[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernism from the Standpoint of Labor (MSA 2020, Brooklyn NY; deadline 3/13/20)
mh2968 at columbia.edu
Fri Dec 13 13:50:38 EST 2019
Call for Proposals
*MODERNISM FROM THE STANDPOINT OF LABOR*
Modernist Studies Association
22-25 October 2020
Organized by Pardis Dabashi (University of Nevada, Reno) and Matthew Hart
(Columbia University, MSA President)
The last few years have witnessed the virtual disappearance of modernism as
a hiring category across large swathes of the global neoliberal academy. At
the same time, scholarly production in modernist studies remains vibrant.
Much of that intellectual work, however, is now being produced by scholars
with no academic job, an insecure academic job, or an academic job that
doesn't pay the bills and so must be supplemented by other wage labor. This
roundtable will ask what such working conditions mean for the production of
knowledge about modernism.
-- How has the intellectual past and present of modernism been determined
by the working conditions of artists, curators, scholars, and others? How
will that history change in the years to come?
-- How has modernism, as an artistic and scholarly field, been affected by
labor organizing, strikes, institutions such as tenure, etc?
-- From the standpoint of labor, what are the benefits and/or perils of
modernist studies being subsumed under the broader category of "the 20th
century" on the academic job market?
-- How has the casualization of academic labor affected the concepts and
methods already used to understand modernist culture? How will it do so in
--How might we integrate discussions of the precarious professional
conditions of early-career researchers (ECRS) into discussions of where
modernist studies is going in the future?
-- Most urgently, how might academic workers organize so as to secure
social and economic justice for workers in modernist studies and related
Please email 200-word abstracts to pdabashi at unr.edu and mh2968 at columbia.edu by
13 March 2020. The roundtable will include strictly time-limited 8 minute
presentations from five participants representing a diverse range of
academic workers and subject positions.
Please note, per MSA rules, if you appear on this roundtable, you may not
present your work on another panel or roundtable at the 2020 conference,
though you may chair a session and/or present in a seminar. For the full
MSA Brooklyn 2020 call for papers, see:
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English & Comparative Literature
Chair, Junior Faculty Advisory Board
Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Columbia University
Founding Co-Editor, *Literature Now*
President, Modernist Studies Association
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