[Msa-discuss] MSA 15 panel CFP: Modernism and Home (University of Sussex, UK, August 29 - September 1, 2013)

Bahun, Sanja sbahun at essex.ac.uk
Mon Feb 25 11:12:01 EST 2013

A CFP for MSA 15


Home is a locus of epistemological drifts and emotional investments, and a focal point around which mental and material activities such as shaping of familial memory and cultural identity (stationary or migratory), cross-cultural migration, displacement, and belonging evolve. A superior screen for the projection of our desires, the imagined community of "home" has also traditionally informed the formation and dismantling of broad or parochial political associations; this process has had marked consequences in the modernist context. Concerning themselves almost obsessively with the notions of homelessness and impossible homecoming, the modernist thinkers, writers, artists, and filmmakers characteristically configure home as inherently alienated from itself, suspicious, or, simply, absent. But, for modernists, home is also a specific physical place, localizable or pictured as a body (or part thereof), a space, and a community of peoples, sites, sounds, smells, patterns of behaviour, layers of geology, and vagaries of history.

This interdisciplinary panel seeks to explore the ways in which modernist arts and thought probed the notion of home, espousing it, rejecting it, or revisioning it, in realms such as literature, film, theatre/performance, art, sociology, ethnography, urban planning, and philosophy. Papers investigating the notion of home in the context of less commonly discussed sites and types of the modernist expression are particularly welcome.

Please send a 250-word abstract and CV to Sanja Bahun (sbahun at essex.ac.uk<mailto:sbahun at essex.ac.uk>) by March 10, 2013.

Dr Sanja Bahun
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
University of Essex
Colchester CO4 3SQ

Tel: +44 (0)1206 872634 (office)
Tel: +44 (0)1206 710073 (home)

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