[Msa-discuss] CFP: The mood of modernism: affect/invention/concept (MSA 17)

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Wed Mar 11 16:21:51 EDT 2015

 CFP: The mood of
modernism: affect/invention/concept (MSA 17)

We invite papers
which explore  modernism not in its more visible,
spectacular, and externalized manifestations, but rather in unforeseen points, junctures,
landscapes, interstices and borders, including the juxtaposition of
intellectual and private life, past and present, the life of the mind and divided,
alternative, fragmented, patched up, or precarious lives. We encourage all
sorts of contributions on the significance of modernism when it is
revolutionary otherwise, in more silent, dispersed ways, or when modernism itself
becomes an atmosphere or a mood, thus a concept that can do its work only if it
captures something as elusive as mood. 

For example, through
repetition over time, how might aesthetic modernism transfer to the lives we
live, and become present in them? Is it plausible to think of modernism as an
atmosphere of one's daily life in the present? When? How? Where?  Given the popularity and the expandability of
modernism, doesn't the concept itself raise the question of modernism as that
of passage, transit, transmission? One, therefore, can imagine a geographical
transit: an Anglo-American modernism that passes, let's say, through Italian
hermeticism to re-emerge, over  time, in
all kinds of Anglo-American modernism's others.  However, one might also imagine quite a
different kind of transit, a less geographical and more atmospheric transit.
This less spectacular modernism may be felt to be in the air when it  impacts on us in unforeseen ways, making waves
of meaning (and meaningfulness) right in the middle of our daily lives, when past
intellectual and aesthetic residues, introjected verbal and visual memories of
ideas, sensations, and readings, combine with our local position to open up conceptual,
theoretical, creative possibilities and potentialities. It's like being between
mountains and sea, suddenly released from the limits of the local to experience an ampler, more global belonging. How does affect for/from
modernism flow into public research? What are the other, improper places of

The panel is
open to anyone from any discipline who wishes to explore how modernist
objects---archival, textual, musical, visual, mnestic, or other-- enter daily
life, create sustenance, and incite creativity, conceptual and of other kinds. 

Please contact
panel co-organizers to discuss ideas, or send a 250-word abstract, along with a brief
biography, by April 5 to:

Carla Billitteri at carla.billitteri at unit.maine.edu and Mena Mitrano at mmitrano at luc.edu, or

mena.mitrano at tin.it 

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