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September 6, 2017, deadline for submissions

Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief bio to Rebecca Walsh,, for a panel that the H.D. International Society is organizing at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2018.

September 30, 2017, deadline for submissions

Please consider submitting a paper proposal to the panel "Marginally Modernist" for NeMLA's upcoming conference in Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15, 2018 (description below).

Submit your 300-word paper abstract directly to the NeMLA website, c.f. the Guidelines.

Submission portal opens June 15th, 2017 and closes September 30th, 2017

If you have any questions, contact:

"Marginally Modernist"

“It is at the level of style,” Anne Anlin Cheng writes in Second Skin, “—the most
apparent of styles (though hidden in its very transparency)—that we can witness the
profound contact between Modernism and its others.” Locating the precarious and
often invisible (perhaps transparent) margins designated by the term “Modernism,”
this panel examines the methods and texts through which we either affirm or reject
such boundaries. If, as Cheng argues, we encounter the porous outlines of Modernism
“at the level of style,” then: what does this style look, read, sound, and feel
like? How do we identify and interpret its points of transgression? Can frameworks
such as the global, planetary, and transatlantic help us understand a term as
politically and geographically ambivalent as Modernism?

From its dreams of an ever-accelerating, technologically saturated future to its
fetishistic obsession with the regressive aesthetics of childhood and the
“primitive,” Modernism—the style, the period, the set of ideological commitments and
aesthetic techniques—is wrought with frictions and mutually exclusive
contradictions. While scholars have worked to locate within the “Modernist” certain
styles (whether sleekly functionalist or experimentally obfuscated by clutter),
temporalities (whether forward-bound or stuck in a traumatic loop of repetition),
and affective dispositions (from wartime melancholia to futurist euphoria), this
panel addresses the formal affordances and historical markers through which we
arrive at the Modernist and designate its supposed antinomies. “Marginally
Modernist” searches not only for what “barely” qualifies as Modernist but for works
and theoretical approaches explicitly or invisibly marginalized by Modernism. This
panel inhabits the fragile boundaries of an overdetermined term, examining the
particular historical, formal, geographical, and ideological contours invoked by
Modernism and its resultant exclusions.

Papers might address (but are not limited to): functionalism and primitivism in
architecture and design, psychoanalysis and aesthetics, geographical markers of
exclusion or exception, transatlantic studies, “planetary” and/or global modernity,
experimental forms and queer temporalities, affect, meta-critical accounts of
contemporary Modernist studies.

February 22-24, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900.
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