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CFP: BAMS International Conference, Modernism Now! – deadline: 31 January 2014

Modernism Now!
BAMS International Conference

26–28 June 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

Keynote Speakers:
Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, London)

Modernism Now! is a three-day international, interdisciplinary conference organised by the British Association for Modernist Studies, designed to explore ‘modernism’ today. The conference thus aims to discuss not only the past achievements of modernism but also to consider its possible futures. In Modernism and Theory, Neil Levi has recently suggested that in thinking about modernism we consider ‘the idea of a contemporary perpetuation of artistic modernism’ and that we see ‘modernist works as events whose implications demand continued investigation.’

Modernism Now! will explore these issues in two distinct ways:

The conference aims to represent and reflect on the diversity of modernist studies today, and calls for papers assessing modernist writers, artists, texts and performances from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological standpoints, and theoretical perspectives.

Modernism Now! also wishes to explore the ongoing use of ‘modernism’ as a cultural, philosophical, and artistic category, analysing how and where modernism functions as a continuing aesthetic in the twenty-first century, across multiple disciplines, geographies, and traditions.

Topics might include (but are not restricted to):

• The idea of a contemporary modernism
• Modernist futures and legacies
• Past and previous modernisms
• Modernism as a continuing event
• Current debates in world literature and global modernist studies that stretch the historical/geographical framework of modernism
• The ‘nowness’ (Jetztzeit) of modernism; the new and the now
• Assessments of individual writers, artists, performers, texts, works of art that explore their status and relevance today
• Historical assessments of the term ‘modernism’
• New trends in modernist studies e.g. periodical studies
• Anachronism
• Disciplinary borders and boundaries around modernism today
• ‘Early’ and ‘late’ modernisms; periodising modernism
• Current theorisations of modernism as a social/cultural/philosophical/political category
• How modernism informs the practice of contemporary artists/writers/performers
• Modernism and the tradition of the avant-garde
• Singular and plural modernism(s)

Proposals are welcomed for 20min papers, panels of 3-4 speakers, and focused round-tables on particular topics. Proposals should be no longer than 250 words per individual paper and should include a short biography for each speaker, including contact details.

Delegates must be members of BAMS in order to register. To become a member, go to

Proposals should be emailed to by January 31st 2014.

Conference Organising Committee
Dr Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chris Mourant (King’s College London)
Dr Cathryn Setz (University of Oxford)
Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Modernism Now CFP