[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South Conference -- Fudan University, Shanghai, July 2017

Alys Moody alys.moody at mq.edu.au
Tue Apr 12 23:20:16 EDT 2016

*Call for Papers*

*Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South:*

*Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences*

*Fudan University, Shanghai, 19 – 22 July 2017*

Convened by Fudan University (China), Macquarie University (Australia),
Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Modernism has often been critiqued for being homogenising and Eurocentric.
Yet, modernity was experienced differently by different societies and
cultures, each pursuing their own specific historical trajectory. Across
the world in societies as different as China, Australia, the US and Europe,
modernist literature and art were, in very different ways, crucial
mediators of modernity. This conference will survey diverse experiences of
modernity and the place of modernist art and aesthetics in those
experiences. Implicit in this discussion is the question of what survives
of modernist practices and modernity as a project beyond the known debates
around modernism and postmodernism towards a new relevance in the era of
globalisation and climate change.

Papers can discuss the experience of modernity in particular societies,
literatures and cultures, or comparatively. Themes may include, but are not
limited to:

   - Aesthetic strategies across different media (from the avant-garde to
   digital experimentation)
   - Intercultural encounters, transnational identities
   - Travel, migration, cosmopolitanism
   - Self and other, subjectivities
   - Gender and sexuality
   - Race, ethnicity, plurality
   - Class and social justice
   - Imperialism, decolonisation and postcolonialism
   - Metropolis, urban and suburban spaces
   - Shanghai as a site of cultural encounters
   - Nature, ecology, sustainability, ecopoetics
   - Scientific discourse, technology
   - Ethics, religion and spirituality

The conference language will be English. Please send abstracts of 250 words
for 20-minute presentations to:*modernisms at uni-hamburg.de
<modernisms at uni-hamburg.de>* by *1 October 2016*

For more information, please contact: jiansuns at aliyun.com or
cliang at fudan.edu.cn


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