CFP: Non-archived: Balkan Modernisms (4/25/06; 10/19/06-10/22/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Sanja Bahun-Radunovic
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We are soliciting the papers for the panel on Balkan modernisms at the
upcoming convention of the Modernist Studies Association, held in Tusla,
Oklahoma, October 19-22, 2006. It is indeed with scant archival or
documentation support that researchers in Balkan modernisms approach their
topic. The area has reclaimed its modernist heritage only
recently and the long neglect has taken its toll. Already hampered by the
linguistic, cultural, and political division of this vibrant geo-cultural
space, the scholarly work on Balkan modernisms has been additionally
hindered by the disappearance of literary magazines, leaflets, books,
collages, programs, and other documents that may testify to the modernist
activities in the Balkans. Conditioned by foreign and domestic cultural
politics, the vanishing of the traces of Balkan modernisms often went hand
in hand with the disappearance and change of political systems, which we
would like to explore. We are inviting the proposals for the papers that
examine the silenced modernist spaces of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania,
Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia in comparative perspective. We are
interested in documented and undocumented traces of Balkan
modernisms—personal archives, legacies, journals, bans and declarations, as
well as alternative artistic activities (café-culture, performances, and so
forth), and their connections to the European, American, and global
modernist movements It is our aim to reflect on the history of cultural
omissions as we bring to light the modernist space of the Balkans.

Please send one page abstracts and brief vitas to Sanja Bahun-Radunovic
( by April 25, 2006.

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