Reading Modernism in the Sixth Extinction
Prospective Modernism/modernity Print Plus cluster
Edited by Caroline Hovanec (Tampa) and Rachel Murray (Loughborough)
Abstracts due by 31 January, 2020
Call for Papers
We are living through the sixth mass extinction – a period of geological history in which species are dying out at up to 1000 times the normal rate. A 2019 UN report warned that as many as one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and recent studies have reported staggering declines in biodiversity over the past fifty years. The causes are anthropogenic – human activities have led to habitat loss, global warming, introduced species, and other pressures on nonhuman species populations. News headlines abound with terms like ‘biological annihilation’ and ‘apocalypse’. The scale of these crises is difficult to capture in ordinary language, driving theorists to develop a new critical vocabulary which includes terms such as ‘ecocide’, ‘petroculture’, ‘Anthropocene’, ‘Capitalocene’, and ‘Plantationcene’. New academic disciplines – such as ‘Extinction Studies’ and ‘Anthropocene Studies’ – have sprung up in response, urging us to think about how the effects of environmental degradation are experienced, narrated, and resisted across a variety of cultural forms, and asking important questions about our place in, and obligations to, a more-than-human world (Bird Rose, van Dooren, Chrulew, 2017).
We seek papers for a cluster that would examine what it means to read modernism in these troubling times. How do modernist texts help us think about nonhuman species, animal vulnerability, geological scales, and more-than-human ethics? What might be gained from reading modernist texts through the lens of present environmental concerns? Submissions are invited to consider, but are not limited to:
- Human-animal relations; non-human ethics; multispecies encounters
- Invasive species; living things that are seen as unwelcome or out-of-place
- Ideas of abundance and excess (too much life)
- Representations of endangered or extinct species
- Animal remains; specimens; fossils
- The language of extinction; extinction as a linguistic phenomenon
- Representations of invisible or newly visible lives
- Modernist forms and techniques as a means of conceptualising extinction
- The exploitation of animals and habitats; precursors to extinction
- Reading extinction in a local, national, transnational, or global context
- Ideas of scale, perspective, and deep time in relation to extinction
- Narratives of decline, degeneration, or apocalypse
- Narratives of resistance, resilience, or recovery
- Extinction, technology and new media
- Teaching modernism in the sixth extinction; the pedagogy of extinction
Please send a titled, 300-word abstract and a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 31 January, 2020. 6 to 8 contributors will be invited to submit essays of up to 5000 words, after which the entire cluster will be sent out for peer review.
Caroline Hovanec is Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa. She is the author of Animal Subjects: Literature, Zoology, and British Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2018), as well as various essays on animal studies and environmental humanities.
Rachel Murray is a postdoctoral research fellow at Loughborough University. Her book, The Modernist Exoskeleton: Insects, War, Literary Form, is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.
Global Modernisms’ Other Empires
The Modernist Studies in Asia Network, Modernism/modernity Print Plus
The Modernist Studies in Asia Network seeks proposals for short, persuasive essays addressing “Global Modernisms’ Other Empires” for a prospective peer-reviewed cluster on Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform. While the New Modernist Studies has productively expanded the locations and timelines of modernism, many figures, literary works, and images central to this expansion continue to be drawn from the British and French Empires. Yet, some of the strongest and most contested sites of imperialism in the modernist period involved locations and imperial aspirations beyond Europe’s core empires. This cluster invites papers which consider how literary modernism records the entangled imperial legacies of these empires or investigate how inter-imperial entanglements contribute the uneven or unequal effects of modernity on modernism’s global emergence.
This cluster aims to expand understanding of the relationship between modernism, imperialism and the global by reconceptualizing how modernism engaged with entangled colonial networks in which Europe is influential, but not the sole player. Individual essays might focus on how the study of imperial modernisms engage postcolonial criticism to better understand literary modernism’s relation to the nexus of asymmetrical and multidirectional global power relations, or how the vestigial imperial ambitions of empires such as Japan, China, Ottoman Turkey, Russia, and the Portuguese register aesthetically. While we particularly welcome contributions that focus on modernisms with connections to the Asian continent, proposed papers need not be explicitly connected to Asia to be considered.
Papers should be in the spirit of a conference roundtable (2000-3000 words). We particularly welcome submissions that draw on the unique possibilities afforded by the digital setting of the Print Plus platform. For more on the platform see: https://modernismmodernity.org/about
Please send a titled, 300-word abstract and a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 December 2019. Contributors will be invited to submit essays, after which the entire cluster will be sent out for peer review.
For full information: The Modernist Studies in Asia Network CFPs
Celebrating the centenary of Mansfield’s Bliss and Other Stories (1920)
Katherine Mansfield Studies, Volume 12 (Edinburgh UP)
The Peer-Reviewed Yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society
Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK
and Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA
Arnhold Chair, English Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
‘Do you believe that every place has its hour of the day when it really does come alive? […] There does seem to be a moment when you realize that, quite by accident, you happen to have come on to the stage at exactly the moment you were expected. Everything is arranged for you – waiting for you. Ah, master of the situation! You fill with important breath. And at the same time you smile, secretly, slyly, because Life seems to be opposed to granting you these entrances, seems indeed to be engaged in snatching them from you and making them impossible, keeping you in the wings….’ Katherine Mansfield, ‘Je ne parle pas Français,’ Bliss and Other Stories (1920)
For Katherine Mansfield Studies Vol. 12 (which will be published in 2020), we invite essays that explore the formal, textual, cultural and contextual aspects of one of the greatest – and most innovative – short-story collections of global Anglophone modernism: Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss and Other Stories, first published in 1920. This volume of new critical essays is imagined as a centenary celebration, and a new reckoning with Mansfield’s originality and influence, after a century.
Bliss and Other Stories is a creative interface in which the tropes that Balzac and Chekhov had set in texts about bourgeois modern life were put through the sieve of a wholly new consciousness and welter of styles: psychologised, from the viewpoint of a woman, late-bohemian, gender-bending, energised. This essay collection will meet Bliss face-on, aiming to see Mansfield’s radical modernisms anew.
Some possible (not exclusive) topics:
- Bliss’s pivotal place in (various) modernisms
- Mansfield’s… futurism, surrealism, fauvism (or other modernist-isms)
- Mansfield and the cultural politics of space
- The place of Bliss in Mansfield’s oeuvre
- Composition, sources, genetic approaches
- New feminist modernisms and the value of Bliss
- Gender, genre, form, experiment – new approaches
- The modernist short story retheorised
- The ecocritical Mansfield of Bliss
- Bliss, TB, and the medical modernisms
- Recasting New Zealand in the text
- Bliss’s queer textualities
- Mansfield’s coterie modernism and the story collection
- Comparisons to other modernist short story collections, from Dubliners to …
- Transnationalities in Bliss
- Bliss and new materialities
- Manuscripts and archives
- Blissful: Mansfield’s humour
Please email submissions of 5000-6000 words, including endnotes, formatted in Word and in MHRA style*, 12 pt, Times New Roman, double line-spaced, with a 100-200 word abstract + 5 keywords & 50-word biography, to the editorial team at email@example.com by 31 August 2019
PLEASE NOTE: All submissions will automatically be entered for the KMS Annual Essay Prize Competition unless the author indicates otherwise.
*An MHRA Style Guide is available on the Katherine Mansfield Society website: http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/yearbook-katherine-mansfield-studies/
We welcome creative submissions – poetry, short stories, creative essays, on the general theme of Katherine Mansfield. Please send submissions, accompanied by a brief (50 words) biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Issue of Feminist Modernist Studies on Ecology
Completed essays due: 1 September 2019
We are interested in the following:
1) Short essays on new approaches to the intersections between ecology and feminism/gender/sexuality/women’s writing in modernism and modernity. Approaches open. 4,000 word limit.
2) Original essays on any topic treating the intersection between ecology and feminism/gender/sexuality/ women’s writing in modernism and modernity. Approaches open. 9,000 word limit.
- The Anthropocene, eco-disaster, waste
- WWI, WWII, the Cold War, industry, technology
- Geology, biology, cosmology, the oceanic, cross-kingdom naturalism, elemental circulations, (eco) planeterity, animal studies
- New (eco) forms in literature, art, culture; the “en dehors garde” (forms outside the mainstream modernist avant-garde)
- The ecological as a Politics
- Queer, trans, lesbian, bisexual, gay
- Global writers, globalism, transnationalism, postcolonialism
- Issues of race, class, ethnicity
Send enquiries to the Editor, Cassandra Laity: email@example.com
The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945
2020 Special Issue – Cinema in the Space Between: An International Approach
This special issue (planned for 2020) will address the emergence of world cinema between 1914 and 1945. We seek essays that are comparative, transnational, or devoted to issues within a distinctive cinematic tradition. Essays should employ digital media to illustrate cinematic perspective on the space between.
In the first half of the twentieth century, film both mirrored reality and distorted it, producing the most popular form of entertainment of the period. Did film then record modernity or create it? Is there space between an emerging modernist response and the techniques and depictions of cinema? What is the relationship between film and modernism/modernity? This special issue intends to raise such thematic and theoretical questions.
Similarly, is there space between film and literature? What is the relationship between the two seen, for example, in the Golden Age of Hollywood with its reliance on the concurrent phenomena of the best seller or adaptation of canonical works? Did film change the perception of literature and its use?
In the era of the two world wars and the space between them, cinema registered conflict and propaganda encouraged it. What is the relationship of cinema to Fascism in that period? What role did exilic and diasporic cinema play in the interwar period? Does cinema innately encourage border crossings of movement and identity, both sexual as well as national? Is it inherently transnational or permeated with nationalism and questions of national identity?
Sound provided cinema with its watershed moment in the space between. How did breaking the sound barrier change cinema? In what ways artistically? Politically? Technologically? In terms of gender and its depiction?
We are seeking contributions that explore these issues or raise others to permit new approaches and original perspectives on the emergence of this modernist art form in the space between.
Please submit essays of 6,000–7,500 words in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, using MLA style, to the guest co-editors Sarah Cornish (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alexis Pogorelskin (email@example.com) by 31 December 2019. We welcome queries and proposed topics prior to submission and will provide advice and comment. All digital images, film stills, and media files should be sent separately (not embedded in documents or PDFs).
For further details and past issues, see the general guidelines for submission.