[Msa-discuss] [MSA Discuss] CFP Modernist legacies and futures, 17 May 2019, NUI Galway Ireland

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Modernist Legacies and Futures
Modernist Studies Ireland
17th May 2019
National University of Ireland, Galway

Plenary Speaker: Dr Ben Levitas, Goldsmiths University of London

In many ways, Modernism’s future is now. We are still grappling with
modernism’s aftermath, afterlives, and its perpetual relevance. The new
textualities and ephemera available to scholars today make it increasingly
important to reconsider how creative figures conceived and constructed
their future both within their work and in the material cultures they

The increasing digitisation of cultural materials is reshaping how we
interact and understand modernist practice. Archives, newspapers,
periodicals, and digital critical editions are allowing scholars to read,
see, or listen to the cultural atmospheres of modernity, whilst reading
texts anew with digital analysis technologies. Modernism was a movement
marked by a dynamic play with concepts of time and temporality. This forged
both a sense of periodicity and a moment of crisis in expressing the
present and perceiving the future. The study of plural, reterritorialised
modernisms and the growing body of available materials opens up new avenues
for understanding how and why modernism came into being through artists,
publishers, academics, and institutions. The corpus of modernist studies is
expanding rapidly and this expansion includes materials that we also
create. The aesthetic politics of neomodernism and protomodernism continues
to pose questions regarding the remaking and influence modernist practice
has today.

The inaugural conference of Modernist Studies Ireland, ‘Modernist Legacies
and Futures’ seeks to bring together Irish and international scholars to
initiate an exchange and review of current research, trends, and findings
in modernist studies. We ask scholars to consider how modernists created or
negated the future in their work? Did modernist artists conceive of the
future as a prerequisite of the work itself and, if so, how did they
attempt to secure their legacy? What does the digital landscape achieve for
modernism studies? What future does modernist studies have? If modernism
was a radical attempt to reshape culture and art did it succeed and how can
we as scholars perpetuate this radicalism? Do current attempts to
democratise the study of literature and unsettle canonicity impact future
research? What modernisms are missing from the field of modernist study?
What does modernism mean to minority languages, cultures, and to a
non-western canon?

We invite contributions for 20-minute papers on themes such as, but not
limited to:

- Modernist aesthetics and futurity
- Time and temporality
- Age, ageing, and youth
- Vision and revision
- Collaborative acts and interdisciplinary practice
- Modernist editing and the legacy of ‘the work’
- Periodical and print networks
- Minor’ literatures or non-Anglophone modernisms Modernism in the digital
- Gendered and queer modernisms
- Metamodernism and neomodernism
- Historicising or geo-politicising modernisms and modernities
- Space and representation
- Modernism in and of media
- Transnational and global modernisms
- Modernist afterlives and futures
- Modernist (im-)possibilities, utopias, dystopias
- Pedagogy and modernist studies
- Archives, databases, and digital collections
- Editing and publishing histories
- Canon formation and redefinition

Please send abstracts (300 words) and a short biography by 5pm, Feb 28th
For further information please contact: modstudiesireland at gmail.com

Modernist Studies Ireland (MSI) is a new organisation that aims to
facilitate the sharing of interests, research, and pedagogical approaches
to modernism and modernity in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Modernist
Studies Ireland provides a network to communicate our new research,
publications, and archival holdings to a local and global audience.

Further information on the initiative can be found here:

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