CFP: [20th] MSA X: Modern Emergencies

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Chuck Jackson
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Panel: Modern Emergencies
This panel seeks papers that theorize any textual inscription of
emergency in the modern moment, but is most especially interested in
projects that examine how emergencies activate state-based, communal, or
individual violence that re-defines the limits of the modern nation.
Papers should stress the mediation of violent emergence and the emergency
moment via literature, film, photography, painting, journalism, or
performance. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the
following questions: What are modernism’s emergencies and how do we
understand their importance to thinking “the modern” in a cosmopolitan,
rural, regional, national, or global context? How do emerging literary,
artistic, cultural, and political forms convey the time and place of
emergency, and to what effect? How do modern writers and artists
represent class-based, racial, ethnic, gendered, or sexual emergencies?
Might we consider modernism to be its own kind of emergency?
Please send one-page single-spaced abstract and brief (2-3 sentence bio)
to Chuck Jackson at by May 6, 2008.

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