CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Modernist Studies Association XI - Seminar, Panel, and Roundtable Proposals

full name / name of organization: 
Emily Essert
contact email: 
emily.essert@mail.mcgill.ca

CALL FOR SEMINAR, PANEL, AND ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS

The annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association will take place at the Hotel Delta
Centre-Ville in Montreal, Quebec, November 5-8, 2009. The MSA conference brings together
more than 600 scholars from a variety of disciplines from North America, Europe, Australia, New
Zealand, and elsewhere. This year the MSA XI conference, co-hosted by McGill University,
Concordia University, and Université de Montréal, is devoted to the general theme “Languages of
Modernism.” We invite panels, seminars, and proposals that address this theme, although
participants are welcome to propose papers and panels that speak to their own research
interests as well.

“Languages of Modernism” refers not only to standardized verbal languages such as French and
English, but also non-verbal languages associated with film, painting, sculpture, music, and
performance. Certain technologies and cultures generate their own idioms and idiolects:
modernist architecture deals with the interplay between “vernacular” and “international” styles;
modernist musicians address “languages” distinctive to composers and cultures. Poetry, drama,
and fiction generate their own languages. These languages are inflected by cross-cultural and
multi-cultural influences, which are further transformed by class, gender, migration, region,
occupation, age, race, accents. Many modernists—whether writers, film-makers, visual artists or
performers—lived between, or among, languages. Proposals might therefore consider instances
of translation from one language to another or works that mix languages. Proposals might also
consider the implications of the media through which modernist languages are transmitted: radio
broadcasts, film, dance, little magazines, anthologies, deluxe editions. By bringing together
papers from a diversity of fields, we seek to promote interdisciplinary dialogue among the
languages of modernism.

Participants are welcome to submit panel, seminar, and roundtable proposals on any topic. The
primary criterion for selection will be the quality of the proposal, not its connection to the
conference theme. All email queries should be directed to the conference organizers as
msa.english_at_mcgill.ca

All those who attend the MSA conference must be members of the organization with dues paid
for 2009-10. (MSA membership runs from July 1 until June 30 each year.) Because we wish to
involve as many people as possible as active participants, MSA limits multiple appearances on the
program. Thus, you may participate once, but only once, in each of the following categories:

        Seminar, either as leader or as presenter
        Panel or roundtable, as chair
        â€œWhat Are You Reading?” session

You may lead a seminar, present a paper on a panel, and participate in a “What Are You Reading”
session, but you may not present two papers. MSA rules do not allow panel or roundtable
organizers to chair their own session if they are also speaking in the session. The session chair
must be someone who is otherwise not participating in the session. Panel organizers are
encouraged to identify a moderator and include this information with their proposals; the MSA
Program Committee can also ask another conference attendee to serve as a moderator.
CALL FOR SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2009

Leading a Seminar: (Information for Seminar Leaders)
Seminars are one the most significant features of the MSA conference. Participants write brief
“position papers” (5-7 pages) that are read and circulated prior to the conference. Because their
size is limited to 15 participants, seminars generate lively exchange and often facilitate future
collaborations. The format also allows a larger number of conference attendees to seek financial
support from their institutions as they educate themselves and their colleagues on subjects of
mutual interest. Seminars are two hours in length.
Please note that this is the call for seminar leaders. Sign-up for seminar participants will take
place on a first-come, first-served basis starting in May, coinciding with registration for the
conference.
Seminar Topics:
There are no limits on topics, but past experience has shown that the more clearly defined the
topic and the more guidance provided by the leader, the more productive the discussion. “Clearly
defined” should not be confused with “narrow,” as extremely narrow seminar topics tend to
exclude many potential applicants. To scan past seminar topics, go to the Conference Archives
http://msa.press.jhu.edu/archive/archive.html on the MSA website, click the link to a prior
conference, and then click on “Conference Schedule” or “Conference Program.” You'll find
seminars listed along with panels and other events.

Proposing a Seminar:
Seminar proposals must be submitted via email and must include the following information.
Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here:
* Use as a subject line: SEMINAR PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF SEMINAR LEADER] (e.g., SEMINAR
PROPOSAL / GORMAN)
* List the seminar leader's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing
address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Provide a brief curriculum vitae (including teaching experience) for the seminar leader
* Give a brief description (up to 100 words) of the proposed topic
Submit proposals by MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 to:
msa.english_at_mcgill.ca

Seminars will be selected in late March 2009.

CALL FOR PANEL PROPOSALS
Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2009
Topics are not limited to the theme “Languages of Modernism.” Successful proposals will
introduce topics that promise to expand research and debate on a topic, and will present a clear
rationale for the papers’ collective goal. Please bear in mind these guidelines:
* We encourage interdisciplinary panels and discourage panels on single authors.
* In order to encourage discussion, preference will be given to panels with three participants,
though panels of four will be considered.
* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department at a single institution are
not likely to be accepted.
* Graduate students are welcome as panelists. However, panels composed entirely of graduate
students are less likely to be accepted than panels that include presenters with degrees together
with graduate students.
Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include the following information.
Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here:
* Use as a subject line: PANEL PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF PANEL ORGANIZER] (e.g., PANEL
PROPOSAL / GORMAN)
* Session title
* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing address,
phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Chair's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information (if
you do not identify a chair, we will locate one for you)
* Panelists' names, paper titles, institutional affiliations, disciplines, positions or titles, and
contact information
* A maximum 500-word abstract of the panel as a whole
* Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each panelist
Submit proposals by MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009 to:
msa.english_at_mcgill.ca
Panels will be selected by mid-June.

CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS
Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2009
Unlike panels, which generally feature a sequence of 15-20 minute talks followed by discussion,
roundtables gather a group of participants around a shared concern in order to generate
discussion among the roundtable participants and with the audience. To this end, instead of
delivering full-length papers, participants are asked to deliver short position statements in
response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer, or they take turns responding to
prompts from the moderator. The bulk of the session should be devoted to discussion. No paper
titles are listed in the program, only the names of participants.
Other MSA roundtable policies:
* Roundtables may feature as many as 6 speakers.
* We particularly welcome roundtables featuring participants from multiple disciplines, and we
discourage roundtables on single authors.
* Panels composed entirely of participants from a single department at a single institution are
not likely to be accepted.
* Graduate students are welcome as speakers. However, roundtables composed entirely of
graduate students are less likely to be accepted than roundtables that include degreed
presenters together with graduate students.
Proposals for panels must be submitted via email and must include the following information.
Please assist us by sending this information in exactly the order given here:
* Use as a subject line: ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / [LAST NAME OF ROUNDTABLE ORGANIZER]
(e.g., ROUNDTABLE PROPOSAL / GORMAN)
* Session title
* Session organizer's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, mailing address,
phone, fax, and e-mail address
* Moderator's name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information
(if you do not identify a moderator, we will locate one for you)
* Speakers' names, institutional affiliations, disciplines, positions or titles, mailing addresses,
phones, faxes, and e-mail addresses
* A maximum 500-word rationale for the roundtable
* Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography of each speaker
Send proposals by MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009 TO:

msa.english_at_mcgill.ca

Roundtables will be selected mid-June.

“WHAT ARE YOU READING?”
Several years ago, the MSA introduced a new kind of session, “What Are You Reading?” Designed
to take advantage, in a productive new way, of the presence in one place of modernist scholars
from many locations, institutions, and fields, each ninety-minute forum consists of 8 to 10
participants and a moderator. Led by the moderator, each participant reports for a few minutes
on a scholarly or critical book in modernist studies, sketching the work's content and explaining
why she or he found it exciting to share with other scholars. Time permitting, moderators then
lead discussions in which participants can seek clarifications, draw connections, and propose
further related reading. NB: These sessions will not be scheduled for Saturday night, when
everyone prefers to eat, drink, and be merry. They will be spread across regular time slots.
A major goal of "What Are You Reading?" is to facilitate the sharing of exciting new scholarship
(or the "rediscovery" of older scholarship) and to foster interdisciplinarity by exposing
participants to work in modernist fields other than their own. Open only to those who register
for them in advance, these sessions can be very productive.
"What Are You Reading" is not intended as a venue for discussion of primary texts or works, for
self-promotion, or for the enacting of intellectual conflicts. Participants will therefore be asked
not to present on primary texts or works (though new editions and catalogues are welcome),
their own publications, or scholarship they did not substantially admire.
To participate, all you will need to do is check the appropriate box on your MSA registration form
and name a book you might be interested in presenting. MSA registration will begin mid-May;
look for announcements at that time. Please note that you will have to register by 29 September
to be included in “What Are You Reading?”
You will be notified of the time and location of your forum in early October. There is no need to
submit any proposal or paper in connection with this event, nor do you need to contact your
moderator in advance. Simply check the box, receive notice of your time and location, and show
up.

Please direct all inquiries to: msa.english_at_mcgill.ca
 

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