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Modernism's Revolutionary Geographies (MSA 17)

Building on the recent €œ"spatial turn"€ in modernist studies exemplified by scholars such as Andrew Thacker in Moving through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism (2003) and Rebecca Walsh in The Geopoetics of Modernism (2015), and in keeping with the conference theme of revolution, this panel considers modernism's innovative contributions to the ontology and perception of urban space, focusing particularly on counter-normative cartographies and deviant spatial practices.

Modernist authors and visual artists often revolutionized, resisted, or challenged normative geographies and mapping practices through their texts. The papers included will address such moments of geographical tension or subversive spatial play, and will emphasize ground-level experiences of cities. The papers will consider questions such as: If space and geography are central to modernist aesthetics, then how do authors and/or artists transform spatial concepts and geographical landscapes? And what roles do re-mappings, subversive spatial appropriations, or deviant spatial practices play within modernist textual practice? This panel hopes to be interdisciplinary and welcomes paper topics in literature, the visual and performing arts, architecture and urban planning, theory, and philosophy.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to
-urban sub-cultures/counter-spaces; liminal urban space; deviant
spatial practices; revisionist/resistant cartography;
-Guidebook/tourist discourse and urban space;
-Flanerie; urban walks; street politics; street harassment;
-urban technologies and modernist mappings; white space / page space versus physical space;
-transatlantic mappings and/or migrations; expatriations, repatriation, homelands, exiles, pilgrimages;
-geography/geology and modernism; the periodization of modernism and space: time and space in modernity; the evolution of space and/or maps through modernism(s) (space at the limits--temporally and otherwise--of modernism); Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, Samuel Delany: mapping the inheritance of modernism

Please send 300-word abstract and brief CV (one page) to Candis Bond at

Conference Location: Boston, MA, USA
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 01, 2015

For more information, contact: Candis Bond

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