[Msa-discuss] CfP: Modernisms and Modernities Conference, 19-22 July 2017

Melba Cuddy-Keane m.cuddy.keane at utoronto.ca
Thu May 5 14:49:20 EDT 2016

Message sent by Melba Cuddy-Keane on behalf of Fudan University (China), Universität Hamburg (Germany), Macquarie University (Australia):

Universität Hamburg of Hamburg, Germany, Fudan University of Shanghai, China and Macquarie University of Sydney, Australia are delighted to announce the upcoming international conference “Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South: Comparing Literary and Cultural Experiences”, which will be convened at Fudan University in Shanghai from 19-22 July, 2017.

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.

We are thus doubly delighted to be able to host this conference in the city of Shanghai, a hub of transcultural modernity in which the aesthetics and politics of modernism were integral to its historical and cultural development.

The conference language will be English.  Papers can discuss the experience of modernity in particular societies, literatures and cultures, or comparatively.  Please send abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute presentations to: modernisms.iaa at uni-hamburg.de by 1 October 2016.

For further information, please see the attached pdf, or contact:

Jolene Mathieson
modernisms.iaa at uni-hamburg.de

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