CFP for special issue of the Modernist Review: Black Lives Matter and Modernist Studies
Content warning: police brutality
Modernist studies has been slow to respond to urgent calls for reform within white-dominated higher education: to decolonise, to diversify, to include. 2020 has witnessed the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the shooting of Jacob Blake and so many more, which have sparked a global sense of urgency in the fight against racial injustice. Modernist studies must acknowledge and examine white modernism’s difficult history of racism, and align itself with the Black Lives Matter movement and active anti-racism work within higher education. These imperatives are not new: students, educators and activists have been calling for decolonisation, diversification and inclusion in the academy for decades.
We at BAMS recognise that more needs to be done to counter the whiteness of academia and of modernism studies. With this in mind, we at the Modernist Review would like to share this Call for Papers for a special issue on Black modernist studies. The concerns of this CfP are not confined to one month of TMR; this issue is part of a larger movement within modernist studies and higher education. We at TMR recognise the institutional racism embedded within academia that we, the editors, have benefitted from. As set out in BAMS’ recent statement on Black Lives Matter, we are committed to doing more: compiling resources lists, addressing how TMR operates, listening to and acting on ways to ensure that we have structural inclusivity. We stand with our American friends striking on the 8th and 9th of September as part of #Scholarstrike. We hear the #BlackintheIvory stories of institutional racism in the academy. We recognise that we need to do more.
White modernism has a history of colonial exploitation, racism and cultural appropriation. The 2015-2019 AHRC funded project Black Artists and Modernism highlighted the number of Black voices, artworks and ‘hidden histories’ that exist in archives, but have been excluded from modernism’s narratives. This special issue on Black modernist studies aims to further explore and highlight the work of Black writers, artists, thinkers and scholars in the making of modernism, and examine the state of modernist studies and the way modernism is read and taught today. We welcome articles, reviews, creative responses, personal reflections and more on topics including but not limited to:
- Black modernist writers and artists
- Black Lives Matter, modernism and research practices
- Black Lives Matter in the (modernist) classroom
- Postcolonial theory in/and modernist studies
- Global modernisms
- Black modernist critics and scholars
- Diversity and inclusivity in modernist studies and higher education
- Modernist canons and structures of oppression
- The Harlem Renaissance
- Modernisms in/and the Global South
- Intersections of race with class, gender, and nationality
- Complaint and protest in modernist studies
- Black Lives Matter and the imperative to decolonise modernist studies
Articles should be around 1,000 words in length, though we are happy to negotiate and discuss word counts, particularly in relation to creative responses. Our full submission guidelines can be found here. Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to email@example.com, along with a short bio, by 23 September 2020. On acceptance of an abstract, the deadline for submissions will be 21 October 2020.
We particularly extend this CfP to Black and BAME members of our community, and encourage educators and supervisors to pass this to their Black and BAME students.
For full information: Modernist Review CFP
Call for Contributors: Print Plus Cluster for Modernism/modernity on 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 Print Plus 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 studies.
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 networks?
- 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 mediator
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Call for Essays for Katherine Mansfield Studies
Please find below details of the Call for Essays for vol. 13 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, the yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press, together with details of the associated essay prize for 2020. This year’s theme is Katherine Mansfield and Children, in all its possible contexts.
Katherine Mansfield and Children
Editors: Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK; Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA
Virginia Woolf once remarked that Katherine Mansfield had ‘a kind of childlikeness somewhere which has been much disfigured, but still exists’. This ‘childlikeness’ is indeed a facet of Mansfield’s personality which permeates every aspect of her personal and creative life. It is present in her mature fiction, where some of her most well-known and accomplished stories, such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’, have children as protagonists; it is present in her early poetry, which includes a collection of poems for children intended for publication; it is also present in her juvenilia, where many of the stories she wrote from an early age for school magazines and other publications, feature children. As Tracy Miao notes of her mature fiction, ‘in Mansfield’s modelling of her child artists […] there is more than a simple “childlikeness” […] but a serious thought process on art and the artist’.
Even as an adult, Mansfield’s love of the miniature, her delight in children in general, her fascination with dolls, all feature in her personal writing. Her relationship with John Middleton Murry was characterised by their mutual descriptions of themselves as little children fighting against a corrupt world. Alluding to their innocence, Mansfield once wrote to Murry: ‘My grown up self sees us like two little children who have been turned out into the garden’. Years later, speaking of Murry’s writing, she notes, ‘Take care of yourself – my beloved child with all these wild men about throwing stones and striking’.
Essays which address any aspect of the concept of Mansfield and children will be considered for this volume. Subjects might include (but are not limited to):
• Children in Mansfield’s fiction
• Children in Mansfield’s poetry
• Mansfield’s juvenilia – poetry and /or prose
• Mansfield’s early years
• The ‘childlike’ relationship between Mansfield and Murry
• Mansfield’s pregnancies
• Mansfield’s love of the miniature
• Mansfield and dolls
• The childlike in Mansfield’s personal writing
• Mansfield’s ‘innocent eye’ (John Ruskin)
Please email submissions of c.6000 words, including endnotes, formatted in Word and in MHRA style*, 12 pt. Times New Roman, double line-spaced, with a 100-word abstract + 5 keywords & 50-word biography, to the editorial team at email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED FOR OUR ANNUAL ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION UNLESS AUTHORS INDICATE OTHERWISE.
Style Guide: Katherine Mansfield Society
We also welcome creative submissions of poetry, short stories, and creative essays on the general theme of Katherine Mansfield. Please send submissions for consideration, accompanied by a brief (50 words) biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Submissions: 31 August 2020
Women Writers and Social/Political Activism
Deadline for Submissions: 1 August 2020
The early twentieth century abounded with movements that reshaped women’s lives—including those for women’s suffrage, peace, birth control, and better working conditions, among others. Women writers addressed these issues not only in socially and politically engaged journalism, but also in feminist manifestoes, poetry, fiction, and drama. This special issue explores the relationship between women’s writing and social and political activism, from the 1890s to the 1940s. The collection will be comprised of a series of case studies, with a focus on non-canonical and ephemeral archival materials. In framing this focus, we are particularly interested in genres and forms of writing that are on the periphery of, if not totally excluded from, the purview of literary studies. Responding to recent calls for more scholarship on women writers in the period, this collection seeks to recover the place of social and political activism in shaping women writers’ relationships to modernity. With close attention to genre and literary form, our collection foregrounds neglected archival material by activist women, thus enriching our understanding of women’s contributions to early twentieth-century literary and cultural history.
Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Lise Shapiro Sanders (email@example.com) and Carey Snyder (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 August 2020. Selected contributors will be invited to submit full articles by 1 May 2021. Acceptance and publication in the special issue will be subject to review by the journals’ editors and external peer reviewers.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) and Alexis Pogorelskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.