[Msa-discuss] CFP: Modernist Periodical Studies and the Transnational Turn

Sutherland, C.G. c.g.sutherland at rug.nl
Thu Apr 23 03:50:09 EDT 2020

Call for Contributors

Print Plus Cluster for Modernism/modernity

Modernist Periodical Studies and the Transnational Turn

We are soliciting short contributions (ca. 3,000 words) on the topic of
‘Transnational Modernist Periodical Networks’, for a prospective cluster on
Modernism/modernity’s PrintPlus platform. We aim to bring together
contributions from specialists working on a variety of national and
regional modernisms (North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and
Africa). The cluster will build on probing recent discussions surrounding
the idea of Global Modernism on the platform (e.g. Alys Moody and Stephen
J. Ross's 'On Global Modernism and Academic Precarity', and Claire
Barber-Stetson's 'Modern Insecurities, or, Living on the Edge'), in order
to assess the implications the transnational paradigm holds for modernist
periodical studies.

In light of the publication in 2016 of Eric Bulson’s Little Magazine, World
Form and the forthcoming Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Global
Modernist Magazines series, edited by Bulson, Andrew Thacker, and María del
Pilar Blanco, we are seeking lively contributions that push at the
boundaries of the emergent field of transnational modernist periodical

Possible topics may include:


   The relationship between transnationalism and the periodical form.

   The relationship between immigration, exile and diaspora and the
   emergence of transnational periodical networks.

   To what extent does the analysis of transnational periodical networks
   challenge the conceptualisation of the centres and peripheries of modernism?

   What are the dominant absences that we encounter in studying these

   How do we negotiate the issue of the local in discussions of the
   transnational? What are the creative, political, artistic tensions
   between localism and globalism in transnational periodical networks?

   What issues of funding, distribution, and readership can we identify by
   looking at modernist periodicals transnationally?

   What are the limits of the transnational paradigm? How
   transnational/global were these periodical networks in actuality?

   To what extent do modernist magazines and their editors function as
   agents in cultural diplomacy (state-sponsored and otherwise)? How well does
   translation work in these magazines act as a cultural and political

   How does re-evaluating transnational periodical networks challenge
   existing understandings of individual and group reception histories?

   How does the periodical as object of study make visible transnational
   artistic/literary networks, and what are the connections between these
   transnational networks and issues of translation and multilingualism in
   modernist magazines?

   How does transnational periodical studies open up new modes of
   collaborative work?

Please send a 300-word abstract alongside short biographical information to
nicoletta.asciuto at york.ac.uk, francesca.bratton at mu.ie, and
c.g.sutherland at rug.nl, by 1 June 2020. Selected contributors will be
invited to submit essays, after which the entire cluster will be sent to
Modernism/modernity for peer review. We aim to submit the cluster in the
fall of 2020.

Camilla Sutherland, PhD
Assistant Professor European Culture and Literature: Spanish
Co-director of the Mexico Study Centre

Department of European Languages & Cultures
University of Groningen
Harmoniegebouw (1315.0182)
9712 CP Groningen
The Netherlands

Select publications:

*Global Modernists on Modernism: An Anthology*, Bloomsbury Modernist
Archives Series, 2020

“El pájaro de cuatro notas”: The Reception of Argentine Women Writers and
Artists’ Work in Avant-garde Magazines (1920–1930),* Journal of Iberian and
Latin American Studies*, 23:3, 399-416
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