UPDATE SEEKING REPLACEMENT FOR MSA 19 PANEL Collage and Its Cognates as Feminist Methodology

deadline for submissions: 
July 14, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Modernist Studies Association
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Due to unforseen circumstances, I am unable to attend MSA 19 in Amsterdam this year (8/10-13). I'm looking for someone to replace me on my panel. Below is the original cfp. If your work is a good fit, please email 1-2 sentence description of your paper and a short scholarly bio to algreen@msu.edu by July 14.




The history of modernist collage is a varied one. Futurism, influenced by Cubist techniques, turned to collage as a method for subverting traditional, representational artwork; Dada’s absurd arrangements of advertising images and print offered a scathing critique of capitalism; Surrealism’s bizarre juxtapositions sought to empower and stimulate the subconscious. The politics and motivations undergirding these, and other movements that employing collage and its related art forms, differ greatly and yet they share an attention to the power of the ephemeral, the quotidian, and the overlooked, drawing both implicitly and explicitly from the Baudelaire’s trope of poet/artist as ragpicker, as a person who must sift through the trash of modernity in order to find beauty and meaning.

As subjects of collage, women figure prominently but as practitioners, but they are less commonly recognized despite the unexpected overlap between the organizing ideas of collage—its focus on the materials of “low” or pop culture, its attention to everydayness—and the modes of various feminist interventions. As such, this panel invites papers that investigate collage and its cognates—broadly interpreted—as feminist practice. Does collage provide an unexpectedly hospitable method for feminist aesthetic interventions? Is there a sense of affinity between the woman artist and the “feminized,” (to borrow from Huyssen) artifacts of mass culture? How does the interplay between visual and textual collage energize the feminist interventions of women’s writing? Does collage animate the artist/ragpicker metaphor in ways that are particularly salient for women artists?