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Modernism and Contemporary Cultures of Dissent, Resistance and Protest

Modernism and Contemporary Cultures of Dissent, Resistance, and Protest

This panel seeks proposals that engage with techniques of protest, dissent and/or resistance. While the twenty-first century has already been identified as “the age of resistance,” social scientist Costas Douzinas identifies a theoretical void in the field of resistance studies. Our panel/roundtable aims to contribute to this field and decipher how the material, cultural and philosophical renditions of “resistance” and “dissent” inform modernist social identities. This panel reads the literature of modernism as a particularly vital exemplar of unique forms of protest that remain relevant to the current climate of resistance.

In order to conceptualize modernism’s space in the contemporary culture of dissent as a transnational phenomenon, we invite proposals focused on both the global north and south. We aim to recognize the convergences and divergences of local forms of dissent and how they dialectically interact with each other to form a dialogic culture of resistance on the international stage. We aspire to demonstrate how localized and national literary and social movements, inspired by the political turmoil of the nascent twentieth-century, have informed, and are informed by, a transnational consciousness that has emerged as a global culture of protest today. We will also address how grass-root infra-political subaltern movements interact with both hegemonic discourses of oppression and dominant forms of resistance as they participate in defining the twenty-first century as an age of resistance whose beginnings can be traced, in part, to modernist literary experimentation.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
1. How do we define a culture of resistance? What is the essence of dissent?
2. Literary-political movements as cultures of dissent
3. Material and ideological dispositions of the cultures of protest
4. Forms and functions of subaltern politics as a projection of culture of dissent
5. Transnational networks of protest, resistance and dissent
6. Modernism as dissent
7. Modernist prose and poetry as paradigmatic predecessors of contemporary forms of dissent
8. Subaltern modernisms and mass cultures of protest


Please send 350-500-word abstracts, a short scholarly bio, and technology requirements to bandopad@ualberta.ca and DHengel@gradcenter.cuny.edu by April 14.


Conference Location: Pasadena , USA
Conference Starts: November 17, 2016
Conference Ends: November 20, 2016

CFP Submission Deadline: April 14, 2016

For more information, contact: Daniel Hengel

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