Graphing Modernism (MSA 2018 Columbus)

deadline for submissions: 
October 27, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association
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Taking the conference theme of “Graphical Modernism” in a slightly different direction intimated in the title, this panel will analyze graphical representation of modernism made possible by Digital Humanities methods. One definition for “graphical” is “of or pertaining to a graph,” to data plotted and coordinates mapped. This panel will feature quantitative analyses of modernist culture in an effort to conceptualize what Raymond Williams might call a “sociology of culture,” the wide-ranging social practices that make culture possible but which are often obscured by the objects themselves. Digital tools open up new spaces for this kind of analysis and inquiry of modernism that are only now beginning to be fully explored, and this panel will centralize some of those trends in a coherent set of papers and presentations around the linkage between DH and modernist studies.


If you are interested in this panel, send proposals of no more than 250 words by October 27 to Matthew Hannah at In your proposal, discuss the visualizations you plan to include as part of your presentation as well as the specific methodologies (e.g. network analysis, stylometrics, geospatial, etc.). Preference will be given to projects applying specifically quantitative methods, but any DH approach will be considered.