[Msa-discuss] MSA Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017
achristie at brocku.ca
Thu Dec 15 18:35:58 EST 2016
The submission deadlines for the next meeting of the Modernist Studies Association meeting—to be held in Amsterdam, August 10-13—are quickly approaching. Please see our call for papers below or follow this link: https://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/msa19/
Two items to note:
1) Our initial deadline—for seminars and pre-conference workshops—has been extended to January 1.
2) Along with our general call for papers, we have added two special streams to encourage interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches. You can read the full description below.
We welcome your submissions and look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
The MSA Program Committee
Call for Papers:
Meeting of the Modernist Studies Association
Amsterdam, August 10-13, 2017
University of Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
University of Groningen
University of Louisville
Commonwealth Centre for the Humanities and Society
Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis
Seminar and Workshop Proposals: 16 December 2016 (Now extended to January 1)
Panel, Roundtable, and Digital Exhibition Proposals: 13 January 2017
The 2017 meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will not only take place on the centenary of one of Modernism’s many anni mirabiles, it will also be located in the city renowned for Rembrandt and Spinoza as well as De Stijl and the Amsterdamse School, a city well-known for its daring and usually successful blending of the historical and the modern. We will use this occasion to tackle head-on Modernism’s relation to our present. What does Modernism mean to us today – to us as cultural consumers, as scholarly observers, and as active participants in its projects? Modernism’s own explicit self-identification with the ever-shifting present – “il faut être absolument moderne”, “make it new”, etc. – has always tugged at its historical moorings and resisted standard attempts at periodization. It has challenged us repeatedly to redefine and reconsider the meaning of the term “modernism,” as well as to engage in endless debates about its scope, its internal coherence, and its purview.
The setting of Amsterdam will provide us with an opportunity to exercise our Eliotic “historical sense,” “a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence,” and to think about the responsibilities and demands the modernist past – and our own present – place upon us. As consumers of Modernist culture, as scholars pressured to “always historicize” and yet make history useful for life, as Modernism-inspired producers of culture, we must ask ourselves: How does Modernism interact, blend in, or jar with our – and its – present-day environment?
Depending on the emphasis and tone with which ‘Modernism Today’ is given voice, it can be understood as descriptive or imperative in a variety of ways. Accordingly, topics for papers on our theme may range widely and include, for example, the following:
- Modernist chronologies
- conceptions of the present in Modernism
- Modernism and new media
- canonization processes
- Modernism and recent developments in critical theory
- the historiography of Modernism
- Modernism and globalization
- current trends in Modernism research
- Modernism in the light of eco-criticism
- the persistence of Modernism
- Modernism in contemporary literature and art
- periodical research and Modernism
- Modernism in the light of geo-criticism
- interdisciplinary Modernism
The conference organizers invite proposals for seminars and pre-conference workshops (due December 16 now extended to January 1, 2017), panels, roundtables, poster sessions, multimedia/digital exhibitions (due January 13, 2017). We gently encourage proposals relevant to the conference theme and the topics listed above, 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 page for guidelines to develop and opportunities to promote a panel or roundtable. All proposals requiring A/V equipment must specify those needs. All queries should be directed to MSA19Amsterdam at gmail.com<mailto:MSA19Amsterdam at gmail.com>.
In addition to our regular review of session proposals, the Amsterdam organizers will be accepting panels and roundtables that fit under two special streams: “Pre- and Postwar Art Movements,” which will examine pre- and post-1945 avant-garde movements such as Fluxus, Situationism, and allied arts movements; and “Human Rights, Borders, and Displacements,” which will consider the historical importance of refugee, immigrant, and displaced populations in modernism. We hope these two streams will encourage interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches and draw upon the special opportunities presented by our European location. If you are interested in proposing a panel linked to either of these streams, please make this clear in your proposal.
The MSA values diversity of national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, migration status, ability, class, employment status, and other forms of identity. We encourage conference participants and organizers to take this into account when making proposals for the conference in Amsterdam.
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