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‘Risk Anything!’: Modernist Women between Centre and Periphery' Symposium

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‘Risk Anything!’: Modernist Women between Centre and Periphery

A symposium presented by AMSN
9:30am - 6:00pm, Friday 6 April 2018
UNSW Kensington Campus, Kensington, NSW

Keynote: Associate Professor Natalya Lusty (Sydney)

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” -- Katherine Mansfield.

The peripatetic New Zealand modernist Katherine Mansfield wrote these words towards the end of her life, urging herself to be courageous, to pursue her creative convictions. Mansfield’s approach to life and work is an example of the countless creative women who embraced, employed and drove the modernist cultural experiment.

Nearly a century later, our own era is equally defined by contingency and risk, offering a unique opportunity to reflect on the history and legacies of creative behaviour that defines itself in terms of risk. 

This symposium brings together specialists researching topics relating to risk, women and modernist culture, especially research dedicated to women who have traversed the ‘risky’ division between centres of modernism – Britain, Europe, and the United States – and so-called ‘peripheries’. 

All are welcome to attend this free event. Further details including program and registration to come -- Co-Convenors: Dr Louise R Mayhew (Griffith) and Dr Helen Rydstrand (UNSW)

Contact: Dr Louise R Mayhew,