The Centre for European Modernism Studies is an international research centre whose head office is at the Department of Arts and Humanities of the University of Perugia (Italy). CEMS connects a range of disciplines within the broad area of artistic and cultural Modernism: literature, music, drama, visual arts, linguistics and philosophy represent a specific field of research through which investigate Modernism in its multiple forms and expressions. As we understand Modernism as the recipient of a plural and sometimes even contradictory artistic and cultural experiences over the first half of the twentieth-century, our research is clearly marked by a comparative approach. That Modernism is a turning point in the development of arts and culture in the so called “age of extremes” is of course an indisputable fact, here suffice it to say that the second half of the century is defined precisely in continuity or in opposition to it, whereby we can speak in terms of a New-modernism and of a Post-modernism. Therefore referring to Modernism as the major framework in which twentieth-century culture has found its highest expression also means to better understand contemporary artistic and cultural context. The Centre encourages research and collaboration between its members, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students, and advanced undergraduate students, as well as external scholars, in a range of activities and projects.

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