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What is Black Modernism?

This panel seeks to interrogate assumptions about the meaning of Black Modernism. We invite papers that explore ways in which modernist authors negotiate the relationship between historically situated blackness and aesthetic expression. Does "Black Modernism" refer to the work of authors who self-identified as black? Does it refer to modernism as a movement that mattered (and matters) to black readers? Is the creation of a thing called "Black Modernism" a matter of anthologizing, editing, and publishing practices? When paired together, how do the terms "black" and "modernism" mutually inform one another? Does "Black Modernism" imply the existence of "White modernism"? Papers that take up these questions or others on the intersection of black cultural expression and modernism are welcome.

Papers might address:

- How critical race theory inflects our readings of modernism
- Texts that write against received definitions of blackness, whiteness, and other racial formations
- Black internationalism and other transnational networks of race
- Intersections of race with class, gender, and nationality
- Visual culture (photography, film, and beyond) and Black Modernism

Please send abstracts of 300 words to Aubrey Porterfield at aubrey.k.porterfield@vanderbilt.edu by March 30, 2014.

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: March 30, 2014

For more information, contact: Aubrey Porterfield

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