[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernism and the Matter of Infrastructure (MSA 2018)

Atkinson, Ted TAtkinson at english.msstate.edu
Wed Mar 7 12:36:31 EST 2018


CFP: Modernism and the Matter of Infrastructure
MSA 2018
November 8-11, Columbus, OH

“What does it mean to be stuck dreaming of infrastructure?” asked Patricia Yaeger in a 2007 special issue of PMLA dedicated to the special topic of “Cities.” The critical possibilities that Yaeger’s prompt opens up—along with related questions and issue—have gained currency with the development of infrastructure as a focus of recent scholarly interest from multidisciplinary perspectives. A 2015 special issue of Modern Fiction Studies defined infrastructuralism and delineated modernist studies as a site conducive to this line of critical inquiry. The aim of this MSA 2018 panel is to extend the line further by pursuing a range of possible topics, including but not limited to the following:

﹘graphic forms of infrastructure in modernism (elements of design, displays and exhibitions, visual culture)
﹘interdisciplinary approaches to modernism and infrastructuralism
﹘infrastructure and temporality
﹘infrastructure and the production of space
﹘the (in)visibility of infrastructure in works of modernism
﹘ecocritical approaches to modernism and infrastructuralism
﹘infrastructures of feeling (monumentalism, nationalism, the technological sublime, etc.)
﹘rural/urban forms of infrastructure
﹘utopian/dystopian renderings of infrastructure
﹘the infrastructural dimensions of empire, colonization, and (uneven) economic development
﹘the role of infrastructure in relations between modernism and political ideologies or the state (progressivism, fascism, the New Deal, regional planning/rehabilitation, global development initiatives, etc.)

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio to Ted Atkinson (tba34 at msstate.edu) by April 1, 2018.


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Ted Atkinson
Editor, Mississippi Quarterly
Associate Professor of English
Mississippi State University
PO Box 5272
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-3069

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