[Msa-discuss] CFC: Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life (EAM)

David Ayers D.S.Ayers at kent.ac.uk
Sun Jul 13 04:22:14 EDT 2014

Utopia: The Avant-Garde, Modernism and (Im)possible Life.

Utopian hope and dystopian despair are characteristic features of Modernism and the avant-garde. Readings of the avant-garde have frequently sought to identify utopian moments coded in its works and activities as optimistic signs of a possible future social life, or as the attempt to preserve hope against the closure of an emergent dystopian present.  In the fourth volume of the EAM series, European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, we aim to cast light on the history, theory and actuality of the utopian and dystopian strands which run through European modernism and avant-gardism from the late 19th to the 21st Centuries.

·       how have modernism and the avant-garde responded to historical circumstance in mapping the form of possible futures for humanity?

·       how have avant-garde and modernist works presented ideals of living as alternatives to the present?

·       how have avant-gardists acted with or against the state to remodel human life or to resist the instrumental reduction of life by administration and industrialisation?

·       how have theory and the avant-garde interacted and co-articulated each other in the projection of utopian/dystopian possibilities?

·       does the avant-garde inevitably succumb to the domination of the real or do its workings achieve real or symbolic effects?

·       is modernism the mirror of the modern or its utopian antithesis?

We invite proposals for contributions of about 6000 words relevant to these themes, in English, French or German. The outline proposal should consist of one page of no more than 700 words. It should also include the name of the contributor, institutional affiliation, biography (max. 200 words) and a list of no more than ten recent and relevant publications. Proposals by non-members of EAM and by Ph.D. students will be considered.

Proposals will NOT be accepted after August 29, 2014.

Please send proposals to utopia at kent.ac.uk<mailto:utopia at kent.ac.uk>

EAM: http://www.eam-europe.be

EAM Conference Helsinki 2014: http://www.eam2014.com

Book Series: http://www.degruyter.com/view/serial/42260

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