[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 19: Modernism as/and Refuge

Bahun, Sanja sbahun at essex.ac.uk
Thu Jan 5 15:27:43 EST 2017

CFP for MSA 19

Titles/abstracts deadline: 12 January 2017

Modernism and/as Refuge

Refuge, as a condition of displacement, seeking place, and placement, and the experience of moving oneself from a position of real or perceived harm to a position of real or perceived safety, interacts in complex and illuminating ways with perceptions of home and homelessness, belonging, citizenship, state and statelessness, personhood, language, loss, as well as with everyday practices and modes of dwelling, and the emotional and cognitive strategies used to configure the past, the present, and the future. Prompted by real historical transformations and mass displacements on an unprecedented scale, the notion/condition of refuge operated vigorously, if ambivalently, in the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. The intensified discursive and experiential presence of refuge-related issues and actual refugees provided contexts, themes, and forms for modernist aesthetic production and thought, but it also shaped the development of the discourse of human rights, and culpability or accountability of political institutions as well as our understanding of activities such as translation, reading, collecting, transporting, aiding, and even recycling. This panel explores how refuge, material and abstract, thematic and formal, shaped modernist literature, art and thought. We invite papers that may address, but are not limited to, modernist representations and conceptualisations of the following categories, terms and relations:

-          mass displacement, political sovereignty, solidarity and aid

-          statelessness/foreignness

-          superfluity

-          dispossession

-          refuge and dwelling

-          transculturality and translation as the preconditions, provisions and sites of refuge

-          reading and writing as refugee activities

-          mobile libraries/collecting in transit

-          seeking refuge, finding refuge, and negotiating refuge in artistic practices

-          loss and refuge

-          language as home/refuge

-          the past (or the future) as refuge

-          refuge and radicalism

-          refugee mobilities and new canon formation

-          refugee/diasporic/exilic/ vs cosmopolitan modernisms

Please send 200-word abstracts with short biographical information to Vassiliki Kolocotroni (Vassiliki.Kolocotroni at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:Vassiliki.Kolocotroni at glasgow.ac.uk>) and Sanja Bahun (sbahun at essexc.ac.uk<mailto:sbahun at essexc.ac.uk>) by 12 January 2017, 12noon.

This panel, if accepted, would be linked to the "Human Rights, Borders, and Displacements" special stream at MSA 19. MSA conference date and location: August 101-3, 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Professor Sanja Bahun
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
University of Essex
Office phone: +441206 872634
New in print:
Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate<https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472453747> (second, revised and enlarged edition)
(Routledge/Ashgate, 2015)
Modernism and Melancholia: Writing as Countermourning<http://global.oup.com/academic/product/modernism-and-melancholia-9780199977956;jsessionid=A6E5BC5236D0A9507D302BA6B134B93E?cc=gb&lang=en&>
(Oxford University Press, 2013/2014)
Cinema, State Socialism, and Society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989<http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415813235/>
(Routledge, 2014)

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