International Conference: Invisible Republic: Music, Lettrism, Avant-Gardes

Event Date: October 25, 2017 to October 27, 2017

International Conference: Invisible Republic: Music, Lettrism, Avant-Gardes

25-27 October 2017, University of Lisbon, Portugal

In Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes (1997), Greil Marcus charts a countercultural sound map, a kind of laboratory where a new language is being forged. This is where, Marcus argues, we can locate the true voice of the century, a new consciousness, the alchemy of an undiscovered country. From this starting-point, we propose a journey into the tangled relationship between music, the avant-gardes and counterculture. […]

The present conference aims at exploring and bringing to the fore the “invisible republics” of culture, the ephemeral, the suppressed, the unconformity of artistic and political undercurrents. Above all, it asks how these separate geographical territories speak to each other, and how this might reshape our historical understanding of European and American modernity. [more]