MSA 11: Vernacular Modernisms: What Are They When They're at Home?

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Dr. Bradley D. Clissold
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Although some scholarly work has investigated the ways in which various types of modernist ideas and aesthetic tendencies have found articulation and received exposure in the quotidian sphere via advertising, film, popular psychology, popular music, new (household and workplace) technologies, as well as in profound developments in travel and communication, this panel seeks to push such analysis further. Papers are sought that critically explore articulations of modernism as they occur and are experienced in the everyday lifeworld. Arguments will be privileged that make strong claims about how specific engagements with vernacular forms of modernist ideologies, poetics, and practices, help to trouble folk perceptions of modernism as an elite cultural practice, designed for a target audience of hyper-educated specialists. In other words, what kinds of exposures to modernist ideologies were possible through daily interactions with material objects and other people similarly life-situated? What are the theoretical implications of vernacular modernism as everyday practice, and how do these experiences of vernacular modernism challenge characterizations of modernist practice, especially production and reception?

Please send a brief CV and abstract (max. 500 words) to Dr. Bradley D. Clissold ( by 3 May 2009.

Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: 3 May 2009