Modernism: Age and Generation (MSA 16 Seminar, 6-9 November 2014)

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Modernist Studies Association

Attending to age enables new perspectives on a period often associated with youth and novelty. Participants in this Modernist Studies Association (MSA) seminar will investigate age, aging, or old age in visual arts, literature, film, performance, advertising, or social and political history. How might innovations in form or experiments with temporality be understood through the experience of aging? Are there alternatives to the modernisms of those who called themselves "les jeunes"? Do global modernisms reflect culturally divergent perspectives on aging?

This 2-hour seminar will be held during the MSA conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 6-9 November 2014. Seminar participants will write brief "position papers" (5-7 pages), which will be circulated prior to the conference. Seminars are limited to 15 participants, and sign-up for the seminar is available on a first-come, first-served basis coinciding with registration for the conference. Seminar participants may be invited to develop their papers into chapters for a proposed collection to be edited by the organizers.

For further information about the conference and instructions for registering for the seminar, please see If you have any questions about the seminar, please email the organizers, Cynthia Port ( and Suzanne Bailey (