Modernism’s Planets (CFP for MSA18, 17-20 November 2016)

Planets colliding: Spivak, Friedman, Dimock. The ‘planet’, as metaphor, object, method, problem, and more, has made multiple entries into the discipline of literary studies, all of which bear on the study of modernism, broadly conceived. Ecocritical, postcolonial, and comparative methods have been at the forefront of the planetary conversation, but, as the word ‘planet’ suggests, there is more than enough room for more planetary interventions.

This panel will convene scholars of modernism with planetary interests, broadly conceived, and welcomes papers that touch on any aspect of the planetary turn in literary studies. I welcome all submissions, but particularly those dealing with astronomy and planetary scale, the history of astronomical research, and those that bring together the two terms of the theme of the conference—culture and industry (i.e. industrial manufacture of astronomical telescopes, global flows of manufactured goods, cultures of science and astronomy and more). Papers that address the material history of planetary formations, or the disciplinary implications of planetary thinking for modernism are also welcome.

Please send a 250-word proposal, along with a brief bio, by March 15, 2016, to Cóilín Parsons (coilin.parsons@georgetown.edu).