EXTENDED DEADLINE: Scandal and Transgression in Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Vanguardisms

deadline for submissions: 
June 26, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 92: Virtual/Hybrid Format

This panel explores forms of dissent adopted by twentieth-century transatlantic avant-gardes as a means of challenging traditional genres and social codes. Since the inception of European experimentalism during the first decades of the twentieth century, a series of art movements engaged in radical production that questioned the established state of affairs. From the Cubist adoption of multiple viewpoints, through the Futurist celebration of technology and speed, the Expressionist distortion of form, to the Dadaist sense of provocation and the irrational juxtaposition of images in Surrealism, avant-garde art and literature has set precedents on an international level of exchanges. Thanks to venues that exhibited the work of European expatriates, namely the Armory Show and Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery 291, along with journals such as Camera Work,American Modernists reinvented their own expressive language by rethinking the sense of place. Meanwhile, the Argentinian ultraístas, the Mexican estridentistas and muralistas as well as the Peruvian group of the journal Amauta, among others, took advantage of European experimental forms and their pre-Columbian past to reflect on the convulsive reality of Latin America. Based on the ideas of scandal, transgression and rebellion, topics might include, but are not limited to the following:


—Graphic humor and the grotesque in the avant-garde.

—The manifesto as a revolutionary form of protest.

—The inflammatory language of soirees.

—Transgressive print culture in the age of vanguardism.

—The rupture of sequence: the snapshot, the montage and the close up.

—Scandals in Hollywood and the independent film industry.

—Breaking the boundaries between the visual and the verbal: ekphrasis, photo-poetry and cinepoetry.

—Subversive ideologies of public images.

—Consumer society, mass media and the shock of advertising.


By June 26th, 2020, please submit a 300-word abstract in English or Spanish along with a brief bio and A/V requirements to Leticia Pérez Alonso (leticia.p.alonso@jsums.edu), Jackson State University.