[Msa-discuss] Call for papers EAM 4: Helsinki, 29-31 August 2014 - Panel on the Modernist Short Story - DEADLINE 31 JANUARY

Gerri Kimber gerri at thekimbers.co.uk
Sat Jan 18 19:05:11 EST 2014

See attached and below details of an open panel on the modernist short story
which will be chaired by KMS Chair Dr Gerri Kimber (Open panel number 6).
Please click on this link to find out how to submit a paper proposal to this
panel and any others attached:

Paper proposals must go through the official system in the link above.

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland 29.-31.8.2014
Modernism and Avant-gardism are artistic languages of rupture. Both were
directed against traditional ways of conceiving art, often assuming an
antagonistic position in relationship to existing cultural and social
institutions and relationships. This conference explores the utopian
alternatives which Modernist and avant-garde artists offered to existing
society. This was not always simply a question of taking an outside
position: for example, the Russian avant-garde was co-opted by the early
Soviet state in an uneasy ­ and temporary ­ alliance to give birth to the
New Man. The 2014 EAM conference in Helsinki commemorates the centenary of
the break-out of the First World War by taking as its starting point the
many utopian dreams within European literature and arts as well as their
collapse in the face of the horrors of war. The effects of the War lasted
throughout the century, and the conference will also explore the utopian
dimensions of the neo-avant-garde, be it that of the West which dreamed
alternatives to conformism and consumer society, or of the East which
sheltered alternatives to socialist dystopia. We thus invite proposals for
contributions that deal with the alternatives that modernism and the
avant-garde offered to existing reality: utopias; chimeras; dreams;
abstractions; desires; myths; dystopias; cityscapes or impossible
landscapes; politics or anti-politics; the body freed or harnessed; erotic
or amatorial liberation; the retreat into private worlds or the mapping of
bold alternatives; the avant-garde as alternative to or embodiment of the
state; the utopian moment in the nihilistic or rebarbative art-work. We
welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde and modernist research
or practice: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social
movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism,
design and technology.

For all the enquiries about the conference, please contact us after August
1: eam-2014 at helsinki.fi <mailto:eam-2014%40helsinki.fi>


 6. Dystopian Visions in the Avant-garde and Modernist Short Story (an open

If we view Modernism and Avant-gardism as artistic languages of rupture,
then the renaissance of the short story form in the early twentieth-century
often reflected this rupture and was utilized to considerable effect by
certain authors. Incorporating literary experimentation, the genre¹s
potential for fragmentation, disturbance and complexity mirrors the
dystopian worldview of the period in question. Sometimes reflecting a
Bakhtinian notion of conflicting narrative voices, together with a Freudian
concept of the uncanny, the short story would emerge as a radical avant-
garde and modernist vehicle, questioning traditional forms, the importance
of the narrator, and the overall relationship of the author to the reader.
Wyndham Lewis, for example, in his own short stories, exemplified the
Vorticist stances of detachment and dynamic form. Other writers whose
stories reveal this experimental mode include James Joyce, Virginia Woolf,
Franz Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Richardson and
May Sinclair. Please submit proposals on this theme using the attached
abstract submission instructions.

Chair: Dr. Gerri Kimber, Senior Lecturer in English, University of
Northampton, UK (gerri.kimber at northampton.ac.uk).

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