UPDATE: [Postcolonial] UPDATE: CFP: The Politics of Global Modernism (9/30/07, NeMLA 04/10/08-04/13/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Edwige Tamalet Talbayev
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Please note that the deadline has been extended to September 30th, 2007.

Call for Papers:

“The Politics of Global Modernism: Revisiting Colonial Modernity”

39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, New York

This panel proposes to examine the modernist cultural production of
marginal territories falling outside the Paris-London-New York nexus.
While contemporary criticism has emphasized the global dynamics of
modernist aesthetics, dominant understandings of modernist
internationalism seldom do away with the preponderance of Anglo-French
models of cosmopolitanism, whose encounters with non-Western cultures
more often than not reproduced imperialist, orientalist dynamics. We will
investigate alternative forms of engagement with modernism on the part of
marginalized artists, in particular in a colonial context dominated by
exclusive concepts of Eurocentric modernity. How did marginalized
cultural production from the colonies undermine the imperialist patterns
of appropriation of “primitive” art and culture by mainstream modernism?
In what forms did vernacular modernisms, which distanced themselves from
the mere imitation of Euro-American models, emerge? How did these
alternative understandings of modernity engage with issues of cultural
difference on the global level? How do their contributions help (re)
conceptualize the relations, contradictions, and genealogies of modernism
and the modern? To what extent does their critical focus on the
vernacular provide a revision of modernism that would successfully
reflect the ever-shifting globaldynamics of the concept?
While "modernism" will be primarily understood in its aesthetic sense,
papers investigating the intersection of vernacular cultural productions
and the theoretical/political critique of modernity will be favored.
Papers only addressing works and artists from the Euro-American tradition
will not be considered. Please send 250-word abstracts to Edwige Tamalet
Talbayev, UC San Diego(etamalet_at_ucsd.edu) by September 30, 2007.

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2008 Convention will be posted in
June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present at a paper session panel and also present at a
creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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