[Msa-discuss] MSA 17 Call For Papers

Bryan Russo brusso at bu.edu
Fri Jan 30 11:59:19 EST 2015


Dear All,

Enclosed please find the CFP for the Modernist Studies Association
Conference happening this November in Boston.

Best,
Bryan Russo
Grad Assistant MSA 17

Seminar Proposals: February 27, 2015

Pre-conference Workshop (Thursday) and Post-conference Workshops (Sunday)
Proposals:

February 27, 2015

Panel, Roundtable, and Poster/Digital Exhibit Proposals: April 17, 2015



“Modernism and Revolution,” the theme of the 2015 MSA annual conference to
be held in Boston, invokes characterizations of modernism as a
revolutionary movement across the arts, as a revolt against tradition, and
as a renovation of literature, performance, visual arts, and culture more
generally. But it also asks that we call into question the myth of
modernism’s revolutionary nature, its habitual representation as a movement
inherently or spontaneously insurrectionary.We encourage attention to
aesthetic modernism’s relationship to political uprisings and wars, and to
the revolutions in technology that drove munitions factories and automobile
engines. Papers might attend to the cultural revolutions tied to gender,
sexuality, race, ethnicity, and other identity categories. Or they could
examine the technologies transforming people’s experiences of everyday life
in ways less violent but equally profound: the turning of film or audio
tape reels, innovations in astronomy or transportation, the circular
energies of the vortex. The theme also invites considerations of
repetition, stasis, or other potentially anti-revolutionary modes.

The conference organizers for “Modernism and Revolution” invite proposals
for seminars and pre/post-conference workshops (due Feb. 27), panels,
roundtables, poster sessions, multimedia/digital exhibitions (due April
17). We encourage proposals relevant to the conference theme but welcome
panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals on all topics related to modernism.
The primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal,
not its relevance to the conference theme. We ask that proposals provide
complete panels and roundtables. Individuals seeking to create or to
participate in a panel or roundtable are encouraged to visit the MSA CFP
page or the MSA Facebook for guidelines to develop and opportunities to
promote a panel or roundtable. All proposals must include requests for AV
provisions.

Participation: Because we wish to involve as many people as possible as
active participants, the MSA limits multiple appearances on the program.
Thus, you may participate once, but only once, in each of the following
categories:



• Seminar, either as leader or as participant • Panel or roundtable, as
participant (you may also chair a different panel or roundtable) • “What
Are You Reading?” session You may lead a seminar, present a paper on a
panel, and participate in a “What Are You Reading” session, but you may not
present two papers. MSA rules do not allow panel or roundtable organizers
to chair their own session if they are also speaking in the session. The
session chair must be someone who is otherwise not participating in the
session. Panel organizers are encouraged to identify a moderator and
include this information with their proposals; the MSA Program Committee
can also ask another conference attendee to serve as a moderator.
Participation in a pre-conference workshop or in a digital exhibition does
not constrain other forms of participation.

All those who attend the MSA conference must be members of the organization
with dues paid for 2015-16 (MSA membership runs from July 1 until June 30
each year.) For information on MSA, please check the website. Participants
are expected to present in person.



CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Seminars are among the most unique features of the MSA conference.
Participants write brief “position papers” (5-7 pages) that are circulated
and read prior to the conference. Because their size is limited to 15
participants, seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future
collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference
attendees to seek financial support from their institutions as they educate
themselves and their colleagues on subjects of mutual interest. Seminars
are two hours in length. Because seminars led solely by graduate students
are not likely to be accepted, we encourage interested graduate students to
invite a faculty member to lead the seminar with them. Please note that
this is the call for seminar leaders. Sign-up for seminar participants will
take place on a first-come, first-served basis coinciding with registration
for the conference. Seminar Topics: There are no limits on topics, but past
experience has shown that the more clearly defined the topic and the more
guidance provided by the leader, the more productive the discussion.
“Clearly defined” should not be confused with “narrow,” as extremely narrow
seminar topics tend to exclude many potential participants. To scan past
seminar topics, go to the Conference Archives
http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/archive.html on the MSA website, click
the link to a prior conference, and then click on “Conference Schedule” or
“Conference Program.” You'll find seminars listed along with panels and
other events. Topics related to the conference theme are especially welcome
and might include, for example, modernism and historical revolutions,
modernism and technological revolutions, or modernism and
antirevolutionary. Submit proposals by February 27, 2015 by completing the
following online form: MSA 17 Seminar Proposal Form.



CALL FOR PRE-CONFERENCE (Thursday) and POST-CONFERENCE (Sunday)

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Pre-conference workshops are held on the Thursday that the conference
begins and post-conference workshops are held on Sunday afternoon. They
focus on topics related to professional life, such as publishing, teaching,
the job market, mid-career challenges and opportunities, research and the
liberal arts college, and alternative/non-academic jobs. Pre-conference
workshops are likely to be focused on professional concerns for faculty,
while post-conference workshops will probably be more relevant to graduate
students. Popular workshops in previous years have been on topics
including, “What Do Presses Want from a First Book?,” “Digital Approaches
to Modernism,” and “Critical Writing.” Workshops should be participatory in
format and can be either 90 or 120 minutes in length. They may be entirely
led by one person or may include a panel of experts. Please note that this
call is for workshop leaders, who should be prepared to arrive at the
conference venue early or stay late. Registration for workshops will occur
at the same time as conference registration. Submit proposals by February
27, 2015 by completing the following online form: MSA17 Pre/Post-Conference
Workshop Proposal Form



CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS

Deadline: April 17, 2015

Successful proposals will introduce topics that promise to expand research
and debate on a topic, and will present a clear rationale for the papers’
collective goal. Panel proposals that engage recent contentious research,
exciting new approaches, or theoretical interventions into the field are
encouraged. Topics are not limited to the theme “Modernism and Revolution.”
Please bear in mind these guidelines: We encourage interdisciplinary panels
and strongly discourage panels on single authors. In order to allow for
discussion, preference will be given to panels with three participants,
though panels of four will be considered. Panels composed entirely of
participants from a single department at a single institution are not
likely to be accepted. Graduate students are welcome as panelists, but
panels composed entirely of graduate students are less likely to be
accepted than panels that include postdoctoral presenters together with
graduate students. Submit proposals by completing the following online form
by April 17, 2015: MSA 17 Panel Proposal Form.



CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS

Deadline: April 17, 2015

All topics will be considered for roundtables, but we encourage proposals
that develop the theme of the conference. Unlike panels, which generally
feature a sequence of 15-20 minute talks followed by discussion,
roundtables gather a group of participants around a shared concern in order
to generate discussion among the participants and with the audience. To
this end, instead of delivering full-length papers, participants are asked
to deliver short position statements in response to questions distributed
in advance by the organizer or to take turns responding to prompts from the
moderator. The bulk of the session should be devoted to discussion. No paper
titles are listed in the program, only the names of participants. Please
bear in mind these guidelines: Roundtables may feature as many as 6
speakers. We particularly welcome roundtables featuring participants from
multiple disciplines, and we discourage roundtables on single authors.
Roundtables composed entirely of participants from a single department at a
single institution are not likely to be accepted. Graduate students are
welcome as speakers, but roundtables composed entirely of graduate students
are less likely to be accepted than those that include postdoctoral
presenters together with graduate students. Submit proposals by completing
the following online form by April 17, 2015: MSA 17 Roundtable Proposal
Form



CALL FOR POSTER SESSIONS AND DIGITAL EXHIBITS

Deadline: April 17, 2015

Reflecting the growing role of the digital humanities in modernist studies
and the proliferation of work that does not lend itself to presentation in
the form of a scholarly paper, we invite proposals that provide a short
overview (including web links) of 1) the nature, design, and purpose of a
digital project; 2) how the project advances modernist studies; and 3) how
the presenters would want to exhibit and explain the project at the
conference. Be sure to list all participants and institutions involved in
the project, and specify who among these would attend the conference.
Submit proposals by completing the following online form by April 17, 2015:
Poster Session and Digital Exhibit Form.
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