On March 23 to 25 a conference took place to give more depth to the exhibition Emma & Edvard. Some of the greatest scholars in topics that radiate from the phrase of the title, “Modern Sensibilities”, came together. They delivered fabulous, brilliant papers. I felt greatly honoured that they all accepted my invitation and were able and willing to really address the topic. As a result, as opposed to the usual one-topic conference where speakers bring their own obsessions, so that no collective concentration of thought emerges, here the very diverging topics came together in a common search for how to understand the sensibilities that underlie modern art. You can read the programme, abstracts of the lectures, and bioblurbs of the speakers here: programme.pdf
The photo shows the speakers in a relaxed after-conference moment. Left: Jon-Ove Steihaug, director if collections and exhibitions of the Munch museum, Griselda Pollock, Ernst van Alphen, Rachel Burke; right: Jonathan Culler, Kristin Gjesdal, Mieke Bal, Patricia Berman, Øystein Sjåstad.

Unfortunately, Miguel Á. Hernández Navarro could not make it, but he will participate in the publication. The papers will be published in )Text Matters_, an international journal for cultural studies and literature based at the University of Lodz, Poland, edited by Dorota Filipczak. They will already appear in Fall 2017.