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Modernist Disassociations

Modernist Disassociations

Characterized by avant-garde alliances, groupuscules, collectives, salons, magazines, manifestos, mergers and ruptures, the modernisms of the first half of the 20th century were an associative affair. The exemplary “Moderns,” however eclectic a group, joined in revolt against the forms and pieties of the 19th-century, spurring aesthetic innovations and energizing modernity’s political, cultural, and technological revolutions.

But what about those who, whether by choice, ignorance, or circumstance, disassociate? What does it mean to be a dropout, dissenter, or dilettante who is estranged from or a stranger to modernism? In order to broach these and other questions, this panel seeks papers on writers, artists, and musicians whose work, intentionally or not, snubs groupthink, possibly turning against the progressive, political, technological and revolutionary attitudes we tend to associate with modernism.

Papers might address:
-Notions of anti-modernism, noncommitment, being apolitical
-Acts of disavowal or demission vis-à-vis a larger goal or project
-Figures of dilettantism, unproductivity, inaction, or backwardness in relation to modernism
-Technophobia or anti-materialism (in all senses of the term)
-Failure, inadequacy, loneliness, and impotence
-Lack of context and alternative methodologies for reading modernism

Please submit a 300 word proposal to asd323@nyu.edu before April 15th, 2015.


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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 15, 2015

For more information, contact: Andrew Dubrov

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