[Msa-discuss] Upcoming Symposium - Modernity's Discontents: Anti-Modern Thought and Culture - October 24, 2014

Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity pcsm at umd.edu
Tue Oct 7 11:44:11 EDT 2014

The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity will be hosting its fifth symposium this fall. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 1:30-5:30 p.m., with reception following
114 Smith Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC
Free and open to the public

The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 symposium, Modernity’s Discontents: Anti-Modern Thought and Culture.

Modernity has been prized, fetishized, conflated with sundry co-developments—and vehemently opposed. This symposium seeks to address, from several disciplinary standpoints, the relationships between modernity and the categorical reactions to it. When, how, and why do people react to “modernity,” and to “modernism”? What gets blamed on modernity? How has the idea of modernity circulated, and how has it served heterogeneous ideological and cultural agendas? To what extent has modernity in fact invented or imagined its oppositions? Our speakers will consider ways in which individuals and groups self-consciously take up the idea of the modern in order to struggle against it.

Speakers: Kalyani Menon, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University; Uta G. Poiger, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor of History, Northeastern University; Jason Weems, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Riverside; Joel Wolfe, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Chair: Ben Cowan, Assistant Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University

Read more about the symposium, including abstracts of the papers, here: http://thepotomaccenter.org/symposia/upcoming-symposium-fall-2014

In conjunction with the symposium: GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP
Monday, October 27, 2014 – 3:00-4:30 p.m., with reception following
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, 4213 Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park
Free and open to the public

The Potomac Center is pleased to announce that, beginning this year, each of its symposia will be followed by a related Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Maryland. This fall’s workshop will take place Monday, October 27. The event will allow M.A. and Ph.D. students to continue the discussion begun at the symposium, and to think out loud—together with students from other disciplines—about its implications for their own reading, research, and writing. The workshop will begin with short provocations, based on the symposium, offered by three University of Maryland faculty members from a variety of departments and will then open into 90 minutes of discussion.

Although the event is designed especially for graduate students, all faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in the Washington-Baltimore region are warmly invited to attend and to participate. In order to facilitate discussion, audio files of the symposium’s papers will be made available online following the symposium and in advance of the workshop.

Read more about the graduate student workshop here:

The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity promotes the scholarly understanding of human experience since about 1850. Based in Washington, DC and funded by the University of Maryland, the Center aims specifically to build a robust conversation across the boundaries separating scholars in history, the humanities, and social sciences. Read more about the Potomac Center here:

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