CFP: [20th] CFP: The Politics of Global Modernism (9/15/07, NeMLA 04/10/08-04/13/08)

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Edwige Tamalet Talbayev
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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 global
dynamics 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 ( by
September 15, 2007.

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