[Msa-discuss] CFP for Feminism: Activism: Modernism

Sarah Hayden sarahkatehayden at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 10:21:02 EDT 2012

Dear Colleagues,

With appologies for any cross-posting

*Call for Papers

Feminism: Activism: Modernisms
Modernisms Research Centre, University College Cork, September 14th -15th
Keynote Speaker: Professor Janet Lyon

Feminism and modernism have long had an uneasy relationship. The feminist
position within modernism, an arguably masculinist complex of movements, is
an ambiguous and problematic one which is further complicated when it comes
into relationship with activism. Throughout the twentieth century, artists
and writers aligned with feminism and the women’s movement have engaged
with modernist tropes in a variety of ways, employing literary, filmic and
artistic practices both to evaluate political positions and to
prosthelytize for them. Much of the recent scholarship on these
practitioners has neglected to contextualise their output as work that
might operate against or within contemporaneous manifestations of feminist
This conference seeks to explore how feminist activism has intersected with
modernism and postmodernism in the arts, examining the tensions,
connections, and contributions made to modernisms by participants in the
women’s movement and by individual feminist activists. Looking at phenomena
ranging from early futurist claims for the autonomy of the female
practitioner to an artistic and literary engagement with the second wave of
the women’s movement, and the relationship between feminism and
poststructuralism, this conference seeks considerations of a variety of
approaches from across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in order to
interrogate activist feminism and its relationship to the modernist
artworld. Suggested topics might include:

•       Feminist modernist appropriations and subversions of the manifesto
•       Feminist modernist texts invervening in public/political/social
•       New propositions regarding the activistic currency of
familiar/canonical/classics of feminist modernism
•       The problems inherent to any such intersections
•       Feminist activism by modernist men
•       Feminist activism in modernist and avant-garde performance
•       New candidates for consideration or integration within a
feminist-modernist canon

We would particularly welcome submissions for papers seeking to recalibrate
the scholarly discourse on feminist interventions in sociopolitical
discourse as they were conceived, attempted and/or successfully executed by
modernist artists and writers.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are invited. Please email
modernismsucc at gmail.com by 30 June 2012.

UCC Modernisms Research Centre: Dr Lee Jenkins, Dr Kerstin Fest, Dr Sarah
Hayden, James Cummins, Rachel Warriner
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