a CAA conference panel in February 2021, to be published at Vernon Press in 2023.

I have been a member of ISSS since its foundation and participated in elaboration of the ISSS virtual conference as a member of the Program committee. I am part of Paris conference organizing committee which, postponed due to the pandemics, will take place as soon as circumstances allow. Fluent in 4 languages, knowledgeable in two others, with expertise in Slavic and Eastern European languages and cultures, stimulated by engaged and multicultural colleagues in the heart of Paris, I hope to contribute to enlarging the international scope of ISSS.

Candidates for Program Chair

Nadia Albaladejo (Waterford Institute of Technology)

I achieved First-Class Honors in both a BA and MA from University College Cork. Funded by the Irish Research Council my doctoral degree investigated the Spanish/Mexican surrealist artist Remedios Varo from an interdisciplinary and interartistic approach. I have a special interest in working across multiple fields, as seen in my last publication, a reflection on space-making in Varo’s La creación de las aves, and also in my current research on surrealism and fashion and Varo’s only written manuscript, De Homo Rodans.

Throughout my doctoral studies, I have focused on a range of issues directly related to Surrealist studies always from this interdisciplinary perspective. I have taught a range of modules which have enhanced my understanding of intercultural/interartistic development, and which have developed my skills in the area of presentation, organisation and teamwork strategy. Proof of my other research interests and my multifaceted-personality, is the fact that during my time in UCC I was named Chair of the Dyslexia Working Group as well as social media manager for the Centre of Mexican Studies. I was also awarded funding to single-handedly organise two international conferences in June 2020 that would have showcased my interests for both Spanish teaching and surrealist art, however due to the current Covid 19 situation these were temporarily postponed.

I have attended an array of local and international conferences, seminars and symposia where I have delivered the findings of my research to a broad range of scholars and postgraduate students. This has provided me with a series of skills and given me a strong vision for conference programming worldwide which I believe will serve me well in the role of Conference Program Chair at the International Society for study of Surrealism

Raymond Spiteri (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

I have a longstanding commitment to the study of surrealism, going back to by doctoral studies in the 1990s, and a solid history of publication on aspects of surrealism. The particular focus in my research is how the history of the surrealist movement is animated by a tension between the cultural and political dimension of surrealism.

I fully support the mission of the ISSS, and would bring an international perspective to the position. I have spent much of my career in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with four years working in US universities. The ISSS conference is an

important and unique forum for the study of surrealism, and I can see it playing a key role in the development of surrealism studies. Its international focus presents opportunities and challenges to the field, particularly in understanding the transmission and dissemination of surrealism across national boundaries. Surrealism can no longer be approached from a singular perspective, but must encompass the plural character of surrealism, perhaps best captured in the central question: What is surrealism?

I also have a range of experience on conference organisation: I was on the organising committee for the 2012 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference (a major regional conference), and have frequently organised conference panels and symposia. I also served on the organising committee for the 2021 ISSS online conference.

Anna Watz (Linköping University, Sweden)

The success of the two previous ISSS conferences, in terms of establishing new connections, inspiring conversation, as well as fostering international collaboration, has undoubtedly contributed to the current prospering of surrealism studies and surrealist activities globally. I entirely support the ISSS’s inclusive understanding of surrealism as a movement that is not limited to certain geographical locations or historical periods. My own research is in line with this vision in its focus on women artists and writers working up until the present moment. I am strongly committed to the continuation of the annual conference as well as to ISSS’s international and multilingual mission. Since we are living in a moment of unprecedented environmental crisis, I believe we have a responsibility to plan future conferences as hybrid events, so as to ensure the continued in-person contact between scholars that the ISSS has enabled in the past while also providing sustainable access to these discussions.

I am Associate Professor of English at Linköping University, Sweden. While my home discipline is literary studies, my research is both interdisciplinary and multilingual. I am currently working on a book on surrealist women artists and writers and the emergence of theories of écriture féminine. I am the author of Angela Carter and Surrealism (Routledge, 2016), and editor of Surrealist Women’s Writing (Manchester UP, 2020) and A History of the Surrealist Novel (Cambridge UP, 2022).

Program: 2021 SURREALISMS Virtual Conference, Nov. 11-14

We are excited to share with you the updated program for the upcoming 2021 SURREALISMS Virtual Conference, which will begin at 9 am EST on Thursday, November 11 and run nearly around the clock until Sunday, November 14.

We have an exciting line-up of panels, roundtables, gallery tours, discussions, and pre-recorded artistic submissions featuring artists and scholars from all around the world.

A pdf of the conference schedule is attached here:

The most up-to-date information about the conference will be available on the conference site: https://isss2021.exordo.com/

When you visit the site, you will be asked to register. The registration fee structure is graded according to employment/access to resources.

BASIC CONFERENCE INSTRUCTIONS:

1) you can access the conference schedule by clicking on the “AT A GLANCE” tab at the top of the page and selecting the relevant day. Note that Ex Ordo displays times in Eastern Time (which changes on November 7). You can calculate time zones using this world clock/time zone calculator: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

2) on November 11-14 you can join the conference by clicking on the “LIVE” tab at the top of the page. A prompt will ask you to download the WebEx program (it is a quick download). WebEx is similar to Zoom but more secure.

3) to view the pre-recorded “On Demand” artistic presentations at any point during the conference or up to 2 weeks after, select the “ON DEMAND” tab.

4) to view recordings of live sessions you may have missed, click on the “ON DEMAND” tab the following day for the recording bundle. Recordings will be available during the conference and for two weeks afterward for registered participants only.

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Nous sommes ravis de vous envoyer le programme mis à jour du colloque virtuel SURREALISMES 2021, qui débutera à 9 h EST le jeudi 11 novembre et conclure le dimanche 14 novembre.

Nous avons un programme passionnant de panels, de tables rondes, de visites de galeries, de discussions et de soumissions artistiques préenregistrées mettant en vedette des artistes et des universitaires du monde entier.

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le pdf du programme du colloque, mais les actualités du colloque seront disponibles sur le site :

https://isss2021.exordo.com/

Lors de votre visite sur le site, il vous sera demandé de vous inscrire. La structure des frais d’inscription est graduée selon l’emploi/l’accès aux ressources.

INSTRUCTIONS DE BASE DE LA CONFÉRENCE :

1) Vous pouvez accéder au programme de la conférence en cliquant sur l’onglet “AT A GLANCE ” en haut de la page et en sélectionnant le jour concerné. Notez qu’Ex Ordo affiche les heures en EST (qui changera le 7 novembre). Vous pouvez calculer les fuseaux horaires à l’aide de cette horloge mondiale : https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

2) Du 11 au 14 novembre, vous pouvez rejoindre la conférence en cliquant sur l’onglet “LIVE” en haut de la page. Une invite vous demandera de télécharger le programme WebEx (il s’agit d’un téléchargement rapide). WebEx est similaire à Zoom mais plus sécurisé.

3) Pour visualiser les présentations artistiques préenregistrées « À la demande » à tout moment pendant la conférence ou jusqu’à 2 semaines après, sélectionnez l’onglet « ON DEMAND ».

4) Pour visualiser les enregistrements des sessions en direct que vous avez peut-être manquées, cliquez sur l’onglet « ON DEMAND » le lendemain pour le forfait d’enregistrement. Les enregistrements seront disponibles pendant la conférence et pendant deux semaines par la suite pour les participants inscrits uniquement.

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Nos complace compartir el calendario actualizado de la Conferencia Virtual SURREALISMS 2021, que comienza a las 9 a.m. EST el jueves 11 de noviembre al domingo 14 de noviembre.

Contamos con una fascinante programa de paneles, paneles de discusión, recorridos por galerías, debates y presentaciones artísticas pregrabadas con artistas y académicos de todo el mundo.

Se adjunta un pdf del programa de la conferencia, pero la información más reciente sobre la conferencia estará disponible en el sitio web de la conferencia:

https://isss2021.exordo.com/

Cuando visite el sitio, se le pedirá que se registre. La estructura de las tasas de registro se gradúa de acuerdo con el empleo / acceso a los recursos.

INSTRUCCIONES BÁSICAS DE LA CONFERENCIA:

1) Puede acceder al programa de la conferencia haciendo clic en la pestaña “AT A GLANCE” en la parte superior de la página y seleccionando el día correspondiente. Tenga en cuenta que Ex Ordo muestra las horas en hora del este (que cambia el 7 de noviembre): puede calcular las zonas horarias utilizando esta calculadora de reloj mundial / zona horaria: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

2) Del 11 al 14 de noviembre, puede unirse a la conferencia haciendo clic en la pestaña “LIVE” en la parte superior de la página. Se le pedirá que descargue el programa WebEx (esta es una descarga rápida). WebEx es similar a Zoom pero más seguro.

3) Para ver las presentaciones de arte pregrabadas “On Demand” en cualquier momento durante la conferencia o hasta 2 semanas después, seleccione la pestaña “ON DEMAND”.

4) Para ver las grabaciones de las sesiones en vivo que quizás se haya perdido, haga clic en la pestaña “ON DEMAND” al día siguiente para obtener el paquete de grabación. Las grabaciones estarán disponibles durante la conferencia y durante dos semanas a partir de entonces solo para los participantes registrados.

ISSS Winter Book Launch: Magnetic Woman: Toyen and the Surrealist Erotic

The International Society for the Study of Surrealism is delighted to present this Winter Book launch of Magnetic Woman. Karla Huebner will present her work which will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Part art book and part biography, Magnetic Woman examines the life and work of the artist Toyen (Marie Čermínová, 1902–80), a founding member of the Prague surrealist group, and focuses on her construction of gender and eroticism. Toyen’s early life in Prague enabled her to become a force in three avant-garde groups—Devětsil, Prague surrealism, and Paris surrealism—yet, unusually for a female artist of her generation, Toyen presented both her gender and sexuality as ambiguous and often emphasized erotic themes in her work. Despite her importance and ground-breaking work, Toyen has been notoriously difficult to study. Using primary sources gathered from disparate disciplines and studies of the artist’s own work, Magnetic Woman is organized both chronologically and thematically, moving through Toyen’s career with attention to specific historical circumstances and intellectual developments approximately as they entered her life. Karla Huebner offers a re-evaluation of surrealism, the Central European contribution to modernism, and the role of female artists in the avant-garde, along with a complex and nuanced view of women’s roles in and treatment by the surrealist movement.

Karla Huebner is associate professor of art history and affiliate faculty in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program at Wright State University.

To order your free tickets, see the Eventbrite page here.

You can purchase a copy of the book here.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 27 October 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm (GMT).

ISSS Call for Nominations: Vice President and Program Chair

The Executive Board of the International Society for the Studies of Surrealism (ISSS) is soliciting self-nominations for the positions of Vice President and Program Chair. The application deadline is October 15, 2021.

The ISSS is a growing Association that promotes the international and interdisciplinary exchange between scholars, practicing artists of various kinds, writers, and independent practitioners of surrealism for whom surrealism (past and present) is a field of ongoing inquiry. The mission of the ISSS is to foster and incorporate innovative ideas on global surrealism as well as to introduce new ways to approach its various literary and artistic expressions across cultures, languages, disciplines and regions. Our inaugural conference at Bucknell University (2018) and our second annual conference at the University of Exeter (2019) have further diversified our membership and global scope. With the third ISSS virtual conference in fall 2021, as well as our annual meeting in Paris postponed to 2022 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), and with the new International Journal of Surrealism on the way, this is an exciting time to take part in the leadership of the ISSS.

Vice President: The Executive Board of the International Society for the Studies of Surrealism (ISSS) is soliciting self-nominations for a four-year commitment, the first two years as the Vice President (November 2021-November 2023), and the next two years as the President (November 2023-November 2025), succeeding Effie Rentzou, who currently serves as Vice President of the ISSS and who will become its Acting President in November 2021. The Vice President shall serve ex officio as a member of the Programs Committee, and shall assist the President in matters assigned by the President. The Vice President will be responsible for keeping track of the Annual Calendar, for scheduling quarterly meetings of the ISSS executive board, and any occasional extraordinary meetings that might be necessary, in consultation with the President. If necessary, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President. The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Organization and, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, shall in general supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Organization. According to the bylaws of the Association, The Vice President and President-elect, shall serve ex officio as a member of the Programs Committee, and shall assist the President in matters assigned by the President. If necessary, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President and the chair of the Program Committee shall become Vice President.

Program Chair: The ISSS seeks a Program Chair to serve for a two-year term. We seek candidates with a strong vision for surrealism studies worldwide, an established record of scholarship in the study of surrealism, and experience in conference organization. We are especially interested in someone who is comfortable working across multiple fields and, in particular, across languages, in keeping with the ISSS mission. The Conference Program Chair is a voting member of the ISSS board and reports regularly on the planning of the society’s annual meeting. The position will begin January 2022 and end January 2024.

Major Responsibilities

  1. Lead effort to identify conference locations and conference hosts.
  2. Support conference hosts with program components and schedule (e.g. review of conference proposals, CFP, logistics, travel grants, etc.).
  3. Liaise between host organizers and ISSS board members and report on the program committee’s activities at regular ISSS board meetings.

All current members of the Association are eligible to vote in its elections. To renew your membership (or to join), please visit https://surrealismstudies.wordpress.com/join/

If you are interested in taking a hand in leading the Association as it continues to grow and expand please submit a self-statement to Andrea Gremels, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at A.Gremels@em.uni-frankfurt.de. Statements should be no more than 250 words (1,500 characters including spaces and punctuation) describing your interest in the position, your vision for the ISSS, and your relevant experience. If you know of individuals who you believe would be well suited to the positions, please reach out to them and encourage them to apply.

ISSS Virtual Autumn Book Launch: Surrealism and Film After 1945

We are excited to announce our virtual book launch of Surrealism and Film After 1945. Join editors Kristoffer Noheden and Abigail Susik at an event which will include presentations from the contributors, followed by a short Q&A.

For more information on the editors and speakers, and to order your free tickets, see the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autumn-book-launch-surrealism-and-film-after-1945-tickets-167993203193

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 26 September 2021 at 7.30 – 9pm (BST).

New Submissions Portal for ISSS Surrealisms 2021

The online submissions portal for the 2021 ISSS Surrealisms Worldwide Virtual Conference Event – Nuits blanches: Noches en Blanco: Around the Clock, 11-14 November 2021, is now open.

We ask that you please upload your proposals (individual presentations, pre-arranged panels or workshops, and pre-recorded artistic presentations) through the following site:

isss2021.exordo.com

Please submit your proposals here, instead of through the gmail address. (N.b. If you have already submitted a proposal via gmail, we will write to ask that you submit through ex ordo instead).

Please see our updated trilingual Call for Papers here and submit your proposals by 20 August 2021.

We are excited to work with Ex Ordo, as it will afford a far more stable and functioning platform for hosting our Fall 2021 virtual conference. The conference will now feature a) a live, around-the-clock virtual conference stream as well as b) a repository of pre-recorded artistic content, available “asynchronously” to registered conference attendees. This can include films, poetry readings, digital art, and other material, and will be available only to registered conference participants for a limited period.

Information about joining the ISSS can be found here.

Surrealism Beyond Borders: Stephanie D’Alessandro and Matthew Gale in Conversation

We are delighted to share our invitation for our upcoming online event, Surrealism Beyond Borders: Stephanie D’Alessandro and Matthew Gale, curators of Surrealism Beyond Borders, in conversation.

Join Stephanie D’Alessandro, Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art and Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Matthew Gale, Senior Curator at Large at Tate Modern, as they discuss their work toward the upcoming exhibition, Surrealism Beyond Borders, a project that challenges conventional narratives of the revolutionary artistic, literary, and philosophical movement.

We hope as many of you can attend next Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 10am – 11am (EST) // 2pm – 3pm (BST).

You can order free tickets via the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surrealism-beyond-borders-in-conversation-tickets-162133699259

ISSS Surrealisms (Virtual Conference Event, 11-14 November 2021)

The ISSS is excited to announce that the trilingual Call for Proposals for ISSS Surrealisms is now live at:

https://surrealismstudies.org/virtual-conference-2021/

This virtual event will consist of “interlocking, time-zone specific, local conferences”, bringing the latest in research pertaining to Surrealism. The deadline for proposals is 15 August 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Consider joining the ISSS! More information about membership benefits and what your membership contributes to can be found here:

https://surrealismstudies.org/join/

New issue of JSA

The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas has published the second number of a General Topics issue. It can be accessed at: jsa.asu.edu

Current issues feature articles and reviews can be accessed free of charge on the JSA website. 

Journal of Surrealism and the Americas 11:2 (2020)

Feature Articles

Agustín Cárdenas: Sculpting the ‘Memory of the Future’

Susan Power

Bataillean Surrealism in Mexico: S.NOB Magazine (1962)

David A.J. Murrieta Flores

Mexican Carnival: Profanations in Luis Buñuel’s Films Nazarín and Simón del desierto

Lars Nowak

Giorgio de Chirico, the First Surrealist in Mexico?

Carlos Segoviano

Review by Danielle Johnson 

All past JSA issues (2007-2020) are archived and available free of charge to readers via ASU Library KEEP: https://keep.lib.asu.edu/collections/126577

ISSS Virtual Book Launch: Surrealist Women’s Writing: A Critical Exploration

ISSS is delighted to announce the digital launch of Surrealist Women’s Writing: A Critical Exploration on Sunday 18 April 2021 (5-6:30pm BST / 12-1:30pm EST). 

The event will feature a presentation of the book by the editor, Anna Watz, followed by contributors’ readings of selected pieces of writing by Kay Sage, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Suzanne Césaire, Leonor Fini, Dorothea Tanning, and Rikki Ducornet. Participating contributors include: 

Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University)

Kate Conley (William and Mary)

Jonathan P. Eburne (Pennsylvania State University)

Felicity Gee (Exeter University)

Catriona McAra (Leeds Arts University)

Kristoffer Noheden (Stockholm University)

Kara Rabbitt (William Paterson University)

Anna Watz (Linköping University). 

The event is in collaboration with Manchester University Press and participants will be able to purchase the book directly from MUP with a 40% discount. The discount code will be shared at the event and is valid until 30/04/21.

The conversation will be moderated by Molly Gilroy, co-founder and editor of The Debutante: The Feminist-Surrealist Arts Journal.

It would be wonderful to see the ISSS community join us on Sunday 18 April, to celebrate the first sustained critical inquiry into the writing of women associated with surrealism. Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite, here.