CFPs: Conferences

CFP: “Intersections of Resistance in the Space Between, 1914-1945”

7-9 June 2018

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

The 20th annual meeting of the Space Between Society is partnering with the recently formed Feminist inter/Modernist Association (FiMA) to provide a unique opportunity to forge deeper connections within our research and pedagogy. By combining the mission of each society, we unite in the hopes of rethinking and producing new intersections in scholarship of the WWI, interwar, and WWII periods, especially as they uncover the rich vein of feminist practices across the space between. Central to our conversations at the conference will be this question:

What becomes possible for our understanding of the cultural productions of the space between and of feminist intermodernisms when we begin to look at how various forms of resistance intersect?

Shifts in the world’s political climate have energized humans to re-imagine structures of power that oppress, silence, and immobilize. Those who cultivate communities where diversity, inclusivity, and civil discourse thrive, unite under the term “resistance” to rally against forces that seek to neutralize differences and impose restrictions on civil liberties. Yet, as a term, an idea, and a practice, “resistance” requires critical inquiry. Resistance does not always suggest overhaul or revolution, but rather, invites ways in which existing structures might be reconfigured to make space for multiple voices. Culture makers of the interwar period critiqued the values of both antagonists that led to the ambiguous causes, goals, and unnecessary human losses of WWI. By contrast, writers of WWII called for the activation of humanistic values to defeat the Axis powers’ unambiguous goal of global conquest. Resistance is now back in significant ways, and carries cultural capital that is rich for analysis in our scholarship, our teaching, and our everyday actions.

We seek paper proposals that engage possible intersections and modes of resistance rooted in the World War I, interwar, and World War II periods across disciplines and media. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging with Terms: Intersection/Intersectionality, Resistance, Refusal, Persistence
  • Feminist Work (suffrage, economics, the home, the front, etc…)
  • Activism of Resistance (militant, pacifist, union organizing, etc…)
  • Social and Political Networks/Community Groups and Initiatives
  • Class Privilege and Limitations
  • Feminist Interventions into Genre and Canonicity
  • Intermodernist Reconfigurations
  • Embodiment and Identity
  • Feminist Spaces (urban, suburban, rural, natural, mechanized, hybrid etc…)
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Commemoration and Monuments
  • Resistance by Design (fashion, architecture, art, music, dance, etc…)
  • Media and New Technologies (film, radio, print, etc . . .)
  • Rhetoric of Slogan and Image: propaganda and advertising
  • Archives, Self-Fashioning, Narrative Preservation, Recovery, Recuperation
  • Lines of Least Resistance: Complicity, Collaboration, Treason/Betrayal

New feature:

In addition to traditional thematic panels, we will be organizing roundtables on the conference theme, both on research and on pedagogy. You are invited to submit a roundtable presentation proposal, which should consider these two questions in light of either your research or your teaching:

 What can “resistance” mean for feminism, modernism, intermodernism, and today?

How does thinking about “intersection” open up new ways of understanding resistance?

You may submit both an abstract for a traditional paper and a roundtable proposal.

Please send abstracts and roundtable proposals of no more than 300 words to sarahcornish@gmail.com by 18 December 2017. Submissions should include the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information.


 

CFP: ‘Risk Anything!’: Modernist Women between Centre and Periphery

A symposium presented by the Australasian Modernist Studies Network

Friday 6 April 2018, UNSW Sydney

Keynote: A/Prof Natalya Lusty (The University of Sydney)

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.”

The peripatetic New Zealand modernist Katherine Mansfield wrote these words towards the end of her life, urging herself to be courageous, to pursue her creative convictions. Mansfield’s approach to life and work is an example of the countless creative women who embraced, employed and drove the modernist cultural experiment.

Nearly a century later, our own era is equally defined by contingency and risk, offering a unique opportunity to reflect on the history and legacies of creative behaviour that defines itself in terms of risk. We invite proposals from scholars on topics relating to risk, women and modernist culture, and from female-identifying artists, writers and performers whose practice engages with the legacies of modernist women. We especially welcome contributions focusing on women who have traversed the ‘risky’ division between centres of modernism – Britain, Europe, and the United States – and so-called ‘peripheries’. These may take the form of a 20-minute presentation/10-minute question format or a team-led 90 minute roundtable discussion or workshop format.

Risk may be interpreted in relation to:

  •   Creative experimentation and the avant-garde
  •   Cultural and gender norms
  •   Sexuality
  •   Reputation
  •   Failure
  •   Personal motivation
  •   Finance/business
  •   Danger – personal, political, social
  •   Political struggle

Selected papers will be published as a special journal issue.

Please send 250-word proposals for papers, roundtables or workshops, along with a 50-word bio, to l.mayhew@griffith.edu.au by 31 January 2018. Responses will be distributed in early February.

Event organisers: Dr Baylee Brits (UNSW), Dr Louise R Mayhew (Griffith University) & Dr Helen Rydstrand (UNSW).


 

CFP: Katherine Mansfield: New Directions

28-29 June 2018, Birkbeck, University of London

An international conference organised by the Katherine Mansfield Society

Hosted by Birkbeck, University of London. Supported by the New Zealand High Commission and the University of Northampton

Keynotes: Ali Smith & Elleke Boehmer

This international conference celebrates 10 years since the formation of the Katherine Mansfield Society. Since that time there has been a significant resurgence of scholarly interest in Mansfield, driven by the Society’s journal Katherine Mansfield Studies, now published annually as a yearbook by Edinburgh University Press.

The time has now come to reassess Mansfield’s life and reputation ten years on, in the light of so much new research, and to consider new directions for future Mansfield studies.

Suggested topics for papers might include (but are not limited to):

  • KM and world literature
  • KM, music and art
  • KM as an avant-garde writer
  • KM and modernist magazines
  • KM and material publication contexts
  • KM and cultural material studies
  • KM and medical humanities.
  • KM and queer studies
  • KM and her biographers
  • KM and her contemporaries
  • KM and New Zealand
  • KM and World War 1
  • KM and cosmopolitanism
  • KM and travel writing
  • KM and the literary marketplace
  • KM and modernity/the modern
  • KM and pedagogy
  • KM and the colonial world
  • KM and critical heritage
  • KM and her legacy

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a bio-sketch, should be sent to the conference organisers: Dr Aimee Gasston, Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK, and Professor Janet Wilson, University of Northampton, UK at kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org by 1 February 2018.


 

CFP: Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace

28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

21-24 June 2018, Woolf College, University of Kent, Canterbury

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and 80 years since the publication of Three Guineas, the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf invites papers addressing the dual theme of Europe and Peace. From the ‘prying’, ‘insidious’ ‘fingers of the European War’ that Septimus Warren Smith would never be free of in Mrs Dalloway to Woolf’s call to ‘think peace into existence’ during the Blitz in ‘Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid’, questions of war and peace pervade her writings. They are also central to Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle, exemplified in John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Clive Bell’s Peace at Once and Leonard Woolf’s Quack, Quack! While seeking proposals that address the European contexts and cultures of modernism between wars, we also encourage exploration of how these writings can help us think through what it might mean to create peace in Europe today amid various political, humanitarian, economic and environmental crises.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bloomsbury and pacifism
  • Literature of the First and Second World Wars
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • The Armistice and Paris Peace Conference
  • Three Guineas and its legacies
  • International/transnational/cosmopolitan Woolf
  • Bloomsbury and the European avant-garde
  • Feminism, queer studies and LGBT+ politics
  • Empire, race and ethnicity
  • Woolf and continental philosophy/theory
  • European translations of Woolf and Bloomsbury
  • Ecological/environmental/economic crises
  • Violence, trauma and fascism
  • Bloomsbury and classical antiquity
  • Woolf across visual art, film, dance and music
  • Travel writing and European journeys

Abstracts of max. 200 words for single papers and 500 words for panels should be sent to vwoolf2018@gmail.com by 1 February 2018.


 

CFP: Realism(s) of the Avant-Garde and Modernism

6th International Conference of the European Network of Avant-garde and Modernism Studies (EAM)

5-7 September 2018, University of Münster

The avant-gardes of the 20th century defined themselves, and are defined by us, essentially by their relations to various concepts of realism.

(1) Mostly, they distinguish themselves eagerly from the realisms of the 19th-century.
(2) Nevertheless, they often claim some kind of truth or higher realism – super-realism – for themselves, claiming to have access to some primary reality that cannot be presented in traditional arts.
(3) These super-realisms are in turn challenged by movements such as New Objectivity, Magic Realism, or different varieties of political popular art, which in their turn claim to be more realistic than the supposedly outmoded avant-gardes.
(4) Even the neo-avant-gardes and other movements from the second half of the 20th century to the present day have to deal with concurrent varieties of ‘realism‘ (just think of Mario Amaya calling Pop ‘the New Super Realism’).

Our conference will discuss the different concepts of realism formulated by and against the avant-gardes and the different relations to reality generated in arts and media. ‘Realism’, in this respect, may refer to techniques (‘prijom’) as well as discourses, the representation of (e.g. scientific or esoteric) knowledge, but also to political ideologies or practical applications.

Keynote speakers include Timothy J. Clark (Berkeley/London) and Helmut Lethen (Vienna/Linz).

We welcome contributions across all areas of avant-garde and modernist activity: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, design and technology.

Call for proposals

You may submit a proposal as a CHAIR or as an INDIVIDUAL.

1)    You may propose to be the CHAIR of a PANEL. A PANEL consists of three or four speakers. One of the speakers is the CHAIR who makes the submission and supplies the details and proposals of all of the proposed participants. You may also submit a double or triple panel. Panels should not consist only of graduate students.
2)    You may submit an INDIVIDUAL PROPOSAL without specifying a panel and the organisers will assign your paper to a panel if accepted.
3)    Please submit your proposals in Word format only to Prof. Moritz Baßler. Closing date for applications is 15 February 2018. Further information can be found on the conference webpage.  The official languages of the conference are English, French and German. Both papers and entire panels are welcome in all the three languages.