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:

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


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:

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.


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 :

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.


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 :

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.


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:

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.


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:

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

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 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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

ISSS Virtual Events Winter/Spring 2021 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The global pandemic has interrupted academic events and activities all over the world, including the 2020 ISSS Paris Conference, which has been rescheduled for autumn 2022. As we await our next in-person gathering in Paris, the ISSS Board has recently scheduled a virtual conference for November2021. In addition, the ISSS is also coordinating a series of virtual events this Winter and Spring.

Over the last year, we have all shared the experience of physical distance, though this has not diminished intellectual bonds, exchanges, and conversations. The ISSS remains committed to promoting research and fostering intellectual communities around surrealism and its many legacies, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. Virtual events present the opportunity to bring together interlocutors from different geographical locations, invigorate participation, and spur new collaborations and connections across the globe.

We would thus like to seize the opportunity afforded by remote communication and issue this Call for Proposals for a curated series of virtual events sponsored and promoted by the ISSS for active members over the course of the winter and spring 2021. These events are not a replacement for the ISSS annual conferences in 2021 (virtual) and 2022 (Paris), but are meant instead to maintain and enrich our ongoing collective work on surrealism.

We solicit formats that suit the virtual medium, as well as encourage collaboration and the creation of research networks. Events can take place between early February and late June of 2021.

Events may include, but are not limited to:

–           Roundtable discussions

–           Discussion of pre-circulated papers

–           Reading groups

–           Panels with short presentations (5-10 min. each)

–           Series of workshops on new collaborative projects

–           Media-based creative work

The events may be live on Zoom, pre-recorded, or a combination of both.

Please send a complete proposal to as soon as possible, although we will continue to accept proposals on a rolling basis. Please make sure to include the following:

–           Title of your proposed virtual event. Please make sure to designate it as a “Winter/Spring 2021 Virtual Event”

–           Names, emails, and affiliation of leaders and/or known participants (note that all participants/audience members must be active ISSS members; if your event is selected by ISSS, we can circulate your CFP to members if that is desirable)

–           Short description and rationale of the event (300 words)

–           Date and time of the proposed event (please provide two alternate dates and times; also include time zone)

–           Language or languages of proposed event

–           Format of the virtual event, including proposed size and composition of audience; pre-recorded or live on Zoom (note that if recording the event, all participants will need to sign permissions waivers in advance—this will be the organizer’s responsibility; ISSS will provide the blank permission waiver; also, please indicate whether your event might host a larger audience of ISSS member-listeners as well as active participants, and what the desirable limit of such a group size might be for your event)

–           Technological specifications and plans

Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the ISSS Programming Committee. ISSS will actively disseminate publicity for selected events to the organization’s members and international network through the ISSS website and social media. We also will host a public YouTube page for recorded events with signed permission waivers, although this is wholly optional. ISSS cannot contribute to organizational costs, technological needs and support, honoraria, and other associated expenses. Virtual event leaders will be expected to organize, manage and run all aspects of their event; leaders must supply their own access to Zoom and any necessary digital tools and components.

For more information, please contact

ISSS Programming Committee:

Jonathan P. Eburne

Elliott H. King

Effie Rentzou

Abigail Susik