Two-day Conference: Modern Sensibilities

In connection with the exhibition Emma & Edvard – Love in the Time of Loneliness, artist and curator Mieke Bal in collaboration with the Munch Museum invites you to a two-day conference on modern sensibilities in art and literature. In addition to Bal, the following internationally acclaimed scholars will contribute to the conference: Griselda Pollock, Ernst van Alphen, Kristin Gjesdal, Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, and Jonathan Culler. The final round-table discussion will be chaired by Patricia Berman.


Thursday, March 23th

17.00 - 17.30 Registration at the Munch Museum, Oslo

17.45 - 18.00 Welcome: Director Stein Olav Henrichsen (Munch Museum)

Introduction to Keynote: Jon-Ove Steihaug (Munch Museum)

18.00 - 19.00 Keynote: Mieke Bal, Sensing the Present (60 mins)

19.00 - 19.10 Book presentation: Emma & Edvard Looking Sideways: Loneliness and the Cinematic by Mieke Bal, presented by Rachel Burke 

19.00 - 21.00 Reception and free entrance to the exhibition Emma & Edvard – Love in the Time of Loneliness

Please note: The exhibition will be open from 10.00 until 21.00. Mieke Bal’s documentary film Hubert Damisch: Thinking Aloud (2011, 20 min), which is relevant for the exhibition and in particular for Friday’s talk by Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, will be continually screened at the museum’s cinema between 16.00 and 17.20.

Friday, March 24th  – Chaired by Mieke Bal

08.30 - 09.00 Registration and coffee

09.00 - 10.00 Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds: Staging subjectivity: Charlotte Salomon Reading Munch (45 mins followed by discussion) 

10.00 - 11.00 Ernst van Alphen, Leiden University: Modernity as a Crisis of the Senses (45 mins followed by discussion) 

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break 

11.30 - 12.30 Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, University of Murcia: Time for Emotions: Anachronism and Expansion in Flaubert / Bal & Williams Gamaker / Munch / Knausgård (45 mins followed by discussion)

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 14.30 Kristin Gjesdal, Temple University and University of Oslo: Acting Modern: Art and Love in Ibsen and Munch (45 mins followed by discussion) 

14.30 - 15.00 Coffee break 

15.00 - 16.00 Jonathan Culler, Cornell University: Flaubert’s Provocation
(45 mins followed by discussion) 

16.00 - 17.00 Round table discussion, chaired by Patricia Berman, Wellesley College

Please note the Munch Museum’s programme for Saturday 25 March 2017: 

12.00 - 13.00 Mieke Bal in dialog with Jon-Ove Steihaug (Munch Museum)
13.30 - 15.45 Screening of four short documentary films by Mieke Bal on the
subject of migration, with introduction by Mieke Bal

Tickets, for both days: 300 NOK, Student/Member of the Museum: 200 NOK.

Contributors and abstracts