Occupy Wall Street and Modernist Manhattan Conference (UPDATE)
NYIT's 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference, "Modernist Manhattan" will reserve at least one session for papers about Occupy Wall Street. In less than two months, the Occupy Wall Street movement has grown from a modest encampment in downtown NYC into a fully grown movement that extends to hundreds of cities nationwide and around the world. Neither a protest, exactly, nor a march, the occupation is hard to categorize. Whether it is something new under the sun, or an extension of the Arab spring, or perhaps a variation on the youth-led movements of the 1960s, there is "something happening here." We call for papers that respond to the question of what OWS means, where it came from, where it might go, how it relates to prior/other movements, or anything else that might illuminate something of the meaning of OWS and this moment. Proposals that read OWS in relation to modernism/early twentieth-century New York culture are particularly welcome.
Papers will be 15-20 minutes and should be delivered in English.