This working group looks at international avant-gardes—across cultures, time, and media, and across genres and forms of cultural production. We combine theoretical readings, art theory, and philosophy with studies of avant-garde practices—including poetry, visual arts, film, performance, and online cultural productions.

Our aim is to look at the plurality of practices that refashion or respond to historical and neo-avant-gardes—and to the paradoxes of an alternative “avant-garde tradition.”

Many in the group work on cultures often marginalized by the dominant Western European and Anglo-American historical avant-garde narrative: we hope to enrich the narrative and speak to each other from the margins through this project.

For more information, please visit http://whcavantgardes.wordpress.com/