Invisible Republic October 25-27, 2017

International Conference: Invisible Republic – Music, Lettrism, Avant-Gardes. University of Lisbon Center for English Studies/School of Arts and Humanities, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisbon The Conference is hosted by the American Studies Research Group of the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES/CEAUL), Portugal, in collaboration with the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. he idea of unknown countries and invisible republics that lie beneath our eyes, a subterranean dimension that is striving to take its own form and structure in order to produce something new, are part of contemporary forms of protest and rehabilitation. Lettrism and post-war Avant-Gardes reflected the general insatisfaction of times but they still produced a fair amount of formidable works and legacy. The present conference aims at exploring these connections and dimensions, putting apparently distant groups and movements in unexpected harmony, a harmony made not of a continuous progress, but instead full of contradictions, setbacks and surprises. Read more..